Re: summer trip: france vs portugal?
I can talk a little bit about Portugal like a surf destination. I´m used to surfing mainly in Central region, but I surf some good spots in South too:
. PENICHE – the only one where you have always good waves, because it works with all winds and swell directions. A friend of mine says: ´Peniche never disappoints´ and it´s true. It´s the most consistent in all country. You can search on the internet the forecast and then decide the best spot. In this case you don´t need to walk around. The only problem is probably Supertubos, it´s a really good beach- break, but it only works from September to April, except when you have like 3m swell and north wind and the reunion of these conditions are not really common in summer, but you can have luck!
. ERICEIRA - the waves are more powerful and longer than in Peniche the crowd is less and you have a bigger diversity of bottom types. you should expect some onshore days, but when it is off-shore it´s a dream. If you want to improve your surfing level in summer season it´s surely the best option. Tiago Pires learned how to surf here. Locals have a strong knowledge, it´s cheaper and if you want you catch a bus and visit Lisbon easily. It always has waves, a lot of surfcamps and the greatest summer party: “SUMOL SUMMER FEST” in June.
. SAGRES – If you had car I would advise you this region. This year the water was about 21ºC in July/August, always sun. You have everything here: good weather, good food, good fellowship, good landscapes… you can choose between south and west coast. You often find perfect conditions without crowd.
Summarizing: PENICHE – consistence, safety, fun; ERICEIRA – High Surf; SAGRES – New Challenge
All of these places have nice people, parties and all of environment expected in a summer trip.
I hope I have helped, if you have any issues about all of these places I can give you more info. I´m new on this forum, so sorry for some English mistakes ….
Good waves for you