Beginning to surf is one of the best sports that you will ever take up. It keeps you fit, gets you outside, and will offer so many holidays and trips to beautiful destinations around the planet. We have world class surf on our doorstep in Europe, especially when it comes to Portugal’s shores. So to help you along your way in picking up your surfboard for the first time wading into the waves, we have picked out some of the best beginner surf beaches in Portugal. Enjoy and see you out there!  
  • 1- Foz do Lizandro, Ericeira

Top of most surfers lists is the town of Ericeira. It caters to the world’s best surfers as well as complete novices as it has kilometres of incredible surf. However, head to Foz do Lizandro for a fun beach break wave at low or mid tide, and play in the easy left and right hand waves whilst gazing at the stunning backdrop.  
  • 2- Amado, Lagos area

There isn’t one time of day that Amado isn’t great for beginner surfers what with its consistent swell that isn’t effected by the changing of the tide. There is the added benefit of some of the warmest waters around Portugal in the Lagos area, so enjoy multiple surf sessions before rewarding yourself with some of the delicious local cuisine.  
  • 3- Cantinho da Baia, Baleal, Peniche

The surf town of Peniche may be famous for the annual Rip Curl Pro ASP contest, but it also has a great beginner’s beach Cantinho da Baia. The beach is 3 kilometres long, and its surf spot works at all tides with lots of take of points… so there is always more than enough space to enjoy the surf regardless of who else you are surfing with.  
  • 4- Guincho, Cascais

Close to Lisbon lies Cascais, home to many relaxed surfer due to its array of great surf spots. For beginner surfers one of the best beaches is Guincho, which works well on the low to mid tide, and forms fun 2-8 foot right hand peeling waves with its sandy bottom.  
  • 5- Praia da Torreira, Porto

Lying approximately 40 kilometres from the northern Portuguese city of Porto, Praia da Torreira is known for its consistent right and left hand waves, ideal for beginners to start learning how to ride shorter boards. The beach break offers more punchy waves that are idea for those wanting to get to their feet quickly and really maximise their time in the water.