surfing in Matosinhos

Why you should try surfing in Matosinhos

Porto is booming in every way – the city in the North of Portugal is becoming more and more popular amongst travellers from all over the world! People seem to be falling in love at first sight with the vibrant and colourful city.

When you’re on holidays in Porto, you have a lot to discover. You can go to one of the port wine cellars and get to know everything about the history of that special and very yummy drink. Or you can visit one of the many museums and other cultural highlights that are spread out over the entire city. Foodies also will be happy in Porto, thanks to the big variety in different restaurants. There’s something for every taste in Porto!

Matosinhos surf lesson

We’ll start with a brief beach session

But did you also know that Porto is actually also a great destination for surfing? Yes, surfing in Porto is great and it’s possible all year around! And the hotspot for surfing in Porto is definitely Matosinhos! We will tell you, why surfing in Matosinhos is the best and why you just have to try it during your stay in Porto!

Have you been to Matosinhos yet? It’s the coolest part of the city, right at the famous city beach Matosinhos where all the surfers and active people hang out and spend their days. In Matosinhos, you will find loads of hip juice bars, cute boutiques and of course, it’s located right at the big city park!

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Even the little ones are welcome!

But the coolest thing about Matosinhos is the surfing in Matosinhos! Along the big sandy beach, there are several beach breaks where you can catch some waves! From the far left side of the beach until the other end – depending on the swell and wave conditions, you will find waves all around in Matosinhos!

No wonder that there are surf schools right at the beach. Surfing in Matosinhos is perfect for people of all experiences – beginners will be able to catch their first few waves and even surfers with a lot of experience will be sure to have some fun in while surfing in Matosinhos!

Kids learn very fast!

Kids learn very fast!

Our surf school in Matosinhos works only with real locals, who will tell you all secrets about surfing in Matosinhos. And since it’s a busy beach where you can surf all year round, they are sure to have a lot of interesting stories to tell! Even if you visit Porto during the winter or when the weather is not so great, surfing in Matosinhos promises to be a success! Usually during the winter waves are even better than in the summer!

And after surfing in Matosinhos you can refresh yourself in a nice cafe or just chill by the beach and observe the busy life of a city beach. In Matosinhos, you will see all kinds of people coming and going. It’s a hotspot for locals, travellers and beach lovers!

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During this surf trip you can get to know new people

So if you’re planning a trip to Porto, make sure to try surfing in Matosinhos as well! You can get a private surf lesson, join a class or go for a surf trip with transfers from Porto included. There’s no better place to learn surfing than a cool city beach in one of the most vibrant and popular cities of Europe! Enjoy the waves!

5 Places to Spend a Beach Vacation in the Algarve

This is a guest post by Emily, an inquisitive explorer and connoisseur writing about her passion for travel.

Dreaming about a beach vacation in the Algarve? Beach vacations are probably the best type of travelling getaways that everyone should pamper themselves with once in a lifetime. Tanning on a sunny day at a beautifully quaint beach just takes all your work blues away and gives you a refreshing time to enjoy! Portugal has idyllically serene and stunning beaches for an unforgettable Beach Vacation in the Algarve. The beaches are situated all around this holiday destination and are one of the best ones if you are looking for beach vacation internationally. Hence, let’s explore the top five places you can add to your travel bucket list for gifting yourself an amazing beach holiday!

5 Places to Spend a Beach Vacation in the Algarve

  1. Praia do Carvalho
Photo by Richard King, CC BY 2.0

Photo by Richard King, CC BY 2.0

Being a dazzling sandy bay of the Algarve Coast, Praia do Carvalho is gorgeously tinted with golden sands and a sapphire watered beach that gives it a splendid look. This beach is at its best during the low tide when you just lay down for beautiful tanning or if you are an active explorer, try to unravel the enigmatic caverns and tunnels found here. The sea caves are a must to explore while the high tide season fills these caves that results in water shooting out of blowholes making it appear more pleasing. The best way to visit these sea caves is by boat, kayak or SUP.

  1. Praia da Bordeira
Photo by Paulo Valdivieso, CC BY-SA 2.0

Photo by Paulo Valdivieso, CC BY-SA 2.0

If you are in search of a solitary beach vacation, Praia da Bordeira is the one to opt. The calm atmosphere and swirling sea waves are amazingly complementing and you can just roam around here without worrying for crowds! It is not as much of a teeming beach and that’s why many tourists come here looking to spend their beach time in solitude. But the amenities are short so keep snacks, drinks and all other requirements ready while coming here and the location will actually make your visit a special one with its impressive quietness. You can endeavor kite surfing during windy days here but refrain from sunbathing when wind gets a little stormy. Praia da Bordeira should be your choice for your beach vacation in the Algarve in you like surfing.

  1. Praia da Rocha
Photo by Steven Fruitsmaak, CC BY-SA 3.0

Photo by Steven Fruitsmaak, CC BY-SA 3.0

Literally translated as the beach of rocks, Praia da Rocha in Algarve is another quaint find to immerse yourself in calm surroundings. It is a perfect place to take a deep into the sea waters and then lay down looking over the shining blue sky! Sunbathing is a must to do and there are many rock caves all around Praia da Rocha calling out for all the adventures looking to do cave explorations amidst this immaculate beach location! Praia da Rocha is one of the most popular destinations for a beach vacation in the Algarve.

  1. Ilha de Tavira
Photo by Jose A., CC BY 2.0

Photo by Jose A., CC BY 2.0

Ilha de Tavira is actually on the Tavira Island where you can arrive by a ferry coming from the Tavira city. The island is merely 11 km in total length and Ilha de Tavira covers most of its part. Its fabulous location is inherently natural and there is even a camping park for staying over while most of other buildings have been banned and closed. This beach island is replete with natural environment and is wonderfully an eye treat for both nature lovers and beach travelers.

  1. Praia Verde
Photo by Jose A., CC BY 2.0

Photo by Jose A., CC BY 2.0

The Green Beach or Praia Verde at Algarve is another blend of sea and nature that makes it an incredible beach vacation. It is away from the swarming cliché attractions of Algarve and is surrounded by salt pans near the River Guadiana where you will find a range of migrated birds. There is a pine forest just by the edge of this beach giving it cool breezes in summer and being the place from where the name Praia Verde is derived from.

Thus, these are the gorgeous beach destinations you can head to for a long weekend or an extended beach vacation in the Algarve to mesmerize yourself with the best beaches of Portugal. So, what are you waiting for? Add them to your travel itinerary and pack up for a stunning beach time! Happy Tripping!

Author’s Bio:

Emily is an inquisitive explorer and connoisseur writing about her passion for travel and food at MexicanCandy.org where you will find the list of best Mexican candies and a detailed review of each the candies!

We went surfing in Lisbon! And it was AWESOME!

Last Saturday finally I joined one of the surf days in Lisbon. Surfing in Lisbon had been on my list of the activities to test for a long while. I’ve been a surfer myself for many years. Me and my sister (and co-founder of SeaBookings.com) were pretty good surfers when we were kids. From our 12 to 18 years old we even used to participate in national surf competitions.

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Good times we had while surfing along the whole Portuguese coast and participating in surfing competitions with our surf school. Then, at 18, when I moved to Lisbon to study, slowly I quitted surfing. It’s a pity because I love the sport. The close contact with the ocean in undescribable.

Surfing in Lisbon is hot. Young people who visit the Portuguese capital like its surf scene which is booming. For surfing in Lisbon, SeaBookings partnered up with a surf school owned by two young surfers who we know for many years. Tomás and António are pro surfers themselves and decided to create a school to share their passion for surfing in Lisbon.

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Our experience surfing in Lisbon

It was 9AM on a saturday morning when we were picked up by António at the previously agreed meeting point in the center of Lisbon. From there António drove me, my friend Ella and a customer, Tiago, to the best surf spot for that day. The flexibility of choosing the beach on the day and according to the level of the participants allows for a great surf experience.

Within about 20 minutes drive, we arrived at Praia da Torre. Here, the waves seemed tiny but in fact they were perfect for a first time surf lesson. We got our wetsuits and went down to the beach where we could drop our stuff and get our wetsuit on. It was an amazing day in Spring, ideal for a day surfing in Lisbon. After suiting up, Tomás guided us through a short warming up to get our bodies ready to get into the fresh Atlantic.

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After the warming up it was time to practice the “standup” movement on the beach. Tomás showed us first and then we repeated several times. When Tomás though we understood the movement well enough, there was no further time to waste in the sand, and we got into the ocean. The surf lesson was very personalized and therefore Ella and Tiago learned very fast. Tomás was helping them to choose and catch the right waves. I was impressed by how quick both Ella and Tiago were able to stand up on their boards and ride a wave.

As you can see in this video we had a lot of fun. The surf day in Lisbon consists of the surfing lesson as I described here and in the afternoon, you’ll can use the gear to catch some waves yourself. Lunch is not provided, so you can either bring it from home or buy something at the beach. We recommend to bring a hat, sunscreen, swimming gear, a towel and water and a snack. Booking a few days ahead is recommended as some days the surfing trips in Lisbon may become fully booked.

Enjoy surfing in Lisbon and let us know if you’ve got any further tips, suggestions or questions!

Nazaré Big Wave Event 2016

It seems like tomorrow will be the big day! Tomorrow the Nazaré Big Wave Event 2016 is expected to start. Nazaré, about 125km North of Lisbon, is one of the most popular seaside resorts along the “Costa de Prata” (Silver Coast), Portugal. Since November 2011, when surfer Garrett McNamara, from Hawaii, surfed a record-breaking giant wave (23.8 m) at Nazaré, this seaside village became famous for its big waves.

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Garrett McNamara’s wave from 2011 in Nazaré

In recent years, Nazaré has become a popular tourist destination being a picturesque seaside village. Its long sandy beaches are considered to be among the best beaches in Portugal.

After his record-breaking giant wave in 2011, McNamara returned to Nazaré several times in the search of an even bigger wave. In October, 2013, Carlos Burle, from Brazil, surfed another wave that is being studied as possibly the largest wave ever ridden. Surfing big waves in Nazaré is not without danger. In October 2013, female surfer Maya Gabeira experienced a near-death wipeout in Nazaré. Fortunately, she was rescued after losing consciousness.

Nazaré hosts such very high breaking waves thanks to the presence of the underwater Canyon. This canyon makes the waves much larger. The famous big waves of Nazaré gave origin to the Nazaré Big Wave Event 2016.

Andrew Cotton is already having fun at Nazré

Andrew Cotton is already having fun at Nazaré

The Nazaré Big Wave Event 2016 has been called on with big-wave riders Andrew Cotton and Tom Butler, both from the UK, in the starting line up. Depending on the local wind, it looks like Tuesday December the 20th is the first possible day. Let’s keep our fingers crossed the wind and ocean conditions cooperate.

The the World Surf League (WSL) Big Wave Tour (BWT), with a series of major swells heading towards Nazaré, confirmed the start of the event. All surf lovers around the world will have their eyes on the world’s best big wave surfers. The 24 selected big wave riders will take on the waves of “Praia do Norte”. This beach beak is notorious for its imposing waves and dangerous whitewater speeds.

According to Peter Mel, WSL Big Wave Tour Commissioner, the waves are projected to be 10-14m plus with favorable winds. “We are all eager to see how the world’s best big wave surfers push the boundaries with the debut of this event” he says.

The Nazaré Big Wave Event 2016 is an all-new event on the WSL Big Wave Tour. The Nazaré Big Wave Event 2016 will be the first paddle-in competition to take place at Nazaré. This happening reaffirms Portugal as a big wave haven.

The event will be contested by 24 of the best big wave surfers. Our friend and local surfer Alex Botelho is among these 24 courageous surfers. The Nazaré Big Wave Event 2016 is scheduled to start early in the morning Portugal time on Tuesday, December 20. Depending on the conditions, the organization is also keeping the option open of competition days on Wednesday, December 21 and Thursday, December 22.

The Nazaré Big Wave Event 2016 will be webcast LIVE at WorldSurfLeague.com and on the WSL app. The total prize purse for the Nazare Challenge is $100,000.

Nazaré Challenge Competitors in 2016:

Greg Long (USA)

Billy Kemper (HAW)

Nic Lamb (USA)

Carlos Burle (BRA)

Damien Hobgood (USA)

Cristian Merello (CHL)

Ramon Navarro (CHL)

Gabriel Villaran (PER)

Grant Baker (CHL)

Trevor Carlson (HAW)

Koa Rothman (HAW)

Jamie Mitchell (AUS)

Aaron Gold (HAW)

Kai Lenny (HAW)

Pedro Calado (BRA)

Will Skudin (USA)

Kealii Mamala (HAW)

Kohl Christensen (HAW)

Alex Botelho (PRT)

Hugo Vau (PRT)

João de Macedo (PRT)

Antonio Silva (PRT)

Andrew Cotton (GBR)

Tom Butler (GBR)

Visit Nazaré these days to be impressed by these heroes or book your own surfing lesson in Portugal!