Which surfcamp in Portugal? Everything you should know!
Good surfing conditions all year round in Europe? You'll find them in Portugal. With a wide range of beach, reef and point breaks, Portugal is one of the most popular surfing locations in Europe. There are surfable waves at 17°C - 23°C water temperature at any time of the year. Want to know more? Here you will find an overview of the 175 surf camps in Portugal, things to know and everything you should consider before your stay.
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Portugal is one of the top surfing destinations in Europe. Due to the long Atlantic coast, you will find many surf spots here which offer ideal conditions for beginners, advanced and experienced surfers. Depending on your interests, everyone will find the right surf camp for them. Those who prefer to spend their holidays in quiet places are in the right place in Northern Portugal and Alentejo. The places here have mainly been spared from mass tourism and thus offer relaxed stays. The better known and more popular surfing resorts are located in the centro and the Lisbon region. Here you will find world-class surf spots, which are also popular with the pros. Generally, it gets a bit crowded here, but with a little effort you can still find a quiet spot for yourself if you want to avoid the tourist hustle and bustle for once. Further south and especially popular because of its warm climate is the Algarve. The beautiful beaches and surf spots attract visitors every year. From small traditional fishing villages to popular tourist strongholds, everything can be found here, offering ideal holiday conditions for everyone. The archipelagos of Madeira and the Azores also offer ideal surfing conditions and unique holidays at the same time. They are located in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean and are thus characterised by a warm, humid climate.
Northern PortugalNorthern Portugal, with its unique mix of green, diverse nature, interesting history, UNESCO World Heritage Sites and 100 km of coastline, has long ceased to be a secret holiday destination. Nevertheless, the north has been spared from mass tourism and thus offers many relaxed and quiet days during your stay. Probably the best known and most popular place in northern Portugal is the cultural metropolis of Porto. Famous wines such as the port and summer wine Vinho Verde are a gourmet's delight and definitely a feature of northern Portugal. Many wineries can be explored here among the small fishing villages and should definitely be visited as an excursion. For surfers, Northern Portugal offers numerous surf spots, most of which have empty line-ups. Beginners will find a wide range of empty beach breaks, but there are also plenty of waves for advanced surfers to try out. In addition, Northern Portugal has its own unique flair; whether it's city & surf in Porto, or wonderful views of ancient ruins at Praia de Casino, there are unique spots to explore. The most famous surf spots are around Porto, Matosinhos, Esmoriz and Espinho , but a trip to the surrounding towns is definitely a must and with a bit of luck you'll find your very own stretch of beach with first-class waves. The surf camps in Northern Portugal are located along the Atlantic coast and cater to every surf level. With years of experience, they know the best spots for every ability and are happy to share their insider information.
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Located close to the Spanish border is the Anchor Point Surf House and the Goodtimes Surfcamp. Both are positioned on the same bay and use it as the main spot for surf lessons. The Anchor Point Surf House is located in a small village called Vila Praia de ncora and is only a few minutes walk from the beach and surf spot. From the garden you have a wonderful view of the beach and the sea and you can also watch the waves from here. The section of beach directly in front of the accommodation is perfect for beginners. Further along the coast, however, there are also several beach breaks which are suitable for advanced surfers so that everyone can find the perfect spot for their skills and enjoy the waves. Surfing is generally done in groups of maximum 6 people and the instructors are excellent and experienced surfers. You will also find real Portuguese charm here. The accommodation is a former Portuguese summer house that has been converted into a surf house. Portuguese charm can also be found in the Goodtimes surf camp in a place called Gelfa. As the name of the surf camp suggests, you will have a wonderful time here. Besides surfing and yoga sessions, the freshly cooked meals are the highlight of your stay. But also the annually redesigned accommodation made of old and upcycled materials are a real eye-catcher. Since the surf camp is located at the end of the bay, the lineups here are often empty, making surfing very relaxed. In your free time, there is plenty to explore in the surf camp and the surrounding nature and enough varied activities that bring new adventures to your holiday every day.
In Vila Praia de ncora there is a lot to explore; especially the beaches and nature, but also the history of the place, which is recorded by several monuments, is particularly popular with visitors. If the weather does not cooperate, there are many things to visit in the surrounding area. In the small harbour of the village you can watch fishermen preparing their daily catch and you can get an insight into Portuguese culture. Enthusiasts can also demonstrate their skills themselves and fish in the sea. There is also plenty for nature lovers to explore. The surrounding area offers great hiking and cycling trails to mountains, waterfalls or rivers with clear water not far away. This area is also very popular with visitors to Gelfa. Surrounded by dense pine forest, great hiking trails can be found here. The white beach is also very popular; families with children especially like to visit the beach as children can safely let off steam here.
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Esposende is a small fishing village about 30km north of Porto. In the midst of the beautiful nature of the Litoral Norte Natural Park you will find the local surf camps. There is a selection of camps here with perfect conditions for every interest. For families, the Luhu Surf Co Surf Camp and the Onda Magna Surf Camp are recommended. Both are designed for families and offer activities for children. The Element Fish Surfcamp also offers accommodation for families, but generally the guests here are over 25 years old. A similar age group is found at I Surf Camp, which welcomes anyone over 18. Thus, these surf camps generally offer a relaxed and respectful atmosphere while having a wonderful stay with the other camp guests in the small and cute fishing village. If you want an exciting stay, the Kook Surf Camp is the right place; here several sports camps come together and with up to 40 guests you can enjoy a holiday with lots of entertainment.
Since Esposende is spared from mass tourism, there are mostly empty surf spots to discover. Especially suitable for beginners are the surf spots directly at the foot of the camps. Praia de Ofir, Apúlia and Suave Mar are the most frequented and the beachbreaks are perfect for learning the new sport as you can surf safely here. The surf spots around Póvoa de Varzim and Aguçadoura, which can be reached in a few minutes by car, are more suitable for advanced surfers. In your free time, there is plenty to explore in the village and the surrounding area. The surrounding towns all have their own charm and reflect the culture and history of Portugal, making them a popular destination. The cultural metropolis of Porto is also within easy reach of the camps and are definitely worth a day trip. In Esposende itself, there are a few bars and small clubs where you can end the evening.
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A little further south of Esposende is a place called Estela. Here you will find the Estela Surf & Hostel. Opened and run by two locals, it brings a very special surfer vibe to the camp. The camp is suitable for anyone over the age of 18 and even pets can be brought along by arrangement. The camp has a respectful, peaceful and relaxed atmosphere. Surfing is mainly done in the morning and early afternoon. No matter what level, everyone can improve their techniques here and give themselves completely over to the sport. After a day in the waves, you can relax in the hostel and enjoy the evening with the other guests. I Surf Portugal and I Surf Familycamp are also located in Estela. Here, the atmosphere is also calm and relaxed. The camps are suitable for everyone, whether young or old, beginner or advanced. Everyone gets their money's worth here and can enjoy their holiday on a surfing adventure. The accommodation here consists of luxurious tipi tents. So you can quickly meet new people at the campsite and spend your holiday together.
Estela is a small town in northern Portugal and is known and popular among holidaymakers for its beaches and the golf course. The golf course is the main feature of the town and attracts many visitors. The 18-hole course wind along the Atlantic coast offers beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean and the local nature from all corners. Nature is also one of the attractions of the place, especially the large dunes attract many visitors who want to experience the natural spectacle for real.
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Located in Póvoa de Varzim is the I Surf Portugal Quaters surf camp. It is only about a 5-minute walk to the village's beach. The accommodation offers space for 7 guests which creates a family atmosphere in the camp as you quickly and easily get to know the other guests. Surfing takes place daily in courses with a maximum of 8 students. The right course is offered for every level and individual feedback is given to each student during the weekly video analysis. This means that you can improve quickly. Even when not surfing, there is never a dull moment. Whether it's a movie or game night, party nights in the city or relaxing evenings on the beach, there's always a programme here. Day trips to surrounding cities such as Porto are also included in the programme and bring a nice change to the holiday.
Póvoa de Varzim was originally a well-known fishing village, but has developed into a popular seaside resort in recent years. Especially with the better infrastructure to Porto and surrounding towns, Póvoa de Varzim became popular and much more visited. Nowadays, this attracts many visitors to the wide sandy beaches, cafés and restaurants on the promenade and the famous casino which is recognised as one of the most beautiful in the country. Thus, a large number of visitors come to the town and make it flourish.
Situated in green nature in the middle of a dense pine forest is the Porto Beach Lodge in Árvore. Árvore is a small community right at the foot of the Atlantic Ocean. With kilometres of white beaches, it is a relaxed destination with Portuguese flair. During the summer months, you can rent boats and enjoy nature from the water. But excursions to the surrounding towns, whether city tours or wine tasting, are also worthwhile and should be considered.
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Porto is one of the oldest cities in Portugal and also a popular tourist destination. The city itself has a lot to offer and promises unique holidays. But the surrounding towns are also worth a visit and exude their own charm. From small fishing villages to small towns, there is plenty to visit around Porto. There are also hidden and popular surfing spots to be found here. Porto and its surroundings offer a lot to consider for a surfing holiday in this region.
Matosinhos has one of the most popular surf beaches in northern Portugal, making it a popular destination and location for many surf camps and surf schools. The wide sandy beach with short but strong beach breaks offers ideal conditions for beginners and experienced surfers. The surf camps in Matosinhos are aware of this and offer courses for every level. Most surfing is done in small groups; thus, the instructors can adjust individually to the respective level and guarantee that even beginners will be able to surf their first waves after their stay. During the high season, the beach areas of Matosinhos are supervised and allow children and families to enjoy their stay in safety. The surf camps are also geared towards families and offer rooms for the whole family. As Matosinhos is very popular and there are many surf schools here, the line-up can get crowded. However, within a few minutes' walk you can bypass the crowds and find a suitable surf spot. As the main spot is surrounded by walls, there are good conditions with constant waves almost all year round.
Matosinhos is the most important fishing port in Portugal today and therefore has many traditional restaurants. The houses and architecture of the town also clearly reflect Portuguese culture and history. Further south, at the end of the promenade, is the famous Castelo do Queijo, a 15th century fortress that was originally built to protect the town from attack. There are also many restaurants and bars close to the coast, making it the perfect place to unwind after a long day in the waves of this city.
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Porto is the second largest city in Portugal and attracts many visitors with its charm. Often described as the capital of northern Portugal, Porto offers a lot of history and culture to discover. But not only the liveliness and many facilities of the city make it a popular destination, also the good surfing conditions directly at the city beach attract many travellers. Many surf camps have set up in Porto and offer unique stays here for everyone. The surf camps in Porto choose the perfect beach with ideal conditions based on personal surfing level and daily conditions. Beginners can make the most of the city beach, combining the city and surfing. Experienced surfers are usually taken to the surrounding beaches in Matosinhos or Espinho to enjoy the stronger waves. After a long day in the waves, Porto offers many leisure activities.
Porto is one of the oldest cities in the country. So there is plenty to explore for culture and history enthusiasts. Porto's image is very much shaped by the Douro River and thus offers first-class nature in front of the city's World Heritage Site. Also a big part of Porto's culture is the popular port wine. Numerous port wine cellars can be found in the city where you can try the popular wine. Of course, there are numerous restaurants and bars in Porto, both traditional and international, which have a varied offer and bring a perfect end to the day.
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A little further south of Porto and the Duoro you will find Miramar. This is the home of the Peste Surfcamp. The Peste Surfcamp is one of the oldest surf camps in the country and offers a familiar and at the same time open and relaxed atmosphere. The hostel was originally an old family house. Parties are held here every week and guests enjoy the evening together. The water quality in Miramar is generally better than in Porto and surfing is great here, too. However, you should pay attention to the bottom, especially at low tide, as there are a few rocks on the bottom that can cause injuries. Depending on the day's conditions, you can either use the beach in town or take your surf lessons at one of the many surf spots in the area.
Miramar is not a typical tourist destination. For this reason, it is perfect for anyone who wants to get to know the country and its people personally. During the summer months, many Portuguese from the surrounding towns spend their days on Miramar's beach. There are also a number of restaurants and bars near the beach, which are the perfect place to spend the evening.
On the other side of the river Duoro, opposite Porto, is Vila Nova de Gaia (or simply "Gaia" to the locals). In 1999, the Surfing Porto surf camp opened its doors here and has been enchanting its guests with a unique surfing stay not far from the cultural metropolis ever since. Here you will find the perfect mix of relaxation and adventure. The Atlantic Ocean is only 500 metres away and offers numerous sandy beaches to relax on. Surfing is generally done in the surroundings of Porto, depending on individual surfing level and daily conditions.
Gaia is best known as the place of origin of Port wine. At that time, the famous wine was brought to Gaia on ships to be stored in one of the many wine cellars along the port. Nowadays, the ships have been replaced by road transport; however, the storage in the port cellars has remained the same. Over 60 wine cellars can be found in Gaia, welcoming visitors and spreading the tradition. Another attraction of the town is the new Teleferico de Gaia, a cable car that leads to the Jardin do Morro and offers excellent views.
Espinho is located 20 kilometres south of Porto. Here Watermark Surf House welcomes everyone who wants to spend their holiday in this beautiful place; big or small, single travellers, families or groups, everyone is welcome to be part of the family. The Surf House is located only 30 metres from the beach and surf spot Baia. Most of the surf lessons take place at this spot, but if there are no suitable waves here, the experienced surf instructors will find the right alternative spots and take you there. Another popular surf spot in the village is Cagalhotos; the surf conditions here are relatively similar, but often a little easier than in Baia.
Originally a fishing village, Espinho became a popular seaside resort during the 19th century as the sea was considered to have healing properties. Nowadays, Espinho is still a popular destination and offers, among other things, a number of accommodations, a casino, the oldest golf course on the Iberian Peninsula and numerous surf spots along the long sandy beach.
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Further south, the surf camps in Esmoriz offer relaxation and tranquillity. The surf camps here are generally a little smaller and therefore have a friendly and familiar atmosphere. It's easy to make new friends during your stay or arrive in a group and enjoy your stay with friends and family. Although Esmoriz has its own surf section called Barrinha, the surf camps often use the surf spots in the nearby area. Depending on the surf level and daily conditions, the cars are loaded early and the journey to the best surf spot is started. The beach of Esmoriz has some guarded beach sections and is therefore also perfect for swimming.
Esmoriz was a traditional fishing village, which can still be seen today. The traditional fishermen's houses have been converted into holiday homes, but the flair is still recognisable. In the northern section of the beach and promenade, traditional fishing is still in use.
Further south, right on the edge of the Maceda Nature Park, is the Porto Surf Camp. Here you can relax and live out the real surfing lifestyle. With 8km of beach, right between popular surf spots on the coast, there is the perfect wave for everyone. If you don't want to surf, you can easily switch to stand up paddling or kayaking to spend your time on the water.
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Furadouro is home to Golden Waves Surf Lodge and Marias Hostel & Surf. Both surf camps have a relaxed atmosphere and make use of the empty beaches and surf spots for their lessons. Due to the location, the surrounding surf spots can also be easily reached. Lessons are based on surf level and surf conditions, so you may often find yourself starting the day in the van to get to the perfect spot. Although there are a few surf schools here, the surf spots and line-ups are mostly empty, so you can completely enjoy the waves.
Furadouro has been spared from big tourism so far. Only in the summer months, when the locals discover the place for themselves, it can get crowded. Many restaurants and bars still cook traditional dishes here. The surrounding nature is also worth a visit; dense pine forest, dunes and fine sandy beach characterise the surrounding nature. Several cycling and hiking trails connect the villages and are popular leisure destinations.
South of Ovar, situated on the Aveiro Lagoon, is the Nortada Aventura. The surf camp is suitable for those who are not looking for the typical surfing holiday. Surfing here is not in the Atlantic Ocean, but in the lagoon. Accordingly, one does not ride waves here, but switches to kite or windsurfing. The nature reserve has more than 40km of waterways and a permanent water temperature of 22°C - 25°C. So activities like stand up paddling and kayaking are also possible activities here. The accommodation has room for 4-5 people and is therefore ideal for a family holiday or holiday with friends. Surrounded by the beautiful nature of the nature reserve and just a few metres from the water, it is the perfect place for nature enthusiasts and water sports lovers.
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The Centro region is located in the golden centre of the country, surrounded by the green north and Lisbon and Alentejo in the south. The region stretches from the Atlantic Ocean to the Spanish border and thus has a variety of landscapes. In addition, there are historic cities, pure nature and true surfer's paradises. The largest city in the region is the student city of Coimbra. It is home to one of the oldest universities in the country. But also small fishing villages with beautiful nature like Aveiro, the Venice of Portugal, can be found here. Other popular places in the region are Figueira da Foz, or the surfing resorts of Peniche, Lourinha and Nazaré; here you will find great waves and even numerous national and international competitions that take place here.
Located in the Aveiro area, very close to the Venice of Portugal, you will find the Slide Surf Camp and the Secret Surf Camp. Both surf camps are located in the small coastal town of Praia da Vagueira. Spared from mass tourism, you can still find quiet places and empty lineups here. The local surf camps also exude this tranquillity. The Slide Surfcamp is open to all guests, young and old. The focus here is on surfing and together with you, the surf lessons enable you to improve your level and find the fun in surfing. Even though there is no night rest here, the surf camp is not a party house but rather cultivates a family and relaxed atmosphere. Also close to the beach and suitable for a number of people is the Secret Surf Camp. This is particularly suitable for couples, groups and backpackers and therefore also exudes a relaxed holiday atmosphere. Both surf camps have surf courses for every level; surfing is mainly done on the beach of Vagueira. However, surrounding beaches such as Figueira da Foz or even Peniche can also be easily reached from the surf camps and are often only a few minutes' drive away. If you don't want to surf in a group lesson, you can also have private lessons and improve your skills individually.
Praia da Vagueira is a small fishing village in the Centro region. With white beaches and long dunes, it is a place to relax. Traditional fishing is still very popular here. Especially Xavenga fishing, an old traditional way of fishing, is still used here and is definitely something unique to watch. Here, two fishing boats go out into the sea parallel to each other and stretch the net between their boats to catch the fish. Numerous traditional restaurants can be found along the promenade, offering first-class culinary experiences.
In a place called Maiorca, which belongs to the district of Figueira da Foz, is the Portugal On Water Surf Lodge. Here you will find an old farmhouse with modern hotel flair. Each of the guests becomes part of the family here and can spend their surfing stay with the other guests. Surfing is mainly done at Cabedelo Beach, a surf spot that has the right waves for every level. For this reason, the surf courses are also divided into the corresponding levels (beginner, intermediate, advanced). If you are not sure which course you belong to, you can take a placement test and find the perfect course for you. Those who don't want to surf will find numerous alternatives for their day at the Surf Lodge. Whether it's relaxing on the terrace or working out with paddle tennis or mountain bike tours, everything is included in the lodge and will put a stop to boredom.
Figueira da Foz is not only popular for its white long sandy beaches. Another feature of the town is the casino which was inaugurated in the 19th century. With numerous bars, restaurants and clubs, the town has a popular nightlife. But relaxed evenings are not uncommon here either, so that the place has the perfect balance. Those who want to learn more about the place should definitely visit the numerous museums and historical buildings which reflect the history of the place and provide a first-class insight into the culture of the country.
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Baleal Surfcamp, Ocean Ferrel Surfcamp and Surf House Helena are located only a few kilometres from Peniche and Baleal with its numerous surf spots. The Baleal Surf Camp is one of the oldest surf camps in Portugal. In the meantime, the surf camp has grown and expanded, allowing guests to choose between a hostel stay or their own flat. The surf lessons take place in small groups during the week, so you have enough time to explore the area on the weekends. The Ocean Ferrel surf camp has a quiet and familiar atmosphere. Since only a limited number of guests are accommodated here at any one time, the staff can concentrate on the guests individually and thus meet all their wishes. The surf lessons are also generally held in small groups. This means that the holiday can be designed very individually. Relaxation is a priority at Surf House Helena. With numerous relaxation areas, massages and hammocks, guests can really unwind after surfing and enjoy their holiday to the full. Nevertheless, surfing is the main focus here. During the day, guests have the opportunity to use the equipment even after the course and thus improve their skills.
Ferrel is a small municipality in the Peniche district. Due to its proximity to Peniche and Baleal, there are numerous surf spots in the area. Excursion destinations in the vicinity are also easy to reach. Every year in August there is a village festival in Ferrel which is definitely worth a visit. With music, fairs and wonderful fireworks, you can discover the culture of the village and the surrounding area.
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The surf resort of Baleal is home to the H20 Surfguide Hostel, Balili House and Surfmoments. The waves of Baleal beach are perfect for every level. At the Balili House, everyone is welcome, whether they want to gain their first experience in the waves or improve existing skills. Everyone will find the right course for them and can relax in one of the hammocks at the camp after surfing lessons or free their senses with yoga classes. If you definitely want a relaxed holiday, Surfmoments is the place for you. The camp is only open to guests over the age of 20, creating a respectful and relaxed atmosphere. Due to the location, there are many surf spots nearby which are surfed depending on the conditions of the day. If you already have some experience in the waves, the H20 Surfguide Hostel is the right place for you. The surf lessons here specialise in advanced and experienced surfers and help you improve your techniques. The atmosphere here is also rather relaxed. Nevertheless, if you want to enjoy a party night, you can easily reach the many beach bars which spread a top atmosphere until the early hours of the morning.
Due to its location as well as proximity to Peniche and the ideal surfing conditions, Praia do Baleal is a popular surf spot. Numerous surfers are drawn here every day to prove their skills in the waves. The beach is also popular with world-class surfers and is part of the annual Pro Tour. The village of Baleal is therefore a popular meeting place for surfers and exudes real charm and shows the surfer lifestyle. So anyone who wants to live the real surf lifestyle should consider a stay in Baleal.
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The surf camps in Peniche have something for everyone, whether young or old, whether family, couples or single travellers, whether absolute beginners or advanced surfers, everyone will find the perfect surf camp for their interest. Some surf camps in Peniche are only open to children over the age of 25, creating a respectful environment and relaxed atmosphere. Others welcome families and teenagers and offer them the perfect holiday. Generally, the surf camps in Peniche have a family atmosphere and maintain this during the stay, as they want to make sure that every guest feels comfortable. Peniche is one of the best and most popular surf spots in the country. As it is a peninsula, there are popular beach and reef breaks on both the north and south coasts. Thus, there are the perfect waves for beginners, but also experienced surfers get their money's worth here in the bigger, faster and higher waves. The surf spots are usually within walking distance from the surf camps; if the surf spot is a little further away, it is only a few minutes' drive to reach it. Depending on the day's conditions, the surf camps pick the best spots and can easily adapt their lessons. This also allows guests to surf at different locations and test several surf conditions and improve their skills. Popular surf spots like the Superturbos or Praia do Lagido are also recognised by professional surfers. Thus, the Rip Curl Pro Portugal surf championship, which is part of the World Surf League, takes place here and attracts many onlookers every year.
Peniche and the sea are inseparable. One of the largest fishing ports in Portugal is located here. It is therefore not surprising that fishing is one of the city's main economic sectors and is also an integral part of its gastronomy. Apart from that, there are also numerous buildings in Peniche that reflect the history of the city and should definitely be visited during the local holiday. Many day trips to the surrounding region are also a must. Within easy reach of Peniche are the Belange, the oldest nature reserve in Portugal. Although Peniche is very popular with tourists, especially surfers, the tourist development here is not all that noticeable. The place sometimes seems slightly run down, even though there is so much hidden here, and is thus not recommended for everyone. However, if you want to get to know the real Portugal, the country and its people, this is the place for you and you will not regret your stay in this unique place.
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If you want to surf near Portugal's surfing mecca but want to avoid the hustle and bustle, the Obidos Village Guesthouse is the place for you. The camp is a modern and at the same time antique house and has room for 16 guests. This quickly creates a family-like and relaxed atmosphere. The camp has several rooms of different sizes and is therefore also perfectly suited for families. Surfing takes place twice a day with a day off to try other activities such as stand up paddling.
In the surrounding area there is unique nature which can be explored in your free time. The camp itself organises several excursions to caves and waterfalls in the surrounding area. In addition, you can rent bicycles and explore the surroundings on your own. History and culture can also be explored on excursions to treasured sites such as Obido Castle.
The surf camps in Lourinha are located in a place called Praia da Areia Branca. Translated, the name of the place means white sandy beach and gives the first clues as to what is on site. Praia da Areia Branca is located about 15km south of Peniche and also offers ideal surfing conditions. The surf camps in Lourinha are suitable for young and old, party enthusiasts or relaxation. Here you can also get in touch with the locals and gain an insight into Portuguese culture. The surf spot directly at Praia da Areia Branca is still an insider's tip on the island and therefore not much visited. So if you are looking for empty lineups, this is the place to be. If the surfing conditions are not too good, there are numerous alternative spots that are easy to reach from the surf camps. In general, you can continue to practise on your own in the water after the surf courses and also easily visit and try out the other surf spots with the camp's own bicycles.
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The capital of Portugal, Lisbon, is often described as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe and attracts various visitors every year. Surfers are also often drawn to the city and surrounding region, not only because there are unique and consistent waves, but also because it is easy to combine a surf adventure with a city trip. Van travellers also find the perfect balance to their holiday and can easily explore the surf spots of the region. But travellers without a van will also get their money's worth at various spots here. Within a radius of 30 minutes, you will find some popular spots and can easily reach them by public transport. Generally speaking, the closer you get to the city or popular surf spots, the more crowded the lineups become. But there are also many secret spots to explore which you can find with a little luck and help from the locals. If the waves fall flat, there are plenty of alternative spots here. Whether Lisbon and its diversity or other popular places in the region like Cascais and Guincho, you can explore a lot and even try other sports like windsurfing or kitesurfing.
The surf camps in Santa Cruz and Silveira offer a wide variety of holiday stays. Some surf camps have specialised in the surfing lifestyle and have made it their business to convey this relaxed lifestyle to their guests. They do this not only during daily surf lessons but also in the camp. Whether it's the relaxation area or skate or longboard lessons, you can meet new people and make friends here during many activities. The surf camps have guests from all countries and are therefore the perfect place to get to know new cultures and customs. Many surf camps also offer additional activities such as tennis lessons, bike tours or excursions to neighbouring towns, beaches or the surrounding nature. Those who are not only looking for relaxation can still spend their adventure at the camps in Santa Cruz. Some surf camps offer disco evenings, campfires or karaoke nights and thus bring a balanced atmosphere into the camps. It is also easy to get to know the other guests and make new contacts during such activities. The surf camps in Santa Cruz all have a unique character and offer something for everyone.
Santa Cruz is a town located on the west coast of Portugal. It is known for its numerous beaches, which are also home to first-class waves. In addition, the cliffs provide a picturesque backdrop. Numerous terraces on the cliffs invite you to enjoy wonderful views and are definitely a must for anyone who spends a holiday in Santa Cruz. Right next to Santa Cruz is a place called Silveira. Here you will find the main beach Praia Azul which is a popular spot on the west coast. There are wonderful waves for surfing and at the same time you have the chance to reach many surrounding places in only a short time. Silveira has good conditions and warm weather all year round, making it a perfect place to stay in Portugal.
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The surf camps in Ericeira have the perfect holiday conditions for everyone. Ericeira is one of the most popular and well-known surfing resorts in Portugal and thus attracts numerous surfers every year. Whether you are looking for an exciting holiday with lots of people or more for relaxation and a family atmosphere, the surf camps in Ericeira have it all. Whether young or old, big or small, beginner or advanced, there is something for everyone. The surf camps make use of the numerous surf spots in the village and look for the best surf conditions every day. In addition, you can easily explore the town and the surf spots on your own. Especially during the high season, a bus runs along the coast and connects the surf spots with each other. It costs only 1€ and has an extra trailer for the surfboards.
Ericeira has a charm all of its own. From a traditional fishing town to a popular surfing metropolis, the town has a unique mix of traditional Portugal and modern influences of recent years. Many cafés, bars, restaurants and clubs make for a well-balanced holiday here. Professional surfers can also be seen surfing here, especially during world championships such as the Quick Silver Pro Portugal or the WSL World Surf League Tour.
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Only 13 kilometres from the surfing Mecca of Portugal lies the Shanti Surfcamp in Mafra. The surf camp does not only help every surfer to improve their skills or to feel the freedom of surfing for the first time, but is also very environmentally friendly. The surf camp is a small farm with several small buildings built from old ruins. Together with you they help to protect the environment. If surfing is not enough, you can also take one of the yoga classes offered and free your body and mind.
Mafra is a town in the rural region of Portugal. Nevertheless, the place is popular with visitors because of its monastery palace. The magnificent monastery has a rich history and the surrounding wildlife park is also popular with visitors. Nowadays, the wildlife park is open to everyone and brings a popular leisure destination. In addition, the location of Mafra is also ideal, as popular places such as Ericeira or Lisbon can be easily reached.
The surf camps in Colares are perfect for anyone looking for some relaxation during their surfing holiday. Situated in the countryside close to a number of surf spots, the most popular and largest being Praia Grande, you will find the surf camps. These are often smaller and therefore offer a relaxed, respectful and family atmosphere. Surf camp lessons are mainly held at Praia Grande and Praia das Maçãs. Here there are ideal surfing conditions for every level. But also alternative surf spots like Praia Pequena are popular surf spots and can be shared with locals. Generally, the spots here are far less frequented and therefore not overcrowded. Even though the surf camps here emphasise relaxation, you can get your money's worth in this place. Whether it's cycling tours and hikes or playing paintball. There are plenty of opportunities to get rid of your extra energy and fill up on adrenaline.
Colares is a small town in the Sinta region, surrounded by the cliffs and the ocean. It has been a popular summer resort for many years and is also a good base for exploring the surrounding region. In addition, you can still find Portuguese culture here and also the popular Vino de Colares is produced here and can be tasted.
The surf camps in Sintra also offer relaxed holidays in the middle of nature. The accommodation here offers everything you need to relax, from pool and sunbeds to spa & wellness facilities. Especially in the common areas, it is easy to get to know the other guests and enjoy the holiday together. Surfing is also possible on the house beaches Praia Grande and Praia Pequena. There is a surf course for every level.
Sintra is a real tourist destination, not only because of its proximity to Lisbon, but also because of the historical diversity that can be found here. Many years ago, the town was the summer residence of the Portuguese kings and therefore still has many unique and valuable buildings from the last centuries. This historical diversity is not only found throughout the city centre, but also in the mountains surrounding the town. Due to the historical importance of these buildings, the entire town of Sintras has been recognised as a World Heritage Site. Many castles and fortresses can also be discovered in the surrounding nature and thus bring a "fairytale feeling" to your holiday.
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Located in Malveira da Serra is the Karma Surf Camp. This surf camp not only frees the mind with surf lessons but also with daily yoga sessions. Relaxation and the well-being of the body are of great importance here. A maximum of 10 participants can be accommodated in the camp which quickly creates a family atmosphere with all the guests. Although the surf camp mainly caters to guests over 25 years of age, families are also welcome. With special childcare, parents can also enjoy the waves of nearby Praia do Guincho. If desired, there is also an extra, somewhat secluded house where guests can enjoy their stay together with their family or friends. Pets are also allowed in this house by prior arrangement. Karma Surf Camp is located on the slopes of the Serra la Sintra and is only a few minutes' drive from many popular places in the Lisbon region. The surf camp's home spot is Praia do Guincho, where consistent waves allow all levels to surf. On the other side of the slope are Praia Grande, Praia Pequena and Praia das Maçâs with similar surfing conditions to Guincho.
Not far from Malveira da Serra is the Moby Dick Surf School, located in the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park. Here too, surfing is mainly done at Praia do Guincho. The owners of the Moby Dick Surf School have many years of surfing experience. They surfed in Portugal before the whole country became addicted to the sport. The accommodation has different rooms, which have space for 2 to 4 people. This makes it ideal for guests to enjoy their stay with friends or to easily meet new people. The Sintra-Cascais Nature Park is a popular destination in Portugal and offers unique nature. From wild waves to breathtaking cliffs, there is a natural spectacle for everyone.
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Whether it's a pure surf adventure with a relaxed atmosphere or new water sports like kitesurfing or SUP, the surf camps in Cascais offer something for everyone. The surf camps offer everything you need to really enjoy your holiday, whether it's a pool and relaxation area, historical buildings or Portuguese traditions, everything can be found here. The most popular surf spots at the surf camps here are Guincho Beach and Carcavelos. In summer, the waves here are rather small and perfect for water sports activities such as kitesurfing and SUP. In autumn and winter, the waves get bigger and stronger and offer experienced surfers first-class conditions.
Cascais is a traditional fishing town with real Portuguese charm and a mix of wonderful architecture and modern tourist resort. Family-run restaurants and numerous bars and clubs bring a lively nightlife to Cascais. In addition, the old town and the history of Cascais are breathtaking. The surrounding nature and places are easy to reach and invite you to adventurous excursions. A holiday in this place will never be boring and there are numerous alternative options if the waves do not invite you to surf.
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Estoril is home to the Blue Boutique Hostel & Suites in São João do Estoril and the Salty Pelican Yoga & Surf Retreat in Monte Estoril. Both of these surf camps use the Cascais coastline as their surf beach while also offering daily yoga classes to have a balance. The health of the body and mind is a priority at these camps. Thus, there is a healthy breakfast every day with all the necessary vitamins for the day. In addition, the yoga and surf lessons help to keep the body and mind fit. Hikes and meditations also help. So there is plenty to do to work on yourself and leave all the everyday stress behind.
Estoril is one of the most popular seaside resorts on the Portuguese coast. During the 19th century, the town was transformed into a popular seaside resort and was often visited by kings of the country. You can still see this influence today and marvel at the numerous villas that are still preserved in Estoril. Estoril also has some first-class golf courses which attract numerous golfers every year. Of course, there are also numerous hiking and cycling trails around Estoril which are quite challenging. Apart from the natural attractions, a visit to the Casino Estoril should definitely be included. It was once the largest casino in Europe and has a famous history. Books like James Bond Casino Royal originated here and make the casino even more popular. Especially on weekends, the casino attracts many visitors and is definitely a popular meeting place of the town.
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Both the Carcavelos Surf Hostel in Carcavelos and the Salty Soul Surfcamp in Parede have made Carcavelos beach their home beach and use it to give surf lessons for all levels. Nevertheless, Carcavelos beach is very popular with locals and tourists alike, as it not only offers ideal conditions for beginners but also for experienced surfers. So it can get particularly crowded at weekends. However, based on the daytime conditions, there are numerous alternative spots in the vicinity that are perfect for certain levels. The section in Parede is also a good surf spot, especially in the winter months when the waves are more consistent. However, initial surfing experience should be maintained, as the bottom is characterised by some rocks and stones and can therefore lead to injuries for beginners. Both surf camps also offer numerous other activities to make your holiday as varied as possible. Popular activities include yoga sessions and massages for full relaxation during your stay. But more adventurous activities can also be found here. Whether it's other water sports like SUP or kayaking, or excursions into the surrounding nature, there's plenty to explore here.
Parede is a small coastal town on the Atlantic coast. Many restaurants and their terraces here not only offer traditional cuisine and wonderful fish, but also offer beautiful views of the beaches right on the waterfront. In addition, the beach of Parede is also considered a healing place, as the mixture of sunlight and iodine found here helps to alleviate bone diseases. Thus, it also attracts many people every year. Nevertheless, bathing is more difficult in this section because of the rocks.
Carcavelos beach is probably the most popular destination in the village. The town itself only has a few hotel complexes and restaurants to offer for tourists, but the beach attracts all the visitors. The beach is one of the best beaches in the Lisbon region and, at 1.5 km, it is also the longest beach in the region. With golden, soft sand and perfect surfing conditions, clean water, and guarded beach sections, this beach attracts a large number of visitors every year. Whether families, locals or teenagers, there is something for everyone here. Families with children can swim without much worry in the supervised beach sections and don't have to worry about accidents due to small currents and few waves. Young people are also attracted to this beach because there is always something to do here; whether it's volleyball, beach football or other leisure activities, this beach is always active. Surfers get their money's worth in the waves. They are not too high and strong, making them perfect for beginners and advanced surfers.
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The 7ª Essência Ericeira Surf House is located in a quiet area, about 10 minutes from the beach. The Surf House has 3 different rooms; thus a limited number of guests and therefore a family atmosphere. In addition, the Surf House is not focused on a pure surfing adventure but also offers many other water sports activities. Besides classic surfing lessons, guests can also try and learn bodyboarding, stand up paddling or skateboarding. Lessons take place on the beaches between Lisbon and Ericeira. This means you have the best waves for the respective sport every day and always get your money's worth. The Surf Lisbon - House & School is also located directly on the coast in a place called Caxias. There is room for up to 18 guests. This surf camp also has a family atmosphere and it is easy to meet new people and spend your holiday together. The surf camp is open all year round and offers daily surf lessons. In summer, the house is nicely cooled and in winter, it gets toasty warm here. So you can retreat here after your surf lessons and relax.
Linda-a-Velha is a small town near Lisbon. If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the crowds, this is the place for you. It is not far from the beach but still in a quiet area. Not far from the village is an adventure park where adrenaline junkies can get their money's worth. But there are also restaurants and cafés in the village which offer an insight into Portuguese cuisine. Caxias, located directly on the Atlantic Ocean, is also a small town that offers relaxation. Because of its good location, it is the perfect starting point for many day trips to surrounding cities such as Lisbon or Cascais. So it is the perfect place to bring a balance to your holiday and relax at home and get a little more excitement during excursions.
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The Stoked Surf Portugal Camp is located directly in the capital of Portugal. The traditional Portuguese house can accommodate up to 4 guests. For this reason, this surf camp has a family atmosphere, surrounded by the hustle and bustle of the city. In only 10 minutes you can reach several surf spots. This means that surf lessons can be tailored to the students' ability and the perfect spot can be found for the surf course. Away from surfing, guests can also try other activities such as stand up paddling, yoga workshops or snorkelling. Excursions into the surrounding nature and towns are also absolutely recommendable and definitely worth a trip. The Nesha Surfhouse is also located in the heart of Lisbon and offers relaxing holidays. There is daily surfing in the best waves of the day. Even the little ones aged 6-12 can gain their first experience in the waves. For those who need a little more adventure and excitement during their surfing adventure, the Yellow Van & Passport Lisbon Hostel or SaltyWay Surf & Climb is the place to be. At the Yellow Van & Passport Hostel you will get to know the coolest surf spots on the coast. During daily surf excursions, you can go to the best spots and find unique waves to improve your skills. There is also a lot to explore at SaltyWay Surf & Climb. However, you don't just explore unique surf spots here, but also the surrounding nature. There you can then climb high up on a climbing course. So you can combine several different sports and adventures and share unique experiences with other camp residents.
With a wonderful view of the Atlantic Ocean and unique historical buildings including a fantastic atmosphere, the capital of Portugal attracts many visitors every year. The views of the Tagus River should also be considered during the holiday. In addition, Lisbon is also home to numerous bars and clubs, which give the nightlife a significant boost. A stay in the city will never be a single surfing adventure as there are plenty of other things to explore. There is no such thing as boredom here.
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Costa da Caparica comprises the 26km stretch of coastline on the west coast of Portugal. The coastline was named after the largest town of the same name. The coastline is exposed to the Atlantic Ocean and therefore has numerous waves that are suitable for all levels, depending on the surf spot. Along the long stretch of coastline there is beautiful nature and many surf camps have settled here.
Many surf camps in the region are located in Costa da Caparica. As this is the largest town, there is a lot to do here, but at the same time the town is also very close to Lisbon and therefore offers a good starting point for day trips. There are the right waves for every level to be encouraged and to improve their own techniques. In addition, the lineups are usually empty, as there are enough waves for everyone, making it easy to get lost. Whether it's a party atmosphere, relaxation or even a camp just for women, everything can be found here. Far from the daily surf lessons on the beach of the Costa da Caparica, many surf camps also offer yoga lessons for relaxation or bike rental, horse riding lessons and other activities for more adrenaline. Further south along the Costa da Caparica you will also find numerous surf camps, such as in Fonte da Telha or Praia da Castelo. These surf camps have chosen somewhat quieter locations as their starting point and offer their lessons on the beaches directly in front of the surf camps.
After long days in the waves, the surf camps generally offer a variety of excursions; whether bike tours, hikes or visits to the national park, there is plenty to see here and you won't find boredom here. If you just want to relax, most surf camps have a pool or relaxation area where you can completely switch off and leave everyday life behind.
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Alentejo is the largest region in Portugal, occupying almost a third of the entire country. The region is the northern connecting point of the Algarve and yet has been spared from tourists for years. The landscape here is dominated by olive trees and cork oaks. The area is easy to explore by bike or on foot, as there are few large cliffs and mountains. Nevertheless, an excursion to the region is worthwhile, especially the large reservoir invites you to unique stargazing. But bird watching is not uncommon here either and attracts tourists and nature lovers in particular. In general, the region is quieter than neighbouring regions. Nevertheless, you will find good surfing conditions here all year round. Especially beginners and advanced surfers will find the right waves for their level and can improve easily and quickly. In addition, the beaches here are usually emptier and you don't have to look for alternative spots to avoid the crowds.
Located in Melides is the Maria Mar Surf and Guest House and Dreamsea Surf Camp. The Maria Mar Surf and Guest House is located directly in the centre of the village and therefore has many beaches to choose from. However, the lessons will mainly take place at Praia do Carvalhal, which is about 20 minutes away from the camp. Nevertheless, depending on the conditions of the day, the ideal surf spot will be chosen and the lessons will be moved there. The Maria Mar Surf and Guest House maintains a family atmosphere with a small number of camp guests. This makes it easy for guests to get to know each other and spend their holiday together. From the camp, surrounding hiking trails are easily accessible and offer wonderful excursion destinations. If you are looking for a bit more of a party atmosphere during your stay, Dreamsea Surf Camp is the place to be. The camp is located on Campin Gale and is surrounded by unique nature. The house surf spot is Praia da Galé, which is only 250 metres away from the camp. This makes the spot easy to reach and at the same time offers quality waves. Those who want to turn night into day can choose between the beach bar and the camp pub. Numerous DJs play until the early hours of the morning and thus enchant the sounds of the night.
Melides is a small town on the Atlantic coast of Portugal. Even though it has received more attention in recent years, it is still a small, charming and quiet place. Many properties from the 17th and 18th centuries are still preserved here and characterise the image of the town. Much of the surrounding nature is designated as a nature reserve because of the unique flora and fauna. Thus, nature attracts many visitors who want to observe the many bird species that can be found here. Water activities such as stand up paddling or surfing are also popular things to do here. Numerous beaches with different conditions can be found in the nearby surroundings and offer perfect conditions for the respective sport.
The Alentejo Surfcamp is located in Vila Nova de Milfontes. The area is characterised by the untouched nature of the Parque Natural da Costa Vicentina e Sudoeste Alentejano. Those who surf here feel the real surfer lifestyle and can gain their own experience in the numerous waves of the place. The climate consists of hot days and warm water temperatures, making it ideal for a surfing stay. Away from the daily surf lessons, guests can explore the surrounding bars in the evenings and indulge in the nightlife of the resort. In addition, the surf camp offers sunset surfing twice a week, so guests can also enjoy the waves in the evening in beautiful natural conditions. Yoga lessons on the beach can also be requested according to interest.
Vila Nova de Milfontes is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the Alentejo region. It is very popular with locals and attracts many visitors, especially during the summer months. Especially the beautiful beaches and the surrounding nature are popular with visitors. In addition, the town is a good starting point for many hiking and cycling trails in the surrounding nature and region. In the low season, the place is quieter and more relaxed. Thus, especially at this time, the place exudes real Portuguese charm and is definitely worth a visit.
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The Algarve is Portugal's southernmost region and also one of the country's most popular holiday destinations. A mild and warm climate all year round, fantastic beaches and fabulous nature attract many visitors to the area every year. The Algarve has a varied programme to offer, making it the perfect place for everyone. Whether far away from the crowds in nature, or in a spot with more hustle and bustle and party atmosphere; everyone will find the right place for themselves here. In addition, the 150 km long coastline invites you to surf at several spots. You will find waves for every level and the surf camps in the area have also adapted to these levels and can therefore help guests to improve their techniques.
Located in the northern part of the Algarve, in the middle of the nature park and therefore surrounded by unique nature, you will find the Discover Surf School. The surf camp is surrounded by plum, peach and many other fruit trees and a lot of nature. Relaxation is a priority here and guests can enjoy the unique nature. The nearest beach is Amoreira and offers medium to large waves. Experienced surfers can enjoy the waves here. Nevertheless, everyone can improve their skills on the surfaris, whether beginner or not. The best waves in the area are always explored and the surf lessons are adapted to the conditions of the day. You can also rent kayaks at the camp to explore the nearby river. Bring your own four-legged friends to the camp, so they won't miss out on your holiday. A maximum of 30 people can be accommodated in the camp which makes it easy to get in touch with the other guests and enjoy the holiday in a larger group. The Quintessence is also located in Odeceixe. In addition to surf lessons for all levels, this accommodation also offers co-working spaces. This makes it a good balance to everyday life. Here, too, you are surrounded by numerous fruit and pine forests and thus have unique nature around you. If you are not staying in a flat, you can pitch your tent under these trees and be very close to nature. This is also suitable for numerous excursions after the surf course and is a good balance. The flat has two double rooms. This makes it easy to get in touch with the other guests and to make new friends. The camp has a relaxed atmosphere, which also reflects the tranquillity of the surrounding nature.
Odeceixe is a small coastal town in the Algarve with about 1000 inhabitants. The town is situated at the mouth of the Ribeira de Seixe and therefore not only offers the Atlantic Ocean as a bathing resort. The river is also popular with bathing enthusiasts and activities such as kayaking are also very popular. Many small alleys give the town its charm. Around the marketplace, there are several restaurants offering Portuguese cuisine. Thus, the place is perfect for anyone who wants to switch off and escape from everyday life.
A little further south of Odeceixe is the Chill and Surf House in Rogil. This surf camp is also smaller than many others and offers a number of accommodation options. Whether in the camp's own chill house, or in a caravan, tent or bus, everyone will find the perfect accommodation here. The chill house is also perfectly equipped for families or groups and thus also offers a comfortable holiday for several people. In the camp itself breakfast is provided, but you can use the kitchen in the house all day and prepare your own delicious meals. This camp is also close to Praia da Amoreira. However, surfing takes place where the daily conditions are best for the respective level.
Rogil is a small town on the Algarve coast. Nevertheless, the place has a rich history, as findings show remains of a settlement since the Palaeolithic Age. Over time, the village has grown slowly and is now an independent municipality in the area. The coastline is part of one of Portugal's natural parks and thus offers beautiful excursion destinations with unique views. Rogil itself is a rather quiet place with few inhabitants and is therefore the perfect place for anyone who wants to leave their everyday life behind and completely switch off.
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The surf camps in Aljezur offer the right surf course for all levels and ages. Many of the surf camps here use Arrifana beach as their home base. This is particularly suitable for beginners, but advanced surfers will also find the perfect wave for them here. In the surrounding area of the surf camps, there are also many other surf spots, beach or reef breaks, which also offer ideal conditions for experienced surfers. The surf camps in Aljezur are generally a little quieter and offer a relaxed atmosphere. In addition, most of the surf camps here have only a limited number of places, so guests can easily interact with each other and a family environment is also created with the camp operators.
Aljezur is a small town located in the Costa Vicentina nature reserve. The classic landscape houses, numerous beaches and untouched nature make this place so special. Approximately 30 km from Lagos, this place offers pure peace and relaxation and is therefore the perfect destination for anyone who wants to get away from it all and enjoy a relaxing holiday. Situated on the mountain is an old castle ruin, the Castillo de Aljezur, which offers breathtaking views of the surrounding region. There are many beaches within easy reach of Aljezur and surfers are spoilt for choice. One of the best beginner beaches in the Algarve, Praia da Arrifana, is easily accessible from here. But popular surf spots for advanced surfers can also be reached quickly by car.
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Sagres is one of the most popular resorts in the Algarve. The surf camps in Sagres offer a variety of holiday stays. From small camps to large hotels, everything can be found here. Generally, the beaches directly in front of the camps are used as surf spots, where everyone can find the perfect wave for their level and improve their skills with the help of the instructors during theory and practice lessons. The surf camps offer pure relaxation, yet party enthusiasts can let the evenings fade away in Sagres itself. If you want to relax even more and free your senses, one of the yoga retreats is the place to be. Some of the surf camps not only offer surf lessons, but also other activities such as yoga classes, hikes through the surrounding nature, or bike tours. There is a lot to explore here and it is definitely worth a trip.
Sagres is not only a popular place for surfers, but is also known by nature lovers in general. Many visitors test their strength against the forces of nature here, whether in the water, on the mountains or one of the numerous paths through the surrounding nature. The place is also very popular with sun worshippers due to the numerous off-the-beaten-track beaches far away from the hustle and bustle. In addition, the town offers a friendly charm. Mainly surfers and visitors who want to escape the crowds of the other cities come here. Thus, there is a relaxed atmosphere in the town.
Both Sagres and nearby Carrapateira are home to the Algarve Surf Camps. They are one of the first surf camps in the country and have been in operation since 1997, spreading the surfing lifestyle to anyone who wants to be a part of it. They have chosen the two surf spots Praia do Amado and Praia da Bordeira as their home spot, which are located directly in the nature reserve of Santo Vicente. Thus, these surf spots not only offer first-class waves but also wonderful nature that surrounds the place. Accommodation is either in a tent, bungalow or wooden house. There is a large kitchen in the camp which can be used by the guests. The surf lessons are 3 hours (for beginners) or 2 hours for advanced surfers, depending on the level, and take place on the respective beaches with the best daytime conditions.
Carrapateira is a small village with few inhabitants in the middle of the Santo Vicente nature reserve. Things are rather quiet here. Many inhabitants still live from agriculture and fishing. Party people are out of place here, because there are no more than a few restaurants and a few shops. Nevertheless, the location makes the place all the more popular with nature lovers. The surrounding region has numerous trails and excursion destinations for nature lovers with green fields and a cool breeze from the Atlantic coast.
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Both the Fun Ride Surfcamp in Raposeira and the Quiksilver Surf Lodge in Ingrina are surf camps with a somewhat quieter and more relaxed character. With a limited number of places in the camps, there is a family atmosphere here. Depending on the conditions of the day, the best surf spots in the area are selected and the surf lessons are held there. Surfaris can also be made at the surf camps, with the surf spots around Sagres being particularly popular destinations. There is also a lot to do outside of surfing, whether it is stand up paddling, kayaking, yoga, horse riding or snorkelling. There are plenty of leisure activities in the villages and in the surrounding area.
Raposeira is a small village in the Algarve. The somewhat sleepy and quiet village offers pure relaxation. A small chapel from the 13th century can be found here and illustrates the history of the place. About 5 km away is Praia da Ingrina, a sheltered stretch of beach which is perfect for swimming and diving. There are also several bars and restaurants here. In addition, the villages are perfect starting points to the surrounding region and popular places like Sagres and Lagos which can be easily reached from here.
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Salema Eco Camp is located in the town of Salema on the Vicentine Coast. This camp is ideal for anyone who cares about the environment. The camp's own shop sells a variety of organic products and the camp's restaurant focuses on fresh, local produce. Depending on the conditions, surf lessons take place on the beaches of the south coast or the west coast; both coasts are easily accessible from the camp and are only a few kilometres away. Away from surfing, you can also explore the surrounding area and enjoy nature. Some caves and vineyards can be found here and are great destinations for excursions.
The beach of Salema was originally mainly used by fishermen. Nowadays it is still a popular fishing beach, but it has also developed into a seaside resort, as the clean water attracts many visitors. Salema is located between Sagres and Lagos, making it easy to also visit these popular places during your stay.
The surf camps in Luz, located directly at Praia da Luz, offer the right accommodation for everyone. Some surf camps here have a limited number of places and offer a quieter and more relaxed atmosphere with yoga classes and relaxation areas, others support the party atmosphere and party extensively at the pool areas of the accommodation. Surfing is generally in small groups of no more than 8 people per course. The courses are accessible to all levels and even kite or windsurfing courses are offered by some of the surf camps in the village. So you are spoilt for choice as to which sport to indulge in.
The beach in particular makes Luz a popular holiday destination. Originally, this coastal town was also dominated by fishing, but nowadays tourism has replaced this industry. Nevertheless, there are still numerous family-run restaurants in the town that happily spread the traditional cuisine to tourists. In general, tourists are welcomed here with open arms and the locals are friendly and respectful in their dealings with visitors.
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Lagos, located in the southwest of Portugal, has perfect conditions for many different water sports activities such as surfing, kite surfing, or bodyboarding. Lagos is the most south-westerly point in Europe and is therefore unprotected from the Atlantic Ocean. Thus, there are great waves for every surfing level. Numerous surf camps have settled in this unique city and welcome guests from all over the world. The surf camps in Lagos are suitable for everyone, whether as a group, couple, family or backpacker, everyone will find the right accommodation for their needs. Many of the accommodations prepare not only Portuguese cuisine, but also many other international dishes. This means that you not only get to know the culture of the country, but can also get to know many other cultures, explore them and exchange ideas with people from these cultures. In general, there is a pleasant mix of relaxation and party atmosphere in the surf camps. Lagos also has a lot to offer and has the right highlight for every taste.
Lagos has a breathtaking mix of culture and history, wonderful nature and white beaches and popular tourist resorts. Thus, the city has developed into a popular tourist destination in recent years. Backpackers have been attracted to this place for years and nowadays it characterises the charm of the place. The surrounding area also offers unique nature and many excursion destinations. After a long day, night becomes day, because the nightlife in Lagos is impressive. Numerous bars and clubs characterise the cityscape at night and invite you to wild or relaxed nights. So you will find everything you need during your stay and can completely indulge in your holiday.
Situated on the south coast in Carvoeiro is the Algarve Surf Academy. Due to its location, there is a large selection of surf spots on several stretches of the country's coastline. This means that the surf lessons can be adapted to every level and the perfect spot of the day can be chosen. Surfing takes place 5 days a week. The surf instructors speak both English and German and can therefore easily communicate with you. The accommodation is a modern country house including a natural swimming pool and wellness area. So after a long day in the waves, you can relax completely exhausted and gather strength for the upcoming days.
Originally a traditional fishing village, Carvoeiro is now a popular tourist destination and has undergone tourism development over the years. Nevertheless, the place is not overrun by high-rise buildings and tourist accommodation. The town is popular because of the many beautiful beaches in the area. Although the main beach, Praia da Carvoeiro, can get crowded in the high season, there are plenty of alternative options. All around there are some rocks and cliffs which are easy to explore and offer wonderful nature.
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Madeira is one of Portugal's islands located in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Due to its location, it enjoys a spring-like climate all year round. For this reason, the island is often called the "Island of Eternal Spring". Although the island has a wonderful climate and shines in green colours due to the humidity, the island is not a typical beach holiday destination. Madeira has only self-made beaches, which are protected from the influence of the ocean by walls. Nevertheless, the island has a lot to offer. Apart from the unique nature, Madeira also has an excellent culture and friendly and open inhabitants. Madeira has wonderful surfing conditions, as the waves can arrive unstopped from the Atlantic. However, it is important to note that the ground is rocky and injuries can occur. Beginners should therefore not jump into the waves alone.
Both the Hotel Vila Bela Surfcamp and the Madeira Surfcamp and Madeira New Wave are located in Porto da Cruz, a town in the north of Madeira. The surf lessons of the camps take place on the beaches of the town. Praia da Alagoa and Praia da Maiata are not only surfable by experienced surfers, but are also the only beachbreaks with surfable waves. The beach, consisting of volcanic sand, has perfect conditions for beginners and can minimise injuries due to the sandy bottom. The surrounding area of the surf camps is also stunning and should definitely be explored during your stay.
Porto da Cruz is a small town on the north coast of Madeira. It is named after the cross that was erected to show explorers the way. Accordingly, the name means something like Port of the Cross. Whether hiking, jeep safaris or coasteering, there are several activities to discover here. Not only can you surpass yourself in surfing, but you can also challenge your strength and free your senses with the activities in Porto da Cruz.
The Azores are also one of Portugal's Atlantic islands. Formed by huge underwater volcanoes, they are a true paradise for every nature lover and adventure seeker. Crater lakes, waterfalls, and magnificent flora and fauna can be discovered here and offer wonderful excursion destinations during your stay. In recent years, air travel to the islands has been fundamentally improved, yet they have been spared mass tourism and thus have untouched nature and culture as well as traditional customs to show. The unique nature that is found here is also highly sought after by the inhabitants, so only 5% of the islands are populated and the rest is taken up by nature. Due to the excellent climate and thus warm water, the islands are also popular with water sports enthusiasts. Especially the largest islands São Miguel and Santa Maria have reliable surf spots and are therefore popular with surfers.
On the island of São Miguel you will find the Azores Surf Co surf camp. It is located in a place called Ribeira Grande and has several surf spots right at its foot. Whether beachbreaks with ideal conditions for beginners or popular point and reef breaks for advanced surfers, everyone will find the perfect wave for them. The waves are constant all year round with water temperatures ranging from 16°C - 22°C. The reef breaks in the surrounding region are particularly popular and definitely worth a trip. They are a bit away from the main beaches and offer unique views and wonderful nature that surrounds you. Ribeira Grande is the main surf spot on the island. Especially the surf spot Monte Verde, located directly there, offers unique surfing conditions. On good days, the local surfers also come here. Nevertheless, there is enough space for everyone here and everyone can prove and improve their skills in the waves.
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