Want to windsurf somewhere in Europe with both flat water and wave riding, fairly reliable conditions and great tourist facilities? Then read this guide to Albufeira windsurfing holidays in Algarve, Portugal.
Albufeira is the Algarve’s biggest and most popular resort. Known for its stunning beaches, lively nightlife, and historic old town, it attracts visitors from around the world. So if you’re looking to experience a unique blend of traditional charm and contemporary amenities while windsurfing and enjoying great weather then Albufeira is tough to beat.
Accommodation options cater to a wide range of preferences and budgets. From luxurious seafront resorts to boutique hotels and cozy guesthouses or self catered apartments to some of the best villas in Portugal. Many of these establishments offer breathtaking views of the coastline and are conveniently located near popular beaches such as Praia da Oura and Praia dos Pescadores.
Albufeira has vibrant bars, nightclubs, live music and plenty of cultural events. Plus the local food scene is varied suiting all budgets, with excellent local restaurants offering a range of delicious Portuguese dishes.
So, what about the windsurfing in Albufeira? The local beaches all around the town offer some good, varied conditions with flat and wave spots to choose from. It is a great place to learn with windsurfing courses and hire shops around.
It is also a good place to practice and improve you skills and, when the wind gets up, to take on a challenge. The water off Albufeira’s main beaches tends to be calm and sheltered from the strongest of winds.
That makes Albufeira a great place to learn to windsurf, but not such a good place for those who already know their way around a board and want something more challenging. That’s OK: there are plenty of places nearby where you’ll find faster winds and bigger swells.
Winds not strong enough during your Albufeira windsurfing holidays? Head to the nearby town of Lagos which is not only a good windsurfing destination but a great place to to join a surf camp in Portugal. The 2 km long sandy beach at Meia Praia is a great little spot for beginners and intermediates, with a safe flat water area just off the beach.
If you want more challenging conditions they can be found at Sagres. This lies right at the south-western tip of Portugal, where the Mediterranean and Atlantic meet. The wind is strong and reliable and there is often some impressive swell. The beach of Martinhal offers perfect freeride conditions.
Albufeira windsurfing holidays offer the best of all worlds. Good, easy windsurfing and plenty more in the resort itself. But also a choice of other beaches to choose from if the wind is not performing or you want to find more of a challenge.
We hope you found this guide to Albufeira windsurfing holidays in Algarve, Portugal useful. Check out other outdoor activities in Albufeira for more ideas.