Top 5 Kitesurfing Spots in Portugal (New in 2018)
Thanks to it’s long, snaking coastline that covers a whopping 1,794 kilometers, there are absolutely tons of awesome kitesurfing spots in Portugal. From the legendary wall of water at Nazare to the dreamlike flat water lagoons in Alvor, Portugal is one of those rare places that truly does have it all.
For the sake of clarity- and to give you as complete of an overview as possible- this article is going to go through Portugal’s best kite spots by region: Northern Portugal, near Lisbon (each of the spots listed are within an hour and a half’s drive of the city), and the Algarve (south).
These top 5 kiteboarding spots in Portugal are just the tip of the iceberg; to find out even more about where you can kite in this beautiful country, see our complete guide to kitesurfing in Portugal.
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: During the warm summer months, a shorty will be more than enough to keep you comfortable. Throughout the rest of the year, a full length wetsuit is recommended.
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:
Many of Portugal’s renowned kite spots have big waves and strong swell, which isn’t ideal if you’re just getting to grips with your basic riding skills. Keep and eye out for places with flat water lagoons and wide sandy beaches such as Lagos and Faro, located down in the Algarve region.
In addition, it pays to know that the waves are usually much stronger in the winter time than in the summer. During the summer season, many of the spots (for example, Costa Caparica) have much more easy going conditions than that of the winter.
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Just south of the iconic Viana do Castelo, Esposende is a perfect example of what kitesurfing in Portugal is all about (diversity!). On one hand you’ve got wild waves and an ocean rodeo, and on the other hand you’ve got mirror flat lagoons and tranquil rivers.
If you want to experience the best of Esposende, it’s well worth checking out the local kite camps, featuring a sweet-as mix of kite, surf, and SUP, as well as lessons, gear rental, and accommodation.
Back up the coastline, Cabedelo is tucked away inside the beautiful city of Viana do Castelo. The spacious beach is sheltered from the waves by a big pier, which creates a gentle flat(ish) water area to play around in. If waves are your thing, head out just beyond the reach of the pier where the swell picks up, and you’ll see why the local wave riders love this spot so much.
Apart from having the most reliable wind in all of Portugal, the next best thing about Praia do Guincho is the fact that it’s only half an hour away from Lisbon (by train or by car)- perfect for those looking to squeeze in a wave kite session during a quick city break, or those who value ease of access (and a short travel time) to the airport.
4. Lagoa de Obidos
Nestled into the northern coastline just above the famous wave spot, Peniche, Lagoa de Obidos is the country’s biggest flat water lagoon. This is absolutely one of the best kitesurfing spots in Portugal for beginners who are hoping to boost their skills in a short period of time (if that sounds like you, this kite camp in Obidos will be right up your alley). That said, Obidos isn’t just for newbies; it’s also favoured by wake style riders looking for the perfect spot to train up on their new tricks.
5. Alvor Lagoon
The Algarve region is touted for its stunning craggy coastline, its rugged cliff faces that hang over the azure waters below, its gorgeous white washed villas, and its incredibly peaceful countryside. As if that wasn’t enough, Algarve is also home to southern Portugal’s best kitesurfing spots- including the coveted Alvor Lagoon, which enjoys butter flat water for days and days.
One of the best ways to experience this iconic part of Portugal is to hook up with an authentic Algarve kite camp, where you’ll get to experience a solid mix of surf, SUP, kitesurfing, and yoga in a chilled (but also super fun) setting.