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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.

 

Traveling to Portugal in 2021

As of May 17, flights to Portugal are allowed for European Union Member States, non-EU Schengen area countries (Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland), as well as the UK. All passengers must present a COVID-19 (RT-PCR) test carried out within 72 hours before boarding. 

UK travelers need to confirm they’ve been fully vaccinated at least two weeks before arriving in Portugal. Otherwise, they’ll have to quarantine for 14 days on arrival.

As of June 15, all travelers from the United States can enter Portugal if they provide a negative COVID-19 PCR (performed in the last 72 hours) or a rapid antigen test (performed within 24 hours of boarding). For mainland Portugal, no additional testing or quarantine is required. Additional requirements may be in effect in the autonomous regions of Madeira and the Azores.

Travelers from countries with an incidence rate of 500 cases or more per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days must undergo a period of prophylactic isolation of 14 days, at home or in a place indicated by health authorities.

Flights between Portugal and other destinations are permitted for essential travel only.

An electronic Passenger Locator Card must be presented upon boarding (except if you are flying into Madeira or the Azores). Passengers flying into the Azores must complete a Questionnaire for Risk Assessment and Early Detection before boarding. Those flying into Madeira should register their travel here.

 

When to go surfing in Ericeira?

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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.

 

7 Days Surf and Yoga Surf Camp in Ericeira

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  • Skill levelAll levels
  • PriceFrom EUR 415 per person for 7 days/6 nights
  • AvailabilityAll year round

Have a unique and personalized surfing experience at any time of the year with this budget-friendly surf camp in Ericeira.

There will be six surf lessons in total, as well as three yoga sessions to help you connect with your inner self and improve your surfing. Transfer to the surf spots is included, and you’ll travel by van to find the best surf spots according to your level. The package also includes complimentary use of the surfing equipment and bike rental.

Beginners will be taken to the friendliest surf spots in Ericeira, where they’ll learn about the take-off technique, the different types of waves, swells, winds, and tides in a fun and safe environment.

Progressing surfers who are already comfortable riding broken waves (whitewater) will have the opportunity to catch their first unbroken waves (green waves).

Advanced surfers in need of guidance will surf with a coach who will analyze their technique, offering advice on how to improve their posture and maneuvers.

 

8 Days Surf and Yoga Holiday in Ericeira

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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.

 

4 Day Beginner and Intermediate Intensive Surf Coaching in Ericeira

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  • Skill levelBeginners & intermediates
  • PriceFrom EUR 350 per person for 4 days/3 nights
  • AvailabilityAll year round

Learn to surf or improve your skills with daily surf lessons on an intensive surf coaching program. You’ll be focusing on basic surfing techniques and have intensive training with surf lessons and theory lessons.

The surfing lessons for beginners and intermediates take two and a half hours to three hours each day. You will be taught in a small group (maximum 6 students) by excellent surf teachers. This means you are getting personal attention and can focus on improving your skills.

Each day, you’ll be taken to different surf spots, suitable for your surfing level. At the end of the day, you’ll be given a video analysis of your training.

During the theory lessons, you’ll learn about the surf culture, surfing etiquette, how to assess the waves and the weather conditions, how to read the forecasts, and plenty more useful information.

The package includes surf lessons, insurance, surfing equipment, and transportation to and from the beach. You will be staying at Hostel & Surfcamp 55, in the center of Ericeira. The meals are not included.

 

*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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