Resorts in the central and western Algarve are famous for world-class golf, but head west and one resort is making a name around the world for another activity – surfing.
The 100-acre Martinhal Beach Resort in Sagres is the first 5-star surf destination in Portugal. Surrounded by the Costa Vicentina National Park, it has been recognized as a surf hot spot in Europe, even in the winter months thanks to the Algarve’s balmy year-round climate.
Sagres is becoming recognized as one of the best surf spots, offering both south and west-facing coastlines and providing fine surf conditions for all surfer levels, regardless of the swell and wind direction. There are 22 beaches within a 30-minute drive from the resort. For beginners, the best beaches are Castelejo, Amado, Carrapateira and Arrifana, while more experienced surfers can enjoy beaches at Ponta Ruiva, Cordoama and Vale Figueiras.
Martinhal Beach Resort & Hotel offers surf adventures for all the family. Experienced surfer instructors provide surf lessons on a daily basis for different ages and skills, keeping everyone focused on catching the best wave. During the lessons, kids and adults will learn about surf safety information, ocean awareness and different surf techniques needed to stand on the board. All the necessary equipment is included.
The resort features a 37 bedroom 5-star hotel and a selection of more than 150 spacious 1 to 5 bedroom Villages, 4 heated pools, gym, Spa with Jacuzzi, steam room and sauna, tennis courts, kids clubs, 3 restaurants and a family surf bar.
For residents or owners of property on the Algarve, learning to surf at Martinhal could make an exciting break away from the golf course.