Freeride Surf Resort
Portugal: South Algarve
Fantastic deals offered with this spacious 4* design hotel overlooking the ocean and harbor of Sagres.
LowPressure Stormrider's Surf Guide says
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 Algarve has been every foreigner’s favourite slice of Portugal for decades now and surfers are no exception. It might lack some of the wave quality of Peniche and Ericeira but the laid back country vibe more than makes up for that, attracting ever increasing numbers of foreign surfers escaping from the icy winters of northern Europe. Being on the corner of the Iberian Peninsula means the Algarve has the widest swell window in the country and regular offshores on the south coast. SE wind swells can get these usually flat beaches pumping, while big winter nor'westers will wrap into the coves beyond Sagres. The Algarve is a year round destination but autumn through to spring is really the peak period because the summer can be stinking hot and with long flat spells. Winter can still be warm enough for t-shirts and the water is the warmest in Portugal.
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Condition descriptions provided by the Operator
Considered as a paradise to be explored, by all those who visit it, the Sagres region has unique geographical features that provide world class waves for all levels of surfers, from experts with big tubular waves and reef breaks to the most inexperienced surfers with smaller waves and beach breaks.
The area is divided into two coastlines and receives swell all year round being one of the most consistent spots in Europe, and its proximity to the Mediterranean Sea provides a water temperature always above the rest of the country.
It is not difficult to leave the crowd behind and discover deserted beaches with perfect peaks breaking alone that will make you think you're dreaming!
Memmo Baleeira is the only 4 * hotel in the area that has a large surfing component possessing infrastructures and services dedicated to surfers, like space dedicated for equipment storage, rental boards of various shapes and sizes and daily shuttle service to the best waves of the day.
Count on our team's experience and tips to be on the right place at the right time!
37º.17’.35.30’’N • 8º.21’.54.40’’W
Arrifana is very popular in the Portuguese surfing community. When the waves are good it is always crowded because of the many Surf Schools and beginners, so it is very important to respect priorities in the water. A crescent-shaped beach protected by a large cliff. This is probably the best-known wave of Aljezur. It gets a big swell and is sheltered from all winds except the West wind. When the sea is big the “Arrifana right-hander” is a classic, suited for experienced surfers. At high tide the wave is softer and at low tide, drier and faster.
37º.09’.59.80’N • 8º.54’.06.88’’W
Praia do Amado has several Surf Schools and many surfers of all nationalities during the Summer. Wave quality varies considerably according to the deposition of sand and the quality of the sea bottom. Generally very consistent with right and lefthanders. The peaks nearer the car park have a larger crowd. To reach the beach take the dirt track along the sea from Bordeira beach.
37º.06’.31.35’’N • 8º.56’.08.35’’W
Cordoama beach is an extensive stretch of sand protected by cliffs. Consistent peaks which are better with a small swell. Quite isolated with some rips and rocks to watch out for. Do not miss Cordoama viewpoint.
37º.05’.59.19”N • 8º.56’.40.44” W
Castelejo beach is surrounded by high black schist escarpments that contrast with the white sand. Consistent surf guaranteed. At high tide there is almost no beach.
37º.04’.05.96”N • 8º.57’.48.60” W
An exposed point break that gets a lot of swell despite being vulnerable to the wind. Good waves, good atmosphere.
The wave at the South end of the beach is famous among local surfers. There are several dirt tracks (not signposted) from Sagres and Vila do Bispo. The descent to the beach is particularly hard and recommended only for SUVs.
37º.01’.32.29”N • 8º.57’.51.70” W
A small sheltered beach facing Southwest. This peak can produce excellent conditions, particularly in winter, and there is always a crowd. The high tide greatly reduces the size of the beach. Car park very near the beach.
37º.00’.25.92”N • 8º.56’.52.16” W
Tonel beach is on the west side of Sagres Fort and has a wonderful view over Saint Vicent's Cape. Sheltered from the wind. Left and wright-handers on a beach break with a large rock in the middle
37º.00’.17.70”N • 8º.56’.17.70” W
This is typically a beach for Winter surf, quite sheltered from the wind and with peaks all along. Generally not much of a crowd except on exceptionally good days that attract locals from Sagres.
37º.02’.45.06”N • 8º.52’.11.61” W
A beach with calm waters located in a rocky bay East of Sagres. Similar conditions to the other beaches on the South Coast. Not very consistent waves which only work with big swells during winter. This is a great place for a relaxing swim when there are no waves.