Surfing on the Cascais - Sintra coast
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The waves which have continually battered and shaped this dramatic coastline for millennia provide excellent and consistent conditions for some of the best surfing in Europe. The two resorts of Praia das Macas and Praia Grande offer great facilities for visiting wave jockeys where as dozens of smaller coves and other smaller beaches offer a more secluded experience. The reliable strong currents and beaches waves found here makes the Cascais-Sintra cost the location of choice for national and international surf and bodyboard championships. Coupled with the close proximity to Lisbon, the surrounding beauty of the UNESCO Natural Parque of Sintra - Cascais and the charming town of Sintra a short distance away, all make this area the perfect location for a surfing holiday.


A pleasant wide stretch of sand with plenty of amenities and facilities for water sports. Praia das Maçãs is named after the river Rio das Maçãs (also the Rio de Colares) which empties into the sea at the southern end of the beach. Maçã means apple. On it's course to the sea the river flows through a number of orchards and during autumn it's known for dropped apples to come floating downstream ending up on the beach. The small town of Praia das Maçãs has developed into an affable resort with plenty of restaurants, cafés, bars, craft shops and a choice of accommodation.

Sintra residents congregate here year round for the fine sea food one finds here. The Sintra old tram terminates here during summer months which delights it's passengers as it chugs along the 45 minute route through the picturesque countryside of the Parque Natural de Sintra-Cascais. Praia das Maçãs makes a fine family destination with the addition of a large outdoor swimming pool equipped with slides, diving boards and a children's pool right on the beach along with a playground and a picnic area.

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Praia das Maçãs
Sintra Surf School

Sintra Surf School

Sintra Surf School is a dedicated company combining travelling, surfing, and bodyboarding. Sintra Surf encourage you to try out both wave crafts and let YOU decide which one you enjoy the most. Their staff are highly qualified surf/bodyboard coaches and lifeguard trained so you will be in the safest and most experienced hands at all times.

Azenhas do Mar, Portugal.
+351 919 369 183 | | Website


Lisbon: Guided Surfing Tour & Lessons

Lisbon: Guided Surfing Tour & Lessons

Start your surfing adventure with a pick-up from the pre arranged meeting point in Lisbon. From here you will take a short, scenic drive to either Carcavelos or Caparica, whichever has the best surf conditions on the day! Once you arrive at your destination, have a short meet and greet with your surfing instructors. Your professional instructors will give you a 2-hour surfing lesson - perfect for anyone just starting out! You will be given all the appropriate equipment you need to enjoy your surfing experience. Lessons will be tailored for all levels of surfing experience from complete new comer to experienced surfer. Enjoy the benefit of small groups meaning you will have plenty of time to spend with your instructor to learn everything you need.

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Surfing and Yoga in Lisbon

Surfing and Yoga in Lisbon

Head to the Costa da Caparica, where the Tejo River flows into the sea. A place of unique natural heritage, the fossil cliffs of Caparica are listed as a Protected Landscape. Book this five hour programme and treat your body and mind to a special day on the Portuguese coast. Your day begins with a surfing experience that includes two hours of lessons at this popular spot with a certified instructor. A wetsuit and complete surfing equipment are provided, along with video footage so you can check out your technique and make any adjustments as needed.

Before continuing the programme with the one hour beach yoga workshop, you’ll have some free time for personal activities at the beach. During the yoga activity, a certified instructor will guide you so that you can experience deep relaxation through simple movements and repetitions.

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4 Days Private Surf Holiday in Cascais

Lisbon: Half-Day Group Surf Lesson

Learn the sport of the moment with fully passionate, experienced and certified instructors. The Lisbon area is a true surf arena with all the natural ingredients to provide you a stunning experience no matter your age or surfing level. If you really want to learn or improve your surf skills, the surf school will offer you lessons for all levels and ages, from beginners to advanced. Everything you may need for your perfect surf holiday will be included such as the surfing equipment and amazing surf conditions to improve and develop your skills.

This Two hour surf lessons will take place in Guincho, Carcavelos or Costa da Caparica, according to the best and safer conditions for you.

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Moby Dick Surfschool

Moby Dick Surf School

The Moby Dick Surfschool is committed to provide the best surfing experience. Their certified instructors are patient and carefully plan all the lessons to ensure that they are suited for your individual level. All the action takes place in the most beautiful beaches, in a relaxed environment and in close contact with nature.
Have you always wanted to be a surfer but you never really had the chance to learn? The Moby Dick Surfschool believes you could become an independent surfer in just a week! Join their one-week intensive programme and you will eat and breathe surf from sunrise to sunset.

1 Rua do Cabo, Malveira da Serra, Cascais, Portugal. | 38° 45' 19.6"N | 09° 26' 44.8"W
+351 918 403 558 | | Website

Salty Souls Surf School

Salty Souls Surf School

Salty Souls is Surf School certified by the Portuguese Tourism association and by the Portuguese surf federation. Salty Souls love Surfing and have many years of experience riding the waves and teaching others how to surf. Salty Souls love sharing their experience with new people and endeavours to make sure that everybody can have access to this fantastic sport in a fun and safe way. Their super team is composed of experienced surfers qualified as Surf instructors by the Portuguese Surfing Federation .

Praia Grande
+351 913 516 264 | | Website


As you probably can guess from the name Praia Grande is the largest beach around these parts where a vast swathe of pristine golden sands await you. The beach is popular with locals in the area as it's easily reached by both private and public transport alike. The swell and consistent beach-break attracts surfers and bodyboarders all year round. On occasions Praia Grande hosts important national and international surfing championships. The magnificent slate cliffs on the southern end of the beach make for an impressive backdrop to the view and a great wind break. If you climb the steps to the top not only will you be treated to a magnificent view but be surprised at seemly gravity defying dinosaurs. A total of 66 footprints dating back 170 million years are imprinted almost vertically assending up the cliff. The time since Megalosaurus and Iguanodons walked here tectonic forces have uplifted and tilted the land sideways.

The beach is well equipped for families offering plenty of facilities such as cafes, bars, toilets, showers and ample parking. When the tide is out Praia Grande joins it's little brother Praia Pequena (Little beach). In between the two beaches lies one of Europes largest oceanic swimming pools which is part of the Hotel das Arribas complex. There are two pools, the 100 metre pool and a children's pool which are opened to the public in Spring and allows access to the hotels amenities. The swimming pools make a safer bathing option for younger members of the family than the Atlantic waves and the facility is always patrolled by lifeguards. Pricing varies according to the season.

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Praia Grande


Ericeira Surfing

Ericeira was awarded the title of Europe's first and only World Surf Reserve in February 2011, a preservation programme whose sole aim is to protect the key environmental, cultural, economic and community attributes of surfing areas. This recognition has elevated Ericeira into the same ranks of Gold Coast, Australia and Santa Cruz, California and hosts world championships. Not all the beaches here only suit professional surfers, there's a diversity of waves and conditions to suit all levels of competence and types of boards. In close proximity there are twelve beaches suitable for surfing with rental shops and surf schools at hand. Read More →

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