About Baleal

A couple of miles north of Peniche is the sandy little island village of Baleal, a big destination for traveling surfers for more than 20 years -- especially when the reefs around Ericeira are blown out with N or S winds. Baleal is an island, so there's almost always a protected beach. It's no surprise that most of the learn-to-surf camps in Portugal are located here. With the mellow left reefbreak of Lagide just north of town, followed by miles of open beachbreak, you can have a pretty high surfer population density without too many problems. There's even a protected bay south of town with mediocre beachbreak that's sheltered from N winds (and huge swells). You won't find perfection in Baleal -- Supertubos is a couple miles south -- but if you keep one eye out on the shifting sandbanks and the other on the flagpoles, you might be able to score some fine beachbreaks with mellow crowds.

Source: Baleal Surf Guide

Ability Level

Beginner

Beg Int Adv

Depends on the size but you can typically find a smaller and more protected wave for the newer surfers on either side of the peninsula depending on swell and wind.

Local Vibe

Doable

Welcoming Intimidating

There's no shortage of barking at Lagide. It's generally not worth the hassle anyways, but if you do paddle out, be respectful and don't drop in on any bodyboarders.

Crowd Factor

Mellow

Mellow Heavy

As long as you avoid the surf schools and Lagide, crowds shouldn't be too much of a problem.

Spot Rating

Fun

Poor Perfect

Pretty average.

Shoulder Burn

Medium

Light Exhausting

Depends on the size and which zone you surf.

Water Quality

Clean

Clean Dirty

Not bad.

Additional Information

Hazards

Crowds.

Access

There's a big parking lot right at Lagide where campers congregate. The beachbreaks north are accessed via a dirt track that runs along the coast.

Bring Your

Shortboard, funboard, longboard, fish

Seabed

Sand, except for the reef at Lagide.

Best Season

Autumn and Spring -- wind and weather can be issues in the Winter.

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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