Praia D’El Rey Beach Resort

Portugal: Peniche

Experience both top waves with a 5 star hotel at this perfectly located golf/beach resort on the west coast of Portugal, where guests can relax and enjoy the best of what Portugal has to offer.

LowPressure Stormrider Surf Guide says

Portugal sits on the western edge of Europe’s continental shelf, enticing deep ocean swells to break unimpeded on its’ sunny shores. The Portuguese coast is wide open to the consistent W-NW swells that pound Europe from October to April. The climate is the most pleasant on Europe’s Atlantic seaboard, but the water remains cold year round. This coldness doesn’t transfer to the friendly people who have an affinity with the sea through their age-old traditions of seafaring and fishing. Both these themes are strong in Peniche, which is home to one of Portugal’s biggest fishing fleets. Whereas most of the Portugese seaboard faces due west, with few headlands for wind and swell protection, Peniche is on a small peninsula at right angles to the Portuguese coast. This peninsula used to be an island, until a causeway was built in the 12th century, and rarely holds much surf. Sand dunes to the north link this peninsula to the smaller Baleal peninsula, offering 5k’s (3mi) of beachbreak, with a N to SW exposure. Further north, the zone starts off with a major rivermouth beside the Obidos Lagoon close to Foz de Arelho, which sometimes hosts a good left. Between here and the small peninsula at Baleal is a long, straight NW facing stretch of beachbreaks, backed by fields of crops, making access difficult.

The little fishing town of Peniche is not the prettiest spot on the Portuguese coast, but it’s probably the most renowned surfing area in the country. Originally an island, Peniche became one with the mainland due to the silting up of the shallow channel that divided it from the rest of the country. Today that short and narrow spit of land contains an obscene amount of wave variety that can provide the goods in almost any conditions. Most famous is Supertubos, regarded by many as one of Europe’s best beach breaks, but there are plenty of other barrels to pull into around Peniche. Peniche is a year round destination with swell exposure on the north side of the town and shelter on the south. The town also sits at the dividing point between the cooler and wetter north and the dry, sunny south meaning that summers are long but tempered by cool sea breezes and the winters mild though occasionally stormy.

Find more general info about when to go and statistics on the Low Pressure’s Stormrider Guide’s website.

PP/Night from US$ 156