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#2831220 - 08/09/18 11:28 AM Portugal in January
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Noble people of the Errb.

I actually made a post about this last year but my planned trip was scrapped for another and I postponed it. This forum also only has two pages of records so could not revisit. Looking to head to Portugal in Jan for 2-3 weeks and rent a camper to surf my brains out. Anyone been this time of year? Is the surf generally massive or will there be plenty of mortal sized days?

A close second is Spain for same time frame at this time.


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#2831283 - 08/09/18 03:18 PM Re: Portugal in January [Re: manbearpig]
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Was there last January (happened to catch that XXXL nazare swell). Yes they get a ton of swell that time of year. Guessing you're a pretty decent surfer - if so, there are spots for every size/direction etc. without having to surf massive waves. Some of the more exposed spots may be overloaded - but I caught all the big-name spots (and some nooks as well) pretty much going off. One of my favorite trips ever. If you have any specific questions just let me know (either on here or PM is fine). Good luck!

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#2831350 - 08/09/18 08:23 PM Re: Portugal in January [Re: manbearpig]
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#2831356 - 08/09/18 08:47 PM Re: Portugal in January [Re: manbearpig]
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#2832346 - 08/12/18 08:48 PM Re: Portugal in January [Re: manbearpig]
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Anyone been to algarve region?
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#2832389 - 08/12/18 10:36 PM Re: Portugal in January [Re: manbearpig]
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Originally Posted By: manbearpig
Anyone been to algarve region?


Wife and I spent a few days in the Algarve many years ago after being in Southern Spain for a bit.
We f'ing loved it there. Epic, beautiful towns and beaches and a short drive around the corner and
up the west coast is such an awesome area with more amazing beaches and many potentially killer
surf spots. Rented a board one day and got very fun waves at a spot that reminded me a bit of Windansea
or something with only a couple others out. I'd love to go back there and explore further north,
but the Algarve area is epic, imo.
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#2833257 - 08/14/18 09:32 PM Re: Portugal in January [Re: Oceanslide]
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Cool, the video's I have seen have been mediocre but everyone raves about it. So I assume there's more to what little I have seen so far, especially from what I'm hearing.

Thanks.
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#2843310 - 09/07/18 08:29 AM Re: Portugal in January [Re: manbearpig]
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Originally Posted By: manbearpig
Anyone been to algarve region?


Been here 15 years, its a bit crowded nowadays so get ready to see loads of eurokooks and snaking around. Waves can be a lotta fun the whole winter long and weather is not as cold as up north but the crowd factor has to bee the worst in the country atm.
We have two coasts so if the west is too big south might have something nice, some days tough youll have to choose between small, crowded but pretty or big and ugly but empty.

Other not so known areas in the country are still untouched if you feel like exploring.

Please do not leave any trash\toilet paper on the natural park like most of the van people here.

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#2843415 - 09/07/18 12:22 PM Re: Portugal in January [Re: Barracuda]
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Thanks barracuda. And you can count on me re: packing it out and no trace behind; Ill even pick up other peoples trash.
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#2843853 - 09/08/18 10:02 AM Re: Portugal in January [Re: manbearpig]
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I went around that time last year. Stayed in the Lisbon area. Fun waves, good food, good people, good times. Carcavelos always has some fun peaks. West coast was big. Managed to watch some insane waves at Nazare on New Year's Day. 50-60ft faces. If it's working, definitely worth a visit. Gives you a greater appreciation of the madness of that scene. Went to Supertubes, but it was blown out. Portugal's great fun that time of year. Mellow crowds, warmish weather. You'll have a blast.

If you visit Lisbon, you gotta go here for dinner: Cervejaria Do Bairro. Really great local-style food in a cool restaurant filled with locals. Really good price too. Make a reservation.
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#2844357 - 09/09/18 03:31 PM Re: Portugal in January [Re: Goodfish]
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Thanks! Was the West coast big the whole time? Other places other than Lisbon/Algarve to escape it or does that get pretty limited? I just dont want to get confined to small zones the whole trip.
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#2847066 - 09/15/18 11:46 PM Re: Portugal in January [Re: manbearpig]
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Yeah, West coast was big and blowy the whole time. Typical for that time of year, but plenty of nooks along that craggy coast. I'd say you'd have a lot of space to play with. Not busy at that time of year, and the roads are good, so easy to get around. I was based between Lisbon and Nazare, but more than enough spots to enjoy.
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#2847373 - 09/17/18 09:10 AM Re: Portugal in January [Re: manbearpig]
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Just got back from 10 days in and around the Lisbon area. Didn't score in terms of swell but got out for a few surfs around Ericiera and Sintra. The Euro Kook thing is no joke, Ericiera and the surrounding waves were packed full of them, especially the British. The big surf brands seem to be alive and well over there.
Did a total of 5 days in Lisbon, which was way too much. I was shocked at how insanely touristy it was, I suppose it's a relatively inexpensive and easy place for euros to party for a few days. Favorite thing about Lisbon was all the little places to get drinks and snacks in the parks, especially the one at the Miradouros just before sunset, it's a great scene and good people watching too.
If you hit up Sintra walk up the hill rather than taking a tuk tuk/taxi/bus. Work off all the pastry calories.
I definitely preferred the costal sintra/colares area to ericiera, it's a whole lot prettier.
Wish I had made it up to Porto, Douro Valley or down to the Algarve. Next time we visit Portugal we're spending 2 days max in Lisbon.
The driving is great, much less stressful than driving in North Jersey.

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