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Praia do Cordoama

Praia do Cordoama

Vila do Vispo - Algarve, Portugal

Surf, Bodyboard

An impressive spot surrounded by enormous cliffs and a stunningly beautiful landscape. This spot is today one of the main places for surfing and bodyboarding in the southwest of the Algarve. It's in Vila do Bispo which is a village in the Alentejo Natural Park on the Vicentina coast and one of the few places in Europe which remains virgin. It's one of the most consistent spots in the region, the same as Praia do Amado but normally a bit quieter. Its popularity helped it become one of the WQS world tour stops and when it is held there every summer, it embraces this beach like it's the headquarters. It's possible to have good conditions in Cordoama throughout most of the year and when the conditions are good the banks take good shape and offer surfable peaks, however it can phase out easily due to its exposure and it doesn't hold much size. Before you head down to the beach, take a look from the viewpoint. You'll have an incredible view of all of the peaks that exist between Praia Cordoama and Castelejo, from which you can then take your pick.

You should bear in mind that it's one of the most consistent beach breaks on this wild coastline and in the summer it's one of the best bets as the north wind doesn't affect it too much. There is a good parking area, schools and a good restaurant where you can replenish your energy. It can be easily accessed from Vila do Bispo along a recently resurfaced road and also from the capital, Faro, by going on the A-22 to until Lagos and then half an hour more along the N-125 to Vila do Bispo. It's right next to Sagres which is the epicentre of the area and a very short distance to another popular surf spot, Praia do Amado in Carrapateira, which can be reached by heading north on the N-268.

cordoama

Conditions

The seabeds are very changeable so the key is to observe which are the good peaks and what is the best tide, especially as it's an exposed beach. The best conditions for most are with a swell of 2 or 3 feet and periods which aren't too high, around 9 or 10 seconds. In this case, and depending on the tide and banks, surfable peaks appear. With 4 or 5 feet and higher periods, the waves are fast with barrels, making it perfect for high level surfing. 

The best swells are NW and W and like the rest of this coastline, the optimal wind direction is E, ESE and ENE. These conditions are probable in September and October when the typical summer trade winds stop and the water temperature allows you to use a thinner wetsuit, around 2 mm and maybe even a shorty. Don't forget that the water temperature around the Algarve is cold and cool in the summer, around 18 ºC. The tide conditions are variable and it's necessary to know them, although you will be able to surf with any, a rising tide is better. If the tide is out, you can walk north towards Barriga beach which is usually very quiet but is good quality too. Take care when going in and out of the water because the tide and sand hide quite a few rocks along the whole beach.
Optimal Conditions
  • Wave
    beachbreak
  • Wind
    E
  • Tide
    All
  • Swell
    NW - W
  • Bottom
    Sand
  • Size
    1 - 4 ft
  • Time of year
    All year round
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