Matosinhos Oporto surf spot
Matosinhos in North Portugal is an exposed beach and reef break that has reasonably consistent surf and can work at any time of the year. Works best in offshore winds from the east. Waves just as likely from local windswells as from distant groundswells and the best swell direction is from the west. Waves at the beach are both lefts and rights. Best around low tide
This beach is a sand bar with frequent sloppy waves. The swell size starts working at 1 meter and holds up to 2.5 meters. The waves come from right and left with a normal power.
The summers are pleasant here with water temperatures ranging from 12 degrees to about 19 degrees in the summer and air temperatures ranging from 10 degrees in the winter to 30 degrees in the summer. You can get by with just a pair of shorts or a shorty through the summer, in the winter months you need to suit up accordingly.
Matosinhos is located north west of Oporto looking out into the Atlantic Ocean. It houses the biggest artificial port in Portugal and has long been associated both with fishing and sea transport industries. Today, Matosinhos is geared towards tourism and its beach is regularly used throughout the year by surfers of all types and abilities. The beach is medium sized and sandy with lots of space.
The beach can be found easily on foot by leaving the metro station and following the avenue west until you come to the beach. By car you simply follow the IC24 via Rapida to Matosinhos.
There is plenty of free parking at this spot and the beach is only about a ten minute walk from the city center.
The first lesson starts with a simple theorical introduction followed by a quick warm up on the sand. Next everybody is ready to go in the water and catch the first small waves, always with the instructors’ supervision. There is a break to eat, relax and enjoy the beauty and tranquillity of our coast. Each lesson takes between one and a half to two hours. Usually everybody is able to stand up on the second lesson.
The northern provinces of Minho and Douro have largely skipped the attention of visiting surfers, despite having a trove of surf and cultural resources. This super consistent stretch of coast grabs the maximum from any swell direction and provides a wide range of wave breaking surfaces from gentle beaches and rivermouths to sheer slab reefs. Minho province shares many characteristics with its northern Spanish neighbour, Galicia, - lots of hills, lots of greenery and lots and lots of rain. Porto is the capital of Douro province, where it isn’t quite as wet, but the bleak industrial landscape combines with the weather to help deter visiting surfers.
+High summer consistency
+Not really crowded
+Lots of open beachbreaks
+Cultural attractions of Porto
-Cool water in summer
-Summer Nortada season
-Lack of epic pointbreaks
-Wettest region in Portugal