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Reviews (58)

De Winter Philippe

from Belgium, May 2024

left 1* for the food, as there was no food provided. Other than that, had an amazing time there!

Marie Ramnarine

from Canada, September 2023

"Beginner surfer in Baleal"

Surfing was a lot of fun. Everyone was super chill, friendly, and laid back. Everything was provided for the surfing. The instructors were very helpful and fun.

Paola S.

from Switzerland, August 2023

"the quality of the surfclasses were excellent"

And the number of people on each class was perfect! very good teachings. Thank you!

Marinel Pjetri

from Spain, August 2023

"Surf lessons here are super nice !! "

I like my first experience of surfing, the trainer (Shandy) was patience person , kind and funny 😁

He give me many useful advices.

And the location of camp is good.

Ludovica Scutumella

from Netherlands, July 2023

"Totally recommended"

I've been there only for 4 days and I had such a great time. The surf instructors make sure you learn the basis of surfing before going into the water and at the end ( 6 lessons) I was able to stand up on the board every time. The hostel is clean and the people who are working/volunteering there are very helpful and always available for you. The atmosphere is so nice there and you'll meet so many people from all over the world !!

Ataman Ozolcer

from Germany, July 2023

Lovely people, beautiful spot. They make sure to take care of your surfing experience. Perfect for young travellers and families.

Vlada Holovata

from Netherlands, June 2023

"It was an amazing experience "

We stayed 12 days at Alex Surf School and it exceeded all our expectations. We enjoyed so much. Especially we would like to thank our surf instructors. Tiago and Alejandro were always there for us to provide with excellent surf sessions and to bring our skills to a new level. They were very professional and attentive. We were maximum 4 people in the group so there was a lot of attention to everyone. Wetsuits and boards in good condition, almost new. Also we would like to thank Alex and Paloma for arranging a lot of activities in a free time. Everyone was so helpful and friendly. Very nice pool and barbecue area to chill between sessions. We would definitely recommend Alex Surf School and we will come back there again.


from Switzerland, June 2023


Alvaro Perezcano

from Germany, April 2023

"Absolutely incredible experience"

I unfortunately do not have much of a Surf School basis for comparison but if any camps are even close to the experience at Alex's Surf School, I would consider them a world class stay. The quality of the surf lessons and the attention you get from the instructors was amazing. In particular with Thiago and Andre. No more than 5 people to a class (very often less) and always ensuring you get one on one time and tips with the instructor. The accomodation does the job and has everything you need for a hostal stay. The instructors know the surf spots perfectly and always ensure you get the best swell available. Lastly, everyone, both guests and staff, are incredibly friendly and genuinely interested in meeting new people, something often taken for granted in this type of stay.

Zalan Szilagyi

from Hungary, November 2022

"Good camp for 5 days"

Everybody was kid, open minded, thx for it

Janie Beckelheimer - Helgesson

from Italy, September 2022

"Best Hostel Experience!"

Alex Surf School was an amazing experience. The accommodations are modern. The location is great with restaurants and the beach all in a short walking distance. The surf equipment and instruction was superb. There is a great family atmosphere here. Alex and his family are very involved in planning activities for the guests and are very social. Definitely not a party hostel, but everyone gets along so well and is very respectful.


from Italy, September 2022

"Amazing - #1 choice"

Owners (Alex and Paloma) are super nice, accommodating and very professional. They have the surf school / instructors on site, which make everything very smooth and easy. I insist about "Surf Instructors"... meaning instructors trained and certified to teach surf... not just "good surfers" baby sitting tourists. It makes a huge difference with other schools around. Facility are nice and always clean... diner / swimming pool area is definitely a plus. Fabrice

André Köchy

from Germany, August 2022

"Beatiful surf experience"

Alex Surf School is much more than just a surf hostel….it‘s an experience you will never forget with nice people and warmhearting host. I stayed for 13 nights and wished I could stay even longer. The accomodation is clean and modern and the outdoor area is one of it‘s kind. The professional surf teacher will bring you on another surf level in no time and you will improve a lot. Overall I enjoyed my time and hope to come back soon.




from Spain, July 2022

"Great people and experienced surf trainers "

Surf trainers and stuff was very friendly.

Jeanne Sarhan

from France, July 2022

"An amazing week"

Where to begin with … ? Our vacations at Alex surf camp were incredible. You feel like home very quickly, everything is cleaned and beautiful. Everybody’s nice and smiling, it looks like your family after one night in this place.

Then the surf … well, I never had instructors that were like this ! Helping all the time, sincerely involved in your surf progression, giving you super good advices and helping you having fun and feel confident … what else ? Small classes also, it’s a big difference with other schools !

I would definitely recommend you to go to this place !

Diego Garza Macias

from Greece, July 2022

"Highlight of my aboard semester"

Excelent teachers and a great friendly enviorment, you feel how you improve each lesson and at the end of only 3 days I was able to catch some waves with ease

Femke Marei Petersen

from Germany, June 2022

"It was so nice, I didn’t want to go home "

The whole team made my holiday there very special. The surf school is equipped with everything. Old stuff can’t be found there, but excellent surf instructors.

Everything was super clean. A nice terrace, comfortable rooms, a beautiful pool, a cool barbecue place. The perfect vibe.

Excellent located.

I would travel there again and again!

Thanks for having me!


from Switzerland, October 2021

Super Student- teacher ratio, only 2 other people in my surfgroups, very clean, good roomsize, skateevenings and bbq nights. Had a great time!!!

Ilan Melamed

from Israel, October 2021

"Surf and stay"

Accommodation very close to good surf spots - 5 minutes walk.

House is equipped with everything you need.

We were 3 friends together in the house in 3 separate rooms and it was perfect for us.

We took one surf lesson with Andre, and it was perfect.

Paloma was filming with video Camera so we had also analysis of the surf session with Andre.

This was absolutely perfect!

Having both instructor in the water and camera outside is the best combination.

Andre's analysis was very good and helpful.

Stuff is very nice and caring and we had a great time there.

Hope to come back

Thibault Duchaine

from France, September 2021

"amazing surf camp!"

i like everything!

the accommodation was great, very clean, very convenient, very casual, very well located and with a nice swimming pool.

(a lot of « very » in this review ;-) )

the instructors André and Tiago were so nice and laidback. they help you to bring out the best of you and, at the same time, they let you enjoying your own waves at your own pace.

i really like their mood.

the waves, in this start of september were not always big but always good and not that crowded.

i’m so happy to have been part of this camp :-)

Yevheniia Li

from Czechia, August 2021

"Amazing experience in Alex surf school 🏄🏻‍♀️🙏🏻"

I like everything in camp, Alex and Paloma thank you for your hospitality, for all staff you have you are all good, kind and cool 😉 thanks our surf coach Andre🏄🏻‍♀️ He is so funny and also professional, I’ve stood up on the board even on my first lesson 🤪 thanks to other coaches Andre🧔‍♂️, Tiago for your advices and help. Hope Andre🧔‍♂️ feels good wish him to get well soon🙏🏻

Ludovica Rossi

from Italy, August 2021


The Hostel is clean, cool and 1-2 min walk from the sea: good vibes only! The exterior spaces and the pool are very relaxing.

Alex, Paloma and the staff in general are always available and super cheerful. The surf lessons are held in small groups and surf instructors follow everyone easily, giving tailored advice.

Highly recommended experience!


from Cyprus, August 2021

"Excellent Experience!! "

The accommodation was excellent! Perfect location and so clean and quite! Classes were awesome. We had few different coaches and they were all great! Our main coach though was Andre and he was so passionate about this sport!

Ruben De Groot

from Netherlands, August 2021

"Great camp"

Really nice apartment nearby the beach. Alex makes you feel at home and organized an awesome bbq. The lessons were great too, wish I could've stayed there a bit longer!


from Luxembourg, August 2020

"Super fun time with Alex Surf camp"

It’s great that you can find everything you possibly need for surfing in Alex’s surf school - great housing, all equipment for rent, awesome instructors who are motivated to teach you how to surf and have fun. Quim is our favorite! Special thanks to Liza for all the help with getting around!

Greta Lehocz

from Hungary, August 2020

"Perfect getaway in/after quarantine, too"

Everything was amazing. Literally amazing. First time surfing, booked only 3 nights with 6 lessons, but I was able to make a bit of progress with the help of the incredible instructors Tiago and Kim. It’s been a lot of fun in a super friendly environment, having everyone with a huge smile on their face! I can only recommend Alex surf school and hostel from the bottom of my heart, and can’t wait to be back! Thank you for the experience!

Clara Tagliacozzo

from Italy, September 2019

"THE Experience"

I felt at home at Alex Surfschool in Baleal. I chose it without knowing anything about it and ended up realizing I was lucky as hell. I spent 2 weeks there and didn't want to leave! The best thing I think is how genuinely passionate about surfing and sharing this passion everyone at the camp is, in a way that links everyone together in a big family. The instructors are skilled (and the sweetest, yess, thinking about you guys <3, Tiago, Nathalie, Dave, Davide, Bryam, Arnan), you start having lessons with them and end up talking about surfing over beers, 'cause every two or three days Alex and Paloma organize something to bring everyone together, might be a skate party at Alex's pool, bbq night, beers at the gameclub in front of the hostel... I basically had loads of fun and made new friends while my surfing skills improved dramatically! What else?

The place has everything you need, accomodation is beautiful and practical, 6 mins away from the rendesvouz point for lessons and rentals at the beach. Baleal has at least 3 different places to surf at you can reach on foot and even more 15 mins away by car. The supermarket is 3 mins away. Baleal is only 10 mins away by car from Peniche and you can reach Peniche with a super comfortable bus ride (1.30h) from Lisbon.

You only need to bring your own passion for surfing and you're all set!

Thank you guys, watch out 'cause I'm afraid I'll be back! xxx

Lana Hildebrandt

from Canada, August 2019

"Family stay at Alex Surf"

Accommodations were extremely clean and a well organized check in and check out process! We stayed with our two daughters ages 14 and 20...had a great day of surf lessons with Brian and enjoyed our time in Baleal. We toured to the nearby town of Obidos and enjoyed days at the beaches and had some great dinners! It was a comfortable stay and we met some very nice people staying at the hostel. Shared kitchen, dining and living room areas were very nice and a way to meet the others staying in the hostel. Would recommend this place for sure!!


from Finland, July 2019

"Arnan was an excellent teacher ☺️"

Excellent lessons,Alex was amazing in organising events,great volunteers,everyone super friendly and helpful!

Scott Milburn

from Netherlands, June 2019

"Excellent surf camp with brilliant instructors"

The location of Alex surf camp is a short 10 minute walk to the surf school on the beach, the instructors of Alex surf school are extremely friendly and helpful, giving fantastic advise to help improve my surfing skills. Overall 10/10


from Portugal, November 2018

"Surf Camp--Excellent Experience"

I had an amazing experience with Alex Surf Camp. Tiago was an incredible instructor. He really went above and beyond his responsibilities as a coach and I felt like I learned a ton and was really able to improve my surfing. On top of that, Alex and Paloma were both extremely sweet and welcoming and really made the camp feel like a community while I was there. Highly, highly recommend this camp.

Mike Thomsen

from Iceland, November 2018

"Earthlike "

Very welcoming people, very relaxed and friendly. You can feel that theese guys have really felt how it is to go with the stream. Paddling against isn't healthy. No extremist, but likes extreme boddy exercise. Beleal is still nice, i hope that they will maintain most of it. I felt peace, so i send all of them a comfortable temperate heart, and wish them all the most relaxed mind and soul and total schwiftynes🤙

Julia Milewska

from Poland, September 2018

That was great time! Our hosts organized a barbecue and a dinner for us and other guests, so we could meet and get to know better - that was really good idea. Also the surf lessons were very good - instructor was well prepared, spoke english very well and could explain basic technics. We've met amazing people and never forget the experience:)

Florian Manzinger

from Germany, August 2018

Everything was amazing!

Alex and his wife always brought the group together by barbeque or dinner at a local restaurant.

He also give us many advices where to go

Margherita Trevisan

from Italy, August 2018

Baleal is a really good place to start surfing. There are a lot of people coming from all over the world with you can share these experience.

Alex and Paloma are really good hosts and really good people, which will try to do their best to makes you feel at home!