Surf Praia Castelejo
Castalejo is one of the many beaches on the west coast. With reef/rocks and sandbars spread out over the full length of the beach. This place will offer different types of waves. Depending on the swell this beach break ranges from beginner friendly to stuff for pro’s only. This place can have a lot of current. There are some tricky rocks under water so make sure you know where they hide.
The surf beach of Castalejo is located just outside the town of Vila do Bispo and easy to get to by car. There is quite a big parking space. There is also a Surfschool that will provide surf lessons in season and it’s also possible to rent equipment. In summer a cute little beach bar/restaurant with terrace and toilet are opened (no wetsuits allowed!). Lifeguards keep an eye on the summer crowds as well
When is the surf best at Castelejo
Facing west-north-west this spot gets plenty of swell. This break can have many faces and can change four times a day. There is not much protection from the wind. There is one big rock formation on the right side that gives the beach a spectacular backdrop and is often used by fisherman. This pace can probably hold up to 8ft waves, but with this size it’s pro’s only. The black cliffs surrounding the beach are very impressive. Most of the surfers will surf right in front of the carpark between the rocks. In summer there are a few surf schools that use this space too. If you decide to walk to the other side (towards Cordoama) make sure you are aware of the many (hidden) rocks in the line-up.
Surf Risk factors
The main surf risk at Cordoama is the (hidden) rocks. Be aware where to surf and what the tide is doing. When the swell becomes somewhat bigger, local surfers will be ripping these waves. Always make sure to respect them and give them space. As usual, keep an eye out for rips, especially when the waves get bigger and near the rocks.
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