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Portugal Surf Camp

Learn how to surf in one of the best places in Europe, with the most beautiful beaches and waves. Go with one of the most experienced and professional school in the Algarve area to where the best waves are, and experience all the thrill and emotion that the Portuguese coast can offer.


  • 5-day surf classes
  • 5 relaxing yoga sessions
  • Complimentary use of surf equipment
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Transfers from and to Lagos
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Beach transfers

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate


5 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 8
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The villa has two floors and allows a maximum occupation of eight people. In the downstairs, there are three bedrooms; two of them with a bunk bed, and two bathrooms. There is also a toilet upstairs and also free Wi-Fi in all the house and cable-TV in the spacious living room. Outside, there are several balconies with hammocks and puffs where you can relax after a surfing day, or just chill out with a nice bottle of Portuguese wine.

Jho'la Surf Camp Portugal Program

In general, the retreat will start before breakfast , with a ninety minutes yoga session. After breakfast, you and your surf instructors will leave and drive to the best beach for the prevailing conditions (waves, the wind, and any other conditions) for three to four hours of surf coaching plus extra time on the beach, and you will be brought back to the camp in the afternoon or evening.

Surf classes

The courses are meant for two specific publics:

  • For people that never had a surfing lesson or just had a short experience in surfing so far - beginners level
  • For intermediate level surfers that already have the basic knowledge of surfing and are looking forward to improving skills in paddling out, choosing or catching waves by themselves and develop the basic maneuvers such as trimming, cut-back, and floaters.


Gustavo Gouveia
Gustavo was 2001 Portuguese national surf champion, surf coach by the Portuguese Surf Federation (FPS) since 1998, managing partner, and founder of Future Surfing School in 1998. He is a responsible surf coach for the advanced and competition classes.
Ricardo Gonçalves
Ricardo is a surf coach by the Portuguese Surf Federation (FPS) since 1996, managing partner of Future Surfing School since 2005, polyvalent surf coach, and mainly responsible for the surf school internal surf coaches training, founder member of the APTS (Portuguese Surf Coaches Association), and lifesaver from the Portuguese Red Cross and the Life Saving Club Great Britain.
Eduardo Lima
Eduardo (Edu) is a surf coach by the FSS since 2008 and by the Academy of Surfing Instructors (ASI) since 2013, long time lifesaver by the ISN, lifesaver by the Surf Life Saving Club Great Britain, and polyvalent surf coach.
Maria Kira
Maria has a deep connection with the ocean. She has a degree in marine biology but never really ventured into the wild surf experience. What she comes to offer you at the surf camp are yoga classes and massage sessions. She has studied extensively with amazing and inspiring teachers, a bit all over the place. She travels every year to India to practice and get new inspiration.


The surf camp is located in Vila da Luz right next to the city of Lagos in the Algarve. Everything is within walking distance, two minutes to the beach, two minutes to the nearest bars and restaurants and five minutes to the supermarket and pharmacy.

Nearby places

  • Faro Airport (FAO) - 50 minutes
  • Lagos or Alvor - 10 minutes
  • Lisbon, 300 kilometers
  • Seville, 300 kilometers


Daily breakfast, five lunch snack-pack, and five dinners are included in the price. For the food, Jho'la Surf Camp provides traditional Portuguese delicacies for the best dining experience in Portugal. Jho'la Surf Camp will also provide a vegan and gluten-free or vegetarian diet possible for a little extra charge. Please be sure to tell it in advance if you have any food allergies or intolerance.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Things to do (optional)

In your spare time, you can always feel free to enjoy the day after doing yoga and surfing on the balcony with hammocks while relaxing yourself with a nice bottle of Portuguese wine or simply swimming and having a walk on the nearest beach.

Spa treatments

Jho'la Surf Camp can arrange a deep tissue treatment and myofascial release massage sessions during your sightseeing hours at an extra cost.

What's included

  • 3 to four hours of coaching
  • 5 days of surf classes in the west or south coast
  • 5 dinners
  • 5 lunch snack-packs
  • 5 yoga sessions
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • Use of surfboard and wetsuit
  • Transfer to and from Lagos
  • Transport to the beach and back

What's not included

  • Airport transfers to the camp
  • Excursions outside the camp
  • Massages
  • Vegan and gluten-free diet meals

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

The nearest airport is Faro Airport (FAO). From Faro, you can either take the train or the bus to Lagos and then take the local bus to Luz for about ten minutes driving. If you prefer, you can also ask Jho'la Surf Camp for the airport transfers which, however, take an extra charge. It will take about an hour drive away from Faro Airport to Luz.

Apart from Faro, you can get cheap flights to Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS) and Seville Airport (SVQ), both of which are approximately 300 kilometers away.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 15 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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This vacation is available from March 18 to October 31, 2018.  


Low season
  • April 9 - May 31


High season
  • March 18 - April 8
  • June 1 - October 31

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