Carcavelos

4/5

Everything you need to know about this surf spot

Praia de Carcavelos is a famous beach break located only 20 km west of Lisbon city center. It’s one of the best surf spots in Portugal and offers barreling, fast and powerful waves with bigger swells. On smaller days, it’s also perfect suitable for beginners and less experienced surfers.

There are many peaks along the beach with both lefts and rights. The lefts are usually better and more frequent than the rights. It can be surfed at all tides, but less water is normally better. This 1.5-km-long beach provides all the necessary facilities for surfers; parking, restaurants, showers and surf schools. Since Carcavelos is so close to Lisbon, you can expect it to be crowded in and outside the water. If the waves at Carcavelos are too big for your surf level, its neighbour Praia da Torre can offer fun conditions.

Please note that the best time to surf this stretch of coast is October to March. In the summer there are usually no waves!

A typical day surfing the waves at Carcavelos beach

FACILITIES

Carcavelos

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Surf level
Beginner
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Bottom
Sand
Direction of wave
Left and right
CONSISTENCY
4/5
best Wind Direction
North, Northeast
Best swell direction
Southwest, West
Swell size
1 to 2.5 meter
LOCALISM
3/5
Best Tide
Low
Mid
High

Length of Wave
Max 100 meter
Best season
October – March
CROWD FACTOR
5/5

Location

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Carcavelos