Dreamsea Surf Camp Portugal
Portugal: Alentejo & North Algarve
Learn to surf whilst ‘slumming it’ in luxury ‘glamping' tents just meters from one of the most stunning white sand beaches in Portugal.
Low Pressure Stormrider Surf Guide says
Despite the small size of Portugal there are literally hundreds and hundreds of breaks. With almost 2000 km coastline mainly exposed to the west Portugal picks up plenty of swells. All the year around. Peak season is autumn, winter and spring with regular ground swells lighting up all reef and beach breaks. Even during summer time there quite a high probability of finding good surf. Less regular and sometimes wind swells though. In general the power of the waves is second to no other area in Europe and plenty of waves are of highest quality.
General Description of Alentejo & North Algarve
The Algarve is the southwestern corner of the Iberian Peninsula and is an intoxicating mix of Atlantic and Mediterranean influences. It was the last major European surf region to be explored and although it doesn’t contain the classic reefs of central Portugal, the potential for good, uncrowded waves is high. The countryside is a gently undulating mesh of forests and small fields, leading down to an undeveloped coastline of high cliffs and long empty beaches scattered with rocks. The small, lively town of Sagres is well located to take advantage of the wide swell window of Cape St-Vincent, where the west and south coasts meet.
The Alentejo (& Nth Algarve) remains relatively undeveloped, where vast, empty acres scattered with olive and cork trees overlook hidden sandy coves with a perfect peak beneath unfaltering blue skies. It’s possible to spend days drifting down the dusty lanes, camping out on the beaches and getting to ride an extraordinary variety of waves. The northern half is an unexciting sandy strip of shoredump but after industrial Sines the coves, bays and reefs start and though the swells have lost some size compared to the north of Portugal they have an order that’s often missing up there. A year round destination, but at its best from autumn through to spring.
Find more general info about when to go and statistics on the Low Pressure’s Stormrider Guide’s website.