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Alentejo

If you are looking for a real escape, an adventure through local towns & villages, away from the tourism routes, then a Surf Holiday in the Alentejo is the one for you!

The Alentejo region is the South West/Central part of Portugal, above the Algarve and below Lisbon. It also spans the width of the country to Spain's border but we don't need to concern ourselves with the central part as there is no surf there!

The Alentejo remains largely undeveloped and far from the tourism mecca that is the Algarve or Lisbon. It is a world away from busy city life and home to some of Portugal's most beautiful uncrowded beaches.

The name means "Beyond the Tagus". The Tagus river runs from Spain across the centre of Portugal to its exit point at the Capital Lisbon. The main towns along the coastline are Comporta, Sines, Vila Nova de Milfontes, Zambujeira do Mar and Odeceixe. All delightful small traditional towns (Sines is a bit bigger and more industrial), and all surrounded by beautiful uncrowded beach breaks, bays and reefs.

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Surf conditions for Beginners:

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Surf conditions for Intermediates:

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Surf conditions for Advanced:

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The Alentejo coastline from the northern town of Comporta to the Southern town of Aljezur is approximately 130 kms long and a 2 hour drive. So you can base yourself anywhere and be surfing a different beach every few hours! Without going into too much details here is a quick intro to some of the main towns...

Comporta - An hour from Lisbon. A small town known for its long white sandy beaches and surrounding rice fields. Has become a trendy spit lately with people from Lisbon escaping from the city for the weekend. Nice boutiques and tasty restaurants for when you are not surfing!

Sines- Historic old town with Nice old quarter. Head to the nearby village of Porto Covo for its beautiful beach and old architecture

Vila Nova de Milfontes - Like white sandy beaches and clear blue water? Then this is your spot!

Zambujeira do Mar- Home to Portugal's biggest summer music festival Festival Sudoeste, mid-August every year. A gorgeous picturesque beach town.

Odeceixe - Lovely village that sits on a hillside looking down onto the Odeceixe river and beach
The Alentejo region is 130 kms long so where you fly to depends on whether you are coming to surf the north or further south.

The north part of the Alentejo is 1hr from Lisbon airport, while the South is 2 hours from Faro airport.

Car Hire - Definitely the best way to travel. We have a discount car hire section on our website where you can rent a car.

Transfers - Share a taxi or mini bus with our shuttle bus partner: https://surfholidays.resorthoppa.com/

Bus - Rede-Expresso.pt and Eva-Bus.com run buses from Lisbon and Faro to most of the towns in the Alentejo.

Train - There is no train connection from Lisbon or Faro to the towns in Alentejo
The Alentejo region is a year round destination. Autumn to Spring is the most consistent and summer is great for learning and progressing. It offers endless possibilities for all standards, some hard to get to secrets, others beautiful open beaches! There are some many waves along this 130 km coastline that it is impossible to describe, below are just a few to note and look out for...

The north part of the region starts with Comporta and the beautiful Carvalhal beach. A great beginners beach, which picks up nice swell for the more advanced in the autumn.

Further South past Sines is Sao Torpes, a long white sandy beach with a jetty at the north side which provides nice sheltered waves when the swell gets big. Further south is L-Point , one of the best waves in the region. Porto Covo is a lovely old town with Praia Grande and a few peaks that can provide a mix of beginners waves and awesome left- hand barrels.

The town of Vila Nova de Milfontes has plenty of waves to go around, including the long beach break Malhao, perfect for all levels. Congumelo is the most famous advanced wave in the town and can produce and excellent left hander.

Keep going south and you reach Zuambujeira do Mar, a beautiful sun drenched town and home to Portugal's biggest music festival in the summer, it has a couple of hidden gems as well as a beginner/intermediate beach. Next stop is the hippy town of Odeceixe, and its surrounding empty beaches that include Carriagem, Amoreira and Monte Clerigo. Make sure to give the car a good wash after as you will be going through some good old dusty roads!

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