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The Best Surf Camps in Ericeira for All Levels

by Octavia Drughi

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Northwest of Lisbon, Ericeira is more than just another charming little fishing town. It is a surfer’s hotspot, home to a high density of world-class waves and some of the most laid-back surf vibes in Portugal. 

Ericeira was declared a World Surfing Reserve in 2011, and it is currently still the only one in Europe. The Ericeira World Surfing Reserve is part of the Mafra Municipality and covers seven epic surf breaks along 4 km (2.5 mi) of coastline: Pedra Branca, Reef, Ribeira d’Ilhas, Cave, Crazy Left, Coxos, and São Lourenço. 

Thanks to its variety of waves, from mellow beach breaks to powerful and hollow points, Ericeira is a great destination to progress from a complete beginner all the way to a well-rounded surfer. Furthermore, there are plenty of surf camps in Ericeira that you can join at any time of the year, which offer personalized programs for all levels and pockets.

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.


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When to go surfing in Ericeira?


Ericeira is a year-round surfing destination.

Summer months, between May and October, offer good conditions for beginner surfers to learn the basics in friendly waves and warmer water. You’ll need a 2mm long sleeve shorty, or a 3/2mm spring wetsuit if it’s windy, to surf in Ericeira in summer.

Progressing surfers will find good conditions in summer, spring (March/April), as well as in autumn and early winter (September to December).

However, the best surf hits the coast between autumn and spring (October through May). Although winter months are more recommended for advanced surfers, depending on the swell size and the tides, beginners can still find some mellow waves during this time too. Please take note that you’ll need a 4/3mm wetsuit to surf in Ericeira in winter.

Water temperatures peak in August, averaging at 20 to 22°C (68 to 72°F). They reach their minimum in February – 14 to 16°C (57 to 61°F).

» For more on the surfing conditions, best waves, and how to budget your trip, check out our complete guide to surfing in Ericeira.


8 Days White Waves Surf Camp in Ericeira


  • Skill levelBeginners & intermediates
  • PriceFrom EUR 420 per person for 8 days/7 nights
  • AvailabilityMay till October

Join this affordable surf camp in Ericeira and stay in a Portuguese house only minutes away from the beaches and town center, yet secluded enough to enjoy some much-needed privacy.

The waves nearby are ideal for beginner and intermediate surfers. Each day, the instructors check the forecast and find the best surf spot for your level. You may surf in the morning on one day or you may hit the waves in the evening on another, depending on the conditions.

During the first session, the instructors will assess your level and fit you into a group of similar abilities. There will be a maximum of five students per instructor for a quality, safe, and fun experience. 

There’ll be four surf lessons in total, of two hours each. Transfer to the surf spots, all the necessary surfing equipment, and insurance are included.

The package also includes daily breakfast and unlimited tea and coffee.


8 Days Surf and Yoga Holiday in Ericeira


  • Skill levelBeginners & intermediates
  • PriceFrom EUR 749 per person for 8 days/7 nights
  • AvailabilityAll year round

Whether you’re craving a wellness break or want a more active vacation, you’ll find the perfect balance here. This surf and yoga camp in Ericeira aims to relax and re-energize you from the inside out.

The retreat is located only 400m from the beach. You’ll wake up to the sea breeze, meditate with a sea view, practice yoga against the sound of the crashing waves, and learn to surf in a serene location. The program includes five surf lessons, twice-daily yoga, daily meditation, and breakfast. All the necessary surfing and yoga equipment is provided.

There will be only five days of surfing lessons in this eight-day package, but you’ll also have unlimited surfboard rental so that you can surf in Ericeira for as long as you wish, whenever you wish. This also gives you plenty of time to relax, explore Sintra National Park, or try other activities.

A typical day starts with a morning Hatha Yoga Flow session by the sea, designed to warm you up and get you ready for the day ahead. Breakfast is served afterward. Then, the surf van will take you to the best surf spots of the day for your level, where you’ll have the lessons. You’ll have a lunch break at the beach, followed by free time. In the afternoon, the Yin Yoga and meditation sessions will rebalance your energy systems, calming your body and mind.


8 Days Beginner Surf Camp in Ericeira


  • Skill levelBeginners
  • PriceFrom EUR 249 per person for 8 days/7 nights
  • AvailabilityAll year round

If you have never tried surfing before, this budget surf camp in Ericeira is the place to start!

Stay in a typical Portuguese house perched on a hill overlooking the Atlantic, in the heart of the Ericeira World Surfing Reserve, which will make you feel right at home. Praia do Sul, Praia dos Pescadores, and Praia do Norte surf spots, as well as the famous Ribeira D´Ilhas Beach, are within walking distance from the surf house.

Kick back and relax with this budget surf camp that offers five surf lessons consisting of two hours each, transfers to various surf spots, and daily breakfast.


8 Days Amazing Surfing and Yoga Retreat in Ericeira


  • Skill levelBeginners & intermediates
  • PriceFrom EUR 710 per person for 8 days/7 nights
  • AvailabilityFrom March till December

Join one whole week of surfing, specifically designed for those who wish to learn to surf and for intermediates looking to take their skills to the next level.

The surf camp is located in the quaint village of Palhais, only a 20-minute walk from Ribeira D’Ilhas, one of the most famous surf spots in Portugal. There will be five days of advanced surf lessons with full hands-on support from experienced instructors.

During your stay, you’ll visit different surf breaks and ride the most spectacular waves in Ericeira. Complete surfing equipment, transfer to the surf spots, and insurance are included.

Surfing and yoga are both full-body practices, and practicing both will have a positive effect on each. During this camp, you’ll attend morning Vinyasa classes and restorative Yin yoga sessions in the evening. Plus, all meals are included, featuring delicious homemade vegetarian dishes.


8 Days Surf and Yoga Retreat in Casais de São Lourenço, Ericeira


  • Skill levelAll levels
  • PriceFrom EUR 672 per person for 8 days/7 nights
  • AvailabilityAll year round

This surf camp offers the perfect combo on a week of surfing and yoga in Portugal. The guesthouse is located in Casais de São Lourenço, a small village close to Ericeira. It is only a five-minute walk from São Lourenço Beach, within the Ericeira World Surfing Reserve. São Lourenço is the most northerly surf spot in Ericeira and one of the most famous in the area.

For a whole week, you won’t have to worry about a thing except doing what you love. There’ll be five surf lessons and yoga classes twice a day during weekdays, in the morning and evening. You’ll also get one relaxing back massage.

The rest of the time is free time that you can use however you wish. The package includes full board meals, with vegan and vegetarian options, using local and in-season products and inspired by Portuguese cuisine.


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

Are you ready for the adventure of a lifetime? No matter what your level may be, beginner or advanced, these surf camps in Portugal promise an unforgettable experience!

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