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8 Days Horse Riding and Surf Camp in Portugal

Surf Camp Portugal

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Breakfast included

This surf and turf adventure is the perfect way to explore the beauty of the Algarve region in Portugal. You will have two days on horse back, riding through the unspoilt national parks and stunning landscapes, followed by three days surfing on the wild and beautiful beaches of the south and west coast. This will truly be a unique and unforgettable holiday in the sun!


  • Surf lessons based on you ability
  • Horse riding through the countryside
  • Excellent surf tuition from qualified instructors
  • Expert tuition and guiding from a horse riding school
  • All surf and horse riding equipment is provided
  • Daily breakfast and three packed lunches
  • 7 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


5 days with instruction in
Spoken languages: English
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AltaVista Surf and Adventure Lodge offers excellent accommodation options for couples, groups of friends, or solo travelers. They have the best shared rooms in the area, excellent private rooms, as well as self-contained apartments. The rooms are light and airy, with crisp fresh linen and top quality comfortable beds; ideal for recharging after a long day surfing.

The thoughtfully designed social spaces include large lounge with television, videos and guitars, pool table, table tennis and foozball for the competitive traveler, and their great pool with plenty of hammocks and sun beds. It is ideal for those looking to meet new friends, not forgetting their sea-view terraces and landscaped gardens for those looking for some relaxing down time. The spacious lodge has a lively social atmosphere of a surf camp, but offers much more than just a hostel.

Garden room

The garden room is ideal for solo travelers and groups of friends. With its own private access to the pool, comfortable beds, lockers, two bathrooms, and full access to AltaVista's incredible lodge. It is the best surf camp dorm room in town. The room is equipped with comfortable adult sized bunks that sleep up to six people, lockers for each bed, reading light by each bed, room fan, hairdryer, private fridge, en-suite bathroom with bath and overhead shower, use of an additional adjoining shower room, sea-view terrace, patio door to garden and pool, and use of house kitchen.

Poolside double room

The poolside doubles are brilliant for couples. Each room is light and airy with super comfortable double beds and a terrace overlooking the pool and garden. The poolside double rooms have double bed, reading lights by the bed, room fan, room safe, hairdryer, shared fridge, tea and coffee making facilities, shared shower room, and terrace by the pool.

Poolside twin room

The poolside twin rooms are perfect for friends looking to join the surf camp but want some private space. The poolside twin rooms have two single beds, reading lights, room fan, a safe, hairdryer, shared fridge, tea and coffee making facilities, shared shower room, and terrace by the pool.


Horse riding

The highly trained and friendly team of guides and instructors will get you comfortable in the saddle in no time. With carefully selected horses for your characters, you will learn to ride in a safe and fun environment with others of the same level.


Learn to surf on the best beaches in Europe! With two coastlines to explore, there are fantastic waves all year round, ideal for beginners, intermediate, and some world-class advanced spots!

AltaVista Surf and Adventure Lodge prides on excellent surf tuition from their approachable and friendly instructors, hand picked from the area's best surf school.

Day 1 - Ride

You will start off with a small group lesson to learn the principles of riding in the safety of the arena. Once you are comfortable, the guides will lead you on a beautiful country track through the local countryside. Two hours of riding will get your week started.

Day 2 - Ride

Following morning tuition to progress your riding, the guides will take you on a pathfinder ride through the unspoiled tracks and trails through the countryside, with views of the Monchique mountain range, stunning landscapes, and an abundance of lush flora lining the trails. It will be a brilliant three-hour ride.

Day 3 - Rest day

After two days of riding, you will have the chance to relax by the pool or wander down to the beach.

Day 4 - Surf

AltaVista Surf and Adventure Lodge´s brilliant team of surf instructors will pick you up from the lodge and take you to the best surf beach of the day. With two incredible coastlines and plenty of great surfing beaches, you will have the best waves everyday for surfing.

On your surfing days, you will have two lessons lasting one hour and 30 minutes to two hours. With lessons based on your ability, this package is perfect for all levels. A delicious beach lunch will be provided on the days when you are surfing and you will have plenty of beach time to sunbathe and relax between lessons.

Day 5 - Surf

This will be another sun-filled beach day on one of the brilliant local beaches. With excellent surf tuition from the qualified instructors, you will be progressing and getting to your feet!

Day 6 - Surf

You will have an early morning start for your last day surfing, getting the best waves of the day on either the south or west coast. On your third day of surfing, you will be hooked! Working on catching green waves and paddling out back.

Day 7 - Rest day

Today, you will have the chance to relax by the pool or wander down to the beach..

Day 8 - Departure

Today will be your final day. You can check out and continue to use the facilities until it is time for you to leave.

Included excursions

During this holiday, you will go horseback riding through the countryside and drive to some of the best surf spots in the area.


Western Algarve

Proud to be the least developed region of Portugal, the Western Algarve is the perfect escape destination. Away from the built-up hotel complexes, over developed towns, and tourist crammed beaches, the little spot in the Algarve is ideal for those looking for a beautiful and unique holiday experience.

With incredible stretches of protected national parks, pristine beaches, wild and unspoiled coastlines, and impressive cliffs and rock formations, the Western Algarve is the perfect backdrop to your activity holiday.

Praia da Luz

AltaVista Surf and Adventure Lodge is located in the pretty seaside town of Luz. It has stunning views from the terraces, spanning from the mountain range of Monchique to the sea. They are just a 10 minute walk down to the Blue Flag beach and town. With fantastic cafés, restaurants, and bars all in easy reach, there is no need for car hire.

If you are looking for a lively night out, Lagos is less than 10 minutes away by bus and taxi. Boasting the best bars and nightlife in the area, it is within easy reach, but you will be excited to head back to the tranquil location of the lodge for a great night's sleep.

Nearby places

  • Faro Airport (FAO) - 1 hour
  • Lagos - less than 10 minutes
  • Lisbon - 3 hours
  • Seville, Spain - 2 hours 30 minutes



  • Boating
  • Diving
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Horse riding / rental
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain biking
  • Mountain walking / trekking
  • Rock climbing
  • Shopping nearby
  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool
  • Table tennis
  • Wave boarding


  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Balcony
  • Bar nearby
  • Barbecue facilities
  • Beach nearby
  • Café nearby
  • Hammock
  • In-room safe
  • Kitchen
  • Restaurant nearby
  • Terrace


  • Bicycle rental
  • Board rental
  • Car rental nearby
  • Hair dryer


Daily breakfast and three packed lunches are included in this package. AltaVista's friendly hosts are always on hand to recommend outstanding local restaurants in the area. Join them in their weekly barbecue with delicious fresh fish, fantastic grilled meats, and a selection of salads topped off with their famous all-you-can-drink sangria, the perfect start to the weekend!

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

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

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
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)

  • Catch your own dinner on a deep sea fishing trip
  • Encounter underwater wildlife by going diving
  • Enjoy an action-packed day of activities with watersports day
  • Experience mountain biking in the mountains of Algarve
  • Explore the calm waters by going kayaking or stand up paddling
  • Feel the adrenaline rush with skydiving
  • Go rock climbing
  • Have some fun on a jet ski
  • Learn how to kitesurf, windsurf, or wakeboarding

What's included

  • 2 days of horse riding
  • 3 days of surfing
  • 3 packed lunches
  • 6 lessons with professional surf instructors
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • All horse riding equipment
  • All surf equipment needed
  • Daily breakfast
  • Expert tuition and guiding from the horse riding school
  • Full use of lodge facilities

What's not included

  • Additional activities
  • Additional meals
  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance

How to get there

Driving directions from Lagos

  • Follow the EN125 in the direction of Vila do Bispo and Sagres.
  • Do not take the first turn to Luz and go straight on at this roundabout.
  • When you reach the traffic lights on the outskirts of Espiche, turn left for Luz.
  • Go up the hill approximately 200 meters.
  • Take the first right just before the zebra crossing up a stone track and follow the track for 100 meters. AltaVista is the second house on the left.

Driving directions from Luz

  • Take Espiche Road from the church.
  • Follow road uphill to a roundabout with white stones and a fake palm tree.
  • Follow the road for 400 meters to a zebra crossing and take the left turn up a stone track.
  • Follow the track for 100 meters. AltaVista is the send house on the left.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Faro Airport (FAO). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request. The price of return airport transfers is 45 EUR using a shared shuttle, which takes two hours and 30 minutes, 180 EUR with a private taxi for up to four people, and 250 EUR with a private minibus for up to eight persons.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 2 days before the arrival date.
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