The mild climate of Madeira and Porto Santo Islands is ideal for the practice of all kinds of sports, leisure and outdoors activities, at any time of the year.
Many options are available, including water, land and aerial sports, ranging from relaxing activities to traditional and extreme sports.
Sea lovers will benefit from the warm sea currents, with temperatures ranging between 19º and 24ºC, ideal for snorkelling, diving, sailing, surfing, windsurfing and sport fishing, all year round. You will also be able to catch the best waves in Europe, at the Jardim do Mar, Fajã da Areia (São Vicente) and Porto da Cruz beaches. Due to its location the Madeira archipelago is a privileged spot to receive swells of the North Atlantic and has all sorts of waves, from point breaks to reef breaks.
International competitions have been held on the Island and also the ISA World Surfing Championships was hosted here. There are many surfing spots all around the Island; Paul do Mar is one of the best offering big waves and lots of space
The coast is rough and steep and the rocks at the bottom of the sea generate not only excellent waves but require also some precautions. If you are a beginner you should be careful with the rock formations and the stones.
The Surfers say that, Paul do Mar offers the best barring (tubular tunnel) waves, but there are other surf locations such as Ponta Pequena, a beach located between Jardim do Mar and Paul do Mar which offers perfect right-hander waves. Lugar de Baixo in Ponta do Sol is cool if you are in search of fast hollow waves and on the north coast by São Vicente is a calmer spot suitable for beginners to intermediate surfers, with its own surf club. Porto da Cruz is the safest surfing spot qualified as standard.