Discipline: Surf, Windsurf, Kite-surf
Surf Difficulty: All levels depending on the swell. – Windsurf Difficulty: Expert – Kite-surf Difficulty: Expert
The spots display a variety of beach breaks, sandbars, reefs, point-breaks and mixed spots. All of these surfing options are located within a 15km radius. All of this spots work with various swell exposures as well as wind and tide conditions.
This combined with season changes in surfing conditons in Peniche area, make up for an amazing year round surfing region.
Therefore Peniche was baptized the Portuguese Wave Capital and indeed it is considered the most consistent surfing region in Europe with excellent conditions for surfers in the learning, developing or professional levels.
The parking around the spots vary from free to quite expensive, so its advised to show up at the right time, such as early in the morning.
The area is full of surf shops, rentals and surf hostels. Special mention goes to the Baleal surf camp, it was the first in Peniche and its main goal is to teach safe surfing using only adequate gear and to offer highly dynamic, fun classes that continuously focus on pupils’ progress. Qualified instructors and quality equipment is what you can expect. Click here to find out more.
WARING: the water is freezing all year around. Get your wetsuit!
Peniche is also famous for it’s fish and sea food, one of the largest fishing harbors in Portugal plus a strongly bonded to the sea community ensures you will have the very best at hand. Ask us where to eat, what we recommend has the same quality standard we appreciate.
To find out the wave forecast for the next days click here.
Windsurf and Kitesurf
Peniche and Baleal are synonymous with Europe’s most radical waves! But this spot offers more than hardcore breaks for pro surfers. In fact with enough wind you can kite or windsurf on smaller days too. The Nortada ( the local wind ) is rarely more than 15 knots , so although kiters can often hit the water there’s not so much windsurfing. In rare easterly wind with swell, Baleal offers Hawaiian-quality sessions. Powerful waves break up to 3.5m, particularly clean on the bay’s sandbars at low to mid-tide. High tide or huge swell tends to close out, with a heavy shorebreak on the beach. A fierce current pulls out to sea, especially in the east of the bay. Stay well clear of the point for more constant wind and less conflict with the surfers.
There is a Kite School in the area but it offers rentals only to high experienced kitesurfer. Unfortunately if you want to windsurf, you will have to get your own gear.
To see the forecast for the next days click here.