What makes the north of Portugal so special? Climate? Waves? Beach and reef breaks? Many surfers underestimate the top class surf spots in the north of Portugal. The beaches around the cities of Porto and Figueira da Foz offer world class surfing conditions. There are numerous good beach breaks for all surf levels. The waves are more constant than in the south and the spots are less crowded. On the rather too hot summer days of over 30 degrees around Lisbon or in the Algarve, the slightly cooler water and air temperatures in northern Portugal are another clear advantage.
North of Figuera da Foz at Cabo Mondego you will find one of the longest rigthander in Europe. On the coast of Buarcos and further north, a variety of surf spots await you, including Esmoriz, Praia de Quiaios, Cabedelo, Praia de Mira, Costa Nova and Praia da Barra. Porto also has other surf spots close to the city and offers a rich culture.