Should You Plan a Portugal Kitesurfing Holiday? (Beginner’s Guide)
To put it simply:
Kitesurfing holidays are killer.
Spending every day at the beach, chasing the wind around a crazy new part of the world, connecting with other awesome kiters from all walks of life- and (maybe the most appealing part of all) packing away your daily stresses in favour of some serious water hours.
Sound like a dream, doesn’t it?
Portugal is a brilliant destination for a kitesurfing holiday thanks to its reliable Nortada wind, diverse riding conditions, seriously good local food, (relatively) cheap cost, and vibrant culture.
It’s also a handy choice for those in the Eurozone, since you won’t have to factor in currency exchange costs, and- big brownie points for this one- it’s also super convenient to access the country’s best kite spots from the airport in Lisbon- the closest of which is just a short half hour ride away.
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Things to Know about Kitesurfing in Portugal
Season: May through October, peaking in the summer months
Water temperature: During the high season, water temperatures hover around the early 20’s so a shorty should be perfect. Throughout the rest of the year you’ll want a full length 2-3 mm (even thicker in the winter).
Water conditions: Portugal is famous for its wave riding. It’s home to the legendary break, Nazare, as well as a scattering of other world class rollers and rippers. That having been said, wave riding isn’t the only kind of kiting you can get up to in Portugal; there’s also a handful of great flat water lagoons and easy going ocean chop. Waves are generally easier going during the summer months, picking up in force and size during the winter.
Tips for beginner kiteboarders considering a Portugal kitesurfing holiday
It can seem daunting to look at a location like Portugal with its monster-sized waves at every turn, but rest assured there’s something here for everyone- including total beginners.
Scour around for a location that’s got a flat water option (either a lagoon or a sheltered part of the sea/ocean). Identify places that offer learning camps and beginner friendly courses, and pick accordingly.
Seriously good kitesurfing spots in Portugal to consider:
If North Portugal is on your radar, Esposende should be at the top of your list. A quiet part of the rural Portuguese countryside, Esposende’s kitesurfing conditions offer a stellar combo of waves to surf and kite on and flat water options for beginners, freeriders, and wake style riding.
Located just half an hour away from Lisbon, Guincho is easily one of Portugal’s best kiteboarding locations. On top of that, it’s also got the most reliable wind in the whole country.
This is big wave territory- and certainly not for the faint of heart! One great thing about Peniche is that there are so many different kitable spots in a pretty small area- perfect for road trips and kite tours.
Lagoa de Obidos:
This is where you’ll find Portugal’s biggest flat water lagoon (ideal for beginners). It’s a really popular choice for kiters who come from abroad for a short kitesurfing holiday- which makes it a super place to meet people and kite in a social setting.
Lagos & Alvor:
One of Portugal’s most famous kitesurfing spots, Lagos’ Meia Praia Beach combined with the neighbouring Alvor Lagoon offer the ultimate mix of open ocean and butter flat lagoon riding. Great for beginners, but also a popular choice for intermediate and advanced riders.