Mindelo: when Bells Beach meets J-Bay | Photo: SurferToday.com

Portugal has roughly 1,115 miles (1,794 kilometers) of coastline. It is considered one of the greatest surfing destinations on the planet. However, the eyes of the world are always focused on the same spots.

And you know them already. That's why it's time to unveil Portugal's charming "ugly duckling."

Ericeira, the surfing capital of Europe; Peniche, Europe's most famous barreling wave; Nazaré, the biggest wave in the world; Azores, the surfing jewel of the Atlantic. And that's it. You've heard it multiple times: "Portugal is an amazing surfing country." Sure.

But the truth is that foreigners never get the whole picture. Not even one-tenth of what Portugal has to offer. In mainland Portugal, all they hear and get is the stretch of coast between Nazaré's Praia do Norte, and Lisbon's Costa de Caparica. And that's 90 miles (145 kilometers) of dreams promoted to exhaustion.

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Fuerteventura: a wind sports heaven | Photo: Carter/PWA

The Canary Islands probably enjoy the best climate in the world. And they are also one of the most popular destinations in the planet for windsurfers, kitesurfers, and wave riders in general.

The archipelago's trade-wind-swept coasts and its UNESCO Biosphere Reserve seabeds are considered unique settings to practice a wide range of nautical and aquatic sports.

At the same time, they're an irresistible attraction for surfers and scuba divers from across the world who can meet up any time of the year, drawn by a climate like no other. Yes, in the Canary Islands, it's all about the sea and the waves.

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