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Ria de Alvor

Algarve
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!

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 Portugal - Ria de Alvor (GFS 27 km 09.12. 18 UTC, NWW3 50 km 09.12. 18 UTC)
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Wind direction NE NE NE ENE ENE ESE SE E E E E E S NW NNW N NNE NNE NE SW WSW W W
Wave (m) 2.2 2.6 3 3 2.8 2.6 2.4 2.3 2.1 1.8 1.7 1.6 1.4 1.3 1.2 1.2 1.3 1.6 1.9 2.3 2.5 2.7 2.7
Wave period (s) 20 19 17 16 16 15 15 15 14 14 13 13 13 12 12 12 13 15 14 15 17 16 16
Wave direction WNW WNW WNW WNW WNW WNW WNW WNW WNW WNW WNW WNW WNW WNW WNW WNW WNW WNW WNW WNW NW NW NW
Temperature (°C) 16 15 15 15 16 20 19 16 15 14 14 15 18 18 15 14 13 13 14 17 17 15 15
Cloud cover (%) - 50 76 75 69 67 69 79 93 95 98 100 98 73 58 5 - - - - 13 55 100
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 Lat: 37.13, Lon: -8.62 Timezone: WET (UTC+0) sun07:40 - 17:14 [Archive]
 Portugal - Ria de Alvor (GFS 27 km 09.12. 18 UTC, NWW3 50 km 09.12. 18 UTC)
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Wind direction NE NE NE ENE ENE ESE SE E E E E E S NW NNW N NNE NNE NE SW WSW W W
Wave (m) 2.2 2.6 3 3 2.8 2.6 2.4 2.3 2.1 1.8 1.7 1.6 1.4 1.3 1.2 1.2 1.3 1.6 1.9 2.3 2.5 2.7 2.7
Wave period (s) 20 19 17 16 16 15 15 15 14 14 13 13 13 12 12 12 13 15 14 15 17 16 16
Wave direction WNW WNW WNW WNW WNW WNW WNW WNW WNW WNW WNW WNW WNW WNW WNW WNW WNW WNW WNW WNW NW NW NW
Temperature (°C) 16 15 15 15 16 20 19 16 15 14 14 15 18 18 15 14 13 13 14 17 17 15 15
Cloud cover (%) - 50 76 75 69 67 69 79 93 95 98 100 98 73 58 5 - - - - 13 55 100
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 Lat: 37.13, Lon: -8.62 Timezone: WET (UTC+0) sun07:40 - 17:14 [Archive]
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