Guide to Arrifana Beach surfing holidays

Jun 30, 2014 BY Paul McWilliams

The wild Atlantic coast of south west Portugal is characterised by rugged rock formations, huge sandy stretches and, importantly for surfers, some big swells and waves. Situated in the Costa Vincente National Park, a protected area of natural beauty, Arrifana surfing holidays might be slightly different to the usual Algarve surfing trips, but no less exciting.

Arrifana surfing holidays wikicommons image by Filipe Rocha

If you’re looking for a surfing adventure that’s slightly different, where you’ll find big waves but small crowds, then this more remote destination should suit.

The beach

Located a short distance from the small fishing village from which it gets its name, and a short drive from the larger town of Aljezur, this large cove is about half a kilometre of golden sand. The slightly protected nature of the bay shields Arrifana from the worst of the waves but the point break coming from the right does give rise to some nice high waves or ‘kangroos’.

The location

The fact you’re in a nature reserve has protected the area from the excesses of too much tourism, but you’ll still find a few bars, restaurants and cafes along the front. Perfect for filling up on delicious food after a day in the water. While the waves can get busy, especially on weekends, when the tourists go home the surfing really starts in earnest.

Five of the best surf schools in Portugal image from The Surf Experience

Other beautiful beaches like Monte Clerigo and Amoreira are just a few kilometres away, and the town of Aljezur is just eight kilometres, if you’re looking for some more amenities.

Arrifana surfing holidays make the most of this sheltered, secluded and stunningly beautiful beach. With reliable Atlantic swells and a range of breaks to choose from, this is a top surfing spot. Visit from September to March for the best conditions and enjoy some of Portugal’s best waves. Suitable for all levels but beginners should take care on days with bigger swells.

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