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Praia Grande break guidePhoto by: JAVIER INFANTE MERA

Praia Grande Surf Guide

Praia Grande in Lisbon is an exposed beach break that usually has waves and can work at any time of the year. Offshore winds blow from the east with some shelter here from north winds. Windswells and groundswells in equal measure and the best swell direction is from the northwest. Waves at the beach break both left and right. Surfable at all stages of the tide. It's sometimes crowded here.

Praia Grande Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
15.0°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Praia Grande:

The best conditions reported for surf at Praia Grande occur when a Northwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the East.

Surf Forecasts:

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

decemberBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Praia Grande with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of December. Clean surfable waves are typically found 41% of the time in December while 53% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 6% 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).

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Interactive Praia Grande 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 Praia Grande is Lisboa (Lisbon) Airport (LIS) in Portugal, which is 30 km (19 miles) away (directly). The second closest airport to Praia Grande is Talavera La Real (Badajoz) Airport (BJZ) in Spain, 230 km (143 miles) away.

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Praia Grande Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Tuesday, 31 January 2023, 23:53 Local Time
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Wave (m)
Period (s) 16 15 15 13
Wind (km/h)
Wind State cross-

Swell History at Praia Grande

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

Wind History at Praia Grande

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

Praia Grande Reviews:

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Based on 6 votes.
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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Javier from Portugal
“I have surfed in Carcavelos. I go to Praia Grande when Carcavelos is flat. In this situation, the waves in Praia Grande can be strong enough for a beginner, but when Carcavelos has good waves, Praia Grande is a place for novices to avoid. For me, 2+ meters waves are too big.

A good thing is that it is quite remote so there are always fewer surfers in the water compared to another spots closer to Lisboa, and even when it is crowded there is room enough to avoid being worried that anyone may hit you.”

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