Enjoying the swell of the Azores Islands
There's an archipelago located in the Atlantic Ocean where waves are pumping all year. Still very much uncrowded, the nine Azores Islands extend for more than 600 km of coastline.
Three groups of islands offer great surfing conditions during the year: the Eastern Group (Sao Miguel, Santa Maria and Formigas Islets), the Central Group (Terceira, Graciosa, Sao Jorge, Pico and Faial) and the Western Group (Flores and Corvo).
Perfect waves and amazing food are the great invitation cards of this Portuguese dependency. The Azores Islands are 1,500 km away from the continental capital, Lisbon, and about 3,900 km from North America.
The best surf spots of the Azores Islands - a Qualifying Series (QS) Prime stop - are located in the Northern region of Sao Miguel. Anjos, Areias, Baixa da Viola, Ponta dos Mosteiros, Populo, Praia Formosa, Rabo de Peixe, Ribeira Grande and Santa Iria are only a few of the diamond waves of this archipelago.
Although some surf spots aren't easily accessed by car, you can reach them walking for a few minutes. Choose the Central and the Eastern Groups if you only have a couple of days to spend.
Reef and coral breaks, beach breaks and point breaks, the Azores Islands offer a vast selection of waves for beginners, intermediate and advanced surfers. For more info, discover the local official tourism site.