Since 1996 we have been running one of the most successful and popular Surf Schools in Portugal, Europe. We offer Lessons, Surf Camps and Surf Trips, as well as very sociable, fun hostel accommodation in the surfers’ town of Sagres.
Over the years, The Algarve Surf School has become more than just a business. So many friendships, relationships and even marriages have come about amongst a combination of our full-time staff, seasonal staff and guests. All people that have connected with us in one way or another, as a result of our love for surfing and welcoming travellers into our lives.
We hope to be able to continue this life for many years to come.
Our team consists of a combination of locals and travellers from all corners of the globe.
We have really high standards with regards to hiring and training the new recruits each year. As one of the longest standing surf camps in Portugal, we’re constantly building on the progress we have made over the years and raising standards.
All our surf instructors have to have formal certification as standard. In addition, new recruits go through intensive in-house training. This ensures consistent levels of instruction and also means all instructors are fully briefed on the specifics and peculiarities of our unique surf destination.
We always seek out ultra-personable, sociable team members for our hostels with a really high commitment to first class guest service.
As a service-driven company, we are well aware of the importance of our team members and making sure they get taken care of fairly.
Sagres Surf Hostel
Sagres is at “The End of the World” which makes it kind of a big deal. But to us, being at the most Southwesterly point of Europe means awesome surfing beaches and stunning surroundings – a playground for both beginners and experienced surfers.
-Bed in shared room (4 to 6 per room) or twin room (two beds)
-Awesome healthy breakfast
-Free high speed Wifi
Sagres Surf Hostel
BREAKFAST & LUNCH
We serve a full breakfast with freshly baked goods daily from 9am to 10am. We also provide a packed lunch for guests surfing with us.
Some nights of the week we prepare hostel meals like Mexican or Moroccan nights. Once a week we prepare a BBQ that is usually followed by a few drinks at the local Surf Bar.
1 day Surf Daytrip includes the following:
2 x surf lesson/day (1h30 each) Surfboard and wetsuit Tuition with certified surf instructors Sports insurance
Safety rules Body surf Stand up techniques Proper surfing position Walking on the board Frontside and backside turning Simple element of ocean knowledge
The white water/ broken waves is the best environment to learn and improve quickly. You shouldn’t head for the green waves if you’re not confident with the above techniques. Remember: be a beginner; don’t be a kook!
Lesson format: morning and afternoon lessons (1.5 hours each) or one single 3 hour session (depending on the conditions). Board, wetsuit and sport insurance included during the lesson.
Student to instructor ratio: 8
Safety rules Surf break functioning Spot analysis Paddling techniques Turtle/Eskimo roll How to catch a green wave Applying basic techniques on green waves Angle take off Surfing etiquette
Plenty of practice, complemented by all the theory and safety that you need to become a responsible and competent surfer. The board you are allocated will be determined the instructor.
Lesson format: Not as strict as the beginner level, we’ll try to get you in the water when it’s good and do the theory before, after or in between the surf sessions. Board, wetsuit and sport insurance included during the lesson.
Student to instructor ratio: 8
Located next to a cafe serving food and drinks
*Cards and Cash are Accepted
-New Year's Eve Surf Week (from 449€)
Spend your New Year surfing and celebrating with us! This package includes 7 nights stay at our Sagres hostel and 5 days of surf lessons.
The schedule consists of 4 days of surf lessons before the New Year, followed by an epic night of fireworks and partying in the lovely town of Sagres. After a day of rest you’ll enjoy another day of surfing to start the year off in style.
-Surf Camp Week
Learn to surf on the sandy beaches of the sunny Algarve in a friendly environment with certified instructors while staying at our fun, safe and comfortable hostel in Sagres. To add to the experience join social events organized by our Hostel crew like our famous Friday Night BBQs, Wednesday night group dinners at local restaurants or a great night of bar hopping in town!
Kids’ lessons can be provided for those between 8 to 13 years old. After the age of 13 they can join our adult lessons.
Can I take half day lessons?
It is not possible to book half day lessons in advance, but exceptions can be made depending on availability on the morning of the actual day.
How are the Surfing Day trips setup? (time of arrival and departure, location etc)
Lessons are held at Praia do Amado during the summer months (April to October) then we relocate depending on swell during the winter months.
Instruction is from 11 am to around 4 pm with a break for lunch at midday (2x 1hr30 lessons)
Beach transfers are free from our surf hostels.
Beach transfers from other locations are an extra €5/person/day
Pick up time is between 9.45 to 10 am.
Which language are the lessons held in?
Our lessons are given in English.
We do however have instructors of various nationalities and the lessons are given in a very visual way with loads of demonstrations to make it easier for non-native English speakers
Sagres is a relaxed little surfer town with dramatic cliffs and beautiful sunsets. Our Sagres hostel has a homely, outdoors vibe if you’re looking to de-stress and feel as though you’re in amongst nature. The town provides a mix of local cafes and restaurants as well as our surf shop for board rentals and the Hangout cafe if you’re looking to treat yourself.
How are the Private and Shared Dorms arranged and how many beds in each?
– 6 bed mixed dorms
– 4 bed mixed dorm
– 6 bed girls dorm
– Sagres private twin bedroom
We leave this service to dedicated airport transfer companies. They are by far the easiest way to get to us, and very affordable.
Here are a few we recommend:
*Be sure to book over 24 hours in advance.
Bus / Train to Lagos using the following links: www.rede-expressos.pt or cp.pt then a bus from Lagos to Sagres: www.algarvebus.info
You can also choose to hire a car. This website usually does the job:
Do I need to arrive on a Sunday or can I arrive on a different day?
We are flexible on arrival dates, but if you are looking for the best value for your money we recommend booking our Surf Camp Week package for which you will need to arrive on a Sunday.
We also recommend arriving on a Sunday whenever possible so that the majority of the guests start lessons on the same day. This allows us to provide better lessons with a more structured plan. From a social point of view, we find that everyone connects better if they have the chance to meet on the same day or closer to the beginning of the week.
|SURF CAMP WEEK||JAN – MAR||APR - MAY||JUN||JUL - SEP||OCT||NOV||DEC|
|SHARED DORM (per person)||€390||€410||€450||€520||€450||€410||€390|
|PRIVATE ROOM (2 people)||€920||€960||€1040||€1180||€1040||€960||€920|
*This package runs weekly
*Minimum 2 nights
|JAN – MAR||APR - MAY||JUN||JUL - SEP||OCT||NOV||DEC|
|€25||€30||€35||€40||€35||€30||€25||SHARED DORM (per person)|
|€65||€75||€85||€95||€85||€75||€65||PRIVATE ROOM (per room, 2 people)|
|JAN - JUN
NOV - DEC
|JUL - OCT||SURF LESSONS
|JAN - JUN
NOV - DEC
|JUL - OCT||SURF DAYTRIP
|€55||€65||1 DAY||€60||€70||1 DAY|
|€150||€180||3 DAYS||€165||€195||3 DAYS|
|€225||€275||5 DAYS||€250||€300||5 DAYS|
|SOFTTOP BOARD||SOFTTOP BOARD + WETSUIT||HARD BOARD||HARD BOARD + WETSUIT||WETSUIT ONLY|
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