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Surf’s Up at Cial Lisbon

Published on Friday, May 19, 2017

Portugal is one of Europe’s favorite surf destinations. All types of waves imaginable, epic scenery, hot sun for a good part of the year, (mostly) uncrowded breaks and best of all: hospitable people and great gastronomy.

 

If you’re planning to take a Portuguese language course and would like to learn how to surf while you’re on it, CIAL is the perfect place for you.

 

CIAL’s Portuguese + Surf program runs from April to September, with options of 2 or 4 weeks plus 5, 10 or 15 surf lessons.

 

Each surf lesson includes transportation from the school to the beach and back, wetsuit, board and insurance. CIAL’s partner Ondas d’Aventura is certified by the Portuguese Surf Federation. Their spot is in Costa da Caparica, a 30 km strip of coast stretching away to the south of the Tejo River making it a very popular area for Lisbon’s surfers. 

 

Summer (April to September) is the best time to learn how to surf. Along with warmer temperatures, summer also brings small-to-medium waves. Winter waves are bigger and should be reserved for those with more experience. If you are a beginner, best to plan your surf trip when the sun is high and the days are long for warm, safe fun.

 

And some of the biggest waves ever ridden were in Portugal. Nazaré played host to surfer Andrew Cotton on his 70ft monster. And of course, you can’t forget about Garrett McNamara and his 100ft World record wave in 2013. The truth is, just a few kilometers from CIAL’s beach spot with Ondas d’Aventura, lie some of the biggest waves on the planet.



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