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An impressive spot surrounded by enormous cliffs and a stunningly beautiful landscape. This spot is today one of the main places for surfing and bodyboarding in the southwest of the Algarve. It's in Vila do Bispo which is a village in the Alentejo Natural Park on the Vicentina coast. It's one of the most consistent spots in the region, the same as Praia do Amado but normally a bit quieter. Its popularity helped it become one of the WQS world tour stops and when it is held there every summer, it embraces this beach like it's the headquarters. It's possible to have good conditions in Cordoama throughout most of the year and when the conditions are good the banks take good shape and offer surfable peaks, however it can phase out easily due to its exposure and it doesn't hold bigger swells. Before you head down to the beach, take a look from the viewpoint. You'll have an incredible view of all of the peaks that exist between Praia Cordoama and Castelejo, from which you can then take your pick.
You should bear in mind that it's one of the most consistent beach breaks on this wild coastline and in the summer it's one of the best bets as the north wind doesn't affect it too much. There is a good parking area, schools and a good restaurant where you can replenish your energy. It can be easily accessed from Vila do Bispo along a recently resurfaced road and also from the capital, Faro, by going on the A-22 to until Lagos and then half an hour more along the N-125 to Vila do Bispo. It's right next to Sagres which is the epicentre of the area and a very short distance to another popular surf spot, Praia do Amado in Carrapateira, which can be reached by heading north on the N-268.
The characteristics of Cordoama. Here you will find what you need to know about this particular wave, the experience required and much more.
Type of wave
Sandy with rocks
Check the ideal conditions for Cordoama before heading out there.
Mid and high
Starts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 2m+ / 6ft+
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