Portugal isn't short of high quality waves and surfing options but when it comes to the Peniche region everything climbs up a whole new notch or two again. When we tell you that the pros stop here every October, making Peniche an ASP World Tour venue, then you might start to get some idea of the world class wave riding which awaits you. Whichever way you turn or wander there are waves, waves and more waves of the beach, reef and point break variety, first surfed way back in the 60s and today forming the focus of a thriving surf industry.
Whether you are looking for a free-spirited self-catering surf base, laid-back surf camp or stylishly comfortable resort type surfing holiday, the Peniche options can hook you up with your ideal. Imagine rolling out of bed and checking out your break options for the day from your terrace before grabbing your board and heading out. After spending a few hours tucking yourselves into a barrel (or ten) you can head back to your Peniche surf base for a well-earned massage to soothe away the knots and muscle kinks before watching the sun set over the ocean. Alternatively you can just kick back in the chill lounge swapping surf tales with friends both old and new.
Although the Peniche surf trip options allow you the luxury of having to make minimal effort to move from bed to break, there is also plenty of opportunity to get out exploring all of this wave-rich area with on-hand expert guides and spot transfer services – all ready and very able to lead you to the challenge of a new break or to exactly where the action is, depending on your own skill level and surf needs.
The generally west facing Portuguese coast creates a land wide open to receive all the swells which Atlantic produced storms choose to throw at it, making it very consistent. What is more, the conditions are typically clean, thanks to the long distance swells which rock in here. The Peniche area has all this and then more because the forces of nature which shaped the land here, smiling very warmly on all the surfers to come, provided two small peninsulas. This geographical make-up, which kinks the land to face different directions, offers total flexibility with regard to various swell and wind combinations. Usually somewhere there will be a wave and somewhere it will be offshore.
Peniche is a year round surfing destination with the largest swells occurring from October to April when the predominant winds are E – NE. From April/May to September the typical wind direction is N – NW. Water temperatures are never high but July to September levels make a springsuit and even boardshorts possible.
The Peniche area has many named breaks, the most famous of which is the world class beach break of Supertubos, dubbed Europe’s 'Pipeline' due to the barreling powerful waves created, while among the reef break options, the biggest name is the left-handed Lagido, well known for producing long rides.
All in all, Peniche and surfing are words synonymous with each other, attracting surfers from all over the world looking for consistent, clean, quality waves in a country which offers the warmest climate in Atlantic coast Europe.
The accommodation choices available with Peniche based surf trips typically combine a range of budget to mid-range options – from surf hostel to private apartments – with a perfect surf set up. You can climb into your bunk bed in a dorm room or relax in a choice of private rooms suitable for solo surfers through to families and groups.
Peniche surf trips are for anyone looking for quality waves bathed in sunshine, with everyone from beginners to advanced surfers able to find just the wave to suit their needs. These trips are especially popular with groups and solo travelers due to their budget friendly choices and offering of surf camps with their mixing and mingling social scene but couples and families also make up the Peniche surfing numbers.
Accommodation + guiding and/or classes are a commonly found package with Peniche surf holiday operators but upgrades are possible as is the option to tailor-make your holiday so that any specific personal requirements can be met.
If you hear Portuguese Peniche surf perfection calling, your next step is to give the LUEX team a call. Our on-hand experts can make the process from dreaming to reality a smooth one, helping you sort through your options to arrive at the best possible trip for your party's needs and budget.