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Latitude: 38° 25.371' N
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From Lisbon get on the A2 highway top the south, then +-15km ahead turn right in the exit indicating Sesimbra, then follow EN378 road until you reach a OTAN/NATO base, where you turn right (you will see an indication of Lagoa de Albufeira). Then you follow that road until Alfarim, where you reach an intersection, and continue ahead past that; then you reach another intersection in Aldeia do Meco, turn left, again reach another intersection (20m ahead from last one), and follow straight ahead; About half km latter, you turn left, following the tar road, and you get to the beach.
DistanceTake a car
WalkInstant access (< 5min)
Easy to find?OK
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
Alternative name Tramagueira
Wave qualityRegional Classic
FrequencyVery consistent (150 day/year)
DirectionRight and left
BottomReef (coral, sharp rocks etc..)
Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)
Good swell directionNorthWest, West
Good wind directionSouthEast, East
Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 4m+ / 12ft
Best tide positionLow and mid tide
Best tide movementRising tide
Week crowdFew surfers
- Rips / undertow
The wave quality can only be considered acceptable when the swell reaches 1m to 1.5m; smaller than that it's not worth it, better beach breaks are relatively near.
The beach has to main waves; the one in front of the beach entrance (step descent) breaks both ways, the left is better but not always works; the right is acceptable quality, very hollow drops, and a very very hollow inside section (beware of the rocks in this section, they sometimes show their teeth, especialy in low tide); otherwise the wave is a bit fat.
The other wave is a left that breaks to the right of the beach; it's a long fat wave, not so shallow as the main point, so a better option in the low tide.
There also is a wave to the left of the beach (also breaks to the left), in front of the cliffs, rarely surfed, and can handle waves from 1m up to 5m. Good options when the main wave is crowded. Check www.scs.co.pt for more photos.
Really cool atmosphere, except in the weekends...
You're really in contact with nature here.
Good wave for surfing, not so good for bodyboarding; but if you fancy big powerfull waves, Bicas can provide it for you.
By Anonymous , 07-07-2013
Bicas Bicas Bicas - Locals are a bit of a pain in the ass, but it's not that bad. Just be nice and line up like everybody else. Avoid if its a big swell. It's an heavy wave, when it gets big you will need to paddle like crazy to make it to the line up. Demanding wave. Looks a lot smaller from the sand... so be careful. When it gets bigger than 3 meters starts to be a wave with consequences and with heavy paddle. In my opinion it works better from 1m to 2.5 meters. Amazing long left. Before go in ask locals about safety and where the reef and where the rocks are. The inside section gets powerful and heavy.
By scott , 29-03-2009
assholes - The locals are very stupid people or "Animals" but don't scared, they are like a little dog, they barking but don't bit!
"Para o pessoal que tem a mania que são de lá, tenham mas é juizo e não tornem esse sitio magnifico num sitio de merda como voçes são"
By jony , 15-06-2007
epah - when its big it's only for locals, ppl from other places forget about it you can hurt yourself in the rocks... go to costa instead. peace
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