Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you’ll know bodyboarding has taken off in Portugal. Even during the summer months, while other beaches to the east of Cascais become crowded there’s always ample room to surf along the Sintra coastline. Enjoy the best waves Portugal has to offer during early summer and autumn where European culture combines perfectly with an awesome beach lifestyle. So grab your board now and don't miss this chance to catch some serious waves!
Airport transfer included: Lisbon Portela Airport
During this surf camp, you will be staying at at private mansion-like villa that was built as a summer party house for a famous pianist. This villa comes with everything a holiday home should like a outside barbecue area, covered heated pool, Wi-Fi throughout the area, a game room with pool and poker tables, a lounge with a large LCD TV and surround sound.
What’s more, it’s so chic that it’s even got a bandstand and chapel within its grounds and nestled among peaceful pine trees within the Serra de Sintra national park, its remote and wild setting offers a relaxing ambiance.
The luxury bodyboard villa is surrounded by woodland below the picturesque Sintra Mountains. It’s a pretty palatial affair, housing masses of living space and a spacious garden neatly divided by quirky features and follies with neighboring Portugal’s political big-wigs, Benfica footballers, and International heads of state on this stunning part of the coastline.
This musically themed mansion-like villa is perfect for kicking back in luxury after a top day of bodyboarding. It’s also in walking distance from vibrant village of Praia das Macas, which has a variety of shops, grocery stores, bakery, pizzeria, bars, pharmacy, and a choice of restaurants serving typical Portuguese dishes. Just a short drive from the villa, Sintra is also a great destination for culture vultures and foodie fanatics.
You will head into Praia das Macas, West of Lisbon for an epic bodyboarding trip. Here is where you learn to polish up your act, make some real progression or simply enjoy waves in the sun. The main aim of this holiday is to set you up for a week of awesome coaching and fun in the water, alongside soaking up the coastal delights Portugal has to offer.
The Portuguese coastline is littered with a variety of breaks suitable for riders of all abilities. From points, reefs and beaches, to wedges, river mouths and shores, you can find every type of wave here. Don’t worry if you’re used to waves of a smaller size or you’re a complete beginner there’s something for you. You’ll be blown away by how fast you learn to paddle out and catch some good ones.
Bodyboard Holidays promises that you will not be thrown straight in at the deep end and they always got your back whatever your ability is. The type of people you meet on these trips want to score waves, enjoy the beach life style and sunsets, travel and improve their riding is definitely a recipe of interests that make a great group vibe.
North of Praia das Macas lays Nazare, a beach break rapidly gaining notoriety as one of the best and most powerful in Portugal, with hollow rights and lefts that were made for bodyboarding. To the south, you’ll find the Portuguese Pipeline, Supertubes which breaks over a perfect sandbank and can deliver incredible fast, hollow barrels. There are also great amenities here including public showers, beach bars and restaurants.
Whichever direction you travel in on your surfaris, there’s a great mix of technical waves for the aspiring pro and mellow waves for developing riders. During the holiday, you will cruise the coast each day to find the best waves, so expect super fun conditions.
The coaching team offers daily tuition tailored to your ability with coaches that are experienced, lifeguard qualified and fully insured. Some have twenty years of surfing experience and fifteen years of worldwide travel experience all staff are trained by the British team coach, Rob Barber. Intermediate and advanced level coaching is tailored towards the individual.
For those who are taking beginner coaching, the program includes oceanography class at the start of the week to understand breaks, rips, and currents, bodyboarding safety, beach awareness, how to catch waves, how to paddle out, gain speed, duck dive, wipe out safely, learn moves such as cutbacks, barrel rolls, and three-sixty spins. You can also hire pro-standard bodyboard kit at extra cost.
This surf camp is located just one kilometer from the punchy fun waves of Praia das Macas, five minutes away from the wedgy goodness of Praia da Adraga and the famous Praia Grande where the World Bodyboard Championships, The Sintra Pro, stops every September.
Praia das Macas is just a 30-minute drive from the hollow reefs of Ericeira, which is now classified as a World Surfing Reserve and 25 minutes from Praia de Carcavelos which is home to a fantastic beach break. If you journey 35 minutes further south, you will hit the endless peaks of Costa de Caparica. You can also visit plenty of amazing secret spots along the way.
North of Praia das Macas lays Nazare, a beach break rapidly gaining notoriety as one of the best and most powerful in Portugal, with hollow rights and lefts that were made for bodyboarding. To the south, you’ll find the Portuguese Pipeline, Supertubes which breaks over a perfect sandbank and can deliver incredible fast, hollow barrels.
After Bodyboard Holiday's second visit to Portugal, they have enlisted the awesome skills of a private chef for the house. Group meals offer the chance to re-fuel with excellent dishes and a great time to exchange stories about the daily sessions. Of course, this means guaranteed good food, no hassle and no washing up! You can choose their full-board catering option. This includes healthy breakfasts a snack-lunch and all evening meals.
Portuguese food is Mediterranean so you’ll probably be familiar with most things on their menu. There will be meat or fish dishes and vegetarian options created by their personal chef. You should budget 26 EUR for the catering option and you will be emailed with the option to take this package before the trip begins.
Please note that the meals are not included in the price. If you have specific dietary requirements or allergies, it is always best to let Bodyboard Holidays know before hand and provision can be made.
Please book your flight to arrive at Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Bodyboard Holidays will pick you up from the airport.