Surf-riders will find the conditions here on the south-western tip of the Algarve really good. The best time for novices is in summer, because the waves are small, but continuous and frequent. Experienced surfers and pros really appreciate the conditions in winter. A small surf school will provide you with equipment and courses. This sandy beach is a place of great natural beauty. The spectacular cliff in the background is sure to impress you, whether you are viewing it from the comfort of the lounging area or from the top of a wave as it carries you back to land.
Praia do Tonel - Beautiful sandy beach with good surfing conditions and a spectacular cliff face
Praia do Tonel beach is on the south-western tip of Portugal near the town of Sagres. Here the focus is one hundred per cent on surfing. In winter especially, when the waves are high and challenging, the pros and experienced surfers really get their money's worth. In summer, on the other hand, there are enough small waves rolling in regularly to create ideal conditions for novices to learn how to ride the waves. Lots of Portuguese families come here as well, some of them from quite a distance, and get out on their boards together. A surf school has been set up in a trailer at the entrance to the beach, and this offers courses and rents out surfing equipment directly on the beach.
Praia do Tonel is also attractive for other types of water sports: the conditions are often good for kiting and windsurfing, and the beach is of interest for divers too. The scenery at Praia do Tonel has a lot to offer as well. Apart from the place where a pedestrian ramp gives access to the beach, the full 300 metres of sand is enclosed by cliffs. In the background a high fissured limestone rock face presents an imposing façade. The white walls of the Fortress of Sagres peep over the top.
The lovely light-coloured sand is largely clear of stones, especially near the water. Near the cliffs there are areas with stones of various sizes. Be careful: in those areas there is a risk of falling rocks. If you're planning to stay on the beach for a while, you should bring your own sun umbrella, since there is virtually no shade at a safe distance from the cliffs. The beach is completely natural and undeveloped, apart from a small beach bar on stilts at the entrance. On the bar terrace you can enjoy snacks and drinks all year round while watching the surfers' stunts in the water.