A few words about surfing
Surfing is one of the oldest nautical sports, and it is still practiced by more and more people. Dating back to the 12th century, polynesians ( from Polynesian Island ) were the first ones to be seen riding the waves. Many years later, in 1928, the first competition was held in California, and after that, surfing started to be known among people all over the world.
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Nowadays, surfing has become a famous and affordable sport for anyone who wants to taste the adrenaline given by riding the waves. Surfing can be started from as young as 5 years old, and there are a lot of surf camps in Portugal that will introduce your kid, or even yourself to the world of surfing.
Best surfing resorts
This surfing resort is Europe’s only World Surfing Reserve, and besides Ericeira there are only 7 other surfing reserves. About 4 kilometers of coastline are included in this reservation and are protected by the „ Save the Waves Coalition ”.
Here you will find constant and high quality waves and also over 1000 species of marine cratures. So, besides surfing you can enjoy the nature and the biodiversity that Ericeira has to offer.
If you are looking for a stay in Ericeria, the FLH hotel is the perfect choice.
Other than surfing, you can benefit of the beauty of Portugal’s capital and explore the places and the culture. Lisbon has an amazing nightlife, so you can enjoy the day by surfing and the night by discovering the restaurants and bars of the city.
A nice accommodation is Lisbon Garden Boutique, where the prices start from only 90€ / night.
Aside from being a surfing resort, Peniche is also one of the most famous fishing spots. Also, after having a wonderful surfing day at the beach, you should visit the nature reserve on the Island of Berlengas, which is only a boat ride away.
If you are looking for a stay in Peniche, you should choose the Surfers Lodge, where they have a surfing school, yoga classes, reiki, massage and many other facilities.
This is a special place that offers huge waves that can get to the height of 30 meters, so it is ideal for big wave surfing. The big waves season begins every year in November and ends in February. The depth of the water can reach 5000 meters, and the view is absolutely breathtaking.
As per accommodation, you can choose the Nazaré Canyon Surfing Apartments, where you can enjoy the surfing experience and the local gastronomy.
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Top surfing camps
1. La Point Camp, Ericeira
La Point is a camp where everything is focused on a free spirited lifestyle. It is a peaceful place where you can discover yourself by travelling, taking yoga classes and surfing. They offer 1 week vacations with a 14 days free cancelation and rebooking. La Point Camp has 4 package options that you can choose from:
|Surf camp (levels 1-3)||from
|Free surf equipment, surf theory, courses, transport to courses|
|Yoga & Surf camp||from
|8 hours of yoga, surf lessons and theory, surf equipment, transportation to the lessons|
|Work & Surf||from
|Surf lessons, 24/7 acces to an office space, surf equipment, free coffee|
|Guiding (for experienced surfers)||from
|Surf guiding, transport to surf spots, video sessions, daily spot and condition briefing|
Every package includes 7 nights of accommodation with breakfast. Depending of the chosen season, prices can increase.
- Location: R. das Curveiras s/n, 2655-099 Carvoeira, Portugalia
- Timetable: everyday between 09:00 - 17:00
2. Dream Sea Surf Camp, Melides
The Dream Sea Surf Camp is located on the beach of “Praia da Galé” and they do not offer only simple camping, but also a special one, and that is the glamping. Glamping implies staying in big tents where you have the comfort and the luxury of a hotel room, but in nature.
Are you looking for a glam weekend at the beach for surfing and hanging out with friends? This is the ideal place for you.
Prices for normal tents:
|Period||Price / 1 person / 1 week||Price / 2 persons / 1 week|
|22.05 – 28.05||269 €||538 €|
|29.05 – 25.06||349 €||698 €|
|26.06 – 03.09||399 €||798 €|
|04.09 – 02.10||349 €||698 €|
Prices for glamping:
|Period||Price / 1 person / 1 week||Price / 2 persons / 1 week|
|22.05 – 28.05||449 €||698 €|
|29.05 – 25.06||509 €||818 €|
|26.06 – 03.09||549 €||898 €|
|04.09 – 02.10||349 €||818 €|
In these prices, they includ 3 meals a day, camp equipment and activities and free surfing equipment. Thus, choosing Dream Sea Surf Camp is the perfect choice, because you will not have to worry about anything else. Just relax and enjoy your vacation!
- Location: Camping Gale, Praia da Gale ; 7570-689 Melides
- Contact: +3465 214 2917
3. Surfers Lodge, Peniche
Surfers Lodge is a 4 star hotel located in the Baleal region, very close from the Silver Coast of Portugal. This hotel was built by the concept of making people feel cozy and like they are in their own home.
They offer services like:
- wellness treatments
- surf lessons and equipment
- a restaurant with unique gastronomy
- local wine tastings
- special events.
Therefore, this is the perfect place to experience surfing, the culture of Portugal and local gastronomy.
|Surf packages||Private||Double private||Group|
|1 lesson||90 €||80 €||65 €|
|3 lessons||255 €||225 €||180 €|
|5 lessons||450 €||400 €||350 €|
By choosing any of the 3 or 5 lessons packages you will benefit of discounts on yoga or massage. Any of the packages includes free surfboard and wetsuit, practical lessons, theory and video sessions.
After having a long surfing day, you can delight yourself at the restaurant or the wine tasting event. There are 2 wine tasting packages:
Mini wine tasting:
- for 2 persons
- 22 € / person
- 4 wines and a cheese board.
Full wine tasting:
- for 4 persons
- 42 € / person
- 8 wines and a cheese board.
- Location: Avenida do Mar, Nº 132 ; 2520-050 Casais do Baleal – Ferrel ; Peniche
- Contact: +351 262 700 030
4. Seven Days Surf and Relax retreat in Nazare, Portugal
Offers surf lessons with a specialized instructor and accommodation at a 4 star complex with apartments. The instructor speaks 5 languages (English, Dutch, French, Portuguese, Spanish), so language won’t be a barrier in your learning.
In the package for 7 days, you have included:
- 5 surf lessons
- Professional instructor
- Learn in a World Surf League licensed area
- 6 nights accommodation
- Surfboard and equipment.
If you want to make a reservation, just simply request a booking and fill in the form. For any further information, you can leave a message for the instructor.
Discover the beauty of Portugal
If you are decided to choose one of these surf camps in Portugal, then we think that you should enjoy the full experience of discovering the beauty of this country. Therefore you should check out our Sailing itinerary from Lisbon to Cascais article!