Praia do Amado

One big beach, three surf schools, one cafe

One big beach, three surf schools, one cafe

This was our favourite wild camping spot in the Algarve. It has a huge car park overlooking a stunning beach setting with plenty of space for friendly campers. The spot is similar but better than next door Praia da Bordeira.

Wave watching from our park up

Wave watching from our park up

Praia do Amado

Praia do Amado

We thankfully endeavoured to go to Amado after a conversation with some Dutch surfers. There was a medium wind from the north which wasn't doing wonders for the waves at Bordeira. We surfed some smaller uninspiring waves at Arrifana then left to pursue our Dutch advisors. 

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The north side of Amado had some shelter but the waves were closing out. 

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At a medium tide, the far side of the bay had some heavy wedging lefts. There is a large rock out in front of the bay that isn't quite submerged at high tide. It seemed as if this rock split the incoming waves and, after they refracted around the isle, some were gracious enough to rejoin and unload right onto the sand bank. 

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We stayed and surfed Amado for many happy days. At first sight it was uncrowded but there were busier days. There has been some tension for years between the surf school owners and the local surfers. Amado was apparently a beautiful secluded spot to surf all year round until a foreign national set up the first of many surf schools there. Now, during the summer months, there are hundreds of would-be surfers colliding into one another making this a place to avoid. 

Nature is our home, please take care of it. 

Nature is our home, please take care of it. 

Micro bistro at Carrapateira - best food yet

Micro bistro at Carrapateira - best food yet

South of Amado is Praia da Cordoama and Praia do Castelejo, two completely secluded beaches. The spectacular beaches in this region literally never end. 

Looking left toward Praia do Castelejo

Looking left toward Praia do Castelejo

Looking right over Praia da Cordoama

Looking right over Praia da Cordoama

On the day we visited Cordoama, the perfect sunny offshore wind conditions were paired with a swell and period too large for the beach break.

So so surf session  

So so surf session  

From the shore there looked to be some nice rideable waves. But it was bigger than it looked and a lot of paddling was needed to get right out the back. Once there, clean up sets came more often than not and the strong offshore made it difficult to catch anything.

Bigger than it looks

Bigger than it looks

Cordoama was great for a surf and nights sleep but Amado was calling us back. 

Cliff path amble

Cliff path amble