Climbing and Surfing Gear

Need new gear? You don’t have to turn to online shops for your rope, draws, or cams. There are spots around town that can help you get on belay sooner than you think.

climbing gear

Yupik, a great, big, professional space with a wide selection, at its new location on the waterfront by Beato (toward Parque de Nações) at Avenida Infante Dom Henrique, Armazém nº 1. As is usual in Lisbon, Google Maps doesn’t point anywhere near here – use this instead: DIRECTIONS. Yupik is also great for kayakers. Mon-Sat, 10-19h. 728 bus will get you here.

Decathlon over in Alfragide/Amadora is a wonderland for sports gear, and they have all the necessary basics for sport and trad climbing. DIRECTIONS (No car? Take the 714 bus over here.)

– Most SportZone locations will have some basic climbing equipment – think chalk, maybe a few leftover quickdraws, and, if you’re lucky, a rope. The closest one to Lisbon city center is in the Amoreiras shopping mall (you can get here by metro or bus too). DIRECTIONS There are plenty of others – just check their website, they want to sell you something.

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Surfing Gear in Lisbon

By Patricia Imbarus

Portugal has many outstanding surf board shapers, and getting a custom board from a shop in Peniche, Nazare or Ericeira can turn out cheaper than a generic board back home. It’s worth the trip.

Closer to Lisbon, the best selection of new and used surf boards is in Costa da Caparica (see how to get there on our Surfing page). Atlas’ favorite by far is Samadi aka Costa da Caparica Surf Center at Avenida General Humberto Delgado 39 (DIRECTIONS) – pro staff, great selection, decent prices. Their website? Not so much. And, like everything else in life, if you want something, you get it – they’ll tell you they’ll call when something becomes available. But they won’t.

In Carcavelos, Francisco runs the excellent DingIt shop inside the Carcavelos Surf Hostel at Rua da Beira 8, Junqueiro (DIRECTIONS), which has new custom boards, fixed and shined used boards, and accessories, mostly by small local companies. The selection is small, but you’ll likely find what you need in a few days if you ask. And Francisco or one of his colleagues will call you for sure.

In Lisbon, an inexpensive option for shorter boards, body boards, wet suits, booties, leashes, and sex wax is Decathlon, mentioned above.  SportZone (DIRECTIONS) may or may not have what you need, you just never know.

For used gear, especially if you need a shorter board, you can get outstanding bargains at one of the Cash Converters pawn shops (no link – their website never works and they are not on Google Maps…) DIRECTIONS for the one in Rato. DIRECTIONS for the one near Corte Ingles.

You can also get great deals on used surfing, body-boarding, and kiting gear online at

The chain Ericeira Surf & Skate shops, while tempting, are more  “lifestyle stores” – for people that want to have sex with surfers rather than for actual surfers – but they do occasionally carry a few items and can be found in pretty much every shopping mall from here to Belarus. The certainly have cute bikinies and board shorts.

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