3 Awesome Kitesurfing Camps in Portugal to Show You the Best of the Country
With nearly 2,000 kilometers of coastline, Portugal is bursting with potential for the world’s wandering kitesurf tribe.
On the west coast, you’ll find wild Atlantic waves and challenging ocean rides, with a few flat water spots thrown into the mix. Meanwhile, down in the Algarve you’ll find a pleasant combination of gentle sea swells and mirror flat lagoons.
But off the water (yes, we said it- stay with us!) there’s so much more to see and do in this fascinating country.
Portuguese culture, architecture, landscape, and lifestyle is enough to keep anyone’s plate full- and speaking of plates, did we mention the food? Wear your stretchy waistbands on this holiday, lads and lassies.
Bstoked kitesurfing experiences in Portugal
Why join a kitesurfing camp in Portugal?
Kiteboarding camps are an awesome way to experience a new place and connect with new people. They offer a hassle-free, low-stress method of planning your whole trip- from accommodation to gear rental (and everything in between).
There’s camps for every kind of kiter; progression camps for intermediate riders looking to hone in on specific skills, beginner-friendly camps for those hoping to get to grips with their basic techniques in a fun and social setting, clinics for more advanced riders- you name it.
One great thing about kite camps is that they’re organised by locals who know exactly what to include in the itinerary to ensure that you have the best trip possible and maximise your water time.
Best time to kitesurf in Portugal: May to October
Average water temperature: During the summer months the water temperature hangs around a balmy 22-24 degrees, but during the winter months you can cut that in half.
Wetsuit recommendation: A shorty in the summertime and full length throughout the rest of the year.
Wind type: Thermal, Nortada, best when it blows from the North/Northwest
Water conditions: mainly waves, but you can find flat water spots and lagoons too.
Top tips for beginners: Keep and eye out for camps that take place near flat water lagoons and wide sandy beaches such as Obidos and Alvor Lagoon.
3 awesome kitesurfing camps in Portugal
Tucked away in a corner of the northern coastline, Esposende is part of the scenic municipality of Viana do Castelo. Esposende is one of those magical kite destinations that offers every kind of condition: flat water, waves, and most importantly- wind.
This kite camp in Portugal’s Esposende offers a fabulous mix of all things water sports: kite lessons, surf classes, and SUP trips to the nearby river.
Just over an hour outside of Lisbon, Obidos is home to Portugal’s largest flat water lagoon- ideal for beginners, freeriders, and freestyle kitesurfers. The wind is a tad lighter here compared with the full force Nortada you’d find at the nearby spots, which makes the conditions much more forgiving for beginner riders.
The camp location is chilled and tranquil- perfect for those looking to recharge their batteries while clocking in some serious water hours.
The Algarve is one of the most beautiful regions in all of Portugal; not only that, it’s also the location of some of the country’s best kiteboarding spots. The famous Alvor Lagoon is an awesome place to enjoy some flat water action, and it’s a suitable spot for beginner to advanced riders.
This camp is the ultimate choice for anyone who fancies having the whole package designed for them: fab accommodation, social kite lessons, yoga, SUPing- you’ve even got the option to try your hand at snorkeling, mountain biking, and skydiving (eeek!).