More than just glossy yachts and golf this southern region of Portugal has an abundance of surfing spots along its south and west coasts with waves to put a smile on your face whatever your level. A true crowd pleaser, Algarve’s golden beaches, natural beauty, buzzing nightlife and plethora of surfing options make its one of Europe’s hottest travel destinations.
The Algarve is the land of plenty: lush undulating landscapes leading into long sandy beaches and everywhere you look the blue, blue sea. This southernmost region of Portugal is popular in the summer months with roughly 200k of coastline stretching south and west. Team this with favourable winds, a wide swell window, throw some reefs into the mix and you’ve got yourself one sweet slice of surfing indulgence!
Fantastic Scenery and surf spots
The Algarve is like one big candy shop with something to suit everyone’s taste-buds. Pic’n’mix between raucous party towns, quaint whitewashed villages, enchanting forested hills and dramatic sepia tone cliffs. The same goes for the surf. Whatever time of the year you arrive there are waves upon waves just waiting to be buttered by you and your board! Travellers can take their pick of a wide choice of lodging options with laid back surf camps, party houses, friendly hostels and sea-view apartments. Find comfortable and stylish accommodation all along the coast from Lagos to Sagres and up to stunning Arifanna.
Backpackers heaven and perfect surf options
With backpacker friendly options available for lower budgets and high end luxury for the discerning traveller we can help you find your perfect Portuguese getaway. A truly special surfing destination this southern tip of Portugal spoils beginner, intermediate and advanced surfers with not one but two coasts of surf to choose from. The west coast is caressed by northwesterly swells and is famous for some unbeatable breaks. Fantastic beaches like Carrapateira and Praia do Amando are true gems for more adventurous surfers. The south has a wide selection of breaks and is the ideal destination for beginner surfers looking to experience the surfing lifestyle.
Algarve surf conditions
Thanks to the geography and favourable winds there is always surf to be found. Conditions are all time in spring and autumn seasons with the sun keeping things balmy and warm. During summer the waves can simmer down but then the parties onshore come to full boil so you’re never far from a good time. Regardless of wind and swell there’s surf to be found all year round, beginners are able to ease into the surfing scene on smaller waves whilst the pros can throw down tricks all day on the quality west coast point and reef breaks.
Relax and enjoy your holidays
When you’re not surfing you can refuel in the ocean front restaurants serving great local cuisine; share your tales from the high seas in the buzzing bars of Sagres and Lagos, treat yourself to a spot of shopping and later on be sure to bust some moves on the dance floor. If you fancy a break from the carnival there are plenty of peaceful hideaways where you can relax and recharge. Take a trip along the coast to discover historical castle towns, cobblestone streets in charming villages, rugged undeveloped coastline and inviting beaches. Try classic brandy aguardiente made from figs and arbutus berries that grow high up in the hills near the market town of Monchique. Meander through the lively weekend markets of Loulé and pick up some artisan produce. Be sure to pack your camera and capture the architectural beauty of fishing villages like Olhão the “city of cubes.”
The place to be - Algarve!
Choice is the mot du jour here in the Algarve. No matter your surfing ability, group size or budget you can pick a package or tailor your trip to suit your requirements. If you’re a solo traveller, family group, yoga nut or pack of gals we can hook you up with some fantastic surfing deals. Get in touch if you need a little inspiration or you know exactly what you’re looking for. The experts at Luex are on hand to help you make the choosing simple and the surfing sweet.