The Algarve forms the south-westerly corner of the Iberian Peninsula. Here, you have two coasts to choose from for surfing or bodyboarding: the west coast and the south coast. Both are Atlantic coasts but you can feel their proximity to the Mediterranean everywhere. Whatever the time of year, there’s a very good chance you’ll get good waves and good weather.
The predominant swell direction is northwest, so the west coast is the most sought-after. The fact that the beaches are spectacular and almost always deserted is an added incentive.
To the west of the Ponta de Sagres, Tonel Beach shelters surfers from the dominant wind and offers fabulous waves. The more exposed Arrifana Beach stands out for its year-round consistency in terms of both groundswells and windswells.
In close proximity to Carrapateira, Bordeira Beach is an excellent spot for surfing and bodyboarding. Very nearby is one of the most-used venues for the Portuguese and international circuits: Amado Beach. At Cordoama, you need to pay due attention to the reason for the quality of the waves: the rocks. Close to Cape St Vincent, Beliche Beach is an excellent choice, especially in winter.
And there are plenty more great spots along the Algarve’s southern coast, including the little bay of Ingrina, Burgau, Luz, Meia Praia, Praia da Rocha and Tavira Island.
Apart from the phenomenal conditions for surfing, the Algarve also has 10 clubs and 31 surfing schools. All you need to learn to tame every wave is right here waiting for you on the Algarve coast.
As you can see, the beaches, the climate, the qualified instructors at the surfing schools and the stunning scenery are all here waiting for you to catch the best swells. All that’s missing is you and your board.