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8 Days Extraordinary Yoga Holiday and Surf Camp on the Costa Vicentina, Portugal

Arrifana Retreat, Southwest Alentejo and Vicentine Coast Natural Park, Vale da Telha, 8670 - 156 Aljezur, Faro, Algarve, Portugal

Fun and Relaxed Surf and Yoga Camp Portugal

Beginner difficulty
Maximum 10 participants
Breakfast & lunch included

Join this 7-night retreat for a great escape in the stunning West Algarve, Portugal. You will have an opportunity to expand your surfing skills and meet new friends to share your surfing experience. This is a complete package to let yourself free from your daily routine. You feel right at home the minute you walk through the door.

Meet the instructors

Daniela
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Highlights

  • 5 full day surf lessons
  • Guided hike on the beautiful cliffs
  • 6 morning Vinyasa flow yoga classes
  • Wetsuit, surf boards, and leash included
  • 4 evening Yin Yoga or Restorative yoga classes
  • 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 5 dinners
  • 7 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Styles


6 days with instruction
The maximum participants in the group is 10
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
16:00
Check-out Time:
10:30

Facilities

  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Laundry

You will be accommodated in the two-story modern villa with a comfortable, family friendly atmosphere where you can unwind the minute you walk through the door. The villa offers plenty of space to relax, from the spacious living area to the two balconies overlooking the national park. There are four spacious bedrooms, and three large bathrooms.

Facilities

  • Beach towels
  • Kitchen facilities
  • Large modern bathrooms
  • Music area
  • Private rooms
  • Spacious living areas
  • Sun loungers
  • TV with DVD
  • Two balconies
  • Washing machine
  • Wi-Fi

Program

Saturday

  • 16:00 (onwards) Arrival day

Sunday to Thursday (times can vary)

  • 07:00 - 08:00 Vinyasa flow yoga class
  • 08:00 - 09:00 Help yourself to the delicious continental breakfast
  • 09:00 - 09:30 Prepare your lunch from the lunch buffet
  • 09:30 Head to beach for surfing!
  • 10:00 - 12:00 Surf session
  • 12:00 -13:00 Lunch and relax time
  • 13:00 - 15:00 Second surf session (for those only doing one surf lessons, you can use this time to relax)
  • 16:00 Head back to the retreat for a shower and relax
  • 18:00 - 19:00 Yin yoga or Restorative yoga class
  • 19:30 Dinner served (except for two days, which days still to be decided, possibly Thursday and Friday)
  • 21:00 Chill time

Friday

  • 08:00 - 09:00 Vinyasa flow yoga class
  • 09:00 - 10:00 Help yourself to the delicious continental breakfast
  • 10:00 - 10:30 Prepare your lunch from the lunch buffer
  • 10:30 Leave for guided walk
  • 13:00 Lunch at beach and relax
  • 14:30 Return from walk
  • 17:00 Arrive at home for shower
  • Free night for dinner

Saturday

  • 08:00 - 09:00 Vinyasa flow yoga class
  • 09:00 - 10:00 Help yourself to the delicious continental breakfast
  • 10:30 Check out

Included excursions

  • Guided hike on the beautiful cliffs (5 hour walk in total with picnic lunch at the beach)

Instructors

Daniela Degenhardt

Location

This retreat will take place at Arrifana Retreat, Portugal, which is located in the West Algarve, in the stunning Costa Vicentina National Park. It is only a ten-minute walk away from Praia da Arrifana and a ten-minute drive into the historic town of Aljezur. There are three nearby beaches and between them, there is always a good wave, whatever the conditions.

Aljezur

Alzejur is a town of two halves, with the old town being on one side of the river and the new town on the other. In the old town, the remains of a beautiful 10th-century Moorish castle is well worth a visit. On the other side, in the new town is the 18th-century church, Igreja Matriz de Nossa Senhora da Alva, situated in the town square surrounded by cafes. This historic town has many restaurants to choose from, and a great fresh food market held every Saturday.

Praia da Arrifana

Surrounded by beautiful cliff tops, this beach has a popular beach break with peaks that work throughout the tides. The beach also has a right point break on the north side in front of the harbor.

Praia da Monte Clerigo

Praia do Monte Clérigo is an unspoiled surfing beach that can work at any time of the year. Depending on the conditions, it can offer a powerful and punchy beach break. The ideal swell direction is from the northwest with an easterly wind. Clerigo is a great alternative when Arrifana is tiny.

Praia de Amoreira

The neighbor beach to Monte Clerigo, Amoreira has a wide expanse of golden sand backed by deep sand dunes. The mouth of the Ribeira Aljezur is situated on the south end of the beach and it creates different banks and breaks from Monte Clerigo.

Surf conditions

Surf spot:

 Aljezur

Monthly wave size

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Best months for advanced surfers

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Monthly water temperature

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Features

General

  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge

Services

  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Laundry

Food

The weekly menu includes seven full continental breakfasts, six buffet style lunches, and five three-course dinners. Vegetarian meals will be also catered for.

Breakfast

Guests can choose their breakfast from the breakfast buffet. This includes coffee, tea, selection of cereals, tomatoes, fresh eggs for cooking, homemade cake (cooked on a daily basis), selection of bread, ham, cheese, jams, juice, and milk.

Lunch

Guests prepare their own lunches from the lunch buffet. This includes bread, rolls, salad, cold cut meats, cheeses, sliced vegetables, and a daily selection of sandwich fillers (i.e. tuna mayo sweetcorn, Mediterranean vegetables, etc.).

Dinner

Guests are provided with a three course meal. This ranges from barbecue's, Moroccan Tagines, fajitas, curries, and much more!

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Drinks

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)
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)

  • Hiking along Rota Vicentina
  • Mountain biking
  • Rock climbing
  • Visit to the beach

What's included

  • 5 full day surf lessons
  • 6 morning Vinyasa flow yoga classes
  • 4 evening Yin yoga or Restorative yoga classes
  • Guided hike on the beautiful cliffs
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Juice
  • 7 continental style breakfasts
  • 6 buffet style lunches
  • 5 three-course freshly prepared dinners

What's not included

  • 2 nights dinner
  • 1 lunch package
  • Drinks
  • Transfers

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Driving directions from Faro Airport (FAO)

  • Around 120 kilometers away, the drive takes about one hour and fifteen minutes.
  • From the airport, you need to follow the signs towards the A22 highway heading west.
  • Haven taken the A22, follow the signs to Portimao / Lagos and continue until the highway ends.
  • At the roundabout, follow the signs towards Aljezur (N120) for about 20 kilometers.
  • Before you arrive in Aljezur, you will take a left up the hill towards Vale Da Telha.
  • At the top of the hill, take a left toward Arrifana.
  • You will go through a small town called Vales.
  • After going through Vales, veer left towards Praia da Arrifana for 2 kilometers.
  • Take a right at the entrance to Vale Da Telha, shown by the statue.
  • Directly after, take the next right.
  • Arrifana Retreat is the last house on the left-hand side, number 64A.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to Faro Airport (FAO). Arrifana Retreat offers a direct, private pick-up from outside of departures. It takes one hour and fifteen minutes and brings you straight to the retreat. It costs around 120 EUR. This needs to be booked directly one week prior to arrival.

Arrival by bus

You can take a bus from Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS). You are recommended to take the Rede Expressos going to Lagos and get off in Aljezur. This takes about 4 hours and costs around 20 EUR one-way.

Arrival by shuttle

This transfer needs to be booked in advance and takes you to Lagos. The trip can take up to an hour and a half as it stops off down the coast. Prices for the transfer start from 18 EUR for a one-way trip. Please state Lagos railway station as your drop-off point and, by prior arrangement, Arrifana Retreat can pick you up from there. However, if you prefer, you can get a direct shuttle to the retreat starting from 35 EUR.

Arrival by train

You can take a train from Faro Airport (FAO) to Lagos railway station. The train takes an hour and a half to two hours. From the airport, you need to take a taxi to Faro train station. The train fare from Faro to Lagos costs around 7 EUR one-way. Again, Arrifana Retreat can pick you up from Lagos by prior arrangement.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 16.94% 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 retreat is available for three dates in 2020!

  • May 9 to 16, 2020
  • October 17 to 24, 2020
  • October 24 to 31, 2020
Pricing information

There is also an option to do only five half-days of surfing instead of the five full-days.

  • 1 person in shared triple room: 820 EUR
  • 1 person in private double room with shared bathroom: 960 EUR
  • 2 persons in private double room with private bathroom: 1,640 EUR
Saturday May 16, 2020
(8 days / 7 nights)

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