Surfing & Kitesurfing in Minho

Praia do Cabedelo is an excellent kitesurfing destination, with consistent on-shore wind year-round. It’s a great teaching site, but also fun for intermediate surfers thanks to the lagoon-like conditions created by the southern headland and harbour breakwater, which is a full kilometre north. There’s good kiting and some traditional surfing at Esposende 17km south of Cabedelo, but conditions are iffy.

Among the fine beaches strung north along the 25km of coast between Viana do Castelo and Caminha, Afife has the best surf breaks, with waves topping out at 2m during peak swells. Four daily regional trains (€1.45, 12 minutes) make their way up the coast to Afife from Viana. Advanced kitesurfers will want to drive a bit further north to Moledo, where the wind and waves are at their fiercest and finest.

For tips and gear rental, stop by Viana Locals at Praia do Cabedelo.