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Its surf, its yoga, and its wine! Surf on golden beaches along the Algarve coastline, stretch aching muscles afterwards with sunset yoga sessions and top off the days with healthy home-cooked meals. Add to this: a wine tasting trip to local winery, along with plenty of time to chill out by hostels pool and youve got yourself a holiday! Bura Surf House welcomes all levels for surfing, yoga and wine drinkers.
Bura Surf House hostel is located a 10-minute walk away from the Lagos old town - close enough to the great beaches and nightlife Lagos has to offer, with the added bonus of getting away from the crowded streets and the noise to lie in a hammock by the pool - something you wont find in any other hostel in Lagos.
Bura Surf House hostel has a mix of twin rooms for 2 and shared dorms for 4, 6 or 8 people. They also have one en suite apartment sleeping 2, 3 or 4 people. All rooms are super clean, spacious, and comfortable and linen and towels are included.
Bura Surf House hostel has great shared common areas and a kitchen where you can prepare your own food and hang out with other guests; alternatively you can get out into the garden and get your tan on, or challenge someone to a game of pool or ping pong.
Some of the highlights of the Bura Surf House take place in the rooftop bar where the management holds sunset sessions with live acoustic musicians, starlight cinema where you can kick back and watch a film under the stars and 'Bura Beats' with DJ and awesome cocktails to start your weekend. Youll also love the hostel home made dinners, from BBQs to Portuguese style Piri Piri chicken - with plenty of wine.
The hostels bar is a chilled out environment to enjoy a few lazy after-surf beers with new friends and shuts each evening at 22.30 when the party shifts into town so the hostel can respect the neighbors and those who are getting up early.
Youll head out to the beach for a three day surf course, with morning and afternoon surf lessons - each lasting around 2 hours. All levels - including complete beginners are welcomed. The surf vans pick you up at around 08:30 each morning to spend the day at a beach with the best swell for the day, and youll be dropped back to Bura around at 17:00. Since the hostel is located with easy access to both the south and west coasts of Portugal, youll get to explore and practice your surfing on a variety of beaches. If youve surfed before, you can head out back, take in the insane cliff formations that line the coasts and wait for the sets to roll in.
Yoga sessions are held in the morning or evening on hostel rooftop - prepare for epic sunsets! Bura Surf House yoga instructor is simply lovely in helping you ease out those aching post-surf muscles - or limbering up in the morning for a day in the ocean. Any level of yoga experience is welcome.
Youll head on out into the Portuguese countryside to an organic vineyard for an afternoon of wine tasting. Youll be shown how the wine is produced, and then get to settle in for an afternoon sampling different varieties accompanied by snacks of local cheese and bread.
Having some of Europes best surf on its doorstep, Lagos has a chilled out surf vibe; you can spend your days at the awesome beaches that surround the town and your nights in the quaint old town where bars spill out on to the cobbled streets. With great food to suit every budget and super cheap happy hours (1.80 EUR a pint), youll have a great night every night, and especially for sexy Bura guests, Bura Surf House has hooked up some great deals at local bars and restaurants just to make your time in Lagos even cheaper.
Some things not to miss are the incredible grottos in the Ponta da Piedade area of Lagos where you can explore the incredible rock formations, caves and secluded beaches easily reached by fishing boat, kayak or stand-up paddleboard. Dont forget to take a load of sun cream and your camera!
Mingle with the locals and hit the markets on Saturday morning, youll find amazing fresh fish and produce for equally amazing prices - and if you want, Matt will even share his fish gutting skills with you if you pick something up for lunch.
Other areas youll not want to miss are the great beach bars along the 5 kilometers main beach of Meia Praia, where youll find weekly beach parties and live music, and the marina where youll find even more bars and restaurants. So whether youre up early for hitting the surf after having a few lazy beers on the roof or hitting the town to party through til the early hours, there really is something for everyone in Lagos.
Breakfast: freshly baked home-made bread, pancakes, cereals and fruit available from 8:00
Lunch: hearty surf picnic on the beach - sandwiches, pasta and salads to refuel for surfing
Dinner: dinners are included in the price, except for your last night which gives you the chance to explore some local Portuguese restaurants, or just tuck into a burger in town - we’ve got some great recommendations depending on your taste.
Please let Bura Surf House know in advance of any dietary requirements so they can cater for your needs.
Massage is available at an additional cost.
Bura Surf House has a heap of free parking around the hostel and it is very easy to find, just 5 minutes from the main A22 Lagos - Spain motorway. If you have GPS, the coordinates are 37.1004047,-8.6861621, and Bura Surf House is on Rua da Pedra Alcada in Lagos. (The parking is at the back of the hostel as you look at it from the main street).
If you are coming from the A22, take the main Lagos exit (also signposted to Lagos / Sagres / Vila do Bispo) and follow the road into Lagos from there. When you reach the first roundabout, take the second exit into Lagos and when you arrive at the second roundabout, take your first exit and youre right there on your left hand side.
The nearest airport to the Bura Surf House is Faro (FAO) which has direct flights from the UK, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Spain, Norway, Austria, Sweden and Denmark.
Bura Surf House can also be reached through Lisbon (LIS) or Sevilla (SVQ) airports, followed by a train or bus to Lagos.
The journey from Faro central bus station to Lagos takes just over 2 hours and costs 5.85 EUR. For more information, go to www.eva-bus.com.
There are three different bus companies operating direct buses from Lisbon to Lagos. The journey takes between 3 and 4 hours and costs approximately 20 EUR. For more information, go to either www.eva-bus.com, www.renex.pt or www.rede-expressos.pt/.
The bus from Seville bus station to Lagos takes just over 4 hours and costs 21 EUR. For more information, go to www.eva-bus.com.
"The Yoga Surf Retreat was everything I had hoped it would be. The people working at Bura Surf House were fantastic. The surf instructors were also really easy-going and tried their very best to get me to stand up (if only a few times). The yoga instructor was also an absolute gem and one of the most beautiful ladies I have met. Add to that great food and wine. To sum up, I feel like a got a lot more than I paid for on this trip. This all despite the fact that it rained every single day except the last day (very unlucky for the time of year)"
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"Oh My God! What can I say about the best holiday I've ever had on my own? From the staff to the events and to the people I met on my adventure, I had the most wonderful time in beautiful Lagos and I recommend anyone to visit this place. Thank you to Heather and Nick, our trainer. You made 2015 spectacular!"
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"I really cannot find the exact words to describe what a wonderful experience it was staying at this hostel. The staffs came across as genuinely interested in their guests and were so approachable and attentive. It really felt more like staying with friends than at a business hotel. The customer service provided was simply beyond my expectations. This extends to the instructors / companies who provided the additional activities which can be booked. I wish that more hostels were run in this fashion. Breakfast was great: cereal, toast, porridge, and pancakes. Evening dinners were not only amazing - it was a great way to meet the other guests. I am grateful for ear plugs, the hostel does echo. The hostel is a short stroll from a supermarket / 10 minutes into central Lagos. In peak season, there is probably going to be issues with the bathroom facilities (could do with more). There were no safes / lockers in the rooms, but there was a staff member on 24 hours a day and I felt really safe (plus I had a private room I could lock)."
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"I was initially a bit nervous after signing up for the boot camp, but there was nothing to be worried about. The Bura team and all the lovely fellow boot campers were there to ensure everyone had a great time and there was a strong family feel to the place. The activities, food, and the chilled environment made it very hard to leave."
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