About Praia Grande (South)

This is a large stretch of sandy beach and a big tourist destination for the Lisbon population. On summer days, the sand and car parks are packed, but off season is when the waves wake and this proves to be a consistent swell catcher. Low to mid tide is best, with peaks along the beach, high tide can be heavy with sections of shore dump. Line-ups will be busy when good, but there's room to spread out and Praia Pequena - an extension of the beach to the north - often holds quieter waves. Best in an easterly wind as it is exposed and still afternoons can often see localised onshores.

Source: Praia Grande (South) Surf Guide

Ability Level

All Abilities

Beg Int Adv

Good for all.

Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating

OK, lots of hussle in the line-up but vibe is generally OK.

Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

A magnet for the Lisbon crew - can get busy weekends and peak times.

Spot Rating


Poor Perfect

Exposed beachbreak which hoovers up swell forming either long ripable walls or fast, heavy wedges. Lots of room to spread out.

Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting

Powerful swells come out of deep water, lots of duck dives when swell picks up, plus shifting rips.

Water Quality


Clean Dirty

Generally good.

Additional Information


Heavy shorebreak, crowds, rips.


There is plenty of parking at the beach but will be hectic weekends and summer.

Bring Your

Shortboard, funboard, longboard, fish, bodyboard


Beach break

Best Season

Best September to November and March to May.

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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