8 Days Surf Camp in Baleal Island, Peniche, Portugal

  • Baleal Island, Peniche, Leiria District, Oeste, Centro, Portugal

8 Days Surf Camp in Baleal Island, Peniche, Portugal

  • Baleal Island, Peniche, Leiria District, Oeste, Centro, Portugal

Surf with a Champion Surf Camp in Portugal

When one thinks of a surf camp, what comes to mind, besides perfect waves every day? Great accommodation and effective surf lessons, thats what! Since exactly this is Peniche, the waves part is more than covered, which leaves us with the accommodation part in which we excel. The surf lesson involves everything which is related to the surfing experience and this means not only learning how to ride waves with a surfboard, but also learning everything that is involved before and after those magical moments in the ocean, thus improving your chances for better rides in the future. Relax and have safe fun, by choosing Alex Surf School youre in good hands!


  • 5 days of surf lessons
  • 2 video sessions with analysis
  • Highly experienced surf teacher
  • Guided visit through the Peniche coastal area
  • Complimentary use of surf equipment
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Insurance provided
  • 5 days with instruction
  • Portuguese, Spanish, English
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When it comes to the accommodation, as with all our services, its all about a personalized approach, in other words, there is something for everyone. We have a solution for each and every need: several types of accommodations / apartments are available, with different prices, according to the number of rooms, house guests and / or in the proximity of the Peniche and Baleal beaches. You can choose between self-catering houses and apartments in Baleal, Peniche and Silver Coast or you can stay in our hostel located in Baleal. While staying in Baleal you are closer to the best surf spots, beaches and bars, having the best parties as well.

So why stay at our hostel? The advantages are many, starting with the fact that you will find fellow travelers with the same interests, surfers for surfers. Located in the fantastic Baleal, Peniche, our hostel is the ideal accommodation for a surfer of any level, be it beginner, intermediate or advanced. The staff is the cherry on this cake, ready to take care of all your needs and make your time in the beautiful Baleal, Peniche a memorable time. Sun, surf and fun, its all here!

Regarding the specifics of the accommodation, we can arrange and adjust according to our customers needs, be it a single traveler, with friend(s) or a bigger group. All is possible! You can rent the whole hostel or individual private rooms. We have rooms for 4 people (for instance 2 kids and parents), or for a big group of 10 to 11 people. You want, we provide! Plus, you get the personalized attention of true local surfers to ensure you have the best time, enjoying all that the Baleal, Peniche area has to offer, in and out of the water.

It is never too early or too late to learn how to surf. Being either a small kid or a senior citizen you should always deserve to have fun. Welcome to Alex Surf School, the ultimate personalized surf camp of Peniche, the renowned surf city worldwide. Surfing secret spots is part of the surf experience and probably one of the best. Our guiding service will take you there, at the right spot, on the right time, for each combination of swell, tide and wind! Between quality surf classes and accommodation/ apartments of according level close to the beach, this is the surf academy of choice.

Guided visit through the Peniche coastal area and to several spots around is included in the price, also tour of surfboard factories.

Peniche was once an island, nowadays, the stretch of land (mostly sand) that connects it to the mainland is the only place where you wont find waves. In 20 minutes you can check several surf spots of opposite wind directions and different swell exposure. How perfect is that? Extraordinarily special thats for sure, thus making it the local surfers and visitors alike to feel spoiled. A surf resort like this doesnt come by easy, nor do surf holidays, get so productive as here. And how can one not mention the famous World Tour event or the prestigious Rip Curl?

Peniche is a peninsula surrounded by waves, which always has a surf spot with the offshore wind, with beautiful and organized waves, ready to be enjoyed by the surfers who know where to find them. Besides being the most consistent place to surf in Portugal and Europe, Peniche and especially Baleal, have the laid back style which is so characteristic to Portugal and to the Portuguese people. Also, due to all the international visitors and residents, Baleal is like the surf city within the surf capital, which Peniche has become nowadays. But dont worry, its still a lovely village where life goes as slow or as fast as you wish. The surf possibilities are immense, almost endless, so dont stress about the crowd at the more obvious surf spots: there are always several alternatives which Alex will show you.

In addition to all of its natural beauty, Peniche has the great advantage of concentrating so many good surf spots in such a short distance, making youre daily search for the best surf spot much easier than anywhere else is Portugal or Europe. Less energy and time (and money of course) spent looking for waves, more time surfing them! You will find waves of all degrees of difficulty, which translates into a flavor for everyone. A definitely year round surfing destination, be it challenging Supertubos, Lagide, Cantinho da Baa, Almagreira, etc. You name it, its a given that youll find a suitable wave for your surfing to progress.

Besides the surfing there is much more to enjoy in the Peniche area, starting with the amazing food, recognized worldwide, especially the fish, so fresh and tasty! If the daily catch doesnt faze you in a good manner Im sure the great nightlife will. The diversity of the origin of the international partygoers makes for a very interesting mix to say the least! But dont be scared if this sounds like too intense, you can get as relaxed and undisturbed as possible if that is your wish, be it hitting the golf course, spear fishing, pole fishing, or going for a stroll around a close by the lagoon, the possibilities are endless.

The growing local surfing community is mostly made of visiting surfers that just cant find the strength to leave! You too will quickly find out why Peniche is quite the opposite of a one day stopover, a must for any traveling surfer in the know. Of course, if you want to sample a different culture and food offer, besides the ones in the regional area, you are still close to Lisbon, capital city of Portugal, rightfully named the most interesting city in Europe.

In a nutshell, Peniche is the Portuguese (and European for that matter) surf capital. A peninsula (more like an island) where you can surf pretty much every single day of the year due to the privileged geography of the region, with consistent conditions to learn or improve your surfing. So, great food, great nightlife, history, scuba diving, people, golf courses, take your pick! All of it at reasonable prices for a developed country, known for its great weather, fish and relaxed people. So unless youre against having a good time, this is a place you should seriously consider.

We have a great BBQ area at the back of the hostel and a normal kitchen inside, so youll have plenty of cooking options.


  • The necessary ingredients for cooking your meals and drinks are not included.

Besides the awesome surfing experience, you can also sample the great food, wine, bathe at the beautiful beaches, party at the cool surf bars, snorkel, fish, walk around or ride a bike, go-karts, play tennis or golf, boat trip to visit the island of Berlenga, enjoy the traditional open space market at Caldas da Rainha. You can also visit the old castle town of bidos and its famous Ginja de bidos, which is a natural handmade sour cherry liqueur of unique quality, which you can sample in tasty, little chocolate cups. You can also go see the event at Supertubos, the Portuguese Pipeline. This event is quite a show and gives you the opportunity to see the worlds best elite surfers battling it off in heavy tubes just a few meters from the spectators. And of course, Lisbon is fairly close if you want to visit or checkout a different nightlife.

  • 2 surf sessions daily
  • 2 video sessions with analysis or corrective feedback
  • 5 days of surf lessons
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Guided visit through the Peniche coastal area and several spots around
  • Highly experienced surf teacher
  • Insurance
  • Surfboard and wetsuit rental
  • Meals, drinks and airport transfers are not included.

Arrival by airplane

In order to get to us you should fly into Lisbon (LIS) airport, which is 90 km away (60 miles).


  • Island of Berlenga, 6 miles
  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.


  • Review by A traveler from Germany
    9 out of 10

    "Alex and Paloma are great hosts making sure everybody is enjoying their holiday. The surf school has excellent teachers who teach in small groups and watch everyone carefully to give individual advice so everyone can improve. It is a great place to learn to surf, make new friends and have a great vacation!"

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  • Review by Chris
    8 out of 10

    "Family of four all complete beginners to surfing. All had a great time. Incredibly patient teacher. Good communication from the team before arriving in Portugal. Reasonably priced. Decent equipment. Would definitely recommend."

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  • Review by Daniel
    8 out of 10

    "A friend and I stayed at Alex Surf School 19-24th of May 2016, the lessons were excellent, made me annoyed with all the bad advice I have been given over the years, the equal parts encouragement and pushing were ideal. The accommodation was simple but did the trick, clean, tidy, decent shower, cooking facilities etc. we were shown the new area of the hostel that is due to open soon and it is looking superb! We were looked after by Alex and his team, ranging from being picked up and dropped off at the bus station, to going out for breakfast/dinner or having BBQs at the hostel, we were always made to feel welcome, if you want to improve this is a great place. We wish we could have stayed longer..."

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  • Review by Michael
    9 out of 10

    "A friend and I just got back from a week-long stay at Alex Surf School. Alex, Paloma and Tiago were all so welcoming and encouraging, and the lessons we had with Tiago were excellent. The hostel has been recently built - looks great, with comfortable beds and lovely bathrooms. All in all, a really great time, and we wished we'd stayed longer. Great waves too!"

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  • Review by Ragnheidur F., Reykjavik, Iceland
    9 out of 10

    " My boyfriend and I stayed and surfed with Alex in August in 2014 and it was an excellent experience! There are a lot of surf schools in Baleal but I felt like Alex's surf school has the most chilled atmosphere and its the most affordable! If you want to stay in a large group of people or in a crowded party hostel choose one of the other schools but if you want a personal approach, small groups and affordable housing stay with Alex :) When the waves were dead one day, we drove to another beach about 20 minutes away where it was beautiful - Alex works very hard to make every visitor happy! The organizing was a bit messy sometimes, that was the only flaw, but for me that was just a part of the chill, homey atmosphere! I loved it!! And Denise is the best instructor ever, ask for her if she's still around! I'll be forever grateful to Alex Surf School for offering me one of the best experiences in my life, to learn how to surf! As for Baleal as a place: I fell in love with it, it's wonderful to stay there so I very much recommend it!"

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  • Review by Stephanie H., Odense, Denmark
    9 out of 10

    "Even though the waves werent perfect, we had more than two hours of good fun! Surf teacher Timmy was great and forthcoming. He explained moves and tricks patiently and understandable. Our group consisted of both experienced and unexperienced people and everybody got enough attention from the teacher. A sporty experience everyone should try!"

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  • Review by ReviewsByAbby, London, United Kingdom
    9 out of 10

    " My husband and I booked 4 two hour private lessons with Tiago. He was an excellent teacher and a good laugh. We both progressed significantly during our week in Baleal. We are now much more confident about turning on the waves. He was always with us in the water (often giving us a push!) unlike other surf schools we've been at, where the instructor is back on shore! For one of our lessons we were filmed on every wave we caught for the 2 hours and afterwards watched back our footage with Tiago while he pointed out our errors. This was very helpful. We would not hesitate to recommend Tiago and Alex Surf School!"

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Peniche, Portugal

Beginners, intermediates and advanced, all can enjoy surf lessons with a champion at Alex Surf School in Peniche, the surf capital of Portugal.

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