Forget the winter wetsuit and head south to a place where the sun doesn't set and the surf never rests - Portugal's Algarve coast.
A hotspot for European surfers looking to enjoy year-round waves and warm weather, the southern tip of Portugal is the perfect place to brush up on your technique or learn to pop-up for the first time, all in the company of fellow wave chasers.
Close to the historic city of Lagos, Salty Wave Surf School is a 15-minute drive from the city center- situated on the popular Praia da Luz beach. Stretching from the steep cliffs of Rocha Negra to the Fortaleza da Luz fort headland, this long beach offers ample space for beginner groups on the sandbank and intermediate rippers by the rocky cliffs.
Offering a range of courses throughout the low and high season, Salty Wave Surf School provides 1-day, 3-day, and 5-day courses, split up into two 90-minute lessons per day. Conducted in small classes of 8 students per teacher in conditions suited to the group's overall experience and level, each course package includes transfers, snack lunch with fruit and water, and full-kit - plus personalized hands-on learning to ensure you get the most out of your session.
The Algarve has the widest swell window in the country with regular offshores on the south coast. SE wind swells can get these usually flat beaches pumping, while big winter groundswells will wrap into the coves beyond Sagres. Average water temp (22°c)