About Buarcos

There are a number of distinct waves that break along the headland to the north of Figueira da Foz, peeling along the reef and sand covered rocks. The main three are Tamagueira - a hollow right, Teimoso - a long right point, and Mina - the northern most reef. It needs a medium to big swell from the northwest to wake, but in the right conditions, when sand and swell combine, these waves can join to create one, long, reeling right hand point - referred to in hushed tones as the J-Bay of Portugal. It is certainly one of the longest waves in the country, offering a combination of top to bottom walls and barrel sections.

Source: Buarcos Surf Guide

Ability Level

Intermediate - advanced

Beg Int Adv

Intricate line-up best for experienced surfers.

Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating

Competitive but respectful.

Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

This is a huge playing field with long paddles - even on a busy day it can feel strangely uncrowded

Spot Rating


Poor Perfect

A right hand point that on its day can be one of the best waves on the continent, seeing big walls and barrels reel for over 200m.

Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting

Long paddles and rips mean it can be noodle arms all round.

Water Quality


Clean Dirty

Can be poor - still suffers from raw sewage discharge.

Additional Information


Powerful waves, rocks, rips.


Ocean front parking at Teimoso.

Bring Your

Shortboard, fish, longboard, bodyboard


Reef and sand covered reef

Best Season

Needs big swells so best December - February

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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