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Thrilling Surf Camp Portugal

All difficulty levels
Instruction in English
Maximum 6 participants
Breakfast included
Airport transfer included

Easy Life preserves the essence of surfing: quietness, harmony, natural surroundings, and peace of mind. In this surf camp, the surf sessions will be held in uncrowded waves and beaches. Surrounded by the great sandy beaches, experience getting yourself comfortable in a place that you will begin to consider as your second home.

Highlights

  • Daily surf sessions
  • Surfboards and wetsuits
  • Warm up sessions based on cross fitting methods
  • Accredited and fully dedicated instructors
  • Uncrowded waves and beaches
  • Transport to the beaches
  • 7 nights' lodging
  • Daily breakfast

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


8 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 6

Airport transfer included: Francisco de Sá Carneiro Airport

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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Terrace

Two family-owned properties assure the high level of accommodation provided by Easy Life. They are Casa de Esteiró and Casa de Cristelo.

Casa de Esteiró

Casa de Esteiró is near Caminha. The rural tourism house Casa de Esteiró is surrounded by an idyllic and peaceful garden. This 18th Century Manor House is located in the river Minho mouth, near the beach, and surrounded by a medieval forest. The house was originally built as a hunting lodge in the 18th century by the Visconde de Guilhomil, an ancestor of the present owner.

In the gardens, there is a separate house which has been converted into three self-catering apartments. Two of these have two bedrooms each and the other is a studio apartment. In the modern annex, located in the outstanding gardens and woods which surround Casa de Esteiró, are two apartments for four people, consisting of two bedrooms, one sitting room, kitchenette, and a bathroom, as well as a terrace.

There is also a studio for two people, with kitchenette, bathroom, and a terrace. All the apartments have central heating.

Casa de Cristelo

Casa de Cristelo is family-owned, located some 300 meters from Moledo beach, you will find an oasis of tranquility, consisting of three small houses with a garden and orchard, surrounded by high walls. These are old lodgings that have been refurbished used in a rural tourism setting.

The well-kept garden and the swimming pool of unusual design offer the adequate means to enjoy the rural atmosphere in a cool comfort zone. The large house has two rooms with bathroom, two kitchenettes, two common rooms on the first floor, a balcony with a view towards the garden and the mountains, besides several ways out to the garden and remaining facilities.

Casa do Meio is located in a separate building, with a double bedroom, bathroom, kitchenette, and living room on the first floor. Through the living room, you can go out to an old threshing-floor where you can find a table and stone benches. The Along the Way House is an ample room, with a bathroom and a door that leads into an old threshing-floor with tables and stone benches.

Program

From two (minimum) to six surfers (maximum), beginners, medium, and advanced level surfers are welcome with a tailored program for each one. Boards, wetsuits, and monitors included, from one, two or three days.

Surf school

With a lot of experience and great enthusiasm, the instructors are enthusiastic surfers themselves and have many years of teaching experience. Their commitment and empathy will get you on the board and on the wave. They are at home at the surf beaches of the city and its surroundings.

You can be absolutely confident that they can find the perfect beach for you to practice every day. All the instructors are surfers of passion who are in love with the sea and wish to share with you this love and passion. Their goal is not only to teach you surfing with a big fun factor but also to bring you closer to the unique world of surfing.

You can leave the issue of quality and safety completely to surf instructors. All instructors are licensed by international standards and genuinely familiar with local conditions. In addition, they are trained specifically to safeguard your safety in the water for you to be able to concentrate entirely on surfing.

Surf waves

Coming from south, Easy Life has found five sandy bottom beaches. Although in fact, there are 12 peaks with great surf conditions, depending on the swell direction, wind, and tide hours. Common to all of them, there are sandy bottoms, an average air temperature of 26 degrees Celsius, and an average water temperature of 16 degrees Celsius.

The quality of the water is very good, awarded every year for its cleanliness, as well as the sand itself. You can find both lefts and rights to surf, an average of 60 meters surfable waves. You can find hollow waves, easy waves, fast, and clean waves. The swells are consistent, quick, and with a precise direction.

You can find heavy water as smooth waves as well. There are all year-round waves, despite the swell size which differs from season to season. From November to April, the average size is five to six feet, and from May to October, it is two to five feet.

Daily itinerary

Day 1: Arrival

  • Pick up at Francisco de Sá Carneiro Airport (OPO)
  • Departure towards Easy Life surf spot
  • Check in at local tourism accommodation
  • First surf session (depending on flight schedules)

Days 2 to 7: Surf sessions

  • 1 or 2 surf sessions per day, counseled and guided
  • Guided tours in the region

Day 8: Departure

  • Last surf session (depending on flight schedules)
  • Departure towards Viana do Castelo
  • Stopover for meet the city and souvenirs
  • Drop off at Francisco de Sá Carneiro Airport (OPO)

Included excursions

The program includes guided tours to the most incredible places in the region and out of the usual sightseeing tours.

Instructors

João Torres
João is a surfer and an entrepreneur in the surf area since late 80’s. He is an organizer of national and open surf competitions and he is the founder of Easy Life - Premium Surf Tourism Operator. He worked for several international companies in this area, until he understood that was not in the right way because there is so much to catch in this life than an ordinary day-to-day. He prefers warm weather, nice people, world class waves, no crowds, no television, no Wi-Fi, and no social networks, just yourself and the ocean.

Location

This surf camp will be held in Caminha, Portugal. The beaches of Arda and Afife are bordering themselves. These have a great reputation for its wave variety, available for all kind of surfers and works all year round, although the best season is between March to October.

Just a few three kilometers to the north, you can get to Forte do Cão, who has an impressive capacity to sustain swells from north. Several peaks in the sandy bottom are at disposal for beginners, medium, and advanced surfers. Right ahead is the Vila Praia de Âncora. On the river mouth, there are two great peaks of lefts and rights.

The pier located at north provides a sustainable bottom and a consistent right. Just before the border with Spain, Moledo, there is a beach with some three kilometers long, on the river mouth of Minho, a natural border. On the mid tides, a long and consistent left runs through the middle of the beach till the river. On the left side of the beach, all kinds of waves are available to discover.

The rural tourism house Casa de Esteiró is situated one kilometer to the south of Caminha, at the River Minho mouth, in one of the most beautiful regions of Portugal, only at a few minutes’ walk from the river and the sea. Long sandy beaches and golden dunes, covered with wild bushes and flowers, lie between the medieval forest of Camarido and the Atlantic, opposite the dark granite castle of the Ínsua Island.

The two rivers of Caminha, Minho, and Coura, attract fishermen and tourists, not only for sports events but also by the account of its romantic setting and atmosphere. The green hills and darker mountains of Alto Minho rise only a few hundred yards from Casa de Esteiró.

Caminha

Caminha is a municipality in the north-west of Portugal, 21 kilometers north from Viana do Castelo and around 100 kilometers from Porto. The population in 2011 was 16,684, in an area of 136.52 square kilometers. Caminha is subdivided into 14 civil parishes. The parish Vilar de Mouros is well-known for the oldest rock festival in Portugal.

The seat of the municipality is the town (or vila in Portuguese) of Caminha, with 2,500 inhabitants. Caminha is located two kilometers from the Atlantic Ocean, on the southern side of the Minho estuary, where this river is met by the smaller and meandering Coura. Here, the Minho reaches its widest point (about two kilometers) and marks the border between Portugal and Spain.

The highly scenic area, with the wide estuary marked by low tide sandbars, a pastoral and green rural landscape, and pine forests on the slopes of the granitic mountains is increasingly popular for second homes and as a summer resort.

Nearby places

  • Forte do Cão, 3 kilometers

Food

Daily breakfast is included. Meals fitted for surf athletes at the most typical and awarded restaurants will be served. Despite being relatively restricted to an Atlantic sustenance, Portuguese cuisine has many Mediterranean influences. Famous for seafood, and also for its 100 ways of cooking codfish, dishes dedicated to meat are a worldwide reference.

Both in Caminha or in the surrounding villages in Spain, there are hidden and charming places to have and appreciate a reliable meal. Most of them are small places, with a familiar service, trustworthy culinary and kitchen. Easy Life knows they suit premium references and fit one of their core values: excellence that fulfills accomplishments.

The region of Galicia in the northwest part of Spain churns out the best food in the entire country. Galicia occupies a particularly special place on the peninsula that has allowed a rich cuisine to develop over the centuries: a rugged coast from which bountiful seafood arrives inland, a fertile, rain-blessed interior to grow anything from corn to peppers to greens in, and a climate friendly to raising dairycows.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • 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)

Area attractions

The large Parish Church (begun 1488) is one of the most significant buildings illustrating the transition from Gothic to Renaissance in Portugal, with Manueline influence. Several architects from Northern Spain participated in its long construction. The outstanding timber roof in the interior has rich decoration showing Moorish influences.

Other major points of interest include the main square (Renaissance fountain of 1551), several Gothic and Renaissance houses in the old core and main square, and remains of medieval and 17th-century fortifications. Some pre-Roman archeological findings and ethnographic pieces are shown in the modest Municipal Museum.

South of the Coura, the small granitic range ("Serra") of Arga (823 m) provides ample opportunities for hiking, cyclocross, and canyoning. In the wooded northern slopes is the small monastery of S. João de Arga (popular place for picnics, camping, and exploring peaks and streams, and also a venue for a religious festival) and the village of Castanheira (scenic terraced fields and natural pools).

A weekly market is held every Wednesday. Work from local coppersmiths and lacemakers can be found around town.

Pump and skate track at Ponte de Lima

It is a small track, very irregular and characterized by multiple elevations, depressions and raised curves, all with unique characteristics, which together form obstacles that are arranged closer to each other in order to define profiles that allow to maintain the speed of the skater, only with the transposition of obstacles.

Travel by the Spanish coast from La Guardia to Baiona

Imagine what the Spanish coastline would be without the overbuild and the overcrowding. You can head to the beaches on the Atlantic, between La Guardia and Baiona.

Visit to Museo do Mar in Vigo, Spain

The Museo do Mar de Galicia (Galician Museum of the Sea) has one of the most comprehensive permanent exhibitions in Vigo, which it combines with temporary exhibitions, always related to the world of the sea and fishing.

This is the perfect place to learn about Vigo’s maritime history: fishing, seafood, aquaculture, and conservation, from the primitive salting to the modern freezing methods, as well as technical advances regarding boats and marine biology.

Travel to Santiago de Compostela

Santiago de Compostela is the capital of the autonomous community of Galicia in northwestern Spain. The city has its origin in the shrine of Saint James the Great, now the city's cathedral, as destination of the Way of St. James, a leading Catholic pilgrimage route originated in the 9th century. In 1985, the city's Old Town was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Uphill to Santa Tegra Mount

The road to Santa Tegra is steep and elevated and can get quite hairy at times, but it does offer phenomenal views across the ria (bay) on clear days.

Visit Insua fortress by boat

In front of Moledo Beach is a small rocky island that can be visited by boat. On the island is the Ínsua Fortress, built in the 15th century as a convent before, in the 17th and 18th centuries undergoing conversion work that transformed it into a coastal defence post.

Marvelous pool and surroundings at Casa de Esteiró and Casa de Cristelo

Cities around that are worth a visit are Viana do Castelo, Ponte de Lima, Vila Nova de Cerveira, Valença do Minho and Tuy (Spain).

What's included

  • Daily surf sessions
  • Transport and guidance along the days
  • Surfboards and wetsuits
  • Services of accredited and fully dedicated monitors
  • Guided tours to the most incredible places in the region
  • The journey from Porto and return
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily meals

What's not included

  • Shopping goods
  • Souvenirs

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Porto Airport (OPO). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Easy Life - Premium Surf Tourism Operator will pick you up from the airport.

Airport: Francisco de Sá Carneiro Airport Airport transfer included: Francisco de Sá Carneiro Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 10 days before arrival.
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The prices per person is 2335 EUR.

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