A Christmas surf weekend in Cascais
Last weekend my boyfriend and I took a flight to Lisbon, and after 20 min of driving we reached Cascais, a small city on the seaside of Lisbon.
Lisbon is just three hour of flight from Rome and with a low-cost you’ll reach there with max 300€, surfboards and car hire included. The fabulous thing about the weekend flight is that the departure is super early in the morning on Friday and quite late in the evening of Sunday, that means you’ll have an entire weekend to enjoy the place.
We’ve decided to reserve an hotel in Cascais and stay there for the whole weekend without having an idea of a lot of things, surf spot included!
Our Friday was surprisingly very slow and we have a lot of time to search for good spots, we use to surf with longboards but for practical reasons we decided to go with shortboards. I really used my shortboard few times (longboarding always prevails in my options) so we were searching some places where the waves were quite easy and the line up was not so far from the shore. We discovered a lot of super nice spots for longboarding, my favorite was Sao Pedro, a perfect point heading on a super nice beach.
There is a parking lot where you can easily change and wax your board. The access to the line up is quite easy but the reef at once you get in the water. You have to be very careful with the tides because there are a lot of rocks emerging here and there, but that also means high tide mellow waves and long rides.
We decided to have our first Saturday session in the Praia of Carcavelos. The beach of Carcavelos is huge and maybe one of the few beach breaks in the area, that’s why you should avoid it during the surf school time zone, which is usually at 10 o clock in the morning and around 4/5 pm. The rest of timetable for the day is quite free and you can reach to share a peak in two or three (I suppose we can forget about that in the summer time). We spent all day long in Carcavelos, the other spots were more crowded and the tides in that beach break didn’t make a huge difference for us. We also had the chance to play beach volleyball with some nice guys we met there after a perfect fast launch in the Windsurf café of Carcavelos. The Saturday gone by so fast!
On Sunday morning we had a good breakfast in the hotel and left for the spot research. We found out the low tide made the most of the spots unsurfable and the swell got smaller then the day before so we ended in Carcavelos again and it was small but funny though! After the session we just got some hours of relax walking on the beach and ate something around there.
We had the plan to go to Praia do Guincho to have the last session before leaving and so we did. Praia do Guincho is just a 15 min in the north of Cascais. We packed and leave the room and get there, but unluckily the wind there was more strong the we expected and we didn’t succeed to have the closing session of the weekend. After I sincerely recommend the place to everyone who need a short surf break. Portugal is not expansive and offers a lot for both surfing and culture. A weekend pass by quickly and it would be nice to not miss a shot to enjoy it all! Here some good advice for the your staying!
Food: Hìfen, in the center of Cascais. It’s sooo good! The chef is a young guy who like to know his costumers after their dinner and the place is super nice! We decided to get in because they were showing the Wsl Pipe masters, perfectly in time for the heat of Leonardo!!! At the end we were surprised by the excellent tempura shrimps!
Hotel: Casa Vela Cascais, they refurbish an anciant typical Portuguese Villa without touching the style but expanding the space with a modern small building where they put the rooms, which are super comfortable and all facing the wide garden where the Villa is immerse. We booked via booking.com and it wasn’t so expensive.
Drink: As a fan of Birra Peroni (the typical cheap italian lager, ahah!) I really enjoyed a lot the Sagres I had in front of Sao Pedro spot, I could barely contain my relish as I get the first sip looking at the ocean and those perfect waves. If you like lager too, the Super Bock is also very good!