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Surfing in Costa da Caparica Coast

Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, is located next to Tagus river - this fact often disappoints those who visit the city and look for a spot by the sea for some sun or surfing. So what can you do? We might just have a solution - visit Costa da Caparica!

About Costa da Caparica

Just across the river from Lisbon, Costa da Caparica is the closest beach by the sea where waves break nearly 365 days a year. Impressive 30km stretch of coast line, will disseminate the crowds and offer everyone a chance to surf in peace at over 100 peaks. Surfing in Costa da Caparica is part of the history here with dozens of national and international champions who grew up surfing locally. In this small city you can find around 20 schools teaching wave, kite and sup surfing along side many shops, cafes and bars for a refreshing beverage after a day spent by the beach.

How to get to Costa da Caparica?

We were lucky to have been invited to try a wave surfing class in Costa da Caparica with Pedro, a surfing instructor from Gecko Surf & Sup school. In order to get to the other side of the river we had two options: taking a bus number 161 from Praça Do Areeiro, or the ferry from Cais do Sodre to Cacilhas, continuing journey on the other side on a bus no. 135 to the Market Square. We chose the ferry and the entire journey took us only 40 minutes.

Surfing in Costa da Caparica

Relaxed atmosphere, smell of fresh fish cooked in local restaurants, surfboards on the roof of every other car and the streets full of people in swimsuits. There was no doubt we arrived to the right place.


In our visit, we had to opportunity to take a waves surfing class with Pedro from Gecko surfing school. Pedro met us at the Market square and we headed straight to the beach. It has just hit 10 am and the sea was already full of surfers waiting to catch a wave. We were amazed by the number of people but luckily Pedro quickly found us a nice quiet spot to learn in relaxed surroundings.

Our experience was great – we got used to chilly Atlantic waters pretty quickly and enjoyed the stunning views of the beach as the warm summer winds tousled our hair. Watching the confident smiles of success as the surfers won little battles with stubborn waves, we realised that the capital of Portugal may just be minutes away, but Costa da Caprica is definitely the country’s capital of surfing. There is no doubt we will be returning very soon.

Book today a wave, kite or Sup surfing classes on SkillsGorilla and feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

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