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Surfcamp Algarve

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The Surf camp

Our selection of Surf camp Algarve options are located in the beautiful Vincenta National Park in the Algarve region in southern Portugal.

Located at the southwestern point of Portugal, the area receives a consistent Atlantic swell year round, making it one of the best places in the world for surfing. There are lots of lovely white sandy beaches, perfect for beginners, as well as challenging point breaks and reef breaks for the more experienced surfers to be explored.

The surf lodges are located from the souther tip of Sagres and on up the coast to Arrifana beach, which currently is one of the most popular beaches to surf in Portugal. Ask the locals and you'll see! Other beaches within short proximity of the lodge include Monte Clerigo, Amoreira, and Praia De Canal.

The spot is extremely calm and relaxed, with the party life consisting of the weekly karaoke night in the local bar Piranha, where you can watch surfers and local hangarounds hitting the karaoke machine. A short drive away is the historical town of Aljezur, with its great local restaurants and fresh food markets.

Algarve has a hot Mediterranean climate and receives the greatest number of sunny days per year in all of Europe. In the summer months (July to September) the air temperature usually stays between 25°C and 32°C. In the winter months (December to February) the temperature drops to around 13°C, and you usually have an increase in rain and wind. In the spring and autumn the temperatures stays around 22°C, with mild winds and usually sunny days.

Surf school

The surf school tends to take place on Arrifana, Amoreira or Monte Clerigo beach depending on the current conditions. You and the other campers are taken to the beach by car by each surf camp.

The surf camp all supply you with all equipment needed, and the instructors are experienced surfers who are passionate to teach you loads about waves, wind and water. Groups are always kept to a maximum of 8 people per session so everyone will get a chance at one to one tuition. All surf instructors are BSA qualified and are certified lifeguards.

We guarantee that after one week of surf school the complete beginner will be able to surf and the experienced surfer will have improved greatly.

The surf school packages are all different but each usually include the following:

  • Accommodation in a surf lodge
  • 4h surf school, five days per week
  • All surf equipment needed
  • Daily transport to different beaches
  • Supervised excursions to Lagos and other places of interest
  • Breakfast and lunch
  • Loads of fresh fruit, light snacks and beverages
  • 5 evening meals (Thursdays and Saturdays you have the option to dine out or cook a meal using our kitchen facilities)
  • Pick up/drop off in Lagos or Aljezur on arrival and departure

If you have arranged your own accommodation, you can also book surf school only. This includes 4 hours of surf lessons, pick up at your hotel in the Lagos area and all surf equipment needed.

Surfari

Surfari is a great option for the experienced surfer. You will stay in a surf lodge located right by the beach in the Algarve and wherever the best waves are breaking is where you will head for the day!

Along the Portuguese coastline you find innumerable great surf spots, and going on a surfari hooks you up with a local surf guide who knows just where to go! Within a 10 min drive from the surf lodge you find great beach breaks like Arrifana, Monte Clerigo, Amoreira, and Praia De Canal, and if you are more into reef breaks there's the Kangaroo Beach.

The surfari tend to only operate from October to March when the swell is at it's best, to make sure you will be surfing the best possible waves during your stay!

The following is included in the surfari:

  • Accommodation in the surf lodge
  • Experienced surf guide
  • Daily transport to different surf spots
  • Supervised excursions to Lagos and other places of interest
  • Breakfast and lunch
  • Loads of fresh fruit, light snacks and beverages
  • 5 evening meals (Thursdays and Saturdays you have the option to dine out or cook a meal using our kitchen facilities)
  • Pick up/drop off in Logos or Aljezur on arrival and departure

Accommodation

The accommodation you can book ranges from surf camps to boutique surf hotels to private houses on the beach, all with the purpose of getting you closer to the surf.

Depending on your preferences you can book pribate or shared options.

Arrival

Going to Surf Camp Algarve, you can choose to fly either to Faro (airport code: FAO) or Lisbon (airport code: LIS). Cheap flights can be found with Thompsonfly, Ryanair and several regular companies.

From Faro, you take an airport transfer shuttle to any of the surf camps, which takes about 1h and usually cost between 20-55 EUR for both ways (book online here)

From Lisbon there are buses going to Aljezur and also to Lagos, from where the surf camps will pick you up. The bus tickets cost around 35 EUR for both ways, and takes about 5 hours (so remember to bring a book!) Tickets can be bought at Rede Expressos), or in a ticket office in Lisbon.

Some surf camps offer private airport transfers from Faro for 90 EUR per vehicle each way (max 4 per vehicle).

This camp is rated 4.8/5

Based on 79 surfing experiences

Wave quality

4.6

Accommodation

4.9

Surf coaching

4.8

Staff friendlyness

4.9

Value for money

4.8

Testimonial

Aldo and Sarah are great, the waves were amazing, and all in all it's a 5 star out of 5 for us from every perspective. Male, age 34, from Greece
September, 2014
I had an amazing time!! Thank you, Sarah, Aldo and everyone else I met at the camp. The surf instructors were very attentive, and the surf lodge felt absolutely like home. I hope I'll return one day to rock and roll there once again! Female, age 25, from Russia
August, 2014

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