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Lisbon

Lisbon, or Lisboa, is the capital of Portugal and means "enchanted port". A Lisbon surf holiday is probably not the first thing that springs to mind when thinking of the city however Lisbon is surrounded by dozens of beaches that offer some of the best surf in Europe.

The city they say was founded by the Phoenicians and grew in importance thanks to the River Tagus which flows across the country into Spain. It was also ruled by the Moors, the Arabs and eventually the Christians.

In the late 1400's the city developed the Caravel ship that allowed it sail faster and carry more than its rivals and so it took over from Venice and became the world's main trading centre for goods & spices. Vasco do Gama set off and discovered the sea route to India by sailing around Cape Town in South Africa and so began the Age of Discovery.

The city was completely destroyed by an earthquake in 1755 and rebuilt over time to become one of Euorpe's most charming cities boasting fantastic restaurants & the famous Bairro Alto nightlife area.

Enough about history, what about surf in Lisbon?!?! Thanks to its position on the Atlantic Coast Lisbon gets some of the best swells in Europe making it a perfect surf holiday destination. Lisbon's most famous surf spot is Carcavelos, a very reliable beach break that suits all standards.

Across the spectacular "5 de Abril Bridge" lies the uncrowded sandy beaches of Costa Caparica, and West of the city are a variety of different surf spots including one of Portugal's best point breaks Santo Amaro de Oeiras, the longboarders heaven Sao Pedro and the beach breaks Caxais & Guincho. Come experience surfing in Lisbon by day and exploring the city by night...
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Surf conditions for Intermediates:

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Surf conditions for Advanced:

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