Portugal’s over 900 km of coastline (just in the continent) attracts water sports’ enthusiasts from all over the world. With its sandy beaches, stunning sunsets and perfect waves, it’s easy to get lost with the variety of water sports and activities offered in every city touching the ocean.
We put together a guide of the best spots to catch the biggest waves, calmest bays or nicest underwater landscapes.
1. Catch the biggest waves of the world in Nazaré
Anyone who practices surf as a professional or as an amateur has heard about the world records set by Garret MacNamara or Rodrigo Koxa when surfing the biggest waves of the world in Praia do Norte, Nazaré.
If you are an experienced surfer looking for adventure, this is the spot to go! However, if these waves might seem just a little too big for you don’t worry! There are plenty of other beaches in Portugal with just the right size of waves for a surfer to enjoy a great summer.
2. Praia de Supertubos in Peniche, the European Pipeline
Peniche has wonderful beaches for surfing, kitesurfing and windsurfing which makes it the surfing capital of Europe. One of these beaches is Praia de Supertubos with its powerful waves formed by a particular underwater structure. If you are an experienced surfer or a kite surfer craving for adventure, you will be happy to know that this beach is perfect for adventure at any time of the year.
3. Praia do Cabedelo – the spot to practice multiple water sports
Located in the beautiful city of Viana do Castelo, this beach is one of the most popular kitesurf, windsurf and surfing spots in the north of Portugal. The perfect wind conditions and different spots for different kinds of practices (from flat waters to more intense waves), makes it an official European destination for surfers from all around the world.
4. Surfing near the capital – Praia do Guincho, Ericeira, Costa da Caparica
Lisbon is the city you want to visit. Combining history, art and culture, it can give you experiences that will keep you there for days! One of the things you can do is hitting the beach: either you just want to sunbathe or try the amazing waves with your kitesurf or windsurf, there are plenty of beaches with waves to explore!
5. Kitesurfing and Windsurfing in Obidos Lagoon
If you are looking for the right spot to learn how to kitesurf or windsurf, Obidos is the place for you. With its calm and waist-deep waters and perfect wind conditions during the whole year, it makes the perfect one-day trip, just one hour away from Lisbon.
6. Explore the coast with your stand-up paddle equipment
The new trend of stand-up paddling is just perfect to explore the Portuguese coast. One of the best spots to take your paddleboard to in Europe is no less than the Portuguese capital itself! From Lagoa de Óbidos to exploring the majestic Tejo river with its castles and medieval villages, the calm waters will allow you to have the most amazing experience.
7. Algarve coast – the place to go when you want to try literally everything
Are you enthusiastic about all kinds of water sports and activities? With its warm temperatures and extended beaches, Algarve is the place to go when you want to have different experiences every day. From water skiing to kitesurfing, paddleboard and scuba diving, there are plenty of schools and groups in Algarve where you can find the perfect spot for your intense holidays.
8. Scuba diving and snorkelling
There’s no HD such as your real eyes! A good scuba diving experience is something unforgettable and Portugal is the place to see the most wonderful underwater landscapes and sea life.
Madeira has so much to offer when it comes to tourism but one of the best things is the diving and snorkelling experience. From snorkelling and swimming with dolphins to exploring wrecked ships while diving, you will make the most out of your trip when you decide to take one of these tours.
The archipelago of the Berlengas located right in front of Peniche is considered a marine reserve due to its unique underwater ecosystem. With tours available every day from the continent, you will be able to explore this unique underwater heritage both by snorkelling or scuba diving.
A great way to spend a few hours in Algarve is by exploring its underwater landscapes and caves with your snorkelling or scuba diving equipment. The transparency of the water, as well as the variety of fauna and flora, allows anyone with or without previous snorkelling experience to contemplate the wonders of the ocean.
From beautiful underwater limestone islands forming reefs filled with sea life to rock formations that manipulate shadow and light making it in a unique experience in the world, you will find the right experience for you in the Algarve coast.
9. Not so much fan of sports? Go for a dolphin sea watch and cave tour!
The richness of coastal landscapes in Portugal makes it possible to see the most amazing caves, stunning rock formations and of course wild ocean life.
Besides the beautiful sandy beaches and the turquoise transparent seawater, Algarve is also known for its beautiful cliffs and natural caves.
The richness of this regions allows tourists to go for tours where, besides exploring secret caves and labyrinths of beautiful rock formations, they can also see dolphins, sharks, sea turtles and even go for a swim. With lots of companies offering these tours, you have departures from cities such as Albufeira, Olhão, Portimão ou Sagres.
Azores and Madeira
If you dream about seeing dolphins and whales in the wild, you will have plenty of tours to choose from in Azores or Madeira, from Faial to S. Miguel and Calheta to Funchal, there are companies promising 95% rates of success in dolphin watching!
Are you planning to go to Portugal for a surfing experience? Or maybe to swim with the dolphins? Contact us and plan your trip comfortably while shipping your paddleboard, windsurf or snorkelling equipment with Eurosender!
Last modified: February 14, 2020