By now, most of the world knows about Portugal’s amazing waves. Even those who don’t surf have heard about the giant waves at Nazaré, where Garrett McNamara and many of the world’s hardest charging big wave surfers often break records in wave size.
Then there is Peniche, the fishing town that holds a Championship Tour event year after year. There’s also Ericeira, another world class location, Santa Cruz, Linha do Estoril, Costa da Caparica, Aveiro, Porto, the regions of Alentejo, Algarve, the Islands of Madeira and Azores and more.
And then there’s Figueira da Foz, a well kept secret?
Less then two hours driving from Lisbon’s Portela Airport, or one hour and a half from Porto’s Sá Carneiro Airport, is the beautiful town of Figueira da Foz. With a vast historical significance dating back to the beginning of the 19th century, when British troops, lead by the Duke of Wellington, landed nearby in order to aid Portugal’s fight against the French invasions under orders Napoleon Bonaparte.
It was also in Figueira da Foz, a few centuries later, that the World Surf League (then called Association of Surfing Professionals – ASP) first held a Championship Tour event in Portugal. It was 1996 and for the first time many of the best surfers in the world visited the westernmost country of mainland Europe.
What they found surprised then, point break, after point break, filled with long and fun right-handers, as well as many fun beach breaks. 2002 was the last year a Championship Tour event was held in Figueira, which justifies the lack of knowledge there is on a global surfing scale about these amazing waves. But don’t be fooled, most surfers in Portugal consider Figueira as one of the top3 surfing locations in the country!
Here are a few spots you shouldn’t miss if you visit Figueira da Foz…
Cabedelo – The most well known spot in Figueira da Foz, it was the main site for the first ever championship tour event in Portugal. Home to some long right-handers, Cabedelo is also a very consistent and fun spot to surf.
Buarcos – Buarcos is home to three different spots, Tamagueira, a hollow right-hand point break, Teimoso, one of the longest waves in Portugal, and Mina, a fun reef break section that breaks on bigger days.
Molhe Norte & 1º Molhe – One of them is compared to “The Edge” in California and the other one is just another fun and consistent beach break. Find out which is which…
Murtinheira – One of the very few spots that offers rights and lefts, a fun beach break that works well when there’s less swell.
Find out more about Figueira da Foz HERE!