With unique brightness, Claridade Beach became famous during the 19th century when the extraordinary development of Figueira da Foz and the natural conditions of the landscape attracted bathers from all over the country.
The beaches of Figueira, made famous by Ramalho Ortigão who wrote that bathing was “a general rendezvous for all the seaside population” which demanded certain “apparatus and toilette”, were definitely included in the summer map of Portuguese bathers.
Nowadays, garment demands are not so strict but the beach is still a meeting place where unforgettable days are spent among terraces, awnings and parasols. Whether you are looking for a sweet far niente or want to try surf, windsurf, sailing or rowing, Figueira da Foz is still the “Queen of Portuguese Beaches”.
This long (up to several 100 metres) high quality right point break is mostly more of a carving wave, but there are some steep tubular sections. Actually, there are at least 3 point breaks that can connect with the right swell and form a really long wave.
The Buarcos wave is considered Europe’s longest right point break.
This is one of Europe’s widest beaches with easy waves.
The jetty generates fast hollow waves, the beachbreak too, but not as consistent. It only takes around 10 minutes to get to Buarcos from Cabedelo.
Figueira da Foz does have great waves, including an unbelievable mile-long right hand break. There are even Aussie and Californian surfers that travel across the world to ride it! Just like worldwide surf legend Kelly Slater said: “Surf is a mafia. Once you’re in, you’re in”!