SURF’S UP IN SUNNY CASCAIS

Surfers from around the world flock to the Lisbon coast for surf championships

Left to right: The Estoril/Cascais coast; Surfer in Cascais; Surfers in Ericeira, the surf capital of Portugal

From 26th September to 5th October, the Portuguese seaside resort of Cascais will see pro-surfers from around the globe descend on its white sandy shores, as it plays host to the Cascais Billabong Pro and Cascais Women’s Pro surf championships. The events will see the world’s best male and female surfers competing to take top prize, as well as welcome the new autumn and winter surf season.

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Cascais is only 30 minutes from Lisbon, making it an ideal day out for surf-lovers on a city break. With world class waves, plenty of sunshine, stunning views and great restaurants nearby, surfers of all abilities will find Cascais a surfing paradise. For advanced surfers, the waves are best during the autumn and winter season, as the slightly cooler weather conditions create bigger and more challenging waves, with some reaching as high as eight feet tall.

Other popular surfing areas in the Lisbon region include:

  • The surrounding area of Cascais (coastline between Lisbon and Cascais) has a number of great surfing beaches, in particular the beaches of Carcavelos, S. Pedro do Estoril and Guincho, which are renowned for their reliable surfing conditions and picturesque views.
  • The Costa da Caparica, to the south of the city, offers 15km of idyllic golden sandy beaches and consistent beach breaks all year round.
  • Ericeira, dubbed as Portugal’s surf capital, boasts high-density surf breaks and waves which are suitable for all levels of experience – from novices to professionals. Ericeira was the first “reserve” to be included in the World Surfing Reserve list back in 2011.

Whichever area they choose, surf enthusiasts can make the most of their surfing skills at one of the surf schools located throughout the Lisbon coast. Costs start from as little as €25 (approximately £23) per person and popular choices include Carcavelos Surf School, Lisbon Surf Connection and Lisbon Surf Tours.

Other surfing events and competitions in Lisbon’s sporting calendar include the men and women’s Caparica Pro and Caparica Junior Pro, and the men and women’s Caparica Longboard Pro – all of which take place in April.

For more information, ideas and inspiration on visiting Lisbon, please go to www.visitlisboa.com

From the UK, direct flights to Lisbon operate from London, Manchester, Birmingham, Liverpool, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Bristol with TAP Portugal, British Airways, easyJet, Ryanair and Monarch. From Ireland, direct flights to Lisbon operate from Dublin with Aer Lingus and Ryanair.