The 10 Best Surfing Destinations of 2018

Are you ready for your next great adventure? Is taking up surfing one of your New Year’s resolutions? Would you like to check off some the greatest surf destinations in the world? Regardless of what your surf plans are for 2018, we’ve got you covered!

According to a survey we recently conducted among the readers of our themed travel blogs, 2018 will be the year of active travel and spiritual journeys to reconnect the body, mind, and soul. Can you think of a better way to see your goals through to the end than by embarking on a surfing trip?

Yet another year of enriching people’s lives through thrilling surfing holidays has passed by, and at we had a close look at our statistics to bring you the best surfing destinations of 2018 that you seriously need to consider for your next trip:



Some of the best waves on the old continent can be found in Portugal. One of the warmest countries in Europe, with 1,115 miles (1,794 km) of Atlantic coastline (continental Portugal plus the Azores and Madeira archipelagos), it has any kind of wave and swell size imaginable and a friendly climate all year round.

Summer, between June and September, is a great time of year to learn to surf in Portugal on small to medium waves. This is also the prime season to go kitesurfing. Powerful swells reach the shore between October and April and waves can get double the size. This is also when legendary big wave surfing spots like Nazaré in Praia do Norte fire up.

Portugal picks up swells from the north, west and south, which means great surfing conditions all year round. Unfortunately, the water is cold, and you will need a wetsuit throughout the year. The only exception to the rule is the Algarve region, where it is possible to surf in boardshorts during summer months.

Surfing in Portugal can be divided into five main regions: North Porto, Costa da Prata, the Lisbon Region, Alentejo and the Algarve. Beginners and intermediate surfers will have fun at Ericeira, Lagos, Cascais and, of course, Peniche with its legendary Supertubos, the best beach break in the country.

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