Lisbon Estoril Coast


Enjoying a 1,793 km coastline, it’s an untapped destination that offers world-class surf, bodyboarding and SUP spots.

Due to its unique geographic location, surf is guaranteed every day, no matter what the wind or swell direction.

Secret spots abound, as well as a strong surfing infrastructure exists for those looking to learn the craft.

The biggest and most consistent Atlantic-style swells roll in between November and February, while the endless Summer through to end October tosses up smaller waves, ideal for beginners.

Photos: Cascais

Photo: Guincho beach

LISBON ESTORIL COAST – the best untapped European surfing destination

While the Mediterranean receives all of the glory and praise, it is actually Western Europe’s Atlantic Coast that draws surfers from around the world to feast on its wave-rich shores.
To the seasoned surfer, it represents a variety of great waves, consistent swells, and incredible surf culture.
Rugged Atlantic coastlines offer a variety of waves to suit all ability levels, from total beginners on holiday to experienced surfers looking for perfect waves.

The Lisbon/Estoril coast offers some of the best surf spots on the globe, combined with magical natural landscapes bathed by the Atlantic Ocean.
Lisbon can truly say it boasts an endless summer in Europe – 300+ days of it, topped by a typical Mediterranean clime.
Hot sunny average Summer temperatures range between 22ºC – 30ºC.
Winters are mild, Autumns become Spring with perfect offshores and glassy waves.

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The coastline of Costa do Estoril starts at Carcavelos beach, 15 kms from the Capital City of Lisbon, and goes all the way to Guincho – a 30 minute scenic drive on the “Marginal” along the coast, through to the picturesque historic fishing town of Cascais, a hub of variety and diversion.

Depending on the seasons, surf forecast, and level or objectives of our guest surfers, our Surf school team circulates to the following beaches – Carcavelos, S. Pedro do Estoril, Guincho, Praia Grande, Ericeira, Arrifana, Peniche, Caparica, Baleal.

Plus a few secret ones…

Photo: D.R. Carcavelos Beach ^
Photo: Fort S. Julião >

Carcavelos Beach – is located next to the Fort of “São Julião da Barra”, and is the homebase of the Surf School “Planob” (planb) which is 15 minutes away from the surf camp by car. Its exended beach is ideal for all surf lovers, from first time surfers to advanced professionals. It’s also venue for national and internacional competitions like WQS. It has a beach break that works with all swells. North winds directions are offshore.


Guincho – 5 minutes away from the surf camp located at the hillside of “Serra de Sintra” overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. A long stretch of beach, golden sand dunes are rooted by hardy wind swept shrubbery. Guincho is famous for its surf due to its swell directions, wind directios and tide, it’s also a great spot for wind surfing and kite surfing and paddle. South and East winds direction are offshore.

Ericeira – Ribeira de Ilhas – Proclaimed First World Surfing reserve in Europe.  It’s the home beach of pro surfer Tiago Pires, the first Portuguese surfer on the Association of Surfing Professionals’ World Tour. The beach was recently named the best place in Europe for surfing and the second best place in the world by the American Save the Waves Coalition. 30 minutes for the camp. East and Northeasth winds are offshore.

– Reef break both left and right. More suitable for advanced surfers. Better from low to high tide. North winds direction are offshore. (home of the 6 star Wqs Billabong girls Annual women contest in Sep/Oct )

S.Pedro de Estoril – Right Point break. Good for intermediate and advanced level. Better from low to high tide. Same offshore winds as Carcavelos and Bafureira.


Parede – Reef right hand break. Suitable for intermediate and advanced level and also a very good spot for SUP. Off shore Winds idem as Carcavelos and etc Estoril Coast.


Costa da Caparica – Beach sand break suitable for all levels with many available spots. Better with glassy or East winds.

 – Home Region of Supertubes, some people call it the European Pipeline. Offshore winds come from the North.

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Photos: Peniche, courtesy Filipa Ribeiro de Brito  >