This was an ambiguous surf spot recommendation. To reach Praia dos Aivados we followed a long dirt track from an obscure tiny hamlet. At the end we discovered a beach break that felt relatively unchartered and discreet.
We were surprised to find this obscure beach clearing was home to many other camper vans. The habitual and curious glances at our number plates nationality followed. There was a mixed batch of hard core van life surfers, hunkering down for the winter waves.
The beach was idyllic, as was the isolated beach community vibe. The lack of anything to call amenities weeded out everyday campers. Time passed slowly here framed only by the changing tides and arriving local surfers.
The stars were incredible and the waves were up there among the best on the trip. The 2-4ft swell created beautifully breaking head high peaks that were about the easiest waves going. Although barrels were rare, every wave peeled with such perfection that you could consciously try any manoeuvre. We met a couple of guys from Devon there who said that the waves had been like that for 5 days straight.