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Albufeira break guidePhoto by: Ray Bilcliff

Albufeira Surf Guide

Albufeira in The Algarve is a sheltered beach break. Summer in particular tends to be flat. The best wind direction is from the north northeast and there is no shelter here from cross shore breezes. Waves just as likely from local windswells as from distant groundswells and the best swell direction is from the south. The beach break offers mainly left hand waves. Good surf at all stages of the tide. Rarely crowded here.

Albufeira Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
rarely breaks
20.2°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Albufeira:

The best conditions reported for surf at Albufeira occur when a South swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the North-northeast.

Surf Forecasts:

What's the best time of year to surf Albufeira (for consistent clean waves)?

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Albufeira with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of January. Clean surfable waves are typically found 0% of the time in January while 0% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 100% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Albufeira Location Map

Interactive Albufeira surf break location map. View information about nearby surf breaks, their wave consistency and rating compared to other spots in the region. Current swell conditions from local buoys are shown along with live wind speed and direction from nearby weather stations. Click icons on the map for more detail. The nearest passenger airport to Albufeira is Faro Airport (FAO) in Acores, which is 26 km (16 miles) away (directly). The second closest airport to Albufeira is Jerez Airport (XRY) in Spain, 198 km (123 miles) away.

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Albufeira Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Saturday, 10 June 2023, 17:53 Local Time
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Wave (m)
Period (s) 12 12 12 -
Wind (km/h)
Wind State cross-
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Swell History at Albufeira

Surf stats for Albufeira, see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at Albufeira

Wind stats for Albufeira, see the variation in direction and stength by month or season on the history page here.

Albufeira Reviews:

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sandro ferreira from Portugal
“Albufeira tem optimas praias para surfar mas a melhor e a praia dos pescadores”

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