As the second largest city in Portugal, Porto is located up north next to the estuary of the Duero River. The coastal city is an emblem of elegant neighbourhoods and stately villas within the charming little streets that UNESCO has declared a World Heritage Site.

The historic city is also known amongst extreme sports junkies due to its idyllic location. The practice of surf is one of the top water activities due to the consistent swell all year round in the north-west coast & the famous Espinho wave, a long and barrelling right-breaker. Also, because there are a lot of beaches that remain unknown to tourists you can head up and enjoy of the elusive spaces and really focus on surfing.

Surfing is indeed one of the most popular outdoor activity due to the waves that keep breaking across the north-eastern shoreline all year round. It is not only a sport, it is also a real community who is ready to welcome each new member passing by one of the numerous surfcamps.

For example, Surfin Monkey surfcamp provides surf holidays  for those who seek an awesome surfing experience and those who want to learn how to surf. The camp is located northwest of Porto on Matosinhos beach, which is considered the best in Europe for surfing. The beach is medium sized, sandy with lots of space and consistent waves. The swell size starts working at 1 meter and holds up to 2.5 meters. 

Kitesurfing is also a very popular sport in Porto and its surroundings. Only 30 min north from the city, the small town of Esposende is a peaceful place where the Cávado river meets the Atlantic. Here, the flat waters protected by the dunes in the river mouth are ideal for beginners and freestylers. Kitesurf clubs will provide you all the necessary equipment: the board, the kite, the harness, the bar and of course the kitesurfer outfit!

Although surfers and kitesurfers come to try out the rad waves, there are also more activities to choose from. One of the renowned spots is Peneda-Gerês National Park, discover the countless canyons in the area or kayak in the hidden streams around the park.

Porto is a city to discover on foot, come to unveil its most outstanding corner and mix it up with adrenaline-charged activities.

  • Main Language
    Portuguese
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    41.157598/-8.629065

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Génial
  • 5 / 5
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Magnifique et dépaysant qui permet de voir un paysage différent de Porto et ses alentours

The only national park experience in Portugal!
  • 5 / 5
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Beautiful, exciting. The water is so pure and fresh you ignore the temperature. We spent a good time in the village, it is actually amazing and interesting. Hope they really keep up the old village life and younger people find their way back. The lunch in the only restaurant in the village was also very good with nice views.

Bien entouré et bonne ambiance
  • 5 / 5
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Très bon lieu

A lot of fun
  • 4 / 5
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nice spot, very windy, but you can't change the weather.

Best coach ever!
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First try on surf board.
  • 5 / 5
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Windy, as it should be and easy to catch a sunburn

Great activity if you like swimming in lakes and waterfalls
  • 5 / 5
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First time surfing
  • 3 / 5
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There is a bit of walking from the store to the beach.

Surf and fun
  • 5 / 5
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De bonne vague

Super !
  • 5 / 5
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Great couple of hours
  • 5 / 5
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Cool beach!

Une première réussie
  • 5 / 5
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Très bien, merci aux profs qui ont très bien encadré l'activité.

Surfing
  • 3 / 5
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There were very small waves

Saut 5000m
  • 5 / 5
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Très agréable

Wonderful day
  • 5 / 5
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The spots we visited were really amazing. It’s was like it came out of a movie or a picture.

Une journée fantastique
  • 5 / 5
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Magnifique....exactement ce à quoi je m attendais. Une communion avec la nature.

First time surfing
  • 5 / 5
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Best surf school ever!
  • 5 / 5
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Beautiful beach not just to surf but to hang out as well.

Enjoyed my first lesson
  • 5 / 5
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The beach was a little bit crowded, but in the water it didn’t matter. And if there were people that didn’t come to surf, then the instructor ask them to go to another part of the sea because of the lessons.

Fun to do
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Super moment !
  • 4 / 5
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Bien pour apprendre, après c"est pas le plus beau spot du Portugal

Super saut et un super spot
  • 5 / 5
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Super vue sur les collines autour de Braga et la mer....

So much fun
  • 5 / 5
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Super expérience !
  • 5 / 5
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Ideal pour debuter

Perfect time :D
  • 5 / 5
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Génial !
  • 5 / 5
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Joli spot à proximité de la ville et possibilité de rentrer à pied dans le centre ville en longeant la mer et le douro

Super
  • 5 / 5
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Sur 5 jours d'affilés, une seul jours a été "sans" vagues, il y en avait quelques unes. Mais sinon y'a de quoi se faire plaisir et apprendre !

Matinée sportive génialissime
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Very Great !
  • 5 / 5
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Great spot adapted for all level

Superbe école de surf!
  • 4 / 5
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Matosinhos est une plage avec de belles vagues. Idéal pour surfer.

Extra
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Nickel

Great
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Gerês hiking tour in Peneda-Gerês National Park, Portugal
  • 5 / 5
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Amazing

Génial
  • 5 / 5
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Manque de vagues mais correct pour 1ère fois

canyoning near Porto (Rio de Frades)
  • 5 / 5
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beautiful area, but watch out: the river is cold!!!

Découverte du stand up paddle
  • 5 / 5
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Très agréable

Très bonne expérience
  • 5 / 5
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Canyon étonnant aux reliefs diversifiés et aux nombreux point de sauts et de cascades. C'est un parcours à la fois accessible à tous mais qui ravira aussi les plus expérimentés.

Great surf class
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Super !!!
  • 4 / 5
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Awesome Team, Friendly ppl.
  • 4 / 5
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Quite narrow area to surf, otherwise good for beginners

Belle journée !
  • 4 / 5
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I really liked this canyoning and am happy to have had this opportunity to spend such a fantastic time.
  • 5 / 5
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Nice place to visit.

Initiation au surf Top!
  • 5 / 5
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Parfait pour débuter !

Great experience
  • 5 / 5
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Pineda-Geres National Park was amazing. Beautiful views, clear water, fresh air.

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