For years this standing-depth lagoon has been a favourite amongst kiters and windsurfers alike, although you often see more kites than sails on the water these days. Kiting's not officially allowed, so be careful not to cause trouble – keep your distance from the boat traffic and breakwaters. Access isn't easy, either via a track behind the golf course or a mile walk from the car-park at 'Praia de Alvor'. Offshore north-north-westerly blows very gusty, but there's no danger of drifting off thanks to the breakwaters. Everyone can enjoy the Ria, even in winter south-westerly storms when half-metre chop offers jumps for first flights while the tumultuous sea can be logo-high. Windsurfers stick to high tide – or expect to do a lot of gybing!
Kite and Windsurfing Guide