Is it possible to practice water sports in the autumn? Not only is it possible, you have a wide selection to choose from; Kitesurf, Windsurf, Paddle surf…Something for everyone. So, if you passion is playing in the waves and the wind, then you’re in luck. Today we bring you the best areas to surf in Spain & Portugal.
If you are looking to surf those waves with your board and become a real expert, then practicing surf in Portugal or enjoying the surf in Spain is easy. The best areas? In Portugal you can enjoy Praia do Guincho, Nazaré or Peniche all are well known areas of lovers of this sport.
If you want to go surfing in Spain, then you can find some unique beaches in Cadiz, the Empuria Brava on the Costa Brava, the ‘Playa de Razo’ in Galicia. Areas such as Águilas, La Manga or Mazarrón in Murcia, the ‘Pantacona’ or ‘Saplaya’ beaches in Valencia or the ‘Playa de Artola-Cabopino’ or ‘Chanquete’ in Malaga. Heading to the north of Spain and very popular is the ‘Somo’ in Cantabria or ‘Zarautz’ in the Basque Country. If we cross over to the Balearics, we can find some fantastic areas on the northeast coast of Majorca; Cala Mesquida or Cala Tortao and don’t miss Cala Nova on the southeast coast of Ibiza.
We change a sail for a kite and search for areas where the wind has more force. A kite is used to propel the rider across the water on a small surfboard or kiteboard.
Suitable destinations? To enjoy this surfing variation in Portugal you have the beaches of ‘Alvor’ and ‘Altura’. In Spain, the beaches of Valdevaqueros in Tarifa, the beaches in La Manga del Mar Menor in Murcia or Fuerteventura are especially popular. Also worth mentioning are the beaches of Oliva in Valencia or the beaches of Malaga.
A much more relaxed choice, Paddle surf is a board, an oar and a lot of balance. Some people prefer calmer waters of natural marine pools whilst either opt for waters with more waves. Paddle surf may seem an easy sport, but standing on a board, trying to keep your balance and row at the same time requires concentration & strength. It may surprise you to know that it si considered as one of the best all round sports.
If you prefer calmer waters to practice paddlesurf, then we recommend Ibiza in Spain for its tranquil and beautiful coves. If however you are looking for a little more excitement, then choose the ‘Albufereta’ in Alicante, ‘Playa Carolina’ beach in Aguilas, Murcia, ‘Playa de la Malbarros in Valencia or the paradisiacal beaches of Portals & Formentor in Mallorca.
Slightly harder and we add a sail. Windsurfing requires slightly more skill and a lot of patience… especially when you are learning. However, once you get the hang of it, it is one of the most enjoyable surf sports there is. There is nothing quite like the feeling of gliding over the sea.
To enjoy some windsurfing in Portugal, we recommend places such as the beaches of Alentejo, Guincho or Praia Grande. To windsurf in Spain: Pozo Blanco in Gran Canaria, El Médano in Tenerife, or the ever popular Tarifa in Cádiz are great areas for Windsurf lovers.