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Kitesurf and Surf Camp Portugal

All difficulty levels
Breakfast & dinner included

As a surfer or soon-to-be-surfer, you can enjoy an easygoing atmosphere and connect to like-minded water sports fans from all over the world at the Portugal surf camp in the Algarve. The camp house is located in the harbor town Lagos, close to the Meia Praia Beach. This makes it the perfect place for those who enjoy surfing during the day and exploring the nightlife in town.

Highlights

  • Surf and kite group lessons with instructors
  • Free use of surf equipment
  • 2 yoga practices per day
  • Paddling in the pool
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


5 days with instruction
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Lounge
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Wireless internet

The package default room is a dorm room. You can also book other rooms such as double rooms, bungalows, or apartments with a surcharge. The camp in the Algarve offers a pool, a barbeque area, and a big garden with a trampoline and other sports facilities for all the guests. At the popular “Baraka” bar, you and your friends enjoy a cold beer or various cocktails while using the Wi-Fi and surfing on the internet for a change, watching TV, or winning against your friends at the billiard table.

Program

You will take part in two days of kite group lessons and three days of surf lessons. A flat water spot and sunny and warm days in Lagos make it the perfect place to learn to kitesurf. With consistent north winds during summer, you can kite almost every day. Work on your water start position on the wake park or catch your first waves surfing. Algarve Watersport got you covered in case of non-windy days. Join daily yoga lessons to stretch sore muscles and find your zen for better progression in kitesurfing. Yoga lessons will happen twice every day (except Sundays).

Kitesurf

The “Nortada” wind is a thermal wind that builds up during the day and reaches its peak in the afternoon. The lagoon is tide dependent offering the easiest conditions for learning at mid tide. Of course, they aim to teach you during these perfect conditions. The kitesurf lessons normally start between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. depending on the best conditions. You will be effectively three hours in the water but the whole trip takes around five hours, with driving down to the lagoon (10-minute drive), setting up the kites, theory, etc.

There is no break in between the course. The kiteboarding instructors are licensed by IKO (International Kiteboarding Organisation). You can purchase a certification after the course to document your kitesurf level and be able to rent kiteboarding equipment worldwide. They are teaching in IKO standards in groups with a maximum of four people per instructor. At the maximum capacity of the groups, two beginners will share a kite.

They are always offering different level kitesurf lessons. The guests will be divided into groups according to kiteboarding level. Please let Algarve Watersport know your level or your last learning objective when you book. Please assess yourself honestly since they only then can promise fast learning results.

Surf

The surf conditions are consistent all year with Atlantic swells. There are lots of different beaches and reef breaks and a huge swell window on the south and west coasts. There are a great number of beaches and wind-protected bays. The warm climate and the consistent Atlantic swells make it a perfect all-year surfing destination. The summer is great for beginners and intermediate surfers because the waves are not as powerful.

The winter is the best time for seasoned surfers since the ocean delivers strong winter swells which result in wave faces regularly higher than six or eight feet. No surfable waves on the Algarve are a very rare sight. But if wave or weather conditions do not allow you to go surfing, Algarve Watersport will seek to offer you the best alternative of the repertoire, according to the "always action guarantee". You can go kiting, windsurfing, stand-up paddleboarding, wakeboarding, or mountain biking.

Because of the always-changing wave and tide conditions, they only know the exact starting time of the surf lessons, the evening before the course. They normally leave the camp between 8:00 and 10:00 a.m. and are usually back around 3:00 and 4:00 p.m. You will have a one-and-a-half-hour lesson in the morning and a one-and-a-half lesson in the afternoon divided by a break. The length of the break depends on the conditions and on how many other surfers use the spot.

The Portuguese beaches are regulated so that the beaches are not overcrowded with too many schools, therefore there is only a specific amount of pupils allowed in the water at the same time. Algarve Watersport is teaching group lessons with ISA (International Surf Association) standards of a maximum of eight people per instructor. Due to the high demand, the capacity does not allow them to give private lessons during the high season.

Location

At the camp “The New Kitehouse” in the Algarve, you will fit perfectly right in if you want to experience the best water sports vacation. The location of the camp house is impressive. The property is situated in a quiet area near Lagos and is very close to the famous Meia Praia Beach. From the terrace, you can even see the Atlantic Ocean. Within a five to 10-minute walk, you will reach the beach, the city center of Lagos, or the wakeboard boat at the marina. The camp bus will take you to the 20 diversified kite and surf spots within a 30-minute car drive.

Distances

  • Marine - 5 minutes
  • Meia Praia Beach - 5 minutes
  • Ria da Alvor - 10 minutes
  • Lagos - 10 minutes

Surf conditions

Surf spot:

 Algarve

Monthly wave size

Best months for beginner surfers

Jan/Feb
Mar/Apr
May/Jun
Jul/Aug
Sep/Oct
Nov/Dec

Best months for intermediate surfers

Jan/Feb
Mar/Apr
May/Jun
Jul/Aug
Sep/Oct
Nov/Dec

Best months for advanced surfers

Jan/Feb
Mar/Apr
May/Jun
Jul/Aug
Sep/Oct
Nov/Dec

Monthly water temperature

Monthly recommended wetsuit

Jan/Feb
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Sep/Oct
Nov/Dec

Food

Throughout the camp, you will be served seven breakfasts and six dinners included in the package. The camp is known for its delicious breakfasts and ever more impressive dinners.

Breakfast

Start your day with a heavenly breakfast prepared by our kitchen fairies. The daily breakfast buffet includes whole wheat bread, rolls, cheese, ham, jam, scrambled eggs, yoghourt, fruits, cereals, and fresh milkshakes and smoothies. You will also find a lot of healthy vegetarian and vegan options for breakfast like chia pudding or scrambled tofu. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and in the camp, Algarve Watersport always want to make sure you will have energy for the whole day of action.

Dinner

Algarve Watersport serve 6 dinners per week at the Kite House. The cooks are well-traveled and have collected recipes and culinary ideas from all over the world. They have theme nights with cooked food inspired by Italian, Asian, Mexican, German, Moroccan and of course Portuguese cuisine to pamper you with delicious, nutritious and healthy meals after a long day in the water. There is always meat and vegetarian options and that doesn't include salad area and their amazing home made deserts.

For vegetarians or allergy sufferers: Please inform Algarve Watersport during booking about your preferences, so they can prepare special meals for you.

On Wednesday evening the kitchen is closed. On this day you can try some great restaurants in Lagos.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Algarve Watersport offers more than water sports! At the camp in Portugal, you can do other activities apart from surfing, kitesurfing, windsurfing, wakeboarding, or stand-up paddling. If you are looking for sportive activities even on non-windy or too-wavily days, you can bring your body to a new fitness level with the help of a healing and relaxed yoga or Pilates session. During the mountain bike tours, they will make you sweat as well and show you the fascinating surroundings of the Algarve at the same time.

Massage

Your body feels sore after the loads of water sports activities or maybe you just want to unwind after a busy and exciting day at the Algarve. Rita’s magic hands will take care of everything. All you need to do is close your eyes and relax. There is a variety of treatments available, from which she will find the most suitable relief for you. From specific segments such as neck, back, and shoulders to a full body massage. They guarantee that you will find your inner calm and will feel refreshed, energized, and like a new person after her treatment.

Mountain biking

The Algarve is especially famous for its mild climate and beautiful landscape and is yet regarded as an insider's tip among mountain bikers. During the mountain bike trips, you will discover great trails on the cliffs of the wild south coast overlooking the ocean or the rural backcountry of the Algarve. The camp represents the starting point for the trips from Lagos to Luz or Burgau. For longer distances, you will head to the west coast where you can explore hidden and secret beaches and bays. In the evening, you will be rewarded with a breathtaking sunset.

Of course, they also offer mountain bike trips through the highlands of the Monchique Mountains for more daring mountain bikers. From the peak of the Foie, you will have an incredible view over Portimao, the Ria do Alvor (the kite lagoon), and Lagos. On clear days, you can even discover the west coast. The experienced cyclists and the new Cube LTD Race Mountain bikes equipped with a Fox RLC bike fork and 29er tires will take you on an unforgettable mountain bike trip in the Algarve. The cost of this activity is 35 EUR for two hours.

Yoga and Pilates

Yoga and Pilates are a great choice to harmonize your body, mind, and soul. Many water sports professionals, such as Kelly Slater (surf champion), Kristine Boese (kiteboarding champion), and Larid Hamilton (big wave surf legend), have discovered yoga and Pilates as optimal balance training. You will not only improve your strength, flexibility, coordination, balance, and breathing volume.

The exercises and techniques also help you achieve increased calmness in stressful situations, as well as a faster recovery and prevention of injuries after an exhausting session on the water. Algarve Watersport offers you a free yoga session per week which starts every Wednesday morning at 9:00 a.m. by the pool. If you wish to upgrade your package to include five yoga classes, there is an additional fee of 60 EUR.

What's included

  • Daily yoga classes
  • 1 paddle session in the pool
  • 3 two-hour surf lessons including equipment
  • 2 three-hour kite group lessons including equipment (shared kites)
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 6 dinners
  • Wakeboard special offer at Wakepark Lagos

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Wednesday dinner
  • Lunches
  • Extra activities

How to get there

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Driving directions from Lagos

  • Find the roundabout with the police station or McDonalds in Lagos.
  • Drive about 100 meters direction to Portimao on the N 125. *Next roundabout, follow signs to Meia Praia Beach.
  • Straight over the next small roundabout until you get to a big roundabout with concrete construction on it.
  • Turn left going uphill (only road that goes uphill).
  • After 300 meters, see Marina Park or Vita Sol Park on your left.
  • Go straight until the road splits and stay left.
  • After 50 meters, you can see the Kite House or Villa Calicas on the left.

Arrival by bus

From the entrance of the Faro Airport (FAO) terminal, you will find a bus stop for the bus line EVA. With the bus line 14 or 16 which costs about 1.50 EUR, you will reach the bus central station Avendia or the train station of Faro. Both stations are located in the center and only a couple hundred feet fare from one another. The trip from Faro to Lagos by bus takes about two hours. From Lisbon, you are recommended to take the bus for it is usually quicker and more comfortable. From Lisbon Humberto Delgado Airport, just get a taxi to Terminal Rodoviário de SeteRios. From there, four buses are leaving to Lagos every day.

Arrival by shuttle

Algarve Watersport offers private shuttles from Faro Airport (FAO) straight to the Kite House. If you like to book it, you will have to let them know your flight number, your origin, and your arrival time at least 36 hours before arrival. For the four-person capacity, this facility costs 80 EUR and 100 EUR for the eight-person capacity.

Arrival by taxi

From Faro Airport or Lisbon Humberto Delgado Airport, there is a taxi stand available. For simpler yet a little bit more costly transportation, taking a taxi to the Kite House is another option that will be the quickest way for you.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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Availability

This vacation is available from April to December, with arrival on Saturday or Sunday, please select an arrival date below.

 
Low season
  • April - June
  • November - December
 
High season
  • July
  • September - October
 
Peak season
  • August

 

Special discount

There is a last-minute discount of 5% for arrival in October if you book 2 weeks in advance.

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