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8 Days Kitesurfing Surf Camp in Portugal

8 Days Kitesurfing Surf Camp in Portugal

  • AltaVista Adventure Lodge, Luz, Portugal

Portugal Kitesurfing Camp

Kitesurfing is the fastest growing extreme sport. With its fast and easy learning curve, you will be up and riding, and even working on jumps, within your first week of kiting! With beautiful beaches, incredible weather, and tranquil flat water lagoons, the Algarve is the perfect backdrop to your kitesurfing holiday. The dedicated and friendly team of instructors offers structured lessons for all levels. With years of teaching experience, they will fast track you to be up and riding in no time.

Highlights

  • Tailored kitesurfing classes
  • Wetsuit and kitesurfing equipment
  • Highly trained and friendly team of instructors
  • Transfers from and to Alvor Lagoon
  • Enjoy daily delicious breakfast
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 8 days with instruction
  • 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

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.

Perfect for all fitness levels, you do not require a huge amount of upper body strength to practice kitesurf. The power from the kite is taken by a waist harness, leaving your arms free to control the kitesail and bar. With the lowest student to instructor ratio in the area, only two students per instructor, personalized tuition and safety guidance throughout your sessions is a guarantee.

The highly trained and friendly team of instructors offer excellent tuition with proven progression. AltaVista Surf and Adventure Lodge prides in the best training kites and tailor-made courses, offering the best kitesurfing experience in the area. With flexible teaching hours, they ensure you will be learning in the best possible conditions all week long.

The best conditions are found during June, July, and August. With strong winds every afternoon, it is the perfect time to come and learn. Outside of these months, AltaVista Surf and Adventure Lodge cannot guarantee kitesurfing every day; however, they have so many great activities on offer. There is plenty to fill your day with if the wind does not show up.

Three-hour course

The three-hour course introduces you to the fundamentals of flying a kite and basic safety. The topics you will cover are:

  • Basic tuition on kite surfing equipment
  • Body dragging, getting you in the water, and using the power of the kite
  • How to carry out a site assessment for safety
  • How to launch and land your kite
  • Practicing relaunching your kite when kite goes down
  • Safety checks and how to set up your kite
  • Understanding and practice of deep water self rescues
  • Water safety briefing

Six to seven-hour course

The six to seven-hour course is designed to get you on the board and moving, and will introduce you to the main underlying principles of kitesurfing. The topics you will cover are:

  • Further tuition on launching and relaunching kite from the water
  • Getting up on the board
  • Introduction to riding up wind
  • Introduction to water starts and theory
  • Knowledge of kitesurfing etiquette
  • Understanding and practice edging, toe edge, and heel edge

Nine to ten-hour course

The nine to ten-hour course aims to get you out on the water practicing safely, as well as filling any knowledge gaps you have to get you to the point where you are ready to get out there kitesurfing on your own. The topics you will cover are:

  • Advanced site and risk assessment
  • Be confident in edging both heel and toe edge
  • Demonstrate good control of your board
  • Have a solid understanding of kitesurfing
  • Independently be able to launch, land, and relaunch your kite
  • Understanding tides, wind, and weather conditions

During this holiday, you will 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 for your holiday activity.

The Algarve is the perfect kiting destination, with brilliant wind conditions throughout the year. In summer, they welcome the northerly nortrada winds, picking up in the early afternoon and creating the best possible conditions for learning to kite.

The Alvor Lagoon

The Alvor Lagoon, just a short drive from the lodge and Lagos, is an ideal location to learn and master kitesurfing. Covering over two kilometers, the water is calm, flat, and only waist deep, making it the safest learning environment in all of Europe.

Nearby places

  • Faro Airport (FAO) - 1 hour
  • Lagos - less than 10 minutes
  • Lisbon - 3 hours
  • Seville, Spain - 2 hours 30 minutes
Activities
  • 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
General
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Balcony
  • Bar nearby
  • Barbecue facilities
  • Beach nearby
  • Café nearby
  • Hammock
  • Kitchen
  • Restaurant nearby
Services
  • Bicycle rental
  • Board rental
  • Car rental nearby
  • Hair dryer

Daily breakfasts 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!

  • Catch your own dinner on a deep sea fishing trip
  • Encounter underwater wildlife by going diving
  • Enjoy a relaxing horseback riding trip
  • 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
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • Full use of the lodge's facilities
  • Tailored kitesurfing lesson
  • Transfers from and to the lagoon
  • Wetsuit and kitesurfing equipment hire
  • Additional activities
  • Additional meals
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance

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 second 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.

  • 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 30 days before arrival.