Join your hosts in Portugal and paddle on the flat water and in the waves. Enjoy picturesque sights, take paddle trips in impressive cliffs and caves, and make this trip an experience not to be missed. This holiday is designed for families and beginners who wish to learn this ancient Polynesian way of surfing. Take a tour across a beautiful lagoon, visit lovely fishing villages, relax with a yoga class, and make some stops on the little islands on the way during your stand up paddle board lessons.
Airport transfer available:
Faro Airport (US$94 per person)
During this holiday, you will stay in a dorm at the Kite House Lagos. The house features a pool, a barbecue area, a big garden with trampolines, and outside multi-sport courts.
In the Barraka Bar you can have a cold beer or cocktail while having the complimentary Wi-Fi connection, watch television, play table pool, or backgammon. The new Kite House is not a wild party house, but you are still only minutes away from the night action in the center of Lagos with all the pubs, clubs, restaurants, and street life.
The camp house has double rooms and dorm rooms consisting of four bedrooms. Right in front of the pool, the camp also owns bungalows with private entrance, lounge, bathrooms, and separate bedrooms. This is a perfect place for families and guests looking for privacy.
Stand up paddling is a unique way to get to know the coast line in an active way. It is suitable for young and old, for those who like sports, and those who prefer the quietness. Most of the surfers who have tried SUP find it even more exciting than surfing! The stand up paddle board tours can be aligned to your convenience, as it is possible to make stops in between, shorten the tours, or just knee paddle.
During this holiday, you will enjoy five days of stand up paddle boarding lessons with a daily two-hour class. You will practice in flat during three days and you will be able to take the waves in two days. Mainly, you will start between 09:00 and 10:00 or in the afternoon from 14:00 to 15:00 to avoid the midday sun.
You will be instructed and supported by experienced instructors, who share passion and wide knowledge. You will join adventures including paddle trips to the impressive cliffs and caves of Lagos around Ponta da Piedade or downwind trips along the West Coast of the Algarve. Sea conditions have to be calm and participants need to show good stand up paddle boarding skills to go on this trip.
Beginners will start on the flat water of the kite lagoon to make themselves familiar with the board and paddle and learn the basic techniques of getting up, paddling, and turning. Usually after an hour, everybody is ready to make a little trip. During this course, you will use modern and comfortable boards to make it easy, even for beginners.
If you are a competent stand up paddler, your next step and a lot more challenging is the wavesurfing. Of course you will start with small waves, learning how to handle the equipment in the surf, learning how to select the right wave and how to catch it. Safety and good surf etiquette are very important. The stand up paddle boarding on waves can be practiced by more advanced students who had experience at watersports and want to try something new and exciting.
This holiday will take place at The New Kitehouse in Lagos, Portugal. The house is located in a quiet area of Lagos, above famous Meia Praia Beach. From the terrace you can even see the ocean. The beach, the town, and the wakeboarding boat in the Marina can be reached by a short walk.
The cable park is located close to the camp house in Lagos. It has a pair of 2.0 cable systems perfect for learning how to wakeboard and learning board control for kiteboarding. From the camp, you can reach about 20 different surf spots within 30 minutes' drive.
In this holiday, you will be served seven breakfast and five dinner courses. You will start the day with a heavenly breakfast prepared by the kitchen fairy, Eli. The breakfast menus will vary and include juices, tea, coffees, whole wheat bread, rolls, baguettes, cheese, ham, jam, eggs, yogurt, fruits, cereals, fresh milkshakes, and smoothies.
For dinner, the meals are well-traveled as the recipes and culinary ideas come from all over the world. The dinner has the night's theme like Italian, Asian, Latin American, German, Danish, Hungarian, and of course, Portuguese, to pamper you with delicious, nutritious, and healthy meals after a long day in the water.
On Wednesday and Saturday evening, the kitchen is closed so you can try the great restaurants in Lagos. There will be also special meals offered to vegetarians or allergic sufferer. Please let know Algarve Watersport beforehand upon booking.
You will be shown some of the great trails along the wild south coast overlooking the ocean or through the rural backcountry of the western Algarve. Bike mountain tours start in front of the Kite House for the trips from Lagos to Luz or Burgau. For a longer trip, you will have a drive to the west coast to enjoy a scenic ride while discovering the secret beaches and a stunning sunset.
For adrenaline junkies, you are also offered the tours to the highlands of the Monchique Mountains. From the peak of the Foia, you will have an amazing view over Portimao, the Ria do Alvor, Lagos, and even the west coast as a whole.
Yoga and Pilates are great ways to keep your body, mind, and soul sharp until the next time you get in the water. Many of professional water women and men like Kelly Slater (nine times surf champion), Kristine Boese, (nine times kiteboarding champion), and Larid Hamilton (a big wave surf legend) have found yoga and Pilates to be one of the key preparation tools for their watersport careers.
By practicing yoga and Pilates, you can improve core strength, flexibility, agility, balance, lung capacity, concentration, and calmness in challenging wave situations. Yoga and Pilates also help to prevent your body from getting hurt and it shortens the recovering time between the sessions.
Portugal and specially the Western Algarve offer some of best surf spots in Europe. With numerous 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.
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. Other possibilities are flying to Seville Airport (SVQ) or Jerez Airport (XRY) in Spain.
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 (LIS), just get a taxi to Terminal Rodoviário de SeteRios. From there, there are four buses leaving to Lagos every day.
From the Lagos bus station, you can continue your journey on foot if you feel like walking. You have to cross the "Avenida dos Descobrimentos" and the pedestrian bridge and walk straight to the corner of the marina building. The train station is now on your right.
From the train station, you walk along the road past the marina building, follow the road turning right until you cross the roundabout. Walk uphill, after 300-400 meters you pass the Marina Parc / Vita Sol Parc. Now the road splits, stay left. After 100 meters you see the kitehouse on the left. Villa Calicas.
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 (FAO) or Lisbon Humberto Delgado Airport (LIS), there is a taxi stand available. For simpler yet a little bit more costly transportation, taking a taxi to the kitehouse is another option that will be the quickest way for you.