There are lots of great areas near Lisbon and in the surrounding areas that are ideal for surfing. We will take a look at them in further detail below…
There is only one place to begin, and this is with Carcavelos, which is one of the best known surf spots in Portugal. This area is only ten minutes away from the city center in Lisbon as well. Plus, it is home to some of the most consistent waves throughout the year. One of the best things about Carcavelos is that it is suitable for all levels, as there are a lot of peaks. Plus, you will find that there are plenty of surf schools here, offering surf lessons and equipment too.
The second surf spot that we recommend is Sao Pedro. This point break is an excellent wave to surf, especially when the conditions are spot on. This is a great area if you are looking for somewhere relaxed to surf.
What about Guincho? This is a stunning beach of 1 km, which is considered one of the best beach breaks in the area. It is nice and mellow here during the summer months. However, it can get a little bit punchy outside of these months, so it is important to keep this in mind. A lot of kitesurfers come here because it can get windy from the mid-afternoon onwards.
Another place in Lisbon that is ideal for surfing is Bafureira. In fact, this area offers one of the best waves on the Estoril coast. It is an excellent reef break that is effective most of the year. It can work on both wind swells and ground swells and with some North in the winds. When surfing here, it is best at mid-tide, as it can produce both lefts and rights in the correct conditions. However, it is known more as a right breaking wave. You won’t be disappointed here if you get the conditions right.
Next, we have Lagoa de Albufeira, which is around 20 km directly south of Lisbon. You can expect great waves all year round here, as the area is very exposed to swells. There are a lot of wave options here, plus the beach itself is truly beautiful. It is a big open space, making it one of the most beautiful places to relax as well. You will certainly enjoy taking a break from surfing and kicking back here.
Another surf spot that we recommend is Praia da Poca. This is situated around 20 km to the west of the city center in Lisbon by train. This is a reef break that can take some very big swells. The wave works best at mid-tide. Nicknamed the Portuguese Teahupoo, when Poca starts to work, it is only for surfers that are intermediate to advanced, so we definitely do not recommend making the trip here if you are going to be surfing for the first time.
Last but not least, we have Costa da Caparica, which is a long, exposed beach, which has jetties along it to the South of Lisbon. It is on the opposite side of the city, taking around 20 minutes to get here. As it is so exposed, it works perfectly when winds come from the east, creating the ideal offshore wind.
As you can see, there are lots of great places for surfing Lisbon, and so it is not hard to see why this has become such a popular spot for surfers. Make sure you check out the conditions before you decide what spot to head to.