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Faja da Areia Reviews and Ratings

(Madeira, Portugal)

Visitor reviews of Faja da Areia surf break

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Faja da Areia Ratings

Overall: 2.6. Based on 3 votes. Vote

Quality on a good day: 3.3

(1 star: Even when the swell and winds are optimum, the waves are poor quality, 5 stars: If conditions are right, the waves will be World Class).

Consistency of Surf: 3.0

(1: Faja da Areia is a fickle surf spot that only works a few times a year. 5: Reliable year-round spot).

Regional Rating: 3.0

(1: Faja da Areia is usually very poor quality compared to other spots in Madeira. 5: the best break in Madeira).

Difficulty Level: 2.3

(1: Suitable for Groms. 3: Intermediates. 5: Expert tow-in surfers only).

Onshore Wind: 3.0

(1: even a light onshore ruins the surf. 5: Faja da Areia can offer better rides with a light wind behind them).

Other Options: 1.0

(1: If wind or tide conditions are poor at Faja da Areia, it will be poor everywhere nearby. 5: other locations nearby provide a rich variety of wind and swell exposures).

Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.0

(1: An unsuitable spot. 5: Wind and wave conditions at Faja da Areia are often excellent).

Water Quality: 3.3

(1: Known health risks from pollution. 5: Never any pollution).

Crowds: 3.0

(1: Often too crowded. 5: Faja da Areia is an isolated spot where you are unlikely to meet other surfers).

Access: 3.0

(1: Getting to Faja da Areia requires an overland expedition or chartering a boat. 3: A 30 minute walk from the nearest parking. 5: Park a vehicle right by the break).

Scenery: 5.0

(1: An ugly industrial backdrop. 5: A spectacular setting).

Local Attitude: 1.5

(1: Locals are hostile to visitors. 5: Either there are no locals who surf, or else they are accommodating and friendly).

Accommodation: 2.0

(1: No convenient places to stay indoors. 5: A wide variety of accommodation near Faja da Areia for all budgets from hostels to luxury hotels).

Camping: 2.5

(1: Camping at Faja da Areia is not possible. 3: Camping tolerated but no facilities. 5: A nearby camp ground has excellent facilities and a good vibe).

Entertainment: 1.5

(1: Besides the surf and the solitude there is nothing to do when it is flat. 5: Faja da Areia is in such an interesting area to visit that getting wet is a bonus).

Equipment and Repairs: 1.5

(1: Nothing can be sourced, not even wax. 5: Quality surfing equipment can be purchased or hired. Major repairs can be fixed too).

Eating: 4.0

(1: Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. 5: A wide variety of places to eat and drink at Faja da Areia, from fast food and cafes to fancy restaurants).

Drinking: 2.5

(1: Alcohol is not allowed in the country. 5: There is an excellent pub near Faja da Areia where you can stay or park a camper van overnight).



FEATURE UPDATE: we now show red swell icons for 'open sea' swells that are travelling in an unfavourable direction for the surf break. In places, these swells may still wrap around coastlines and produce smaller waves at some breaks. They are also significant for windsurfers and other water users that tend to venture further off-shore.