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As a surfer or soon-to-be-surfer, you can enjoy an easy going 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 explore the nightlife in town.
You will be accommodated in a dorm room, a double room, or a bungalow. 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.
You will enjoy two days of kiting lessons for three hours per day. Equipment and transfers to kiting locations are included in the price. You will also enjoy two sets of surfing sessions, as well as a free yoga session.
The “Nortada” wind is a thermal wind which 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 this 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 you 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 you last learning objective when you book. Please assess yourself honestly since they only then can promise fast learning results.
The surf conditions are consistent all year with Atlantic swells. There are lots of different beaches and reef breaks and a huge swell window at the south and west coast.
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 is 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 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 are 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.
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 ten 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.
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Half board is included in the price of this camp. This includes seven breakfasts and five dinners.
For breakfast, start your day with a heavenly breakfast prepared by the kitchen fairy, Eli. Breakfast includes juices, tea, coffee, whole wheat bread, rolls, baguette, cheese, ham, jam, eggs, yogurt, fruits, cereals, and fresh milkshakes and smoothies.
You will be served five dinners per week at the Kitehouse. 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 from Italian, Asian, Latin American, German, Danish, Hungarian, and of course, Portuguese cuisine to pamper you with delicious, nutritious, and healthy three-course meals after a long day in the water.
For vegetarians or allergy sufferers, please inform Algarve Watersport during booking about your preferences, so they can prepare special meals for you. On Wednesday and Saturday evening, the kitchen is closed. On these days, you can try some great restaurants in Lagos.
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.
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’s a variety of treatments available, from which she will definitely find the best 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.
The Algarve is especially famous for the mild climate and a beautiful landscape and is yet regarded as an insiders' 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 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 an optimal balance training.
You will not only improve your strength, flexibility, coordination, balance, and breathing volume. The exercises and techniques also help you achieve an 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.
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Lisbon Portela Airport
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Please book your flight to arrive at Faro Airport (FAO) or Lisbon Humberto Delgado Airport (LIS). Transfer from and to the airport is available upon request.
From the entrance of the Faro Airport (FAO) terminal, you will find a bus stop of 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 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, there are four busses leaving to Lagos every day.
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.
From Faro Airport or Lisbon Humberto Delgado Airport, there is a taxi stand available. For simpler yet little bit more costly transportation, taking a taxi to the Kite House is another option that will be the quickest way for you.
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