Surfing in Paul do Mar, Calheta, Madeira Portugal

Maximum swell size:
3 m (10 ft)
Paul do Mar is a village, located in the municipality of Calheta, in Madeira, the Portuguese archipelago island. The location stands out as one of the most important fishing centers. A big variety of fish is available there, directly from the Atlantic ocean.

Paul do Mar has become a must in the gastronomy’s world. The authenticity of this place makes you feel that you are in a paradise that you’ll never forget.

The waves of Paul do Mar will definitely make you a successful surfer, because this exposed reef break has the right conditions for surfing. The best swell direction is from the west. In autumn and winter there are the best waves, with swell size from 2 to 3 m (6.5-10 ft) and sometimes with swell size more than 3 m (10 ft).

The wind blows offshore at 34% and 37% respectively. In the summer, there are waves with swell size from 1.3 to 2 m (4-6.5 ft) and the wind blows offshore at 25%, while in the spring the waves have the same swell size and the wind blows offshore at 35%. In Paul do Mar you’ll enjoy surfing, but watch out for rocks. The swell size starts working at 1.5-2 m/ 5-6 ft and holds up to 4+m/12+ft. The beach is suitable for experienced surfers, but if you are not, there is a surf school with experts at your disposal, in case of need.

In Paul do Mar there are other activities and comfortable accommodation options.