Lisbon is commonly seen as a city on the Atlantic Ocean. But it isn’t easy to find an ocean coast within the Portuguese capital.
The river Tagus flows along the city and enters the Atlantic Ocean near Cape Roca. Many people think of it as the ocean, but in reality, it is not quite like that.
At least the huge waves on the shores from Cascais to Estoril are not to be expected. This part of the land works as a breakwater. But on the other side of the Tagus, Costa da Caparica’s beaches, where you can still surf. There you can also find a massive number of surfing schools, one of which was visited by Good Portugal.
You can go there from the Cais do Sodré pier or Belem. It’s best to navigate to the endpoint called Trafaria, from where you can walk to the beach in about 30 minutes. You can also access the ferry by bike, motorcycle, or car.
Googling the surf school is better in advance. Because most of the points from GoogleMaps you stupidly will not see on the beach. All because it is worth making an appointment by phone. Otherwise, there is a risk of not finding a free instructor. Good Portugal did just that: there were no slots for a private lesson on site. So I had to wander on the beach, compare prices and try to plan my next visit consciously.
On average, a lesson with a personal instructor is around 50-60 euros. Age does not affect the price; you have to pay the same fee for a child.
On seeing our exhausted faces, the Brazilian in tattoos couldn’t pass us by: “Come tomorrow, I’ll take you to class for 45 euros”. “And the baby?” we take advantage of the moment. “You can have him for 30,” he answers. So the budget for fun with the boards was reduced from 120 euros to 75 euros. Pleasant.
The only drawback: we had to go early, at 9 am. However, the sun had already started to warm, and the beach was still half empty. We had a wetsuit to help with the cold.
The suit does not completely solve the icy ocean’s problem completely, but it’s still more pleasant. Before the lesson trainer puts boards on the sand and, for 10 minutes, shows how to stand on them correctly. Immediately after that begins hunting for waves, which lasts a couple of hours.
“You have to feel the wave and to do that, you have to relax your body as much as possible, look only forward and keep your legs bent,” says the coach. It took his students less than 30 minutes to ride the first waves. It makes you feel like a real Malibu lifeguard afterward, but for many, it will be the fulfillment of a childhood dream you haven’t had time to realize.
Celebrate your initiation into the culture at one of the restaurants on the coast on the way back. Surrounded by a million seagulls, it takes on some new, special meaning.
Catch your own wave at Clássico beach byolivier,
Av. Afonso de Albuquerque, 2825-485 Trafaria