South West Portugal is the perfect destination for a surfing spring break.
The Algarve is one of the biggest receptors in the world for swell. Boasting two coasts connected to the Atlantic and Mediteranean oceans along with the best climate in Europe this makes for 12 months of surfing paradise.
The west facing coastline receives year round swell; winter and it’s surrounding months being the most consistent. There are numerous beaches plus points and reefs that fire. The south coast will pick up any larger swell from any Atlantic direction and is also protected from north winds. Spring is an excellent time to visit the Algarve as the swells are still coming and the weather is warming up. The summer months tend to have smaller swells therefore most the surfing is done on the west coast but at this time of the year about once a month North African weather systems push warm water swells towards all the south coast spots from Spain to Sagres. Autumn, as with most of Europe is exceptional.
The Gulf Stream misses Portugal therefore the water temperature relies on weather systems and winds pushing the swells and currents. Water temp ranges between 14 – 20 degrees most of the time therefore using a 3/2 even in summer is recommended although there are periods of boardshorts. Worst case scenario in winter is a 4/3mm but never more.
South West Portugal has long been a favourite with Euro surfers and no one knows the coastline better than the crew at the Surf Experience surf camp. Based in Lagos, Portugal the Surf Experience was established in 1992 and has been setting the standard of surf holidays since before the tarmac roads. They have gathered all their knowledge over the years to create the ultimate surf break with options of surf school, surf safaris, pro level bootcamp weeks, longboard specialist, Surf Massage training & free yoga weeks. Combine this with amazing accommodation options, unrivalled catering, nightlife and music events makes this one of the greats.
Cheap flights and low fight times from most European airports make the Algarve and easy option for quick breaks. There is great local vibe and the Portuguese have to be some of the most friendly hosts in the Euro Zone.