Surfing in Sao Vicente, Madeira, Madeira Portugal

Maximum swell size:
2-3 m (6.5-10 ft)
Wind blow :
Wave type:
reef- rocky
In the Portuguese island, Madeira, you can find Sao Vicente along the north-west coast. Although it's located near the coast, it is well known as one of the more sheltered hinterland. Once you visit this place, you can admire the big houses, that run you back to the XVIII century.

You will find really amazing the Sao Vicente chapel, that was built on a great boulder, at the edge of the village next to the sea.

In Sao Vicente, you can find peace and calmness through the forests and the friendly nature. In old days, the village was hidden from the pirate attacks. Don’t’ be afraid, this was happening in the old times. The only thing that maybe happen is a game between you and the waves’s attack. So if you like to ride the waves and surf, you are in the right place.

The wave’s quality is regional classic with frequency that operates from time to time. The waves have a reef- rocky type, with right and left direction and they are fast and powerful. The north and northwest are good swell direction and for the wind the south and southeast. In summer, the wave swell size is 1.3-2 m (4-6.5 ft) and the wind blows onshore 87%. In autumn, we have bigger waves with swell size from 2 to 3 m (6.5-10 ft) and the wind blows onshore 75%. In winter, we have waves with the same swell size as in autumn and the wind blows onshore 70%. In spring, 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 onshore 80%.

The spot is suitable for experienced surfers, but don’t worry because there is a surf school at your disposal, with experts, in case you need to brush up your skills and experience.

In Sao Vicente there are accommodations for your relax time and other leisure activities. So, let’s go surfing!