Areal de Santa Bárbara, located in the island of São Miguel, in the Azores, is one of the best beach breaks in the whole country. It’s also the location of one of the most traditional Portuguese WSL events, considered by many competitors as one of the best stops on tour. A few year back Mark Occhilupo, a former surfing world champion, was so impressed by the wave that he said, live on the webcast, it was worthy of a Championship Tour event!

When the events are off, it’s where most of the best sessions in the island take place. Check out a few free surf sessions by local photographer, Miguel Rezendes.

Find out how to get there – Here – and more about this spot – Here!