Kitesurfing Portugal - everything you need to know!

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2018-03-12

Kitesurfing Portugal

Portugal is not only known for its fish, wine and super bock. You can also find excellent conditions for surfers. The country offers you varied spots with beautiful scenery, wind and a much lower kiter density than at other popular kitesurf locations. In our other blog contribution you will find a detailed description of what you can expect during your trip!

Getting there!

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Those who want to travel to Portugal can do this fast and comfortable by plane or a little more adventurously by car or train! The fastest way and often cheapest is for sure by plane. The north of Portugal can be easily reached via the Porto airport. If you want to travel to the middle of Portugal you should look for flights to Lisbon airport. For the south of Portugal, Faro airport offers an alternative! Every airport is reachable within around 4 hours from countries like Germany, Netherlands or other european countries. By car, the journey takes for sure a little longer. For the good 2000 kilometers to Portugal you should plan 24 hours pure driving time by car. However, the ride next to beautiful cities such as Paris or Barcelona (depending on the itinerary) also offers a beautiful landscape! Last but not least to travel to Portugal is by train. You should check in early for interrail tickets if you want to pull this option!

Wind & Weather

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The best months are from May to September. At this time, the portuguese wind (Nortada) blows most constant with at least 4 beaufort which is over 11 knots! The Nortada is a summer wind along the west coast. The main wind direction of the Nortada is north-northeast. The wind is intensified locally by thermal as well as orographic influences. Because of the large rocky coast, there are a lot of places where you can find these influences. A popular spot where you can benefit from these effects is Praia do Guincho. The north of Portugal has a rather cool and humid climate. Due to vegetation, the north of Portugal is also called 'green garden of Portugal'. In the south of Portugal there is a rather warm and dry climate.

Kitespots

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There is a large variety of kitesurf spots. Mostly known for its waves, there are also spots with shallow water. No matter which level of skills you have, there are kitespots both for beginners as for advanced kitesurfer! Pure freedom! 

1 Viana do Castelo (Cabedelo) - big sandy beach, shallow water to wave, best wind direction north
2 Guincho - sandy beach, wave spot, rocky surroundings
3 Foz do Arelho - big waves at the ocean, flat in the lagoon, ideal for beginners or freestyle
4 Sagres - shallow water, sandy beach, no waves

Accommodations

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Cheap accommodations can be found through providers such as Airbnb or booking. There you can find private accommodations or hotels directly at the spot. In our article 10 tips for low-budget trip to Portugal we have detailed tips for you to make the trip to Portugal as cheap as possible. There is also a big camping culture in Portugal. If you have decided to travel with your van you can find the best locations to stay. Big parking lots can be found at every beach. If you want, you can wake up each morning with a different outlook. Most of the time these parking lots are also free. Unfortunately there will be no sanitary facilities. So you either have these in your van or you need to go to some coffees or hotels nearby if you want to take a shower for example. For a small fee they let them use their facilities!

No Wind Activities!

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As described above, the country is very diverse. It offers enterprising opportunities of various kinds. On windless days you can let of off steam on the countless waves along the west coast, visit beautiful waterfalls or national parks. You can find a list of suggestions for what to do in Portugal on windless days in our blog.


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