Located in the North Atlantic, this autonomous region of Portugal is an archipelago of nine islands, divided into three groups: Western, Central and Eastern. Most of these islands have quality surf spots but none have as much potential as São Miguel, the biggest both in geographic and demographic terms.
São Miguel is one of Portugal’s most consistent regions, with guaranteed surfing almost all year due to its exposure to the ocean. Ribeira Grande, on the North coast, hosts one of the most important surfing competitions of the WQS world circuit. Fajã do Santo Cristo, in São Jorge, is also a spot which deserves a visit. There are flights as well as boats between the islands, although the boats only run in the summer months.
Volcanos are a big part of the Azorean DNA. The landscapes and the natural monuments are extraordinarily beautiful, and can be found all over the islands. They include the Sete Cidades Lagoon, the Vila Franca do Campo islet or the Furnas. Varied flowers and herds of cows lend the region its own unique colour and character.
Southwest of the Portuguese coast, Madeira Island is known as the Pearl of the Atlantic and has been christened the European Hawaii by the surfers who first enjoyed its powerful challenging waves. Jardim do Mar, Paul do Mar and Ribeira da Janela are some of the best known spots, but other better kept secrets are known only to the locals.
The Powerful swell and crystal clear water are bound get your adrenaline running and bring you full satisfaction. The crowd is small and the locals are known for their hospitality.
The archipelago was discovered in the XV Century by Portuguese navigators and it is now an autonomous region composed of the main Madeira Island, Porto Santo, the Selvagens and the Desertas. Its main cash flow comes from tourism and surfing is an increasingly popular activity.
The unique and beautiful landscape is made up of abrupt mountains and stunning green and blooming valleys. The black sand beaches and the famous Levadas – pathways along the mountains – are also a typical feature. The wine and local poncho, as well as the meat skewers, bolo do caco bread and bananas are some of the most famous Madeira products, besides, of course, the best football player of our times, Cristiano Ronaldo.
Carnival, the flower festival and New Years are the high seasons for tourism.