Burgau Kitesurfing Holiday and Travel Guide

Burgau

Portugal

Why Visit?

The rough scenery and unspoilt nature around Lagos and the Costa Vicentina Natural Park are breathtaking. Our region has one of the biggest and best-preserved coastlines in Europe. Some of the most beautiful places are only accessible by water, which makes it extremely exciting to explore this region on top of a SUP board or under a kite. Sandy beaches, crystalline lagoons, flat waters and fun waves, south-west Algarve has it all.

Wind and Weather

The Portuguese northern wind is called “Nortada” and is the best friend of all kitesurfers from and travelling to the Algarve. We are blessed with this Nortada for almost every day from May until October and during the high season, the nortada will howl over the Portuguese mountains until it reaches the Alvor lagoon with a very pleasant speed of 13 to 30 knots. Mornings are usually calmer (wind wise) than afternoons which are perfect for beginners and more advanced kiters to spread out during the day and enjoy ideal conditions for the level they are at. Furthermore, the Algarve is blessed with more than 300 days of sun per year and the temperature during the high season can peak over 40 degrees (Celsius). Although sun intensity is pretty high, the wind gives a nice cooling feeling which makes the climate very pleasant, but also very dangerous to sunburn so we’d advise all travellers not to be shy with sunscreen.

Getting Around

Portugal is a very easy country to get around with public transportation. Bus schedules are clear, trains are punctual and taxis are very cheap for European standards. For those who are keen to have private transportation, renting a car is very affordable in Portugal the prices for rentals start at only €5 per day

Getting There

Portugal is the most western part of Europe. So it’s very easy to reach by plane or car depending on where you’re heading at this end.

Food and Drink

Gastronomic and The Algarve go hand in hand. There is a wide variety of seafood from skinned horse mackerel “carapaus alimados” to octopus to all kinds of clams and shellfish. For fish fanatics, the combination with the “vino verde” (green wine) is an absolute must that will tickle your senses in a unique way. For the non-fish eaters, there is, of course, a broad variety of meat as well. The Portuguese have their own traditional chorizo, which is absolutely made to perfection, and if combined with some local goats cheese will make a delicious appetiser.

Nightlife

There is a vibrant nightlife culture in the Algarve.  Sagres, Lagos, Portimão,  Monte Gordo and Albufeira all have a lot to offer for those who still have the energy to spare after they’ve quenched their appetite for kiting during the day but Lagos definitely is the queen of nightlife in the Algarve. Depending on what your preference is during what time of the day, you can spend your time and money in the beach bars, nightclubs, lounge clubs and the broad variety of cafes.

No Wind?

Activities available are kitesurfing, windsurfing, stand up paddleboarding, sailing, parasailing, surfing, body boarding, skim boarding, kayaking, paddle boats, wakeboarding, waterskiing, knee boards, inflatable tubing, and jet skiing. The Algarve really does offer everything!

Surfing, in particular, is very popular in Portugal, hosting the massive annual Ripcurl Pro Surfing competition on Peniche Beach. Other activities include scuba diving courses and excursions, fishing and sailing catamaran trips, bicycle hire and guided tours, hiking, pilates, yoga, aqua aerobics, Zumba and body fit classes, tennis, horse riding, golf, hot air balloon, skydiving and helicopter tours, Jeep safaris and city tours.

Internet

Portugal has a good coverage of 3G and Wifi is very common.

Accommodation

There are plenty of good hotels and a great variety of laid back surf camps to be found. Just be aware that during the windy season for kite surfing, all of the accommodation gets completely booked out so make sure to reserve a spot at your favourite kitesurf camp in advance.

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Lisbon
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The strong Nortada wind in the summer and the big Alvor Lagoon with waist deep water offer ideal conditions to learn and practice kitesurfing in the Algarve. In the past, the PKRA Kiteboarding World Tour was held here in Alvor and recently it was stated again by world sailor Alex Thomson "Alvor is one of the best kiteboarding spots in the world".

  • Wind: Cross on from the right
  • Waves: No
  • Shorebreak: No

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  • Wind: Offshore
  • Waves: Out on the reef
  • Shorebreak: No

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