Destination

Algarve, Portugal

The south west point of the Algarve is the ideal surfing destination in Europe: two coastlines, more than twenty beaches within a 30km radius, reefs, point breaks, beach breaks. No limits. Every day sun (almost), beautiful beaches and cliff tops, good food, cozy villages. The Algarve and Aljezur are the ideal holiday destination. The surroundings of Aljezur have many hills, mountains and unpaved roads, good for hiking, downhill mountain biking and enduro. Culture day? Then try the vineyards in Lagoa or the fortresses of Lagos and Silves.

The Aljezur region knows 300+ sunny days a year. Praia de Amoreira is close by and we have our own surf school on this stunning beach: Surlife Atlantic Riders (since 2001). But also the popular white sand beaches of Arrifana and Monte Clerigo are at a 15 minute drive. Go for a stroll on the unspoiled deserted beaches, the stunning cliffs or the surrounding forests. nature, cliff walks, Hiking, fresh fishing, surfing, mountain biking in world class waves and you name it.

Come see us in Aljezur and join our Surflife family!

The south west point of the Algarve is the ideal surfing destination in Europe: two coastlines, more than twenty beaches within a 30km radius, reefs, point breaks, beach breaks. No limits. Every day sun (almost), beautiful beaches and cliff tops, good food, cozy villages. The Algarve and Aljezur are the ideal holiday destination.

Come see us in Aljezur and join our surfing family!

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEST-ALGARVE

The coast west of Lagos, as far as Sagres, remains one of the least spoiled parts of the Algarve, largely thanks to the Parque Natural da Costa Vicentina which prohibits large-scale building on the coastline west of Burgau. As a result, the resorts remain largely low-rise and low-key. Most of the coast is linked by a craggy coast path, and all of them are beautiful routes.

BEACHES IN THE WEST-ALGARVE

There are glorious beaches along the west coast of the Algarve which in the winter are near deserted, apart from the surfers, and in the summer are superbly uncrowded. Here you can find information about the western atlantic beaches starting at the southern end of the coast with Praia do Castelejo, then moving northwards to Amado, Bordeira, Arrifana, Clérigo and finally Odeceixe - last stop before the Alentejo. Find out about beach bars, water sports and disabled access and read on for information about accessible beaches and beach flag safety.

DESTINATIONS IN PORTUGAL

Surfing the Algarve

Surflife Atlantic Riders offers professional surf lessons for all levels taught by experienced and qualified instructors. They are passionate about teaching you how to surf. Surfing is a water sport that requires a lot of patience and good instruction. By taking surf lessons you can speed up the learning process significantly and quickly catch your first wave. This way you’ll get to know the basics of surfing in only a few days time and maximize the fun of being in the water. Don’t hesitate and book your surf lessons at Atlantic Riders Surf School.

For intermediate of advanced surfers we offer special Surf Coaching with special focuses on manoeuvres along the wave and we will go over different techniques.

Things to do in the Algarve

During the week there are multiple activities you can join. Challenge your self and bring new passions home.

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GALLERY

A short impression of the Algarve, click for full size images

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE ALGARVE

We can imagine you still have questions left about your surf adventure. Please look into our frequently asked questions. If you don't find the answer here, feel free to always get in touch with us. We do our best to help you as soon as possible.

Climate

The weather in this area is ideal for about 10 months a year. As the dry plains inland heat in the sun, hot air rises, pulling cooler air from the sea to replace it. This sea breeze is fresh, cool, and free of allergens.

Generally the west coast is 8-12 degrees cooler than the south coast on hot summer days.Inland, it gets hot; very hot in midsummer, in the 40’s, like the south coast. Those high temperatures can be nice when you’re on holiday, but when you’re living somewhere you like to get out of your chair and move around. Even in midsummer, the temperature rarely moves above 25C. in the microclimate area.

Drinking & nightlife

Cafes and bars around the main square provide some evening diversion. But don’t expect big parties!

Getting there

Closest airport is Faro (80min) but also Lisbon (3hours) is an option.

If you’re driving, there’s a free car park next to the turismo. Eva buses run between Lagos and Aljezur (€3.85, four on weekdays, one on Saturday). One bus runs on weekdays to/from Carrapateira (30 minutes). Rede Expressos buses run north to Lisbon (€18, two daily) and south to Lagos (€8, two daily) and Portimão (€9, one daily). No buses run to/from Praia da Arrifana.

Health

Portugal has a high-quality healthcare system, with pharmacies and doctors readily available countrywide.

Citizens of the EU are eligible for free emergency medical treatment if they have a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), which replaces the no-longer-valid E111 certificate. In the UK, you can apply for this card online (http://www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/Healthcareabroad) or pick up an application at a post office. It will not cover you for nonemergencies or emergency repatriation.

Eating

Cafe-bars overlook the main square around Igreja Nova. In Praia da Arrifana there’s a string of seafood restaurants (packed with Portuguese at weekends) on the road above the beach, where you can expect to pay around €10 for grilled fish.

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PIM & LISA

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