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Surfing the Atlantic waves 

The beaches of the Wild Southwest are highly popular amongst surfers, and are some of the finest in the country. There is a tremendous variety – long stretches of sand or small beaches nestled between the cliffs and rocks. If you have the energy and desire to stray from the beaten track, albeit with difficult access, it is possible to discover many other little known beaches. As they are all situated in the Parque Natural do Sudoeste Alentejana e Costa Vincentina, a national park, the coastline remains totally unspoilt. Rough tracks lead down to pristine beaches - some of them with heavy beach breaks unknown to many. The suns shines through much of the winter making it a surfers' paradise.World class surfing events are held in the Parque do Vincente – a stunning nature reserve. Meet fellow enthusiasts on the long, sandy empty beaches or learn to surf. See On the beach for more information on the coastal resorts and beaches. This coastline attracts hardcore and dedicated surfers, a controversial break and several surf camps.

Surfing forecasts: Malhao     Alentejo coast    Arrifana  

SURFING BEACHES FROM NORTH TO SOUTH 

SAO TORPES – Beach break, medium to big swells, offshore in easterly/northeasterly winds, some pollution from nearby Sines port. 

PORTO COVO – Beach breaks and reefs, medium swells, offshore in easterly winds. Rocky reef. 

VILA NOVA DE MILFONTES/CANAL DAS BARCAS/MALHAO – Rivermouth, beach and point break, all swells, offshore in easterly winds.

ALMOGRAVE – Rocky beach break, small to medium swells, offshore in easterly winds. Rocky bay but quiet.

ZAMBUJEIRA DO MAR – Beach break, small to medium swells, offshore in an easterly winds. Campsite.

ODECEIXE – Rivermouth beach break,small to medium swells, offshore in easterly winds. Rips in bigger swells and fickle breaks.

CARRIAGEM/VALE DOS HOMENS – Beach break,small to medium swells. Long drive from main road and Rogil.

AMOREIRA  – Rivermouth beach break, small to medium swells, offshore in easterly winds. Good for learners on calm days. Carpark.

MONTE CLERIGO – beach with sandbanks and reefs, small to medium swells, offshore in easterly winds. Quiet break, rips in large swells. 

ARRIFANA – Beach-break peak and right point, medium to big swells, offshore in easterly winds. Rocks on the point are a hazard. 

CANAL – Beach with right point, small to medium swells, offshore in easterly winds. Rips when big.

VALE FIGUEIRAS – Beach break and sand covered reef, small to medium swells, offshore in easterly winds. Rips when big, isolated so never surf alone.

CARRAPATEIRA/BORDEIRA – Left point and long beach, small to medium swells, offshore in easterly winds. Powerful waves and strong rips. Experienced surfers only.

AMADO – Long beach break, small to medium swells, offshore in easterly winds. Sometimes crowded. 

CORDAMA – Beach break, small to medium swells, offshore in easterly winds. Rocks and rips when big..

CASTELEJO – Left hand, sand covered rocky point, small to medium swells, offshore in easterly winds. High cliffs.

PUNTA RUIVA – Right hand point break, all swells, offshore in southerly winds. Long rutted track from tarmac road.

BELICHE – Beach-break peak, medium and big swells, offshore in northeasterly winds. Can be crowded and local.

TONEL – Beach break, medium swells, offshore in easterly winds. Can be crowded with local surfers.

MARETA – Beach break, medium and big swells, offshore in northwesterly winds. Can be crowded with local surfers.

BARRANCO – Right hander in pebble bay, medium swells, offshire in northerly winds. Access along rutted track.

INGRINA – Left reef, Bigger swells, offshore in northerly winds. Experienced surfers only. 

ZAVIAL – Right point and beach, medium swells, offshore in northerly winds. Can get crowded.

SALEMA – Beach break, big swells, offshore in northwesterly winds. Car park in village.

LUZ – Left point, beach and right point, big swells, offshore in northerly winds. Rocky point only for experienced surfers.

LAGOS (Meia Praia) – Long, sandy beach break, big swells, offshore in northerly/northwesterly winds. Good for beginners. 

Discover surf in the Algarve in Portugal with us! 
Our surf package includes 
surf school + equipment + accommodation + breakfast. Our surf camp house and school are in Carrapeteira and Sagres where you will meet our team of passionate local and travelling surf instructors.  

Amado Surf Camp
Amado Surf Camp
Freeride, Sagres
Surfing in SW Portugal

Ride the Elements Surf Camp 

Surfing accommodation, Alentejo, Zambujeira do Mar
Surfing in Portugal

 Algarve Surf Camp

Algarve surfcamp, surfing Algarve, Portugal
Alentejo surfcamp, southwest Portugal surfing

Diving in deep waters  

Discover the hidden secrets and underwater treasures of the Alentejan coast. See diving conditions posted by divers for divers on the Costa Vincenta  

Kayaking and canoeing  

 
A different way to discover this part of Portugal is from a kayak or canoe. You can drift down a river, having a picnic on a riverbank and enjoy the nature from another perspective. If you are more adventurous you even can even go on a sea kayaking tour.
What even your choice, you should pack suncream and a hat or cap when the sun shines. Also make sure you wear clothes and shoes that you don´t mind getting wet and check if there are lifejackets provided with the canoes.

Kayak & Nature Activities

KAYAK & NATURE ACTIVITIES

Kayak along the beautiful river Mira that flows through the Natural Park of Southwest Alentejo and Costa Vincentina. We want you to share our passsion for nature either with a custom made program or just as it comes.

We are close to some of the best beaches on the west coast and also offer other activities including walking the Rota Vincentina, yoga and surfing.

kayaking in south west Portugal
 
 

Main photo and cliffs © Alvesgaspar