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8 Days Amazing SUP Camp in Almada, Portugal

Manawa Camp, R. António Flores 211C, 2800 Costa da Caparica, Almada Municipality, Setúbal District, Lisbon, Península de Setúbal, Lisbon Region, Portugal

Unforgettable Surf Camp in Portugal

Beginner difficulty
Instruction in English
Maximum 3 participants
Airport transfer available

This is where you start and this is perfect for first-timers. SUP is all about connecting your body to your paddle through your paddle stroke and eventually timing that stroke to connect you to the energy in the water that is all around you. Sounds cool, right? Well, it is! Your first lesson gets your feet on the board and launches you onto the learning curve! Loving what Manawa Camp does is part of its philosophy. It only has one mission, to offer clients unforgettable vacations full of new experiences. All of Manawa Camp's staff members are certified and skillful riders, able to educate you into the surf, kitesurf, and stand up paddle surf. It’s part of Manawa Camp fundamentals and plays the essential role to provide the best service and amaze the customers.

Meet the instructors

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  • SUP flatwater courses
  • Certified and skillful staffs
  • Stunning Costa da Caparica beaches
  • Perfect course for the first-timer
  • IKO level 3 certified instructor
  • 7 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner


2 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Portuguese, Spanish
The maximum participants in the group is 3
Airport transfer available:
Lisbon Portela Airport (US$39 per person)
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Manawa Camp has the most comfortable option for every type of customer. It’s ideal for couples, families, and groups of friends that appreciate comfort and privacy. Cleaning of the accommodation is available every two days. Besides all of these, you will find a tennis court, game-center, a beautiful garden, and a swimming pool to relax. Manawa Camp is simply the most personalized “Learn To Kite, Surf or Stand up Paddle surf Camp” in Lisbon, the accommodations are well-appointed with everything you need to be comfortable for your stay.

Gustavo is hands-on with his guests, surfing, kiting or paddle surfing every day with them in the most beautiful beaches of Costa da Caparica. Manawa Camp has different accommodation alternatives, so whether you are a couple, a family or a group it has something that will suit your needs. Manawa Camp offers four fully equipped studios with private kitchen, living room and bathroom, and four more double room’s ensuites with a private bathroom and a shared kitchen. At Manawa Camp, besides all of these, you will find a great water sports shop that will set you up with kite, surf and stand up paddle board lessons or anything else you need.


SUP flatwater classes

The duration of these classes is four hours, two days. Now that you can synchronize your stroke with your whole body, learn to time your stroke and capture some of that wind and wave energy available on the water. This is what stand up paddling is all about!

In this course

  • Pre-paddle warm-up exercises
  • Level II stroke review, reading the wind and waves
  • Pivot turns
  • Stroke skill drills for each stroke phase: catch, power phase, release and return
  • Walking on your board
  • Stroke timing, connecting to the energy within the water
  • Downwind paddling
  • Paddling upwind, speed drills
  • Self-rescue techniques
  • Strength and confidence drills with onboard calisthenics
  • Put it all together and prepare for the surf and open ocean

For the schedule, this must be according to the weather conditions, normally these classes are done in the morning time when there is no wind. As for the itinerary, it will happen at the station, at the beach.

Important information

  • If cancellation happens due to the weather conditions for the activities, the student must accept that all courses are weather dependent and that this may adversely affect the course.
  • Course start times are dependent on tide times.
  • If the course is canceled at the start time of an arranged course (e.g. due to an inaccurate forecast) Manawa Camp will not refund any money and will re-book at the convenience of the customer.
  • Please do not consume alcohol prior to the lesson. The instructor has the right to refuse a lesson to anyone that has been drinking.
  • There is no refund for no-shows.
  • Manawa Camp advises pre-registering to guarantee the kitesurfing lesson day and time of your choosing.
  • No personal checks are accepted.
  • Payments and deposits are non-refundable.
  • The instructors are all professionals and will have final say over the conditions.


Gustavo Grijó


Manawa Camp is located in Charneca da Caparica, only 15 minutes south of Lisbon, Portugal. Costa da Caparica is a beautiful place and offers some of Europe’s best conditions all year round for practicing water sports. Whether you’re a beginner or more experienced, there’s definitely something here for you. If you haven’t surfed, kite or paddle surf before you will be instructed by some of the best instructors. If you’re experienced you’ll have the possibility to explore the area and its world conditions within walking distance of the camp. The area receives consistent Atlantic swells and provides great opportunity all year round for both beginners and more experienced levels either for kitesurf, paddleboard or surf.

Costa da Caparica is a long stretch of uninterrupted sandy beach border by dunes and an extensive pine grove. There are numerous beach breaks along these miles of long beach, fully exposed to the western swell and regularly shifting with the sandbars. No other place in Europe allows regularly surfing great waves in the morning and kiting with steady winds in the afternoon. Both the air and water temperatures are nice and consistent year round. In the summer (May to September) you can expect air temperatures around 30 degrees and for the winter, no less than 15 degrees. If you have any energy left after a great day of water sports or sightseeing, the town has a lot to offer. You can enjoy anything from quiet bars and cafés to the most amazing sunsets and explore fantastic local restaurants offering a vast choice of great Portuguese gastronomy. There are a few bars in the area and there is always the possibility to catch the transfer to Lisbon for some party!

Nearby places

  • Lisbon - 15 minutes



  • Kitesurfing
  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Tennis court


  • Beach
  • Garden
  • Kitchen


  • Internet access

Things to do (optional)

  • Kitesurfing
  • Surfing

What's included

  • 2 days SUP flatwater courses
  • 7 nights' accommodation

What's not included

  • Meals

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. Manawa Camp's private transfers to Costa da Caparica have fixed rates and represent a much faster, affordable, and hassle-free alternative transport to Manawa Camp. A friendly driver will meet and greet you at Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS) arrivals hall. He will assist you with all the luggage and guide you to your assigned transfer vehicle. In approximately 25 minutes you will be relaxing at Manawa Camp. Airport transfer costs 35 EUR per person. Airport late transfer (from 24 hours to 8 hours) costs 45 EUR per person.

Arrival by bus

The Costa da Caparica Bus service is operated by Transportes Sul do Tejo (TST) and there are two direct services from Lisbon: Service 161 and 153. Bus 161 is the best option with a more regular service and a departure every 30 minutes between 08:00 and 18:00. Costa da Caparica bus 161 departs from Praça do Areeiro in Lisbon and this departure is close to the Areeiro Metro Station and is on the green metro line. Service 153 departs from Praça de Espanha, which is served by the blue metro line and the Praça de Espanha Metro Station. Neither of the departure locations is from regular bus stations, but more a conglomeration of many bus stops.

This makes identifying where the bus will depart from becoming a little tricky especially at Praça do Areeiro, which is a large junction of Lisbon with many streets. Costa da Caparica bus station is east of the main town center and is within walking distance of the beach. Then you stop at Pragal, where you catch a taxi to “Manama Camp - Rua de António Flores nº 211C - Charneca da Caparica”. For the return journey, both services (153 and 161) are equally as convenient.

Arrival by ferry

A different option to travel to Costa da Caparica is by a combined ferry and bus journey. The ferry departs from Cais do Sodré ferry, train and metro station (last stop on the green line) and takes 15 minutes to reach Cacilhas ferry terminal where you can catch a taxi to “Manama Camp - Rua de António Flores nº 211C - Charneca da Caparica”. This ferry journey provides fantastic views of historic Lisbon and the suspension bridge from the Cacilhas ferry terminal.

Airport: Lisbon Portela Airport Airport transfer available: Lisbon Portela Airport (US$39 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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