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Vale do Lobo break guidePhoto by: Patricia Schlicht

Vale do Lobo Surf Guide

Vale do Lobo in The Algarve is an exposed beach break that has quite consistent surf. Works best in offshore winds from the northeast and there is no shelter here from cross shore breezes. Tends to receive a mix of groundswells and windswells and the best swell direction is from the west southwest. The beach breaks offer lefts and rights. Best around mid tide. When the surf is up, it can get quite busy in the water. It can even get crowded enough to be dangerous.

Vale do Lobo Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon beachBeachIcon  s32.8
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
18.7°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Vale do Lobo:

The best conditions reported for surf at Vale do Lobo occur when a West-southwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Northeast.

Surf Forecasts:

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

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Vale do Lobo 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 50% of the time in January while 39% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 11% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
50%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
39%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
11%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Vale do Lobo Location Map

Interactive Vale do Lobo 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 closest passenger airport to Vale do Lobo is Faro Airport (FAO) in Acores, which is 10 km (6 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Vale do Lobo is Jerez Airport (XRY) in Spain, 181 km (112 miles) away.

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Vale do Lobo Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Friday, 27 May 2022, 04:17 Local Time
Friday 27
4AM7AM10AM1PM
Wave (m)
0.2
W
0.2
W
0.2
W
0.2
WSW
Period (s) 10 10 12 12
Wind (km/h)
10
10
25
25
Wind State off off cross-
off
cross-
off

Swell History at Vale do Lobo

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

Wind History at Vale do Lobo

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

Other Nearby Breaks Closest To:

Discover surf breaks near Vale do Lobo. Click below to view there surf guides.

    • Icon beach  redBeach
    • Icon  s33.1
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    2km away
    • Icon beach  redBreakwater
    • Icon  s43.8
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    3km away
    • Icon beach  redBreakwater
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    6km away
    • Icon beachBeach
    • Icon  s43.5
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    8km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach
    • Icon  s43.5
    Reliability: inconsistent
    11km away

Wave Buoys Nearest To Vale do Lobo: