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For a truly unforgettable experience of a lifetime, Arrifana Surf Lodge welcome you to join Aldo and Sarah for a more personal surfing experience. They are dedicated to bringing you awesome surf tuition, great food, comfy sleeping quarters, a relaxed atmosphere, and a whole lot of fun! At Arrifana Surf Lodge, they really are a home away from home.
The property is new with four large private guest bedrooms, one shared room, and three large guest bathrooms. The large bunk room with en-suite bathroom has custom built bunks with individual reading lamps and built in storage. This room sleeps a maximum of six people.
The lodge has a shared lounge and kitchen facilities and in the winter, they even have a roaring fire to keep you warm and cosy. There are two huge terraces with views out to the Atlantic ocean where breakfast and dinner are served daily. We pride ourselves on great homemade cooking and plenty of barbecues.
Arrifana Surf Lodge offer great features in their accommodation such as plunge pool, yoga terrace with mats, two hammocks, sun loungers, outdoor bean bags, computer, TV, free Wi-Fi, free use of bicycles, and unlimited tea, coffee, and fruit juice.
Directly opposite the lodge, there is a typical Portuguese bar and within walking distance is a mini supermarket. Within five minutes walk of the lodge are two restaurants specializing in piri piri chicken and at Arrifana Beach, there are many great seafood restaurants including a beach bar located right on the beach.
Beginner course is perfect for those who have had very little surf experience to those who have not stepped onto a board before. Arrifana Surf Lodge will ensure that you have a great time, but also a safe time. They will teach you the basic skills to get you up and riding and get you comfortable in the water, so you can go home knowing you can surf comfortably on your own. What you will gain in this course are:
Intermediate course is perfect for those who have surfed quite often and are very confident in the white water, but are looking to progress into riding unbroken green waves. This course is designed to allow surfers to get more reward and enjoyment out of your time in the water. What you will gain in this course:
This advanced course is perfect for those experienced surfers who would like to fine tune their surfing ability. What you will gain in this course:
During your stay with Arrifana Surf Lodge, you are sure to visit one, if not all of the three beaches listed below. These beaches are all within 10 minutes drive of the lodge and are the main beaches they use to hold their surf lessons. The waves can differ on each beach depending on swell and wind direction. They have listed below what conditions work best for each beach.
Amoreira is Monte Clerigo's sister beach due to the proximity of their locations. Amoreira works on the same conditions as Monte Clerigo, but due to the river that creates a beautiful lagoon, the banks at this beach vary from that of Monte Clerigo creating different waves on different tides, thus making it a great alternative to Monte Clerigo.
A west facing beach that works best with a north northwesterly swell with a north to north easterly wind. Due to the direction that Arrifana is situated, it has protection from big northerly swells and can hold swell up to three meters.
Monte Clerigo is a great summer break due to it's north westerly facing position. It receives all swell from the Atlantic Ocean and works best on a south to easterly wind. You will always find a wave at Monte Clerigo when Arrifana is flat.
One of the founder's and the head instructor at Arrifana Surf Lodge. Aldo was born in South Africa and has been surfing for over 17 years. Aldo is also an experienced surf instructor with a level 2 surfing degree from the International Surf Association and the Portuguese Surfing Federation and he is also a trained and qualified life guard.
Mandala has been surfing more than 20 years now. He is instructing surf since four years ago but he brings in his luggage the pedagogic skills from teaching music since a long time ago. He is qualified with a level 2 surfing degree from the International Surf Association and the Portuguese Surfing Federation.
Braulio has been in the water for the last 25 years. He has been lucky to have always lived near the sea. As a youngster, he was always seen playing at the shore rolling on the foams, first bodysurfing, and after a time with a boogie board. He is qualified with the Portuguese Surfing Federation. He is also a trained and qualified life guard and first aid.
Situated in one of Europe's most beautiful nature parks, Aljezur has everything for either a 'laid back' or an active holiday. Discover and enjoy the hospitality of the people, the Algarvean cooking, the beauty of this natural park (not yet spoilt by mass tourism), and of course, the wonderful weather.
Aljezur is about 30 kilometers north of Lagos on the N120 and is situated in a lush, green, fertile valley, an area well known for it's sweet potato crops. It is built on either side of the river that runs through the valley - the old town being on one side and the new town on the other.
The remains of a Moorish 10th century castle can be seen high on the hill over the old town and the views from there are fantastic! Legend has it that the Knights of Santiago under Dom Paio Peres took the castle without a fight one night in 1249 when a Moorish maiden opened the door and let them in.
Arrifana Surf lodge is nestled in the quite village of Vale Da Telha in the Costa Vincenta National Park located less than five minutes drive from Arrifana Beach and only 20 minutes on foot. They are less than six kilometers away from the charming white-washed hillside town of Aljezur.
Located on the southwest coast of Portugal, the area receives a consistent year round Atlantic swell, making it one of the best places in the world for surfing. There are lots of lovely white sandy beaches, perfect for beginners, as well as challenging point breaks and reef breaks for the more experienced surfing crowd to be explored.
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All the food served at Arrifana Surf Lodge is homemade using the freshest ingredients possible. They know how hungry surfers can get after a long day spent on the beach and in the waves, so they always offer a three course menu five nights a week with the option of dining out at some great local restaurants the other two nights.
Continental breakfast is served daily and includes a selection of cereals, fresh milk, yogurt, fresh bread, jams, honey, homemade nut butters, ham, cheese, fresh fruit, and eggs anyway you like. Lunch is provided Monday to Friday and includes two freshly made rolls with filling of your choice, fresh fruit, cookies or chips, and water. Evening meals are provided Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday. There are no meals provided on Thursday and Saturday.
Guests have the option of also using the kitchen facilities at the lodge during nights where no meals are served. Check out a sample of their weekly menu.
Pommpadoms and mixed pickles with chutney. Dal, sag aloo, and chicken bhuna servend with pilau rice and homemade chapati bread.
Selection of Portuguese cheese. Barbecue chicken, ribs, sausages, roasted veggies with quinoa, and stuffed peppers served with potato salad, corn on the cob, braai brekkies, sweet potatoes, and house salad.
Fresh tomato, mozzarella, basil salad, homemade bruschetta with balsamic dip, homemade veggie and beef lasagna, and spinach and ricotta cannelloni served with garlic bread and house salad. Dessert is tiramisu.
Hummus served with toasted pita bread and roasted veggies, homemade veggie black bean and 100% beef burgers served with homemade oven chips, coleslaw, caramelized onions, and all the toppings. Dessert is hot fudge sundae served with Sarah's homemade ice cream of course!
Mixed tapas, barbecue grilled dourada (sea bream) and veggie paela served with house salad, Algarve potatoes, and fresh crusty loafs. Dessert is white chocolate brownies served homemade ice cream.
Please book your flight to arrive at Faro Airport (FAO).
"Dear Aldo and Sarah, thank you for the wonderful week in the Surf Lodge! We're still dreaming about the relaxed atmosphere, funny evenings playing cards, excellent food and the waves of course. Thanks also, Antonio and Braulio, for great surfing lessons and yoga on the beach. We will definitely come back!"
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"After staying at the Arrifana Surf Lodge in July of this year, I was hooked! So I knew I could not wait a year of even longer to be back and decided to come again for not one but two weeks in November! And again time flew by way too fast. Sarah, Aldo, Braulio, Antonio, Pedro & the rest of the team are the best! Arrifana Surf Lodge truly lives up to their tagline “your home away from home”. Everything was just perfect, food, accommodation, people, yoga, massage and surfing lessons ! They made a surf girl out of me, I’ll be definitely coming back next year for at least one week. Don’t look any further, go to Arrifana Surf Lodge, enjoy one of the best things Portugal has to offer and I’ll guarantee you’ll have a fantastic time! Oh and you must book a massage by Sonia, best one ever!"
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"Lieber Aldo and Braulio, thank you very much for your instructions! They were perfectly adapted to our needs. As a beginner, we were very curious and unsure, whether waveriden is the right thing for us. It is! The first steps are done, the waveriden is not as difficult as we thought. Next year we will definitely be back. "
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"You'll feel at home when you could taste Sarah's food! It's a very good place to learn surfing, meet people and stay like if you were at home. You'll surf amoreira and arrifana beaches, cold water and good waves in both on them!"
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"I came to Arrifana pretty spontaneously and wasn't sure how long I was going to stay. Finally I ended up spending all my 19 days of holidays at Sarah and Aldo's and didn't wanna leave at all. Sarah and Aldo run their place with a lot of love and personal involvement. Their staff is great, too! The Arrifana Surf Lodge is a great place to pass one, two, three or more weeks of surf holidays without having to worry about anything. Aldo and his crew are great surf instructors and helped me improve a lot. If you don't need classes he sure can tell you where to go to find good waves. The lodge is a pretty typical house for the area with a nice big kitchen, big living room with a fireplace, cosy rooms, and all nice and tidy. The most outstanding part, apart from their hospitality, was definitely the food. Breakfast and Sandwich buffet are rich and plenty and dinners are outstanding. We had huge three course dinners five nights a week with different starters, plenty of sides with the opulent mains, and amazing desserts. Even though I surfed pretty much twice a day I did gain weight on this trip. I'll sure come back asap!"
"Many thanks for the lovely week I spent at Arrifana Surf Lodge. I still miss it being back at work. I had such as amazing time. I learnt great basics of surfing which I am looking forward to develop further! I am really grateful for your great hospitality with delicious food and great services and passionate teaching! Many thanks again and I am definitely looking forward to come back!"
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"I stayed for a week and had a fantastic time. Everything was perfect; amazing location, fantastic food, and a really friendly atmosphere. The surf lessons were great with a very individual approach to really focus on improving your surfing. Oh, and the beach is amazing. I would also recommend the local hiking trails or exploring on the free bikes. The area is a national park and very beautiful. All in all a brilliant place, I can't recommend it highly enough and will definitely be back."
"What an amazing house! I cannot speak highly enough of what is offered by Sarah and Aldo at Arrifana Surf Lodge. I actually didn't have much of an idea of what I was heading for as one of my friends had booked this for me. I loved it. One week was definitely not enough and it was actually really hard to say goodbye at the end. This place is really just like home. The surfing, the teachers, the food (oh my God the food), the people, the hosts, the accommodation, the location - just brilliant! Thank you Sarah and Aldo for any amazing experience. I can't wait to come back! "
"We stayed in Arrifana Surf Lodge and were amazed at how awesome the place is. Very well organized and feels just like home. Aldo is a terrific surf coach and a motivator. Sarah on the other hand, looked after us just like a mom would. Thanks guys!"
"Stayed here for two weeks for the second time and again had an awesome time. When Aldo picked me up in Lagos, he said: 'Let's go back to paradise!' And he is right, to me Arrifana Surf Lodge is something like paradise. The surf is really good and the enthusiasm an passion with which Aldo and his surf instructors will help you to push your skills to a whole new level! After a day of surf at one of the nearby beaches, when you get back to the lodge it feels like coming home. The ambiance in the house is really relaxing, warm, and cosy. And then there is the food, the meals (and the sandwiches prepared for the days at the beach) are delicious and just the right thing to refuel your batteries after a long day of surfing. Looking forward to my next trip in spring!"
"Stayed here for a week, had a great time learning to surf. The lodge itself is very friendly, the food is exceptional, and the overall 'customer service' is fantastic. Besides the surfing, I didn't have to lift a finger for anything. All in all, a great place to stay."
"It was an awesome week of surfing with accommodation. Can't ask for much more from the surf camp! Everything was taken care of, food, cleaning, transportation, equipment, and advice for after surf activities. If something was missing, you could talk to Aldo or Sarah and they don't hesitate to help. Great house atmosphere too, variety of different rooms and areas to hang out and relax. Sarah, Aldo, To, Braulio all make the experience amazing and it feels like they're part of the gang."
"The package provided by the owners, Sarah and Aldo, is absolutely perfect. We did not have to worry about a single thing (apart from standing on our own board). Aldo picked us up in Aljezur when we arrived, gave us a very warm welcome and everything was provided for us at the lodge, including the food, which was absolutely delicious! We were sharing a room for six persons and yet the room and bathroom were always very clean thanks to the daily cleaning service. Aldo, Braulio, and Antonio taught us how to surf in a very nice atmosphere; they were always very supportive. We can only recommend this sportive and human experience with people from all over the world!"