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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 22.04. 18 UTC, NWW3 50 km 22.04. 18 UTC)
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Wind direction WSW NW NNE NNE NE WNW NW NW NNW N NNW SSW SW SW E NNE N ENE WNW W W WNW NW
Wave (m) 1.3 1.2 1.2 1.2 1.2 1.3 1.3 1.4 1.4 1.4 1.4 1.4 1.4 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.8 1.8 1.7 1.7 1.7 1.7 1.8
Wave period (s) 9 14 13 13 13 12 12 12 11 11 11 10 10 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 10 10 10
Wave direction WSW WNW WNW WNW WNW WNW WNW WNW WNW WNW WNW WNW NW NW NW NW NW NW NW NW NW NW NW
Temperature (°C) 17 15 14 14 18 22 21 18 15 16 15 19 21 21 18 16 14 14 18 21 21 19 15
Cloud cover (%) - 40 - - 7 5 57 75 99 97 94 12 30 47 65 36 15 11 23 12 15 12 28
Rain (mm/3h) -           2.1 1.9             3.1                
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 Lat: 37.13, Lon: -8.62 Timezone: WEST (UTC+1) sun06:51 - 20:13 [Archive]
 Portugal - Ria de Alvor (GFS 27 km 22.04. 18 UTC, NWW3 50 km 22.04. 18 UTC)
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Wind speed (knots) 3 2 4 4 3 4 9 11 6 3 4 2 4 3 2 0 2 2 2 2 5 7 10
Wind direction WSW NW NNE NNE NE WNW NW NW NNW N NNW SSW SW SW E NNE N ENE WNW W W WNW NW
Wave (m) 1.3 1.2 1.2 1.2 1.2 1.3 1.3 1.4 1.4 1.4 1.4 1.4 1.4 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.8 1.8 1.7 1.7 1.7 1.7 1.8
Wave period (s) 9 14 13 13 13 12 12 12 11 11 11 10 10 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 10 10 10
Wave direction WSW WNW WNW WNW WNW WNW WNW WNW WNW WNW WNW WNW NW NW NW NW NW NW NW NW NW NW NW
Temperature (°C) 17 15 14 14 18 22 21 18 15 16 15 19 21 21 18 16 14 14 18 21 21 19 15
Cloud cover (%) - 40 - - 7 5 57 75 99 97 94 12 30 47 65 36 15 11 23 12 15 12 28
Rain (mm/3h) -           2.1 1.9             3.1                
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 Lat: 37.13, Lon: -8.62 Timezone: WEST (UTC+1) sun06:51 - 20:13 [Archive]
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