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Teiki Mathieu Baillan surfing a self-made Alaia surfboard in Lances Left, Mentawaï, Indonesia. Photo by C. Naslain, 2009.

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 Algarve

Portugal

The Algarve is the perfect year round destination with excellent waves and fantastic weather.

The West Coast is by far the best destination as it picks up the predominant northwesterly swells.
It is a famous for perfect peaks on beautiful beaches and its amazing coastline.

The south coast tends to have nice waves during the bigger winter swells, but the further you get from the west coast the smaller they become and the more tourist orientated it gets.

It is these two very different coasts that make for such a special surfing location. With one coast facing predominately west and the other south if there is any swell around, there will always be waves somewhere.

Depending on the swell direction it only takes an ocean swell of 2 or 3 feet for the better breaks to start working.

Summer on the west coast will usually see clean waves from waist to chest high although it can be busy on the beaches.

Either side of summer the west coast produces consistent swell that can be nicely over head.

The winter months are fantastic with comfortable water temperatures and sunbathing as well.
The south coast starts to get better here as big northwest swells come in.
The west coast can have regular 15ft swells and Carrapateira has been known to hit 25ft!

But don't worry! This is one of the areas main advantages. The west coast is usually bigger than the south coast.
So, if the west coast is too big for you then a short 15-minute drive from Carrapateira (Praia do Bordeira) and Praia do Amado (host to ASP pro events) will find you on the south coast where the waves will usually be smaller. The further along the south coast, in general, the smaller the waves.

Remember sun cream – If the air temperature is only showing 15 degrees and the sun is out – you will get burned without it!

English (Translate this text in English): The Algarve is the perfect year round destination with excellent waves and fantastic weather.

The West Coast is by far the best destination as it picks up the predominant northwesterly swells.
It is a famous for perfect peaks on beautiful beaches and its amazing coastline.

The south coast tends to have nice waves during the bigger winter swells, but the further you get from the west coast the smaller they become and the more tourist orientated it gets.

It is these two very different coasts that make for such a special surfing location. With one coast facing predominately west and the other south if there is any swell around, there will always be waves somewhere.

Depending on the swell direction it only takes an ocean swell of 2 or 3 feet for the better breaks to start working.

Summer on the west coast will usually see clean waves from waist to chest high although it can be busy on the beaches.

Either side of summer the west coast produces consistent swell that can be nicely over head.

The winter months are fantastic with comfortable water temperatures and sunbathing as well.
The south coast starts to get better here as big northwest swells come in.
The west coast can have regular 15ft swells and Carrapateira has been known to hit 25ft!

But don't worry! This is one of the areas main advantages. The west coast is usually bigger than the south coast.
So, if the west coast is too big for you then a short 15-minute drive from Carrapateira (Praia do Bordeira) and Praia do Amado (host to ASP pro events) will find you on the south coast where the waves will usually be smaller. The further along the south coast, in general, the smaller the waves.

Remember sun cream – If the air temperature is only showing 15 degrees and the sun is out – you will get burned without it!

English (Translate this text in English): The Algarve is the perfect year round destination with excellent waves and fantastic weather.

The West Coast is by far the best destination as it picks up the predominant northwesterly swells.
It is a famous for perfect peaks on beautiful beaches and its amazing coastline.

The south coast tends to have nice waves during the bigger winter swells, but the further you get from the west coast the smaller they become and the more tourist orientated it gets.

It is these two very different coasts that make for such a special surfing location. With one coast facing predominately west and the other south if there is any swell around, there will always be waves somewhere.

Depending on the swell direction it only takes an ocean swell of 2 or 3 feet for the better breaks to start working.

Summer on the west coast will usually see clean waves from waist to chest high although it can be busy on the beaches.

Either side of summer the west coast produces consistent swell that can be nicely over head.

The winter months are fantastic with comfortable water temperatures and sunbathing as well.
The south coast starts to get better here as big northwest swells come in.
The west coast can have regular 15ft swells and Carrapateira has been known to hit 25ft!

But don't worry! This is one of the areas main advantages. The west coast is usually bigger than the south coast.
So, if the west coast is too big for you then a short 15-minute drive from Carrapateira (Praia do Bordeira) and Praia do Amado (host to ASP pro events) will find you on the south coast where the waves will usually be smaller. The further along the south coast, in general, the smaller the waves.

Remember sun cream – If the air temperature is only showing 15 degrees and the sun is out – you will get burned without it!

English (Translate this text in English): The Algarve is the perfect year round destination with excellent waves and fantastic weather.

The West Coast is by far the best destination as it picks up the predominant northwesterly swells.
It is a famous for perfect peaks on beautiful beaches and its amazing coastline.

The south coast tends to have nice waves during the bigger winter swells, but the further you get from the west coast the smaller they become and the more tourist orientated it gets.

It is these two very different coasts that make for such a special surfing location. With one coast facing predominately west and the other south if there is any swell around, there will always be waves somewhere.

Depending on the swell direction it only takes an ocean swell of 2 or 3 feet for the better breaks to start working.

Summer on the west coast will usually see clean waves from waist to chest high although it can be busy on the beaches.

Either side of summer the west coast produces consistent swell that can be nicely over head.

The winter months are fantastic with comfortable water temperatures and sunbathing as well.
The south coast starts to get better here as big northwest swells come in.
The west coast can have regular 15ft swells and Carrapateira has been known to hit 25ft!

But don't worry! This is one of the areas main advantages. The west coast is usually bigger than the south coast.
So, if the west coast is too big for you then a short 15-minute drive from Carrapateira (Praia do Bordeira) and Praia do Amado (host to ASP pro events) will find you on the south coast where the waves will usually be smaller. The further along the south coast, in general, the smaller the waves.

Remember sun cream – If the air temperature is only showing 15 degrees and the sun is out – you will get burned without it!

Seasonal swell & wind variations:

West to NorthWest throughout the year with some South / SouthWest from June to September

English (Translate this text in English): West to NorthWest throughout the year with some South / SouthWest from June to September

English (Translate this text in English): West to NorthWest throughout the year with some South / SouthWest from June to September

English (Translate this text in English): West to NorthWest throughout the year with some South / SouthWest from June to September

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Seasons
Jan/Feb Mar/Apr May/Jun Jul/Aug Sep/Oct Nov/Dec
Best Surfing Season
Typical Swell Size
Surf Equipment Traje Fullsuit Traje de neopreno para surf (springsuit) Traje de neopreno para surf (springsuit) Calzones Calzones Traje de neopreno para surf (springsuit)
Water temp. 15°C
59°F
17°C
63°F
19°C
66°F
22°C
72°F
21°C
70°F
18°C
64°F
Air temp. 16°C
61°F
20°C
68°F
25°C
77°F
30°C
86°F
25°C
77°F
18°C
64°F
Climate

Seasonal swell & wind variations

West to NorthWest throughout the year with some South / SouthWest from June to September

English (Translate this text in English): West to NorthWest throughout the year with some South / SouthWest from June to September

English (Translate this text in English): West to NorthWest throughout the year with some South / SouthWest from June to September

English (Translate this text in English): West to NorthWest throughout the year with some South / SouthWest from June to September

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Ilha Deserta 1 / -
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Ilha do farol 29 / -
Right and left Beach-break All surfers
Ingrina 8 / -
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Julias - / -
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Luz 10 / -
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Manta Rota 2 / -
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Mareta 14 / -
Right and left Beach-break All surfers
Martinhal 2 / -
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Meia Praia 5 / -
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Monte Clerigo 14 / -
Right and left Beach-break Experienced surfers
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Praia da Rocha 4 / -
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Praia de Altura 5 / -
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Praia do Bordeira 1 / -
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Praia do Farol - lado poente 3 / -
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Rosa Branca 5 / -
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Salema 18 / -
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Tonel 60 / 1
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Três Irmãos 1 / -
Left Beach-break Experienced surfers
Vale do Lobo 2 / -
Right and left Beach-break All surfers
Vale Figueira 6 / -
Beach-break All surfers
Zavial 43 / 1
Right and left Point-break Experienced surfers
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Tonel
De iggypi
Ago 30, 2012
Nice ride today - Nice ride, sunny wheater with the typical strong offshore wind :) Very nice spot, always a good on, not very crowed, friendly locals 
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Carrapateira
De Arndt
Nov 6, 2011
nice left - I had a few good sessions out at Carrapteira in early November with light offshore winds and small but fun waves. Got my new fish to work which performed really well in these conditions (thanks Justin @ www.morphsurfboards.com !!  Most of
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Gale
De surferjb
Ago 31, 2010
No Rental.. - Was in Portugal for a short Holiday and figured i'd get a good surf while I was there... Went down to Gale beach which was a short walk from our appartment and tried to see if there was somewhere to rent a surf board.. (even a foamy would have
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Ingrina
De Arne
Jan 5, 2010
-
Mais...
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Luz
De Arne
Jan 4, 2010
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Arne avatar
Viagem: Portugal Xmas 09
De Arne
Do Dez 29, 2009 ao Jan 5, 2010
My first trip together with Andre to the Algarve. Lots of wind, rain and swell, but also some nice days with clean waves and some sunshine. Temperatures were mild, (about 18° inside and outside the water.
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Viagem: Portugal Algarve Xmas 09/10
De lafitenia64
Do Dez 29, 2009 ao Jan 5, 2010

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Viagem: Lagos 08
De ceej91
Do Out 18, 2008 ao Out 25, 2008
Lagos, Portugal with Extreme Holidays....leant to surf! caught my first green wave and turned down it straight away! was awesome!   ....oh and the people and nightlife werent too bad either :) TEAM JEEP 08!
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Viagem: Near home
De deep blue
Do Fev 5, 2008 ao Fev 28, 2008

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Viagem: Portugal
De Pisco23
Do Ago 20, 2007 ao Set 3, 2007
Haven't been to portugal for over 5 years, now returning with kids - so it will be interesting to see how we can work around them and their totalitarian eating-sleeping regime. and my surfing.  I guess I'll hi the water whenever I can, i
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By wounded gull , 01-02-2008

monte clerigo - On a bigger swell it's not suitable for inexperienced surfers as the rip can be pretty strong.
5-6ft and clean, pretty heavy beach break.
Saw one guy get dragged right over onto the far side but he got out before he hit rocks ;)
Another was pulled out to sea to the right again but god knows what he was up to!
The reefs to the left look lovely but looked a bit shallow when I was there.

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