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Top Affordable Surf Camps in Europe

by Octavia Drughi

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The European surfing scene has seen a spectacular rise in popularity over the last decades, supported by a strong community that keeps on getting bigger. Surf camps have flourished along the Atlantic coast, tailored to all levels and budgets.

That’s right, surfing on the Old Continent doesn’t have to break the bank. In fact, numerous surf schools offer a spectacular experience at a real bargain.

By joining a budget surf camp in Europe, you’ll get accommodation, professional tuition, transfer to and from the best waves, and all the necessary equipment in one affordable package.

Still don’t believe us? Just check out these budget-friendly surf camps in Europe that come with an irresistible price tag:

Note: BookSurfCamps offers a flexible cancellation policy. Should you not be able to travel as scheduled, we’d be happy to help you alter your booking with the same organizer or a different organizer.

 

4 Day Beginner and Intermediate Surf Camp in Ericeira

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  • Skill levelBeginner and intermediate
  • Availability: All year round
  • Price: From EUR 238 per person for 4 days/3 nights

When it comes to choosing where to surf in Portugal, you simply cannot go wrong with Ericeira, a world-renowned surf mecca.

This surf camp takes place in the center of Ericeira, offering great views of the ocean and the beaches. During your stay, there’ll be three surf lessons of two-and-a-half to three hours each, taught in small groups by qualified instructors and adapted to your skill level.

You’ll have free access to all the hostel’s facilities, including Wi-Fi, lounge area, and terrace, to mention a few. Food is not included in the cost; however, you’re welcome to use the fully equipped kitchen to cook your meals. Also, you can find traditional Portuguese dishes, seafood, tapas, pizza, and local craft beer at just about any street corner in Ericeira.

Best time to go

Any time is a good time to surf in Ericeira. For beginners, May through September has gentler waves. For more experienced surfers, the best conditions can be found between September and May.

Getting there

The nearest airport is Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS), located 31 km from the camp. Airport transfer is included in the package.

» Plan the perfect trip! Here’s all you need to know about surfing in Ericeira.

 

8 Day Beginner Surf Camp in Gran Canaria, Canary Islands

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  • Skill level: Beginners
  • Availability: All year round
  • Price: From EUR 235 per person for 8 days/7 nights

Learn to surf against a stunning backdrop in Gran Canaria. Stay in a charming accommodation at Playa de Las Canteras in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, one of the most spectacular urban beaches in the world. With crystal-clear water and golden sand, you can surf here 365 days per year.

This budget surf camp offers daily surf lessons of two hours each. All the necessary surfing equipment is provided.

You’ll be divided into small groups of maximum six students per instructor. The course focuses on the basic surfing rules and etiquette, both in and out of the water. You’ll practice the correct surf stance, how to paddle efficiently, popping up, types of waves and hazards, as well as proper surf equipment maintenance.

At the end of the course, you’ll receive a Quiksilver and Roxy surf level certificate.

Best time to go

Although the Canary Islands are a year-round surfing destination, the best conditions can be found between September and April. For beginners, the ideal time to go is summer and autumn, when the waves are mellower, and the water is warmer. In winter, the world-class waves start to fire. That said, you can find waves for all levels in Gran Canaria any time of the year.

Getting there

Airport transfer is available upon request and at an additional cost. The nearest airport is Gran Canaria Airport (LPA), located only 23 km from the camp.

» Not sure what to expect? Find out what you’ll learn on a surf camp for beginners.

 

8 Day Fluidity Eco Surf Camp in Porto, North Portugal

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  • Skill level: All levels
  • Availability: January till October
  • Price: From EUR 415 per person for 8 days/7 nights

Dreaming of learning to surf or taking your skills to the next level on uncrowded waves? This budget surf camp in Northern Portugal has the right package for you!

Based in Furadouro, a virgin beach paradise only 30km south of Porto, the stylish eco-resort has a zen garden, pool area, fitness center, sports area, and fully-equipped kitchen, all surrounded by white beaches and pine forests.

There will be six days of surf lessons. There’s no rush during the lessons, and they only end when everyone comes out happy. Depending on your level, you’ll either surf at Furadouro, which is a beginner-friendly beach, on the mellow waves at Cortegaça, the fun beach breaks at Esmoriz, or the famous right-handers at Espinho. 

The surf camp also offers unlimited use of its surfboards and wetsuits, so that you can surf whenever and for as long as you wish outside the lessons.

On a typical day, you’ll have a filling breakfast at 8:30 a.m. At 10:30 a.m., the surf bus departs to the best surf spots of the day, depending on your level and conditions. At around 3 p.m., everyone has lunch together at budget-friendly and delicious Portuguese restaurants. After that, you have plenty of free time that you can spend however you like. 

Best time to go

Northern Portugal receives year-round swells. The best-quality waves arrive in autumn and winter. For beginners, the best time to go is summer and early autumn, when the waves are not as powerful.

Getting there

The nearest airport is Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport (OPO) in Porto, located 40 km from the camp. Pick-up from the local train station Ovar is included. Airport transfer is available upon request at an additional cost. 

 

 

6 Days Fun Surf Camp in Fuerteventura, Canary Islands

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  • Skill level: All levels
  • Availability: January till September
  • Price: From EUR 275

This budget surf camp is located in the picturesque fishing town of Corralejo, Fuerteventura’s surfing capital. Often compared to Hawaii’s North Shore, Fuerteventura has numerous sandy beaches and reef breaks for all surfers to enjoy, all the while remaining authentic and quiet.

At this camp, you’ll enjoy premium, personalized surf lessons, held in small groups and are tailored to your specific surf level, from complete beginner to advanced. There will be four days of personalized surf lessons, up to four hours each, with tuition both on the beach and in the water. All the necessary high-quality surfing equipment is provided by the camp.

The accommodation is near the beach and you’ll have access to all its facilities – dining area, lounge, gym, yoga deck, yoga studio, terrace, barbeque area, Wi-Fi, and more. The camp is self-catering and you are welcome to use the fully-equipped kitchen to whip up your own meals.

Best time to go

Fuerteventura is blessed with year-round surf, sunshine, and warm water. The best-quality waves can be found between September and April, which is also the best time to go for more experienced surfers. The waves are gentler in summer, which is a good time for beginners.

Getting there

The nearest airport is Fuerteventura Airport (FUE), just 29 km from the camp. Airport transfer is not provided.

 

3 Days Group or Private Surf Camp in Porthcawl, Wales, UK

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  • Skill level: Beginner & intermediate
  • Availability: April to November
  • Price: From EUR 264 per person for 3 days/2 nights

Interested in personalized tuition but you’d also like to surf on your own? This short surf camp in Porthcawl might just offer the best combo!

What makes this camp unique is that this is a mobile school – it’s not tied to any particular beach. This ensures that you will ride the best waves on the South Wales coastline, based on your abilities. You’ll go where the waves are!

There’ll be one two-hour personalized surf lesson structured according to your own personal needs. All the necessary surfing equipment is provided by the camp. The lessons can be arranged for any time or the day of the week (subject to availability).

Furthermore, you’ll get two-day use of the surfing equipment to ride the waves at your heart’s content.

The camp is located near the beaches in Porthcawl, about 25 minutes outside of Cardiff. Daily breakfast is included in the package price.

Best time to go

The best time to surf in Wales is from September through April. This time of year gets the most reliable conditions, with waves for all levels. The swells are more powerful during winter months. In summer, some spots can go flat.

Getting there

The nearest airport is Cardiff Airport (CWL), located 26 km from the camp. You can get from Cardiff to Porthcawl by train, bus, taxi, or car.

 

5 Days Surf Camp in Cantabria, Spain

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  • Skill level: All levels
  • Availability: All year round
  • Price: From EUR 229 per person for 5 days/4 nights

Enjoy a great group atmosphere on this budget surf camp in Spain that offers daily surf lessons adapted to all levels.

You’ll stay at Bio Surf Camp, only 300 meters from the town center of Suances, in the heart of Cantabria, only a two-minute walk from bars and restaurants. You will be less than 1.5km from the beach. You can choose to stay in private bungalows or private tents with beds. You’ll have access to the camp’s facilities, which include kitchen, barbeque area, a 2,000 sqm Zen garden, and bike rental to get around.

Enjoy five days of surf lessons of 2.5 hours each, held in small groups in the morning. All the necessary surfing equipment is provided by the camp. The afternoons are free time to use as you wish.

During your stay, you’ll be served daily breakfast prepared using organic flours, olive oil, and lemons.

Best time to go

There are good waves in mainland Spain all year round. However, the most reliable conditions can be found between September and April, with winter months seeing bigger and more powerful waves. Beginners can find sheltered spots during these months too.

Getting there

The nearest airport is Santander Airport (SDR), located 17km from the surf camp. Airport transfer is provided for an additional fee.

 

5 Day Flash Surf Experience in Peniche, Portugal

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  • Skill level: All levels
  • Availability: July till January
  • Price: From EUR 365 per person for 5 days/4 nights

Join this short but intense surf camp and get highly individualized instruction in Peniche, Europe’s famous surf mecca.

There will be five surfing lessons in total. All the necessary equipment is provided, and you are free to use the gear outside the lessons too.

Stay in a villa just five minutes from Baleal Beach, right in front of a major surf break. Baleal offers great conditions for beginner surfers, but intermediate and advanced surfers will find plenty of great waves to refine their skills and push their limits too. Plus, you’ll be only 10 minutes away from all the great surf breaks in Peniche.

The package includes four breakfasts, three lunches, and four dinners. The camp uses fresh local ingredients when preparing all the dishes and cater for any special dietary requirements. Water, coffee, tea, and sodas are also included.

Best time to go

Peniche is a year-round surfing destination. In summer, the waves are smaller and more suitable for beginners. That said, there can be periods with no swell during this time of year. The best time to go is between October and March, when every surf spot in Peniche receives regular waves.

Getting there

Airport transfer is available upon request at an additional cost. The nearest airport is Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS), located 68 km from the camp. Alternatively, you can take the Rede Expressos that operates between Lisbon and Peniche several times per day.

» Find out all you need to know about surfing in Peniche.

 

8 Day Surf Camp in Tenerife, Canary Islands

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  • Skill level: All levels
  • Availability: All year round
  • Price: From EUR 370 per person for 8 days/7 nights

Dreaming of catching your first wave? Want to improve your surfing skills? Join this affordable surf camp in Tenerife and enjoy fun-filled surf lessons for all levels and ages.

There will be six surf lessons in total, as well as other activities like stand-up paddling, surf skating sessions, snorkeling, and hiking. All the necessary surfing equipment is provided by the camp.

You’ll be divided into small groups of similar abilities. Each day, you’ll travel to where the waves are the best for your level. 

The surf camp is located in El Madroñal, on the south coast of Tenerife, only five minutes from the famous Playa de Las Americas surf spot. It’s also close to some of the best waves for all levels in the Canaries.

Meals are not included in this package, but you are welcome to use the kitchen at the surf house to prepare your own food.

Best time to go

Tenerife receives year-round swell. In general, the most reliable conditions and the most powerful waves can be found during the winter months. In summer, the waves are usually smaller and more suitable for beginners. That said, you can find great waves for all levels at any time of the year.

Getting there

Airport transfer is included in the package price. The nearest airport is Tenerife South Airport (TFS), located 15 km from the camp. 

 

8 Days Surf & Yoga Holiday in Cascais, Portugal

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  • Skill level: All levels
  • Availability: All year round
  • Price: From EUR 499 per person for 8 days/7 nights

Wake up to the sound of the sea breeze. Meditate at sunrise by the seaside. Practice yoga against the crashing waves. Learn to surf or take your skills to the next level. Go on sunset hikes and meditate in a secluded national park beach. It may sound surreal, but this experience is real, and it can be yours!

This affordable surf camp in Cascais offers five days of surf lessons, 11 yoga classes in total, and daily meditation classes. You’ll enjoy sunrise Yang Yoga by the seaside and afternoon Yin Yoga in a nature park. All surfing and yoga equipment is provided.

There’ll also be plenty of free time to explore the nearby stunning beaches and surf spots at your own pace.

The surf & yoga retreat is nestled between the shores of Cascais Bay and the Sintra Mountains. The cozy accommodation is only 400 m from the beach and has a beautiful garden with hammocks and barbecue facilities, as well as a fully-equipped kitchen where you can whip up your own meals.

Breakfast is included, as well as unlimited fruit infused water and herbal teas. Other meals are not included in the package price, but for an additional cost, you can join the camp’s themed nights: twice-weekly seafood BBQ, Portuguese tapas & wine nights.

Other activities, such as wellness treatments, SUP yoga, mountain biking trips, rock climbing, and sunset cruises, are available at an additional cost.

Best time to go

Central Portugal is a year-round surfing destination. For beginners, summer months are the best time to go, as the waves are much gentler. For intermediate and advanced surfers, September through April receive great quality waves.

Getting there

Airport transfer is available upon request at an additional cost. The nearest airport is Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS), located 25 km from the retreat.

 

8 Day Beginner Surf Camp in Maceda, North Portugal

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  • Skill level: Beginners
  • Availability: All year round
  • Price: From EUR 475 per person for 8 days/7 nights

If you’re a beginner, this surf camp has the right package for you.

There’ll be five days of surf lessons, with two surf sessions a day, in the morning and afternoon. All the necessary surfing equipment is provided during the lessons and you can also use the camp’s equipment to surf on your own whenever you wish.

This budget surf camp is located in Maceda, right beside a protected pine tree forest and close to beautiful uncrowded beaches. You’ll get to ride the waves at Matosinhos and Espinho, two of the most famous surf spots in Northern Portugal. In your free time, you can take advantage of the camp’s free bike and skateboard rental to explore the area at your own pace.

The package price includes breakfast only. The surf house has a fully-equipped kitchen that guests can use to prepare their own meals.

Best time to go

Northern Portugal is a year-round surfing destination, but the best conditions can be found in autumn and winter. For beginners, summer and early autumn have smaller and friendlier waves.

Getting there

The nearest airport is Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport (OPO) in Porto, located 34 km from the camp. Pick-up from the local train station Ovar is included. Airport transfer is available upon request at an additional cost. 

 

*Prices may be subject to change depending on the date of arrival.


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