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Amazing Surf Camp in Portugal

Beginner difficulty
Instruction in English
Maximum 5 participants
Breakfast included
Airport transfer available

Come and join this amazing surf camp offered by Magikvanilla Surf Camp! White waves are ideal for beginners and intermediate surfers. On the first lesson, you'll be assessed and grouped according to your experience and coached in small groups. Magikvanilla Surf Camp keeps a ratio of five or fewer guests per instructor to guarantee quality, safety, and fun!

Meet the instructors

André & Steven
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  • 4 surf lessons
  • Included surfing equipment
  • Beach transfer during surf lessons and insurance
  • Tea and coffee available all day
  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • Breakfasts

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate


4 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, English
The maximum participants in the group is 5
Airport transfer available:
Lisbon Portela Airport (US$41 per person)
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Magikvanilla is a converted traditional Portuguese house with spacious common areas, sundecks, chill out spots, and balconies. Located a few minutes’ away from beaches and the town center but secluded enough to give you privacy, you just need to go down the road to find a pharmacy, supermarket, or restaurant. The house offers dorms up to five people, double, and twin rooms. You’re welcome to use the kitchen, barbecue, TV lounge, as well as the chill out areas, sun decks, and terraces at any time.

You have at your disposal a fully equipped kitchen, five bathrooms, all with showers or bathtubs, sunny balconies, a barbecue, TV room with cable TV and DVD player with a selection of classics that you can play, indoors and outdoors dining areas, hammocks, sunbeds, or if you want to team up or / and challenge a friend, you can always use the billiard or the football table, everything to make you feel at home.


The times depend on the sea conditions, which vary daily. So, every day Magikvanilla Surf Camp checks the forecasts and scouts for the best spots. Throughout the week, you may have from early sessions to sunset surf. All lessons are two hours long at the beach and include gear, insurances, and transfer.


André Lucio
André is one of the surf instructors. He is federated by the Portuguese Surf Federation and he is part of the Magikvanilla Surf Team since 2014. He is a dedicated instructor with a lot of experience and, for sure, one that can coach you to reach your potential as a surfer. Previously, he was a physical education teacher for young kids and you will recognize it on his energy level. He is a character, funny, and always in a good mood, ready to have a laugh but professional when he needs to be, and you will enjoy for sure being part of his surf group.
Steven Ross Painter
Steve is from the UK and he fell in love with Ericeira in 2004 in one of his surf trips. He moved to Portugal in 2008 and in 2013, he founded Magikvanilla Surf Camp. He is a Level 2 Certified Surf Instructor by ISA, as well as a qualified lifesaver through the Royal Life Saving Society GB and Surf Life Saving GB. He is a dedicated surf coach and gets a genuine buzz when you stand up for the first time. You will most definitely hear him cheer for you. He loves surfing and football, so you will hear him every so often singing football songs honouring Luton Town FC.


Magikvanilla sits in one of the few secluded properties in Ericeira. Right next to it, the community garden and a picnic park give it a feel of being surrounded by nature and sea. Within minutes, you can walk to different beaches or pop down the town center. You just need to go down the road to find a pharmacy, supermarket, or restaurant.

This beautiful seaside town, once home for the Phoenicians, became the county of Ericeira in 1229. By then, seafarers, royalty, and wanderers already enjoyed the same beaches, valleys, and bays as people do today. In 2011, Ericeira became the first World Surfing Reserve in Europe, second in the world. It is a place praised for eight kilometers of shoreline brimming with world-class surf spots and one of the most preserved surf-havens on the planet. It is a small town but full of life. Especially in the sunny seasons, when days and nights are warm and long-lasting.

The center is bubbling with people, street fairs, lovely shops, and a great variety of bistros, cafes, and terraces. The evening starts slow, with plenty of restaurants serving dinner until late, pubs, bars, folk parties, and even a club open until the early hours in the summer. All of this is so close to the main capital, Lisbon, that offers frequent flights from all the major cities in the world and a must see if you travel to Portugal. Magikvanilla Surf Camp is 35 minutes away from one of the most beautiful towns in the world, a UNESCO World Heritage Site called Sintra and the camp often organizes trips to this location.

Nearby places

  • Backdoor, 2.6 kilometers - 23 minutes' walk
  • Cascais, 47.3 kilometers
  • Cave, 5.8 kilometers - 50 minutes' walk
  • Crazy Left, 5.8 kilometers - 50 minutes' walk
  • Empa beach, 2.4 kilometers - 21 minutes' walk
  • Estoril, 44 kilometers
  • Foz do Lizandro, 3.1 kilometers - 26 minutes' walk
  • Furnas, 1 kilometers - 9 minutes' walk
  • Lisboa, 49.5 kilometers
  • Mafra, 9.5 kilometers
  • Pontinha, 4 kilometers - 36 minutes' walk
  • Praia Azul, 25.2 kilometers - 36 minutes
  • Praia da Orelheira, 2.4 kilometers - 21 minutes' walk
  • Praia de Santa Cruz, 25.8 kilometers - 34 minutes
  • Praia de São Sebastião, 1.4 kilometers - 12 minutes' walk
  • Praia do Alibabá, 2.9 kilometers - 25 minutes' walk
  • Praia do Matadouro, 1.8 kilometers - 15 minutes' walk
  • Praia do Norte, 1.2 kilometers - 10 minutes' walk
  • Praia do Sul, 1.1 kilometers - 9 minutes' walk
  • Praia dos Coxos, 6.1 kilometers - 54 minutes' walk
  • Praia dos Pescadores, 850 meters - 7 minutes' walk
  • Reef, 2.6 kilometers - 23 minutes' walk
  • Ribeira d'Ilhas beach, 3.9 kilometers - 35 minutes' walk
  • São Julião beach, 7.1 kilometers - 60 minutes' walk
  • São Lourenço beach, 6.7 kilometers - 58 minutes' walk
  • Sintra - 35 minutes



  • Hiking
  • Horse riding
  • Massage
  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Surfing
  • Wine tasting


  • Balcony
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Beach
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Hammock
  • In-room safe
  • Kitchen
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Multilingual staff
  • Night club
  • Picnic area
  • Yoga studio
  • Patio


  • Board rental
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hair dryer
  • Laundry


All accommodation includes breakfast, free coffee, and tea all day. Magikvanilla Surf Camp runs it usually from 09:00 to 10:00 except on early surf days. And, yes, the camp can be flexible with the group after a barbecue night party. Apart from breakfast and organized meals, the camp prefers to offer the barbecue area and an open kitchen to keep it homely. You’ll even have your own storage unit for groceries. Guests love to mingle on the bubbly Wednesdays' barbecues with plenty of meat and veggie options. Just get your name on the list so Magikvanilla Surf Camp has enough sangria for everyone.

There are a lot of restaurants around. The closest one is about just steps down the road and within a couple of minutes you can pop downtown and find a great variety of restaurants, bistros, cafes, and terraces. You can also cook. Magikvanilla Surf Camp has a barbecue and a spacious open kitchen with fridges and individual storage units where you can keep your groceries. You only need to cross the road to go shopping.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Coffee
  • Tea

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)

  • Aerial yoga
  • Clubbing
  • Fitness workout sessions
  • Full body Ayurvedic massage
  • Go to music festivals
  • Hiking
  • Horse riding
  • Music and surf events (every week from 25 EUR per person)
  • Skating
  • Stand-up paddleboarding
  • Trips to Sintra (UNESCO Heritage Site), Obidos, Freeport (outlet)
  • Visit castle-enclosed villages
  • Visit giant Buddha gardens
  • Watch the World Surf Tour
  • Wine tasting
  • Yoga

What's included

  • 4 surf lessons (2 hours each)
  • Equipment
  • Insurances
  • Tea and coffee available all day
  • Use of the surf camp facilities
  • Beach transfer during surf lessons
  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • Breakfasts

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request.

Magikvanilla Surf Camp has transfers from and to Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS) on check-in days at any time. You can request a transfer up to 48 hours before you travel. Just please send Magikvanilla Surf Camp one email with all your flight details (in and out dates, flight numbers, departure, and arrival times). They will get back to you with a confirmation and you're good to go. Please avoid sending your details in different emails or attachments.

Arrival by bus

You can arrive by bus for less than 10 EUR per person. In this case, you’ll need to get on the tube to Campo Grande station and get the bus to Ericeira from there. That will take around 90 minutes and cost less than 10 EUR.

Arrival by taxi

You can arrive by taxi for 70 EUR on average.

Airport: Lisbon Portela Airport Airport transfer available: Lisbon Portela Airport (US$41 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 non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
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