About Matosinhos

Matosinhos is a long, super flexible stretch of beach sheltered by a long breakwater at the northern end. There are a number of distinct breaks starting with a right point at the breakwater end with the waves generally increaing in size as you move south. In the centre of the beach is a right and left peak, while the southern end hosts a right sandbank and a left point. Its proximity to Porto means it gets crowded when it's good.

Source: Matosinhos Surf Guide

Ability Level

All Abilities

Beg Int Adv

Good for all abilities, especially when small. As the size picks up it can get heavy so better left to more experienced surfers.

Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating

Competitive but OK.

Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

Popular spot with room to spread out.

Spot Rating


Poor Perfect

Consistent urban beach with a number of good quality waves, the points being the best.

Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting

Fine when small, can be hard paddle out when bigger.

Water Quality


Clean Dirty

Renowned as a heavily polluted spot, close to harbour and rivermouth.

Additional Information


Crowd, heavy when big.


There are some beach side parking bays on the road, plus a couple of small car parks towards the southern end of the beach.

Bring Your

Shortboard, funboard, longboard, fish, bodyboard


Sand with occasional rocks towards southern end.

Best Season

Needs medium to large swells to get going so best September to November.

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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