Why is Portugal the third-largest surfing destination in the world?

Portugal’s tourism minister, Ana Mendes Godinho stressed the growing importance of surfing to the country’s tourism industry.

In the 2000s, Portugal had become one of the great surfing destinations of the world. And in 2010, Peniche became a stopover in ASP’s professional surfing tour (now World Surf League). The mellow coastal town sees crowds of 35,000 in the sand on several match days.

World-famous surfing competitions continue to be held at beaches stretching across Portugal. In just three years, the number of companies dedicated to the surfing business has doubled to 800. The World Surf League is also planning to move its European headquarters to Portugal soon.

Below are 6 reasons Portugal is one of the third largest surfing destinations in the world and the biggest in Europe.


Portugal has an average of 300 sunny days per year. Even slightly more rainy areas are almost guaranteed to get plenty of sunshine during long summers. The mild climate means local and international surfers can enjoy the waves year-round.

Long coastline

With the nearly 950km continental coastline, excluding more than 900km of shorelines on Madeira and the Azores – there are countless surf spots you can try.

Comfort & Convenience

Portugal is home to thriving travel industry and surfers especially well served. Foreign-friendly hotels and restaurants always serve the best tourists. Portugal also has great surf camps, surf lodges, and surf schools to choose from.

Portugal is home to thriving travel industry and surfers especially well served

As a highly developed European country with a good transportation network, Portugal is considered a safe and convenient place to travel, stay, and enjoy a vacation.

Cheap cost

Portugal offers all the convenience and comfort at a cheap cost. Lisbon is one of the five most affordable cities in Europe and outside of the capital, things are often even cheaper.


Portugal is a gourmet’s dream on a limited budget. There is a full range of domestic and international restaurants at very affordable prices. The wines here are exceptionally good at reasonable prices, with great local mid-range wines for only 3-5 euros.

Plenty of beautiful scenes and exciting activities

The impressive Moorish Castle, the medieval town, and a host of museums will attest to Portugal’s rich history. Festivals, concerts, fairs, and other cultural events are popular all year round.

Thanks to the development of tourism, investment in coastal resort real estate in Portugal is currently one of the potential fields, attracting a large number of foreign investors. Do you want to go surfing once in Portugal?