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In Porto take one of the several ways to Vila Nova de Gaia.In Vila Nova de Gaia, follow the coast line to Valadares Sul. Right after Valadares Sul going south starts Francelos. There´s a big sidewalk for runners and bikers next to the beach entrance and a new building across de road. The bar at the moment is no longer there but they are building a new one.
DistanceIn the city
WalkInstant access (< 5min)
Easy to find?Easy to find
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
Alternative name Francelos
Wave qualityRegional Classic
DirectionRight and left
BottomReef (coral,sharp rocks etc..) with sand
PowerHollow, Fast, Powerful, Fun
Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)
Good swell directionNorth, NorthWest, West, SouthWest, South
Good wind directionSouthEast, East, NorthEast
Swell sizeStarts working at 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft and holds up to 3m+ / 10ft+
Best tide positionAll tides
Best tide movementRising and falling tides
Week crowdFew surfers
- Man-made danger (buoys etc..)
There´s a nice beach bar, where you can seat down,order a Beer and wait for the low tide. Dont be terrified with what you see...sharp rocks everywhere, and only a sand bar on the outside!Ask for other couple of beers, and see the rocks disapeer after the full risign tide. Now that your drunk, pick up your surfboard and start padling out! you wont feel a thing after those beers when you hit those living sharp rocks!now seriously, you should look the low tide, just to be aware...on a regular day it wont be a problem to surf mid to high tide. Just be carefull getting in and out of the sea. Friends Advice. Wear boots...you cant believe how those rocks can cut your feet!!
I'm a local in this beach and I srtong recomend the spot. People are very friendly
By vascogranja , 03-02-2012
Melhor país europeu para surfar - Em toda a Europa não há país com tantos e tão bons spots de surf.
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