JhoLa Surf Camp (Lagos, Portugal)

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Beco do Leste A, 55, Praia da Luz - Lagos, Algarve, 8600-140, Portugal
Tel: +351 918455068,
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Prices from 345.00€  per week
Average Rating: 9.7
Total Votes:3
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Summary

Right in the center of Luz Village, just 2 minutes from the beach, bars and restaurants.
Partnership with Future Surfing School, one of the best and oldest surf schools in the Algarve.

                                
What makes us different?
Delicious home-made Portuguese cuisine and family recipes
We like travelling and cooking and find tasting of new dishes a part of discovering new cultures. For these reasons, we decided to enrich your unforgettable experience of surf-yoga holidays in beautiful Algarve with authentic Portuguese cuisine, prepared by the local gourmand (your hosts) by traditional recipes.
Give your taste buds a well deserved treat and plunge into discovering Portugal with all your senses.

Local  natural ingredients
We are trying to minimize our ecological footprint, therefore, we support, as often as possible, local production and eco-friendly practices.
One of the basic ingredients in the traditional Portuguese cuisine is the olive oil. In our cuisine we use the high quality olive oil which comes directly from its producer – the host itself! Give yourself a treat and let your taste buds enjoy the richness of flavour and aroma of this unique olive oil.
All the meals we prepare for you are made from natural ingredients and love.

Eco-friendly:
Waste recycling
We have deep love, connection and respect to the Nature, therefore we are trying to minimize our negative impact on it. One of our common practices is recycling our waste as much as possible therefore in our camp you will find separate bins for different type of waste. Also, we do compost, so all the organic waste is also recycled.
Reusable water bottles
World’s oceans (as well as landfills and freshwaters) are highly polluted by plastic waste. Let’s minimize our own plastic waste: Choose your favourite from our selection of water bottles & use it during your whole stay! This way you contribute to keeping our environment clean as well as taking care of your health (it’s been proven that plastic material releases harmful particles when exposed to the heath over longer time, e.g. under sun, while at the beach).
Natural sun protective products
If you’re travelling light or you just forgot sun protection, no worries, you can choose from variety of our 100% natural eco-friendly sun protective products.
Main facilities available 24/7
There are cable-TV, free Wi-Fi, fridge, microwave, a coffee & tea collection, fresh fruits…All available for your use at any time.
Beautiful chill out area
After happy, but exhausting, surfing day, our hammocks are just inviting you to enjoy warm summer breeze under colourful flowers on our terrace.
Yoga mats
You wouldn’t like to miss your daily yoga practice during your surf holidays? No worries! Whether you prefer to join a group, lead by our amazing yoga teacher, or you prefer to maintain your yoga practice in your own pace, we have high quality yoga mats for you always available.
Surf movie nights
You’ve just tried surfing but you feel you’re already hooked up on it (we understand you completely!) and want to learn more?
Occasionally we organize surf movie nights which inspire us, help us to improve our techniques, give us insights in the world of professional surfing, keep us motivated and give us ideas for our next surfing destinations…
Library
In our camp, you’ll find a small library with diverse books (in English and Portuguese); from novels to “Learn How To Surf” manuals.
Surf survival kits
For a bit advanced surfers or those who got already totally hooked up on this sport, we invite you to have a look at our cool Jho’la surf survival kits (come in handy for maintaining your surf board).
Safe storage
We have a safe storage available for those coming with their own surf equipment (suit, board) as well as safe boxes in each room, for your personal belongings*
*no padlocks provided
The beach - only 2 min. walking distance
One of the highlights of our surf camp is its location – literally 2 minutes from Luz’s beautiful sandy beach, with plenty of cute restaurants, cafes and local shops. Everything you might need, from the pharmacy to the supermarket is within walking distance, so you can explore our little village just by walking around, while soaking up its Portuguese charm.
Cosy easy going atmosphere
One of the things which our happy, satisfied guests always highly point out is our cosy family atmosphere, on which we are very proud of. Our camp is limited to max. 8 guests – just enough for fun nights and not too crowded for peaceful relaxing afternoons.
Interested in other activities?
Therapeutic massages, life coaching sessions, SUP, scuba diving, dolphin watching, kayak grotto trip…
 Let us know and we’ll do our best to help you realize it!
 Super friendly hosts, delicious food, easygoing atmosphere, highly experienced instructors, gorgeous beaches, sun, relaxation and loads of fun…

 

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ABOUT THE SURF CAMP



LOCATION AND SURF CONDITIONS

Jho'La Surf Camp is locates in Praia da Luz, just 100 m away from the beautiful beach of Luz.
Just 6 km away from the vibrant nightlife of Lagos.
Depending on conditions we can waves in different spots across the area. Since we are on the western part of Algarve we can always find some spot to surf for all levels, either on the South or on the West coast. Most surf spots are beach breaks but there are some reef breaks.



CAMP CHARACTER

Jho'La Surf Camp has maximum occupancy of 8 guests, just enough for fun nights but not too crowded for peaceful relaxing afternoons.The most common traveler are are between the age of 25 and 38, it's a very relaxed camp with a family like atmosphere. It's for people that really want to learn how to surf and that enjoy good food and good company. The main language is English but we know how to speak Portuguese and Spanish.



CAMP OPERATOR

Francisco, the owner started surfing when he was 16 years old and has a long and deep connection to the sea. He graduated in marine biology and is a certified surf instructor by ASI – Academy for Surfing Instructors. He has worked for Future Surfing School in Portimão, Algarve. He will welcome you to the camp and will be in charge of making your stay the best experience possible. He also has a passion for cooking, so you will be blown away by the traditional Portuguese delicacies he will prepare. He has surfed Azores, Canary Islands, Costa Rica, Peru, Brazil and Panama. He is also a surf board shaper, so you will have a unique opportunity to learn how surf boards are being made. You can ask him about the boards and shaping and, if there will be an opportunity, you might even have a chance to sneak-peak into his workshop and see him in process of giving the shape to the future board of some surfer.

ACCOMMODATION AND CATERING


ACCOMMODATION TYPES

The surf camp is located in Vila da Luz right next to the city of Lagos in the Algarve. Everything is within walking distance, 2 minutes to the beach, 2 minutes to the nearest bars and restaurants and 5 minutes to the supermarket and pharmacy.
The villa has two floors and allows a maximum occupation of 8 people. Downstairs there are three bedrooms, two of them with a bunkbed and a single bed and the other with a double bed. All bed linen and towels provided. There are two shared bathrooms downstairs with hair dryer. Upstairs there is a service toilet, kitchen and a spacious living room with a big terrace with sea view.
There is free wi-fi in all the house and cable-tv in the spacious living room.
Outside there are several balconies with hammocks and puffs where you can relax after a surfing day, or just chill out with a nice bottle of Portuguese wine.
Smoking is not allowed indoors.



CATERING

All packages (7 nights lodging) include daily breakfast, 5 lunch snack-packs and 5 typical Portuguese dinners. The kitchen is for staff use only. Guest have a fridge to store their own food, microwave, kettle, toaster, glasses, plates and basic cutlery.
There are restaurants and supermarkets at walking distance from the surf camp with different price levels.
WE can provide vegetarian or vegan meals but with a small surcharge. Please tell us in advance if you have any food allergies or limitations.


SURF COURSE AND ACTIVITIES


SURF COURSE DETAILS

The surf course can start any day of the week, there is a maximum of 8 students per instructor.
You can have one day of surf course or several days.
A certified surf instructor will pick you up at the surf camp and will take you to the best spot with the best surf conditions for your level. There, you will do a specialised surf warm up, have a briefing and go tho the sea. You will have 1h30min of lesson in the water, then a lunch break and after another 1h30min surf session. In the end the instructor will drive you back to the surf camp where you can relax in the hammocks or doing yoga. our instructors speak, English, Portuguese, Spanish and French.
You can organize surf courses even if you are not lodged at Jho'La Surf Camp.


SURF MATERIALS

All surf gear is included in the surf courses: surfboard (softboard or fibreglass depending on your level), leash, wetsuit and botties if needed.
Participants should bring comfortable clothing, beach towel, very strong sunscreen (choose organic).
If you want you can rent gear outside the course, prices will depend on how many days and season.



OTHER ACTIVITIES

Once you are here you have a lot of other activities you can do. We have yoga sessions and massages therapy at the surf camp. We have special package prices for diving in the wonderful waters of Algarve. You can go dolphin watching ok kaiak to the natural caves near buy, or do several other organised trips.

MORE INFO, HOW TO GET THERE & FAQ


 SURF CONDITIONS


Breaks directly at the main spot and at nearby spots

There are several different breaks close to the surf camp, the closest is Praia da Luz itself that can provided nice little beginner waves to more demanding reef break at the end of the beach. Although these breaks only work sometimes, there are several others near by. Most of our spots are beach breaks, and they can be at a maximum distance of 30 km.

Seasonal conditions

The season starts around March with the finishing of winter storms and the good weather coming in. The water is colder and the weather can be somewhat unstable, but there are always waves. During summer months the beaches are quite busy but the waves are really good for beginners. The water and the weather in general become warmer. September and October have really nice quality waves for more advanced surfers, but if you are still learning don't worry, because there is always some beach with the best conditions for your level. 

Crowd factor and local people

In the Algarve region, there is the tradition of sharing and welcoming others, so you can surf next to locals and in special spots, but please respect everyone in the water and before you go in know your do's and don'ts.


 SURROUNDINGS / REGION

Characterization of surroundings/region

The regional capital of Algarve is Faro, where you have the closest international Airport to the surf camp. The biggest city in the Algarve is Portimão, but Lagos which is just 6 km away from the surf camp has all that you need in a city. Most people speak english but it is always nice to try to get around basic Portuguese words. Since we are a part of European Union we have Euro as currency. It is always better to travel with health insurance but there is no need for any special kind of vaccination to come to Portugal.

Activities and facilities

There are many different activities you can do besides surfing. You can dive, snorkel, kite surf, hiking, kayak tours, boat tours, dolphin watching, and much, much more.


 JOURNEY

Ways to get to the camp

From Faro Airport to Jho'La Surf Camp is only 86 km. The best way to get to the surf camp is by airport transfer, there are many companies operating in Faro that will take you to Praia da Luz for very reasonable prices.
But if you prefer you can come by train to Lagos and we will pick you up for free at the train station.

Important details

If you come by train, the cost can go up to 12€, if you come by transfer, prices start at 15€.

PACKAGES & PRICES


PACKAGE A  - from 345 € per Week / Person

Catered Accommodation - Triple Room

This package includes:

7 nights in 3 or 2 beds room
Daily breakfast,
5 Lunch snack-pack
5 typical home made Portuguese dinners
Lagos pick-up and drop-off

 


PACKAGE B  - from 395 € per Week / Person 

Catered Accommodation - Double Room

This package includes:

7 nights in 3 or 2 beds room
Daily breakfast, 
5 Lunch snack-pack
5 typical home made Portuguese dinners
Lagos pick-up and drop-off


PACKAGE C  - from 545€ per Week / Person 

Surf & Stay - Triple Room

 This package includes:

7 nights in 3 or 2 beds room
Daily breakfast, 
5 Lunch snack-pack
5 typical home made Portuguese dinners
Lagos pick-up and drop-off
5 days of surf classes in west/south coast
Surfboard & wetsuit
Transport to the beach and back
3 to 4 hours of coaching each day




PACKAGE D  - from 595€ per Week / Person

Surf & Stay - Double room

 This package includes

7 nights in 3 or 2 beds room
Daily breakfast, 
5 Lunch snack-pack
5 typical home made Portuguese dinners
Lagos pick-up and drop-off
5 days of surf classes in west/south coast
Surfboard & wetsuit
Transport to the beach and back
3 to 4 hours of coaching each day

 


PACKAGE E  - from 445 € per Week / Person

Guiding - Triple Room

This package includes:

7 nights in 3 or 2 beds room
Daily breakfast,
5 Lunch snack-pack
5 typical home made Portuguese dinners
Lagos pick-up and drop-off
5 days surfari to west/south coast
2-3h surf session a day
Spot introduction

Not included: surfboard and wetsuit 


PACKAGE F  - from 495 € per Week / Person



Guiding - Double Room

This package includes:

7 nights in 3 or 2 beds room
Daily breakfast,
5 Lunch snack-pack
5 typical home made Portuguese dinners
Lagos pick-up and drop-off
5 days surfari to west/south coast
2-3h surf session a day
Spot introduction

Not included: surfboard and wetsuit 


PACKAGE G  - from 615 € per Week / Person 



Yoga & Surf - Triple Room

This package includes:

7 nights in 3 or 2 beds room
Daily breakfast,
5 Lunch snack-pack
5 typical home made Portuguese dinners
Lagos pick-up and drop-off
5 days of surf classes in west/south coast
Surfboard & wetsuit
Transport to the beach and back
3 to 4 hours of coaching
5 yoga sessions


PACKAGE H  - from 665 € per Week / Person



Yoga & Surf - Double Room

This package includes:


7 nights in 3 or 2 beds room
Daily breakfast,
5 Lunch snack-pack
5 typical home made Portuguese dinners
Lagos pick-up and drop-off
5 days of surf classes in west/south coast
Surfboard & wetsuit
Transport to the beach and back
3 to 4 hours of coaching
5 yoga sessions

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Reviews

JhoLa Surf Camp (Lagos, Portugal) Average Rating: 9.7 - Total Votes: 3

Hospitality
10/10
Location
10/10
Surfing
10/10
Accommodation
10/10
Value for money
10/10
Services6
10/10
This reviewer told us :

Francisco is your excellent host, and as an experienced surfer and marine biologist he is full of useful advice and interesting information! He is eco-aware, with tentative recycling facilities, and he lends cotton bags and metal flasks for water. Francisco is kind and funny and great to hang out with. He picked us up, and dropped us at the train station and on the day I was ill he even offered to take me to the clinic, you can tell he cares about his guests and wants them to have a great time. His cooking abilities ensure after a hard day of surfing you're full, happy and satisfied, ready for the next day's adventure! He asked with respect about food allergies and preferences (and even cut up my risotto mushrooms small for me as I don't like them big!!). The camp really is a lot more than a hostel, it feels like you are staying with friends. As well as Francisco, we met other travelling internationals, all of whom were fun, open and friendly. The location is wonderful, you're only a 5min walk from the beach or a shop- and Lagos is only a quick bus away. I would have stayed another week if I had been able to, one week wasn't enough!

Surfing:

I really enjoyed chatting to Francisco about surfing and surfboards, and feel really motivated to continue following my interest in surfing.

Other (e.g. Surroundings, Nightlife, etc.):

I'm always nervous about spending money on holidays, but this surf camp was really worth it. I felt comfortable and enjoyed every moment! Thanks so much, I will undoubtedly see you next year!

 

Hospitality
10/10
Location
9/10
Surfing
10/10
Accommodation
10/10
Value for money
10/10
Services6
9/10
This reviewer told us :

Jho'La Surf Camp is an awesome place to spent your hoildays! Francisco is a great host and chef (he was almost like a mum to us! ;) )

Surfing:

The guys from Future Surf School made sure we had a great time in the water when out surfing.

Other (e.g. Surroundings, Nightlife, etc.):

Also I totally recommend to book the Yoga classes after surfing!

 

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