The west coast of Portugal is an unparalleled location offering unique conditions for surfing. Santa Cruz is at the center of this coast with deserted beaches and crowd less waves, reserved just for you.
Here you will feel and live the true spirit of surfing and all of this very close (20 min) to the most famous peaks/spots in Europe, where the World Surfing Championships take place. You will find waves for all levels of surfing, with many points and beach breaks.
Surfing while you stay at Noah
While beginners prefer July and August – due to hot weather and smaller foamy waves – intermediate and advanced surfers agree that September to December (autumn) are the gold surfing months around the Portuguese west coast: consistent swell, offshore wind or no wind at all, glassy ocean, less crowd - in Santa Cruz no crowd at all!
There are eleven different sandy beaches to choose from only in Santa Cruz. After all, there are more than 12 miles (20km) of coastline. The area gathers exclusive conditions for surfing. It’s known for its powerful beach breaks as well as for delivering all year round. It’s rarely flat, and when it is, then there are no waves elsewhere.
Usually, the tides have a huge influence on the wave’s formation, which is very characteristic of beach breaks. But there are different waves scattered that allow one to train a bit of everything: sections for maneuvers, barrels, aerials.
"The peaks I like to surf are: at Praia Azul, northern area, with point breaks; and a bit more to the center, where there’s a bank for good barrels; at Santa Rita, the Southern area, where the sandbanks are way more consistent and Mirante and Vigia. These are the spots I always check before getting inside. But the best of all is that at any given time of the year I can surf without crowd; and the beaches are always sparkling clean." - Guilherme Fonseca, Noah’s surf athlete.
The Portuguese architects Alexandra Paiva and Vasco Vieira designed Noah Surf House inspired by the original building features of the former beach colony once perched here. Noah is an ecological space that follows sustainable tourism principles, whose incidence is based on energy efficiency, renewable energies, and upcycling of natural resources.
We have private rooms and a shared room. The rooms and bungalows do not have air conditioning, as we stand for and value clean air and sea breeze. Following our sustainability policy, we favor a differentiated air conditioning system. In this sense, we use aerothermal energy to heat the floor, and all accommodation types are non-smoking.
Some restaurants are truly meant for sharing: sharing new food, laugh and joy. Noah Beach House and Noah Surf House are places where you will want to celebrate life in a relaxed environment with the magnificent Atlantic Ocean in the background. Both restaurants are in Santa Cruz. Noah Beach House, as the name suggests, can be found on the Física beach. It boasts a terrace, where you can lay back and enjoy the sunset, a restaurant, bar and surf school. You will find many local products and fish from our coast on the menu.
Our second restaurant is inside our surf house. It has a wide selection of exciting dishes, each with its journey. You have the opportunity to savor the distinctive flavors of the Mediterranean, or if you prefer - exotic Asian dishes or even aromatic South American food. We only use the freshest locally produced ingredients.
We are in the Portuguese west region, a place with many natural and beautiful beaches. In Santa Cruz, there are eleven, with an extensive area and imposing cliffs. There are many options along the existing 12 miles (20 kilometers) of coastline, where it is possible to surf, spend a relaxing day at the beach, or have a picnic while tasting local produces. We also have various activities, from functional training to yoga practice, SUP tours, skate, trekking, and a visit to a board factory shop, available for all our guests.
At Noah Surf House Portugal, we give surf & SUP classes to people of all ages, providing lessons for all levels: beginners to advanced users. Surfing classes are divided into three levels with different theoretical and practical goals. SUP classes will have 'flat water' and 'wave' components.
With a team of teachers with more than 15 years of experience in teaching and competition within surfing, who graduated in Physical Education and Sport, credited by the Portuguese Surfing Federation, Noah Surf House Portugal strives towards excellence.
Guests at Noah Surf House Portugal will have the best gear on the market, from surfing suits to surfboards suitable to each level, guaranteeing total comfort and safety.
We want to create a dynamic connection between Noah Beach House and Noah Surf House, promoting hospitality at its best for visitors from all over the world, combining original and authentic activities related to sports, recreation, and gastronomy. Experiences imbued with beach, surf, and nature cultures.
Aware that both hotel and restaurant activities are heavy consumers of many natural resources and waste generators, we have environmental and sustainability policies to reduce the ecological footprint through social and environmental performance improvement. And so, we have already implemented a set of measures aiming at greater energy efficiency and a water/waste management policy to reduce the amount of waste produced gradually.