MADEIRA

A HAWAII JUST AROUND THE CORNER

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.

WEATHER

Madeira enjoys a subtropical oceanic climate, due to the Azores anticyclone and the weather is often mild with some seasonal temperature variation. The maximum temperatures vary between 25 degrees in the summer and 20 in the Winter and the minimum between 20 and 30 degrees respectively. The South and West coasts have an average temperature which is slightly higher than the North Coast, and it gets cooler as you go inland to the mountainous region. November to February are the peak months for rain and it is drier between May and October. You won’t need a wetsuit to surf between July and October, when the water temperature reaches 24 degrees.


SEASON

Just like Portugal and most of Europe, winter is when the best waves hit the island. September to April are the more consistent months, but the “premium” season is November through February due to the bigger swell but also because that is when the offshore wind puts in more of an appearance. The west coast is often more exposed to the offshore wind than the North coast.

SURF CHECK

JAN/FEB

MAR/APR

MAY/JUN

JUL/AUG

SEP/OCT

NOV/DEC

CONSISTENCY

65

50

30

25

50

60

AVERAGE SIZE

2 M

1,5 M

1,2 M

0,8 M

2 M

2,5 M

TRAVEL

GUARANTEED

GOOD SEASON

NO 

NO

GOOD SEASON 

GUARANTEED 

WATER TEMPERATURE

16º

17º

19º

22º

21º

19º

AIR TEMPERATURE

16º

17º

20º

23º

22º

19º


The West coast, which gets more sun, has an average temperature of 20 degrees pretty much year round.

SURF SPOTS MADEIRA

ACHADAS DA CRUZ

ACHADAS DA CRUZ

QUALITY

Intermediate/Advanced

CABO GIRÃO

CABO GIRÃO

QUALITY

Intermediate

FAJÃ DA AREIA

FAJÃ DA AREIA

QUALITY

Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced

JARDIM DO MAR

JARDIM DO MAR

QUALITY

Advanced

LUGAR DE BAIXO

LUGAR DE BAIXO

QUALITY

Advanced

PAUL DO MAR

PAUL DO MAR

QUALITY

Advanced

WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FOR

WHAT
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WHEN
ALL YEAR
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May to Jun
Jul to Aug
Sep to Oct
Nov to Dec
WAVES
ALL TYPES
Beginner
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Intermediate + Expert
Expert

OUR SURF OFFERS

JARDIM DO MAR

JARDIM DO MAR

PORTUGAL | MADEIRA

This is a world class wave on its best days, but used to be more consistent. A powerful right hander reef break which should only be tackled by the bravest big wave surfers. Rides can go up to 300 meters and the spot only works above 6 feet. Getting in and out of the water is tricky and the backwash is also a menace

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ESTALAGEM DO MAR

ESTALAGEM DO MAR

PORTUGAL | MADEIRA

Located in Fajã da Areia, on the North side of the Island, in São Vicente, this seaside inn is surrounded by magnificent mountain landscapes. It is only 50 km away from the airport, in one of the calmer, beautiful and comfortable parts of the Island, with a welcoming climate. The facilities are modern and comfortable and make the best of the unique landscape and the palm tree gardens.

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HOTEL VILA BELA

HOTEL VILA BELA

PORTUGAL | MADEIRA

This hotel is located in beautiful Porto da Cruz, near Machico, and enjoys a wonderful setting both by the sea and by the mountain.

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PAUL DO MAR SEA VIEW HOTEL

PAUL DO MAR SEA VIEW HOTEL

PORTUGAL | MADEIRA

Located in the picturesque village of Paul do Mar, this aparthotel style accommodation is surrounded by the most beautiful nature and within the reach of plenty of surf.

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CASA DA CECILIA

CASA DA CECILIA

PORTUGAL | MADEIRA

Casa Cecília is near the Jardim do Mar, in a cosy and family friendly location.

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