The Algarve: One Of The Continent’s Premier Surfing Spots

Portugal has long since been one of the premier destinations to head for clad in a wetsuit with a surfboard tucked securely under one arm. That status as one of the world’s top surfing hotspot was cemented this week as Hawaiian surfer Garrett McNamara rode a wave that was reported to have been 100ft high just off the coast of the country. For budding enthusiasts not quite ready to scale the heights of the gargantuan waves like the experts, the Algarve is an ideal holiday destination.

The stunning southern region of Portugal does not experience the heady and often terrifyingly tall waves which hit the west coast of the country; the further away from the Atlantic Ocean, the smaller the waves become at the shore. These more sedate and less dangerous waves are perfect for total newcomers to learn a new skill and for amateur to hone the skills they already possess. Scores of surfing schools operate up and down the miles of sandy beaches and cliffs which line the Algarve, and they attract thousands of visitors every year, from families to groups of friends, and from couples seeking a fun activity to individuals searching for an adrenaline rush. Many opt to secure an Algarve holiday villa in one of the nearby resort towns, just a short drive from the coast, so they can enjoy their recovery time in peace after a day out riding the waves.

The Algarve is also a great place to try out other water-sports, for those who have mastered surfing and wish for a new challenge. Kite-surfing and wakeboarding classes and instruction are available and there are separate lessons for younger participants and adults, making the Algarve a wonderful venue for a family holiday. Accommodation is plentiful in the area, with a range of self-catering Algarve villas available with beautiful mountainside views, private pools and easy access to beaches and amenities.

There are even some schools and camps which devote time not only to surfing but to other fitness activities such as yoga and pilates, prompting many people to choose the Algarve as a health and wellbeing destination. The multitude of spas in the region offer a chance for relaxation and detox, while the peaceful and secluded Algarve villas dotted around the countryside are removed from hectic holiday resorts and offer privacy and tranquillity. As one of Europe’s premier surfing destinations, the Algarve offers something for everyone, whether they are beginners or experts, seeking fun or adventure.

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About Premier Holidays: Premier Holidays is a British company specialising in luxury holiday villas and apartments for the discerning traveller looking for a different holiday experience. Premier Holidays was founded in 1994 initially specialising in high-end villa holidays to Lanzarote and Fuerteventura and has subsequently grown into one of the most trusted and established villa holiday specialists in Europe.



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