It’s a fast, hollow and powerful right wedging up off the cliffs at the far end of the beach. It can be a mission getting a wave off the locals. Needs a moderate SW or big W-NW swell to break and mid tide to avoid closing out.
The most famous of the Algarve south coast spots and also the busiest with a local crew who are on it at the slightest sniff of a wave. If the scene here is too hectic then a drive around might reveal further goods. Medium consistency in slightly warmer water temps than the west coast.
Another protected spot in big swells is Beliche in Sagres. A beach break that can throw out perfect lefts and rights depending on the sand banks. It needs a hefty NW swell or a standard S to work and is offshore on N winds. When good, it’s a classy left wedge that handles up to double overhead – very hollow and fast, Advanced surfers only!
The most consistent of the Sagres beaches is generally pretty average. Lower tidal stages on the push are better as is a W swell. It doesn’t pick up as much swell as the west coast so it is a popular place for beginner/intermediates and the many local bodyboarders.