Surfing in Portugal is fantastic, year-round affair. With its long Atlantic facing coast, sandy beaches, and a decent surfing climate, Portugal has everything surfers desire.
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Options for surfing vacations in Portugal are vast thanks to the countries long western coastline; surf hotspots complete with fantastic beaches lapped by large waves, stretch from northern areas near Porto to Lisbon down to the southern tip of Lagos. So whether you are heading to Lisbon or relaxing in the Algarve, there is no shortage of surfing schools lining the coast. We’ve whittled done the numbers to give you a short guide to ten of the best surfing camps based on location, accessibility for novice and intermediate surfers, value for money and previous reviews.
QUINTA D’ANTA HOTEL AND SURF LODGE IN MAIORCA
From €70/ per person
Quinta d’Anta Hotel and Surf Lodge have transformed an old farmhouse in the tranquil, rural setting of Figueira da Foz into a modern, comfortable hotel and surf lodge. Surfing vacations here give options to surfers; select to embark on a quick two day top up on your surfing skills or escape to a week-long immersion in the waves. The surfing camps also include a surf and yoga retreat that offers daily surf-orientated yoga classes to help improve your surfing skills. Daily surf sessions are led by passionate, certified surf instructors and the hotel provides all transport to the top surfing destinations in the area. Programmes include surf theory, history and practical lessons that differ for each level from beginner to advanced. Quinta d’Anta Hotel hosts guests during their surfing vacation, with private single, double and triple rooms all available, and daily breakfast is included in the rate. Additional extras include the use of the hotel’s swimming pool, lounge with pool table, hire of mountain bikes and rental of surf equipment, all of which are offered at no extra cost. With a friendly, flexible team around you, guest’s can expect a relaxing and quality surfing experience.
Surrounded by the Sintra-Cascais National Park, Shamballah Retreats welcomes guests to their relaxing Yoga Retreat and Surfing Camp. Over seven days, you’ll refresh in these beautiful surroundings with yoga practices that will harmonize your body and mind and the freedom of getting out on the waves that line the coastline of the National Park. You will be served healthy breakfasts and delicious vegetarian meals to fuel your day. During this surfing vacation, guests will be treated to five yoga classes, five surf lessons, and a daily guided meditation session. Exploring the beautiful settings is also top of many surfers list when retreating here, so the programme ensures plenty of time is available for guests to get out and enjoy their surroundings, this includes three impressive beaches nearby. Guests will stay at the private house, where private twin rooms or shared quadruple rooms are available. Facilities in the house include a Jacuzzi, a mini gym, a living room to chill out and socialise in, a pool table, and a large terrace to enjoy outside. Wetsuit and surfboard rental is also included in the rate.
Soul Surf House offers surfing vacations in surrounded by nature, within walking distance to the beach and in a friendly, relaxing atmosphere. Four, six and eight-day itineraries give surfers the chance to fit some surfing time into their schedule. Surf sessions cater to different levels of experience, led by professional surfing instructors and rental of surfing equipment is included in the rate of the surfing camp. The surfing school provides accommodation in its very own surf house with shared and private rooms; it is centrally located at just 15-minute drive or boat ride from Lisbon city centre. Bikes are available for guests to rent at no additional cost, and the surf house also provides a delicious breakfast to fuel you for a day in the ocean.
Nestled in the hills of Ericeira, Arthouse Yoga Surf offers a surf vacation that connects art, yoga, and surf, in a breathtaking location with views that overlook the Atlantic Ocean. Their retreats vary in length, combining relaxing yoga practices with surfing session – the perfect combination as the exercises complement each other and help keep the body and mind in balance. The surfing camp hosts morning yoga sessions following by surfing lessons, these are tailored from beginner to advanced level depending on your experience with all equipment provided by the surfing camp at no additional cost. Accommodation is provided in a three story house with both private and shared twin rooms available. The hillside setting is the perfect location to relax and watch the sunset after a day in the waves.
Balance your body and increase your strength and flexibility with a combination of yoga and surfing at Moka Surfhouse’s surfing camp and yoga retreat. The complementary practices are offered against the backdrop of the beautiful surf spot of Ericeira and its World Surfing Reserve. During this seven-day surfing school, yoga classes and surf lessons are led by trained professionals and adapt to individuals experience level of the practices. Healthy breakfasts are provided for surfers daily, and other additional extras include a complimentary one-hour deep tissue massage, delicious dinners and daily transfers to the surrounding city and beaches, all are offered at no extra cost. Moka Surfhouse hosts guests during their stay in its Portuguese villa, with ocean views, a large garden and terrace area. Available rooms include private, double, twin rooms or shared dorms, for four to six people
Surfing vacations at Hostel & Surfcamp 55 give surfers the chance to hone their surf skills; whether you are a beginner looking to gain some experience, a novice looking to improve or established surfers wanting to correct or advance our technique. Daily surf sessions are led by qualified surf professions and enthusiasts and the surfing school provides equipment rental at no additional cost. Photo and video analysis are also offered to help you understand and improve on your own technique. The surfing camp provides daily transport to the beach so surfers can access great local surf-spots. In addition, three-hour long yoga sessions are held at the Ericeira Yoga Studio for you to relax and tune into your body. The hostel has both dorm and private rooms available to guests and new and well-equipped kitchen for you to prepare your own meals and snacks throughout the day. Transfers to onward for onward travel via Humberto Delgado International Airport, as well as initial pick up are also included in the rate.
On Portugal’s south-west coast, Jho’La Surf Camp is centrally located to the popular Luz Beach. The surfing camp offers various surfing vacations: you can choose to combine surfing with yoga, beginners and intermediate surfers can further their techniques or advanced surfers can endure surf safaris and take advanced and competition classes. The experienced surf instructors at the surfing camp include Portuguese national surf champions, Portuguese Surf Federation approved surf coaches, lifesaver trained and ocean enthusiasts. Alongside your surf session, use of surf equipment and transfer to and from the beach is included in the rate of the surfing camp. The team also provide daily meals and snacks, with great vegan and gluten-free options available. Surfers will stay at a private villa in shared or private rooms with several balconies for guests to relax and socialise in after a day of surfing.
Matosinhos Surf Camps offers surf vacations from two to eight days meaning surfers can easily fit the surfing camp into their holiday plans. The surfing camp’s flexibility means that varying budgets are catered too, and all skill levels are able to join one of the surfing camp’s programmes. Daily surf lessons are led by surf coaches certified by the Portuguese Surfing Federation and includes both theoretical and physical training making them great for both beginners and experienced surfers. Photos and video analysis accompanies the surf theory part of the session in order to help you hone your surf skills. Surf equipment rental is included in the rate. This surfing camp has a laid-back vibe with hostel accommodation offering both private double or single rooms, or shared double or dorm rooms. Daily breakfast is included in the price of the surfing retreat; the hostel also has its own kitchen so guests are able to prepare their other meals and snacks through the day. The surrounding area also has a number of restaurants and shopping places so guests can enjoy relaxing in the area in their free time.
Russo Surfcamp was created by surf-pioneers of the Algarve, led by Luis Marreiros who is a respected and recognised surfer in the area. Surfing camps at Russo include a combined yoga retreat or an intensive eight-day surfing experience, where surfers will enjoy three hours of lessons per day including warm up and beachside theory classes. Beginner, intermediate and advanced surfers can all enjoy sessions tailored to their abilities. Both wetsuits and a selection of surfboards are offered to guests and rental of them are included in the price of the surfing camp. Guests will enjoy accommodation at a private villa, where private and shared rooms are available. Delicious, healthy meals are provided to surfers for every day of their stay and include tastes of local delicacies and traditional flavours. Breakfast is a full spread that is guaranteed to fuel surfers for their day surfing. The community atmosphere of the surfing school ensures guests feel relaxes and create their own surf family during their surf vacation. Transport to central spots of Lagos and Sagres on Friday evenings are also offered for no additional cost.
The Salty Pelican hosts surfing vacations that are packed with activities to enhance your surfing experience including sunrise beach yoga, SUP, climbing and hiking. Different programmes have a slightly different focus; surfing camps are offered for either four or eight days with either additional SUP and yoga sessions or immersion in yoga and meditations. With a focus on Yang Yoga, the morning session helps prepare surfers for their day in oceans. Both surf session and yoga classes help those of different experience levels and all equipment required is provided by the surfing camp. In your free time, you can explore Sintra National Park, nearby beaches or head further afield into Lisbon. The Salty Pelican hosts guests in dorm rooms of its modern villa where guests can enjoy its cosy lounge, terrace complete with barbecue facilities and peaceful gardens. Surfers will be treated to a daily buffet breakfast for no additional charge, and optional evening meals include twice-weekly seafood barbecues and wine and tapas nights.