Porto da Cruz is a civil parish in the municipality of Machico, on the Portuguese island of Madeira. This small village is the right place, if you want to freeze time and enjoy nature, the song of the birds and the impressive mountains, which enclose Porto da Cruz.
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Bodyboarding in Costa da Caparica, Almada, Lisbon and Coast Portugal
Except from the sun and the magic of the sea, you can admire the old Capuchin Monastery on the cliff above the beach, which was found in 1558. The sun can give you a smooth tanning, but if you want your body to get burned from adrenaline, then take your body-board, it’s time for action.
The right conditions make your game with powerful and fast waves an amazing experience. The northwest, west, southwest and south are the good directions for swell. And for the wind, southeast, east and northeast direction is the best. The swell size starts working at less than 1 m / 3 ft and holds up to 2.5 m+ / 8 ft+. The beach-break waves are regional classic with very consistent frequency (150 days/years).
In summer, the wind blows offshore at 4% and the waves swell size is 1.3-2 m (4-6.5 ft). In spring, the wind blows offsh0re at 21% and the waves swell size is from 1.3 to 3 m (4-10 ft). In winter, the wind blows offshore at 36% and there are waves with swell size from 2-3 m (6.5-10 ft), but sometimes the waves are >3 m (10 ft). In autumn, the waves swell size is from 1.3-2 m (4-6.5 ft) to 2-3 m (6.5-10 ft) and the wind blows offshore at 25%.
There are body-board schools, where you can brush up your body-board skills. You can find accommodation options and other activities that you can do on your spare time.