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Welcome to the Algarve and Liquid Mountains, where a unique adventure awaits you! This new definition of a surf camp allows you to enjoy holidays your way and with everything you need. You will have a versatile choice of activities, like yoga, Pilates, blackroll, and capoeira. Whether you come as a group, couple, family, or alone, you are always welcome. Get to know like-minded people and enjoy the silence of the beautiful nature of the Algarve. This holiday is for every taste!
The Liquid Mountains Surf and Activity Lodge and Guesthouse not only offers surf packages but also accommodations. With two houses to choose from, you could either go for the quiet accommodation with garden, chill zone, and volleyball field for couples and families, or, if you are into partying and a more lively style, a mini ramp, bar, pool, music, and more, the guesthouse might be your spot.
Liquid Mountains is ideal for individualists, self-catering people, and for those who like it cozy and calm. It is up to you if you go for a shared room or for more privacy in a double room with your own bathroom. The lodge includes amenities like a cozy living room, TV, Wi-Fi, books, games, music, and videos. It has its own chill-out garden, washing machine, volleyball field, and a mini-golf area.
The guesthouse has a full program including the mini ramp, pool, bar, kitchen, breakfast buffet, food events, fitness, massage, and much more. There is Wi-Fi in the whole house, as well as Internet TV, surf movies, and music in the living room. There is also a chill-out garden and the Liquid Mountains Shop.
Adhering to the principle that you should enjoy your holiday your own way, you have the option to use both houses. They are only five walking minutes away and of course, you can use all facilities of the Liquid Mountains ground, independently of your booking choice.
Yoga is perfect for your personal balance of body, mind, and soul. It is your ideal addition to your surf holiday because it not only centers you inside out but also prepares your body for the day's activities. Liquid Mountains' experienced yoga instructor will show you how to stretch your muscles, how to breathe the right way, and how to relax your body and soul with active and meditative exercises. Ultimately, you will get in touch with the ocean and nature.
The camp is located in a quiet town, situated in the nature, close to the beaches Arrifana, Monte Clerigo, and Amoreira. The coastal trails are perfect for hiking, jogging, or horse riding. There are waves all year round; spring and autumn are great for intermediate surfers and waves during this time can also get big. During summer, the small swells are perfect for beginners. The winter season sees mostly bigger waves and is perfect for surf professionals and daredevils.
Arrifana is a sheltered beach and is good for learning with the occasional big swell. Monte Clerigo West facing beach break picks up lots of swells. Amoreira faces west-northwest and has a lagoon for SUP. The river mouth develops good sand banks.
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Start your day with a healthy all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet. In the evening, you have fabulous options for unique food events. Choose between the legendary sushi evening, the Portuguese dinner, veggie dishes, tapas, paella, or spicy Wednesday.
You can also choose the three-course menu in Praia Restaurant (every Thursday) with live music in Arrifana or the jam sessions at Boa Vida Social Club on Saturday. There is always something to discover. Participation is optional; decide daily if you want to take part or not. You can also book a food package along with the retreat.
Cramped muscles build up, especially due to repetitive movements. With the blackroll, you can quickly find the problem zones on your own and relax muscles through rolls and loosen the cramps and pain in your whole body. Blackroll is ideal for surfers.
It allows you to strengthen your body and relax your muscles so that you are ready for the next swell. Liquid Mountains is the first official blackroll center at the Algarve. You can get a free introduction course if you are interested. The cost per extra session is 15 EUR per person.
A Brazilian art of fighting, capoeira is a mix between dance, acrobatics, music, energy, and body control. Beginners learn the basic techniques and then take part in the roda. Advanced dancers can also refine their techniques and style and visit the rodas in the area. It is a fascinating combination with surfing: balance, control, and flow. The cost per session is 15 EUR per person.
For a little extra cost, horse riding and bicycle and scooter rental can be booked in order to explore the beautiful surroundings. Other activities include climbing, fishing, canoe paddling, diving, skydiving, skate bowl, and more. Liquid Mountains knows the companies and will help you organize and realize additional adventures for you.
Improve your body statue and flexibility, loosen tension and pain, and get power and perseverance with Pilates. Your joints get a better stability, which gives you more power in your whole body. Just to sum it up easily: Pilates on a regular basis will make you super fit. The cost per session is 15 EUR per person.
Stand up paddling is a super flat-water activity and basically the prototype of surfing. With Liquid Mountains, you can get started with SUP tours. First basics about this sport can be learned at the lake of Vale da Telha: How to handle the boards, how to place your body weight, and the correct way of paddling. If things are going good you are ready for your first tour.
An introduction at the lake costs 25 EUR per person for a 90-minute session. The Amoreira River tour costs 45 EUR per person for a 3-hour session. And the Odeceixe River tour costs 65 EUR per person for a 4-hour session. If you have experienced SUP before, you can rent only the equipment and go on your own.
There is a selection of certified therapists who use different practices and treatments on site, depending on what you really need. You can choose from Ayurveda massage, deep tissue massage, foot reflex massage, physiotherapy, rehabilitation, sport massage, kinesis taping, lymph-drain therapy. The cost is 35 EUR per person for 30 minutes.
Please book your flight to arrive at Faro Airport (FAO) or Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS). Transfer from and to Faro Airport (FAO) available on request. The cost is 105 EUR per person.
Liquid Mountains recommends that you catch a bus in order to get to Aljezur conveniently. The trip is approximately three hours and costs 17 EUR. You will be picked up from Aljezur. Alternatively, you can take the bus directly to Lagos and you will be picked up there. The trip is approximately two hours and costs 5 EUR.
The easiest option is to take the bus, which costs approximately 1.50 EUR, or a cab, for approximately 9 EUR, from the airport in Faro in order to get to the train station. From there, trains run hourly to Lagos; the trip is one hour and 30 minutes at 6 EUR.
"My boyfriend and I stayed in the guesthouse for two weeks, in the downstairs suite. We were apparently originally booked for twin beds in the lodge, but they were accommodating when we got there and moved us to the larger room since it was not occupied. The address does not pull up on google maps, so it was a little difficult to find at first. It is in a nice location, a five-minute drive to Arrifana, right in the middle of all the good surf spots, 10 minutes to Aljezur, and about 30 minutes to Lagos. They serve breakfast every morning, it is mostly some bread and meat with cheese (it depends on the person responsible that morning, some mornings are great). It has a nice, spacious kitchen and living room with a great outdoor space with a pool, couches, and skate ramp. The only cons were: we were told we would get a fridge multiple times, that never happened so we used the main one; one person chastised us for putting away a dirty pan when it was not us and we kept everything very tidy; and I was looking forward to yoga, but was only offered a class once and never saw it happen at all. Some of the people working there are not great, but others try really hard and are wonderful. We really did enjoy our stay and would most likely stay there again. "
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"I visited Liquid Mountains at the end of March 2016 for five days. Phillip is an amazing host who made my stay very pleasant and comfortable, starting from arranging pick-up and drop-off from the bus stop to helping me plan activities for my five-day holiday. I mainly did yoga and went hiking along the beautiful coast of Aljezur. The room in the surf lodge was clean, spacious, and bright. I had all the amenities I required. Thank you for a wonderful stay and I hope to be back again someday!"
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"I stayed here the week before Easter for a week of surf and yoga. I was traveling alone, looking to relax and improve my surfing. I got this and more. Phillipp was the best surf instructor I have ever had, taking time to give everyone individual feedback on their surfing and how to improve it. His love of surfing really comes across in the lessons and is very motivating. Yoga was very relaxing and done overlooking the beautiful lake. Rose, the teacher, gave modifications for each exercise, which meant anyone of any level could enjoy the class whether a yoga expert or a complete beginner. The surrounding area itself was beautiful with plenty of places to go for a walk or drive around. The cliffs are definitely worth a view. I stayed in both the guesthouse and the surf lodge. Both were great, the lodge was super chilled though, I could see myself coming back with a group and staying in the guesthouse for more of a party vibe. Wi-Fi was great in both places. Phillipp could not do enough to help and any advice was only a question away. Thanks for a great stay. "
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"I had the best holiday. Liquid Mountains was exactly what I was after. I am now a pro surfer (meaning I can actually catch a wave unassisted) and found a new love for yoga. All the coaches were fantastic and were above and beyond what I was expecting.The house I stayed in was huge, had an excellent kitchen, a nice big bedroom, and a bathroom. Liquid Mountains would help in any way possible to ensure I had a great holiday. Highly recommend it to anyone new to yoga or surfing or if you have experience."
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"I would call myself an advanced surf beginner. I was looking for a surf school where I could progress my surfing and which could bring me to to the next level. This goal has been completely fulfilled. If you are looking to progress your surfing, this is the best surf school for you. Of course, I also liked the rest of my time there. The house was nice and I began to love the skateboard mini ramp, even though I had never skated before in my life. The only thing I would recommend to change would be to have W-LAN available in all rooms and not only the ones near the living room."
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"I organized a stag weekend of 13 guys to Liquid Mountains. From the first email, I got the impression they really cared about our experience and all along the way they helped out with every request. When we arrived, we were not disappointed. We were promptly collected from the airport and taken to the lodge, perched on the edge of a beautiful valley which looks down to a lagoon. The accommodation was clean, airy, and spacious; outside was a nice pool, a basketball hoop, and a skate ramp. We were served breakfast in the morning and in the evening, Sebastian arrived to open and serve from the bar to us!"
"The Liquid Mountains team organized our surfing activity and equipment hire, transport to and from the beach, plus yoga and hula session to keep us busy. The beach we went to was gorgeous and the tuition we received as beginners, was great. Everyone loved the surfing even though we only had a few minutes of time standing up between the whole group!"
"What really struck me about this place though is that it would be really well suited to a family group or individuals as much as a large group. It is really peaceful and quiet there and I would ideally do a return visit alone to enjoy the silence, good weather, and food as a week retreat. "
"Overall, I recommend this place to anyone and everyone. If you are not sure about anything, just send them an email."
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