About Praia do Guincho

A favoured spot for Lisbon surfers when swell doesn't wrap into the city breaks, Guincho is a long, open beach that is rarely flat, but it's also exposed to wind - hence its popularity as a summertime windsurfing haunt. It does produce quality waves though, working best on lower tides when long, reeling lefts and rights can form around shifting banks. Gets big and is famed for its brutal rip currents.

Source: Praia do Guincho Surf Guide

Ability Level

All Abilities

Beg Int Adv

OK for beginners when small, but can quickly jump in size.

Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating

Busy but mostly chilled.

Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

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

Spot Rating


Poor Perfect

Long beach that is rarely flat - can be home to long, fun ripable walls on lower tides. Susceptible to rips.

Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting

Powerful swells and strong rips above head high.

Water Quality


Clean Dirty

OK, can be polluted after rain.

Additional Information


Dangerous rips - pick a line-up on shore and keep an eye on it.


Road side parking at the beach and car park just to the south at Little Guincho.

Bring Your

Shortboard, funboard, longboard, fish, bodyboard, kiteboard


Beach break

Best Season

Best September to November and March to May.

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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