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8 Days Unforgettable Surf Camp in Povoa de Varzim, North Porto, Portugal

Best Surfcamp in the North of Portugal!

All difficulty levels
Instruction in English
Maximum 8 participants
Airport transfer available

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I surf Portugal Porto surf camp brings you the best of Portugal in one surfing holiday package. You will not only learn to surf but also make new friends, taste delicious Portuguese food, visit the beautiful and fashionable city of Porto (also known as Oporto), practice some yoga, relax on the beach, sunbathe, and watch the best sunset in Europe. The surf package is the most complete and best value in the market with many services included in the price and activities that no other surf camp has!

Meet the instructors

Miguel & Jorge
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  • 5 days of surf and theory lessons
  • Certified Surf School (Portuguese Surfing Federation)
  • Free use of surf equipment outside surf lessons
  • Surfing Certificate at the end of the week
  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • Day trip to Porto

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


5 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: French, Spanish, English
The maximum participants in the group is 8
Airport transfer available:
Francisco de Sá Carneiro Airport (US$29 per person)
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  • Garden
  • Free Wi-Fi

I surf Portugal Surf Camp is based in a hostel in the center of Póvoa de Varzim (Porto district). It is based in the center of the beach town with lots of cafés, shops, entertainment, and of course, the beach. You will be sleeping in new bunk beds in a shared room or you can have your own private bedroom for two for a little extra, or even a family room for four people just for you, just ask when you book. All bed linens and towels are provided. The surf camp has a TV where you will see your surfing videos of the week and free Wi-Fi. There is a patio to chill with a beer or a glass of wine and read a book, or just get to know some new friends.


The surf program is made for beginners and intermediate surfers and you will receive a surf certificate in accordance with your ability by the end of the course. Advanced surfers can also join and make the most of I surf Portugal's local knowledge. The surf lessons are organized to make sure you learn all the skills to become a real surfer. You will understand all the basics of surfing and will be able to stand on the board and do some turns by the end of the week.

You will have five days of surf lessons in the water plus theory lessons where you will learn surf etiquette, how to read waves, the best beaches to practice, etc. The surf lessons are about three hours each and you will be in groups of eight per instructor to ensure that you progress quickly. I surf Portugal will choose the best time of day to have the lessons depending on the wave conditions and tides. The lessons are mainly taught in English, French, Spanish, and obviously Portuguese!

I surf Portugal offers plenty of other activities outside of the surf lessons. There is a day trip to Porto once a week where you will discover why it was voted the best European destination of 2017. I surf Portugal also has other activities that can be booked once at the surf camp such as yoga, SUP, bike rides, tennis, horse riding, kayak, golf, and more to ensure that you make the most out of your holiday (additional charges apply).

Included excursions

There is a one-day organized tour of Porto during the week included in the price. You will discover this amazing UNESCO World Heritage city that won European best destination in 2017, try tasty Portuguese food specialties, and taste some Port wine. I surf Portugal organizes bike rides, SUP tours, and kayak activities on the river once a week as well as other activities when requested (at an additional cost).


Miguel is a Physical Education teacher, a swimming instructor, and a keen surfer. He has been surfing for over 13 years. His surfing experience combined with his teaching skills and experience dealing with both adults and kids makes him a very popular instructor.
Jorge has an international experience having lived in the UK, France, and Australia. He brings a wealth of knowledge and a different way to see things. He caught the surf "bug" while living in Australia although he has always been interested in surf and water sports. Jorge is a qualified surf instructor, certified by the Portuguese Surfing Federation.


The surf camp is located in the town center of Povoa de Varzim (district of Porto), a beach town two minutes' walk away to the beach. It is close to great surf spots to learn and improve your surfing or even enjoy great surfing conditions if you are an advanced surfer. Ofir and Azurara are great beaches on the Atlantic North Coast of Portugal to learn and improve your surfing. They are sandy beaches with beach breaks. Póvoa de Varzim and Aguçadoura are amazing for advanced surfers and are famous surfing spots for their left-hand waves.

Póvoa de Varzim is a great holiday town as it has all the entertainment needed, cafés, bars, restaurants, and shops. It has many outdoor activities in the summer with free street concerts, the biggest party being Sao Pedro on 29 June where you will experience the biggest street party you have seen. Póvoa de Varzim is ideally located with a direct metro line to the center of Porto. The surf camp is centrally located and within walking distance to everything, including the beach, bars, restaurants, and the metro line.



  • Cycling
  • Golf course
  • Hiking
  • Horse riding
  • Kayaking
  • Massage
  • Mountain biking
  • Reiki
  • Shopping
  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis court
  • Wine tasting


  • Barbeque facilities
  • Beach
  • Café
  • Dining area
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Multilingual staff
  • Night club
  • Terrace


  • ATM / banking
  • Beauty salon
  • Bicycle rental
  • Board rental
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry


Food is not included, however, Portugal is famous for having very tasty and fresh food at a reasonable price. Breakfast will cost you between 2 EUR and 3 EUR, lunch between 5 EUR and 7.50 EUR, and dinner 15 EUR or less with everything included. I surf Portugal has made some partnerships with local restaurants to offer you the best food at a special price; all these restaurants also offer vegetarian food. There is also a supermarket next to the accommodation.

Things to do (optional)

Apart from the surfing, I Surf Portugal has many more activities you can book once at the camp. Other activities available:

  • Bike rentals and bike tours
  • Golf
  • Horse riding
  • Kayak
  • Massage on the beach
  • Parties
  • Stand up paddle (SUP)
  • Yoga

What's included

  • 5 days of surf lessons and theory lessons
  • Free use of equipment outside surf lessons
  • Day trip to Porto
  • Surf certificate based on your abilities at the end
  • Beach transfer for surf lessons
  • Surf lessons insurance
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • 7 nights' accommodation

What's not included

  • Meals
  • Return metro ticket for the day trip to Porto (approximately 5 EUR return)
  • The price of the cable car (6 EUR)
  • SUP, kayaking, and other activities
  • Travel insurance to be purchased before departing to your country of origin
  • Airport pickup for an extra 25 EUR

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Francisco de Sá Carneiro Airport (OPO).

The Surf Camp is very easy to get to from central Porto or from Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport (OPO) Porto airport. You can get the metro from the airport or from central Porto. Povoa de Varzim is the last stop of the metro line B (red line). I Surf Portugal can also come and pick you up for an additional fee of 25 EUR.

Airport: Francisco de Sá Carneiro Airport Airport transfer available: Francisco de Sá Carneiro Airport (US$29 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 30 days before the arrival date.

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This surf camp is available from April to November with arrival any day of the week and any length of stay.


Mid Season
  • 31 March to 16 June 2018 
  • 15 September to 10 November 2018


High Season
  • 16 June to 15 September 2018

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