Spot Guide Peniche

There are dozens of different spots in Peniche that work on all different winds (Hey, it´s always offshore), swell sizes and directions and tides.

Don´t blame me for not writing down more spots. Some have to stay secret and some we can only show you if you don´t tell anyone.

Have a look at the map of Europe: Peniche sticks right into the Atlantic Ocean, thus it’s rarely ever flat. There are not even a handful of days a year without waves under hip high.

And even with the biggest winter swells there are always some protected spots.

swell map peniche

Icon meaning

Ozean Untergrund Ocean floor
Kompass Icon Swell direction
Swell size
Tide Icon Tide
Wind direction
Winner Level Icon Surf level
Hazards

All the numbers you see in this guide are for orientation purpose only. Sandbanks shift and swells are never the same.

Actual wave height depends a lot on the swell direction and wave period. Supertubos is a good example: In summer time you can have 12 foot of wind swell at 9 seconds from the north. Supertubos will be basically flat. But in winter time you can get 5 foot at 14 seconds from the north west and it will be pumping.

And never forget: You almost never want big swell to hit your beach from straight ahead. A bit of an angle usually will make the waves not close out.

Cantinho da Baia

Cantinho bar da praia right
Ozean Untergrund Sand
Kompass Icon Northerly
1 to 3m
Tide Icon High
Northerly
Winner Level Icon All
Crowds

Easy Beachbreak, paddle out with dry hair in front of  Danau Bar. Only around high tide. Low will close-out.

Tupatur

tupatur surf spot next to burns bar
Ozean Untergrund Sand
Kompass Icon All
0,5 to 3m
Tide Icon Mid – High
Easterly
Winner Level Icon All
Warnung Ausrufezeichen Currents when big

Our home break. Everything left of Bruno’s Bar. The more towards Peniche, the emptier it gets.

Meio da Baia

Ozean Untergrund Sand
Kompass Icon All
0,5 to 5m
Tide Icon All
Southerly
Winner Level Icon All
Warnung Ausrufezeichen Currents when big

Middle of the Bay. Beach break, across the main road of Sol Village 2. Less crowd further to Baleal.

Bocaxica

Ozean Untergrund Sand
Kompass Icon All
1 to 4m
Tide Icon Mid – High
Southerly
Winner Level Icon All
Warnung Ausrufezeichen None

Beachbreak, gegenüber vom Hotel Peniche Soleil.

Gamboa

Peniche city beach
Ozean Untergrund Sand covered rocks
Kompass Icon North-west-North
3 to 8m
Tide Icon Mid
South-west
Winner Level Icon All
Warnung Ausrufezeichen Lots of current

The most westerly spot of the bay. When everything else is too big. Strong currents then. Check the rocks at low tide! And leave waves to the locals.

Papoa

Peniche Big Wave
Ozean Untergrund Rocks
Kompass Icon All
4 – 10m
Tide Icon All
Southerly
Winner Level Icon Pros
Warnung Ausrufezeichen Big Waves

Big wave spot at the water tower. When Nazaré gets too messy this is where the action happens.

Molhe Leste

Peniche bodyboard tube spot
Ozean Untergrund Sand
Kompass Icon Westerly
1 to 5m
Tide Icon Mid – High
Northerly
Winner Level Icon Advanced
Warnung Ausrufezeichen Fast

Well protected spot at the harbour wall. Offshore in northerly winds. THE bodyboarder locals’ spot.

Bananas

Offshore wind Peniche
Ozean Untergrund Sand
Kompass Icon Not to northerly
1 to 3m
Tide Icon Low – Mid
Northerly
Winner Level Icon Intermediate+
Warnung Ausrufezeichen Shore Break

Between Supertubos and the wall. Often the best choice in summer, because offshore with north wind.

Supertubos

Supertubos Super Tubes
Ozean Untergrund Sand
Kompass Icon Westerly
1 to 5m
Tide Icon Mid – High
Northerly
Winner Level Icon Advanced
Warnung Ausrufezeichen Fast and heavy

Europe’s most famous beach break. Give it a first shot when it’s small!

Prainha

Peniche Surf School Waves
Ozean Untergrund Sand
Kompass Icon All
1 to 3m
Tide Icon Mid – High
Northerly
Winner Level Icon All
Warnung Ausrufezeichen Rocks at low tide

Probably the easiest beach break in all Peniche area. Thus gets pretty crowded.

Lagido

Ozean Untergrund sharp rocks
Kompass Icon All
1 bis 5m
Tide Icon Mid – High
South
Winner Level Icon Advanced+
Warnung Ausrufezeichen Urchins and rocks

Left Point Break: The right is only good when huge. Watch out with dropping tide: Only inches of water on the reef. Respect the locals!

Gigi

Gigi Baleal trestles
Ozean Untergrund Sand covered rocks
Kompass Icon All
0,5 bis 2,5m
Tide Icon Mid – High
South – east
Winner Level Icon Intermediate+
Warnung Ausrufezeichen hidden rocks

The go to spot when Lagido is too crowded. Usually looks better than it is.

Almagreira

Red rocks almagreira
Ozean Untergrund Sand, small rocks
Kompass Icon All
0,5 bis 3m
Tide Icon Mid – High
South – East
Winner Level Icon All
Warnung Ausrufezeichen Currents

The first spot of the red rocks northern beaches. Go starting point to check with a good view.

Pico da Mota

Pico da Mota Surf beach
Ozean Untergrund Sand
Kompass Icon All
0,5 bis 3m
Tide Icon All
Southeast
Winner Level Icon Advanced
Warnung Ausrufezeichen Fast and currents

Former venue of the World Championship Tour. Best impression of a french beach break: Always different, rarely good. But when it’s good… Respect the locals!

Praia d’el Rey

Bom sucesso Golf and surf beach
Ozean Untergrund Sand
Kompass Icon All
0,5 bis 2m
Tide Icon Low – Mid
Southeast
Winner Level Icon Advanced
Warnung Ausrufezeichen Fast and currents

Everything around the Golf resort. Who searches might get lucky.

Consolação

Consolação point break
Ozean Untergrund Sharp Rocks
Kompass Icon Westerly
1 – 3m
Tide Icon Low only
Northerly
Winner Level Icon Advanced+
Warnung Ausrufezeichen Urchins, rocks

Right point break. Only good at west swell. No adventures! Only go when you really know what you are doing. Getting out of the water is not easy. Respect the locals!

Consolação Left

Ozean Untergrund Sand and rocks
Kompass Icon All
0,5 bis 2m
Tide Icon All
East
Winner Level Icon Advanced
Warnung Ausrufezeichen Fast

Doesn’t work too often. But when nothing else is on always worth a look.

Foz d’Arelho

Foz do Arelho Cladas da Rainha surf spot
Ozean Untergrund Sand
Kompass Icon All
0,5 bis 2m
Tide Icon All
East
Winner Level Icon Advanced
Warnung Ausrufezeichen Strong current!

Rivermouth. The north side only via the highway. South side through the golf court. When everything else is too small.