8 redenen om te gaan surfen in Portugal

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8 redenen om te gaan surfen in Portugal


Voor surfers en niet-surfers is Portugal een geweldige vakantiebestemming. De 900 kilometer lange kustlijn is adembenemend en de golven net zo. Voeg de lage prijzen, vriendelijke bewoners en lekker eten toe aan de mix en je zult begrijpen waarom Portugal zo populair is. SurfaWhile heeft veel bezoeken aan dit land gebracht en we dachten waarom we niet zouden delen waarom we denken dat je naar Portugal zou moeten gaan voor je volgende surfvakantie.

De diversiteit in surfspots

Hoe ervaren je ook bent, Portugal heeft de golf die je zoekt. Het is de trotse thuisbasis van de grootste golf ooit gesurft in Nazare, waar zelfs de beste big-wave surfers ter wereld twee keer over nadenken. Aan de andere kant zijn de stranden van Caparica en Ericeira perfect voor beginnende surfers. Vrijwel elk type golf is wel ergens in Portugal te vinden.

The big waves of Nazare

Het hele jaar door surfen

Terwijl de meeste surfers beweren dat de beste periodes om te gaan surfen in Portugal herfst en winter zijn, biedt Portugal het hele jaar door geweldige golven. Het is echter wel zo dat in de herfst en de winter de golven krachtiger en interessanter worden voor gevorderde surfers. De zomer is echter veruit de beste tijd om als beginneling in Portugal te gaan surfen. De temperaturen zijn mooi, de golven zijn niet te ruw en de dagen zijn mooi en lang.

Surfing in Caparica – Portugal

Het Klimaat

Some parts of Portugal have an average of 300 sunny days a year, an pretty much the whole country will have only sunny days in summer. Because of the proximity to the ocean the summers never get too hot, averaging at about 27 degrees Celsius. In winter the average temperature is 17 degrees celcius. No matter when you visit, the weather will most likely be on your side. 

Low cost of living 

Portugal is considered the cheapest country in western Europe and many travelers are surprised about how far their money will take them. The bigger cities like Lisbon and Porto are a bit more expensive than the countryside and smaller coastal towns, but nothing to be worried about. The restaurants, local shops and bars are all very cheap compared to France and even Spain. In addition to this, the prices for accommodation are very affordable. This also goes for the surf camps and houses that are there. 

The LaPoint Surfhouse in Alentejo

Communication

The English language is widely spoken in Portugal which can come in handy when exploring the cities and sights. Outside of the urban areas you might come across some places where they speak no English, but even French and Spanish will get you pretty far in terms of communicating. 

The food 

If you love fish, you will love Portugal. Most of the restaurants will serve fresh fish which will be prepared beautifully. You simply cannot leave the island without trying the salted cod which is available throughout the country. If you do not like fish, there is no need for disappointed, the Portuguese also love their meats. We always enjoy the different kinds of sausages which are mostly found in Lisbon. No matter where you are in Portugal, the food will be great. Even the most tiny and unknown places can serve food you will never forget. 

BBQ sardines

Offer of surf accommodations 

In recent years the amount of surf camps and surf houses along the Portuguese coastline have rapidly increased. This means that there is a lot of variety in the vibe, crowd and quality of the surf accommodations. Check out our offer for surf holidays in Portugal and you will surely find one that meets your demands. 

If you are looking for a great surf camp in Portugal then check out the Dreamsea surf camp Alentejo and Dreamsea Glamping Plus in Alentejo for a stay with a higher standard of quality and comfort.

Dreamsea Glamping plus sea view

The locals 

The Portuguese locals are amazing hosts. When you get invited to a dinner (big chance you will)  it is not uncommon to spend hours preparing for meal. Which will be enjoyed with a large part of the family. They also love to talk so you won’t run out of topics to talk about! Having a chat during one of their beloved coffee breaks is a great opportunity to get an insight in the life of a local in Portugal, you won’t regret it! 

Thomas Oosterhof

Via mijn studie Tourism Management ben ik terecht gekomen bij SurfaWhile. Waar ik elke dag meer leer over het surfen, en het verkopen van surfreizen. Door het schrijven van artikelen over surfvakanties, ervaringen en prachtige surfbestemmingen zorg ik er voor dat jij goed voorbereid op surfvakantie gaat!

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