Beneath the white-washed village and massive cliffs is a busy and very ordinary beachbreak that works throughout the tide, picks up most swell and has wind shelter. The real reason to visit Arrifana is the world-class, right pointbreak at the beaches northern end. Waves here are long, fast and very heavy with shallow boils and barrel sections. It needs to be at least 2m (6ft) to start breaking and holds up to triple overhead.
Be careful of the two large rocks on the inside, urchins, rips and locals. Not a beginner’s wave. Easy parking, showers, lifeguard (for the surf schools), a surfshop (in Aljezur) and camping nearby.