Sandwiched in between Spain and the Atlantic Ocean, Portugal enjoys a privileged position, ideal for wave makers and surf riders. With over a thousand kilometres of unspoiled coastline to explore, it is somewhat of a haven for those with a passion for water sports of all kinds, and that includes surfing.
Some of the most popular locations for surfing in Portugal include: Algarve, Alentejo, Lisbon, Ericeira, Peniche, Beira, and Nazare. It’s worth noting that Ericeira, Nazare, and Supertubos are all separated within an hour’s reach of each other, for those serious about finding monster waves.
To be sure of getting the best out of the surf on your holiday you should always check the surf reports which can be found here.
With its mild climate, bright sunshine and favourable winds, sailing along the Portuguese coast is a great pleasure. As always in the Atlantic Ocean, it is sometimes calm for a relaxed spot of sailing, and sometimes more temperamental, offering challenges that require a lot of energy.
A few places that stand out. Cascais bay, near Lisbon, and Lagos bay in the Algarve are considered amongst the best regatta locations in the world, which is why they regularly host some of sailing’s most prestigious events and trophies. Many international races, including competitions and stages, take place in Portuguese waters, such as the Tall Ships Races and the Volvo Ocean Race in Lisbon, the Clipper around the world Regatta in Madeira, TP/52 Audi Med Cup in Portimão and the Centenary of the International Sailing Federation (ISAF), which was held in Cascais.
To get the best out of Sailing you need to know when the right winds are around. To find out this information go to the IPMA website here.