About Falesia-Vilamoura

This huge stretch of beach is super popular with sunseekers, but when it comes to waves it's all about the wedgy left that refracts off the breakwater by the harbour. Swells out of the NW or SW collide with the jetty, jacking up into a peak that doubles in size, before reeling away as a speedy barrelling lefthander. Popular with bodyboarders and tube hounds.

Source: Falesia-Vilamoura Surf Guide

Ability Level

Intermediate - advanced

Beg Int Adv

Can be heavy and will be crowded so best to experienced surfers.

Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating

Competitive when good.

Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

Gets busy on good days.

Spot Rating


Poor Perfect

The harbour breakwater refracts swells out of the west, turning them into a wedgy, jacking peak that throws out on take-off producing long, shallow lefthand barrels.

Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting

Easy paddle out in channel around the break.

Water Quality


Clean Dirty

OK, can be polluted after rain due to run-off from harbour.

Additional Information


Fast breaking, heavy and shallow.


Small parking area close to breakwater.

Bring Your

Shortboard, bodyboard, bodysurfing



Best Season

Best December to February.

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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