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Breathtaking Surf Camp in Portugal

All difficulty levels
Instruction in English
Breakfast & lunch included

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Russo Surf Resort - Vale Figueiras is a unique destination where you would be surrounded by pure nature! Stay in a breathtaking location with views over the ocean and natural park. The resort is run by the local surf pioneers and has existed since 2003. There are international and local surf coaches, headed by the most recognizable surf coach in Algarve region - Luis Marreiros. The professional team is famous for their skill in teaching high quality lessons for beginners, intermediates, and upper-intermediate levels. A step-by-step surf course program is created to help students to learn the right technique, improve, and progress at a faster rate. The surf resort facilities will allow you to fully concentrate on surfing, with good company, helpful staff, healthy food, and some relaxing extras. Do not miss it!

Meet the instructors

Luis, Hannah, & Egor
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  • 6 days of surfing
  • 6 days surf equipment all day
  • Full course for less than a week stay
  • Saturday BBQ and live music on open air
  • International and multi-language surf instructors and staff
  • Lagos pick-up / drop-off at bus or train station
  • Daily breakfasts and lunches
  • 7 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


6 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: French, Russian, Spanish
Airport transfer available:
Faro Airport (US$135 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Lisbon Portela Airport (US$328 per person)
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  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Table tennis
  • Bar
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Terrace
  • Board rental
  • Child care
  • Free bicycle
  • Free Wi-Fi

The resort is a huge modern Portuguese country house, situated in the middle of a natural park with a stunning view of the ocean and forest. There is a huge green lawn with swimming pool, skate ramp, and trampoline.

Almost all the rooms, including the shared rooms, have doors to terraces outside with the view.

There's a large bar area with free Wi-Fi internet, satellite TV, and snooker table. Chill out inside the house or outside, the awesome place for barbecue and chill out with hammocks.

  • Large rooms with high ceilings and king-size double beds
  • Capacity of surf camp - 42 persons
  • Wi-Fi
  • Computer for use of guests
  • Massage therapist
  • Swimming pool
  • Skate Ramp
  • Trampoline
  • BBQ area and plenty of areas to chill
  • Bar with snooker table, ping pong, and mini football
  • Satellite TV and cinema projector
  • Thousands of movies and surf videos
  • Balance boards
  • Hammocks
  • Bed linen and bath towels are provided
  • Special care for babies and kids
  • Animal-friendly


Russo Surf Camp made up a special surf course program to help students learn the right technique and progress at a faster rate. They pay the most attention to provide students with high quality lessons, so apart from having fun, you would be able to learn properly.

Beginners, who starts from zero, and beginners-intermediates, that need to improve their technique, would be taught by one of the member of the Luis Marreiros surf team. Luis is the most recognizable and well known surf coach in Algarve region. He will take care mostly of the intermediates and upper intermediates surfers.

Yes, they are going to correct all your little mistakes, position the body and weight the right way, teach you about the tides, waves, conditions, and make you try to do your best and catch the great surf moments.

Luis's intermediates prepare to push the limits and achieve the goals! It includes three hours of lessons per day, dividing into two sessions of 1.5 hours. This will all depend on the conditions the ocean provides on the day. Lessons are structured with a warm-up, theoretical exercises on the beach, and a practical part in the water.

Vale Figueiras Surf Camp suggests to start a surf course on Monday, so you can enjoy the full course, adapting from the beginning. Surf courses are from Monday until Friday and free surf on Saturday. Soft boards for beginners and hard boards for more intermediates / advanced surfers are available. Russo Surf Camp offers surf courses for all levels.


  • Monday: Adaptation to the water environment, explanation of safety rules, learning how to slide onto the waves, and explanation of surf equipment. Then, the introduction to surfboard inside the water.
  • Tuesday: Learning how to position the feet correctly on the board in a low balance position. Practicing on the beach and inside the water.
  • Wednesday: Exercises of take off with extension of legs and recovering the balance. Correcting the position on the sand and practicing inside the water.
  • Thursday: Continuing practice of previous exercises. Improvement of technique and introduction to walking exercises on the board.
  • Friday: Learn the techniques of turning the surfboard front and backside.
  • Saturday: Free surf day while supervised by the surf coaches. Put to practice all you have learned during the week.


  • Monday: Paddling, sitting on the board, turning direction while sitting, positioning, and explosive paddling.
  • Tuesday: Paddle to the outside, techniques to pass the waves while paddling out.
  • Wednesday: Catching green waves with the help of the coach pushing, timing and reading of waves to know in which direction to paddle and when to get up.
  • Thursday: Surf green waves going left, surf green waves going right, and video analysis.


  • Monday: Duck dives, bottom turns, and turn on the top of the wave.
  • Tuesday: Trimming, cutbacks, and re-entries.
  • Wednesday: Tides, currents, and introduction to reefs.
  • Thursday: Getting in and out of the water.
  • Friday: Reading swell charts.
  • Saturday: Surfaris to secret spots.

Included excursions

During this surf camp, you will have photo and video sessions (from April till October).


Luis Marreiros

Hannah Massie

Egor Volkov


The resort is situated on the west coast of the south region of Portugal - Algarve - the warmest place in the whole of Europe, in the middle of National Park Costa Vicentina.

The surf camp is located in the middle of National Park Costa Vicentina. It's a unique paradise, famous for its attractive landscape, colorful hills, hidden beaches, and wildlife.

The famous hiking track – Rota Vicentina – passes just behind the gates of the surf camp. Rota Vicentina is a route, that runs along Atlantic coast and includes 400 kilometers of walking trails.

The closest beach – Praia da Vale Figueiras (just 2 kilometers away) – one of the wildest and uncrowded beaches in the area, provides great conditions for surfing.

Aljezur, 15 kilometers away, is the closest point of civilization: pretty Portuguese town, with old moorish castle surrounded by whitewashed village.

The south coast of Algarve is a famous touristic destination. It is formed by a long stretch of fabulous beaches with crystal-clean water and impressive reddish cliffs. On the other hand all those towns (Lagos, Portimao, or Albufeira - which is called a Mini-Ibiza) offer unforgettable nightlife.

Lagos is Algarve's party capital with plenty of bars, inhabited by Aussies, Kiwis, Canadians, and Americans going bar hopping. For those young travelers that want to attend the surf camp: do not worry - it is easy to get from the camp till Aljezur, Sagres, or Lagos to spend a legendary night.


  • Lagos, 30 kilometers
  • Sagres, 30 kilometers

Surf conditions

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Russo Surf Camp - Vale Figueiras prepares healthy and good quality food for their guests. Professional chef - the grandma, always makes her best, cooking tasty meals, as if for her own grandchildren.

  • Homemade bread
  • Fresh orange juice every morning
  • Tea and coffee during the day
  • Spicy chicken “Piri Piri”, freshly caught fish and seafood, etc.
  • Traditional homemade desserts
  • Local fruits and vegetables
  • Homemade “Medronho” - strong alcohol made from the local Medronho fruit
  • Breakfast: Bread straight from the oven, croissants, bacon and scrambled eggs, fresh orange juice, healthy cereals and mueslis, different kinds of hams, salamis, sausages, salads, cheeses, jams, yogurts, coffee, and tea
  • Lunch: Before leaving to the beach, each guest is given an individual lunch bag with two sandwiches or one sandwich and other kinds of food (salads / pasta / etc.), fruit, water, juice, and snacks
  • Dinner (extra fee, on your choice): Three-course dinners, entrees, soup, main course, wine, desserts, and sangria

Some of the usual dinner plates

  • Cataplana (traditional mix of 5 rare fishes,as monkfish, stingray, eel, with shrimps and veggies, all cooked with wine and olive oil in special pan called Cataplana)
  • Sea bass or sea brim, cooked in the oven, Portuguese way
  • Grandma's lasagna, one of favorite dish of the guests
  • Every day, but always different Portuguese cream soup of our chef!
  • Saturday BBQ
  • Gluten-free menu available
  • Vegetarian menu

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Alcoholic beverages

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
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)

  • Dinners
  • Yoga lessons
  • Horseback riding lessons
  • Paragliding
  • Experiencing nightlife in Sagres, Lagos, and Aljezur
  • Friday pizza party night on Monchique
  • Bicycle riding
  • Hiking in the natural park
  • Massage therapist

Spa treatments

If you have any muscle tenses or just feel for a good relaxing massage – it's time for the professional massage therapists! Please book in advance, especially in high season.

Jesper is an educated body therapist and masseur. He originally started as a relaxation therapist in Denmark, working with ergonomical analyses of people's physical body problems. He tried solving any ailments possible by giving strengthening and/or stretching exercises plus muscular treatment.

Jesper will talk about your explanation and his experience, so you will quickly know which specific treatment you need, to resolve any muscle or ligament pain, strain, or tiredness.

The treatment can be a full body massage. Either deep tissue, sports, or relaxing massage. If necessary, it can also be a shorter massage concentrated on a specific body area, i.e. back, shoulder, legs.

It's all dependent on your need and wishes. The massage always leaves you relaxed, rejuvenated, and well.

The massage is not included in the price of the package.

What's included

  • 6 surf days: Surf course from Monday to Friday (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced)
  • Free surf on Saturday (materials rent, transfers)
  • 2 sessions (one and a half hours each) free surf in between the lessons
  • 6 days surf material all day (surfboards, rashguards, and wetsuits)
  • Welcome drink
  • Ripcurl wetsuits and surfboards
  • Saturday Live Music on open air
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Half board meals (7 breakfasts, 6 lunches)
  • Home baked huge breakfast buffet
  • Transport to the beach
  • Individual lunch packages for the beach
  • Dinner on Friday at best local restaurant (cost of dinner is not included)
  • Professional Photo Session / presentation
  • Video sessions of surf lessons
  • Surf course with the Team of LUIS MARREIROS - the most recognizable surf coach of Algarve
  • An incredible view from Surf Resort all nights, all days
  • Lagos, Aljezur or Local Busstop pick-up / drop-off. Bus or Train station

What's not included

  • Aiport transport
  • Yoga sessions
  • Horse backriding
  • Massage
  • Dinner on Friday at best local restaurant (cost of dinner is not included)
  • Dinners from Grandma - chef (available on your choice, extra cost of 15 EUR per dinner)
  • BBQ on Saturday before the live music (available on your choice, extra cost of 15 EUR per dinner)

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Faro Airport (FAO) or Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS). Transfers from these airports are available upon request. Transfers from Faro Airport (FAO) have a cost of 125 EUR one-way for a maximum of four persons. A one-way transfer from Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS) costs 350 EUR for a maximum of four persons.

Arrival by bus

Russo Surfcamp-Vale Figueiras surf camp provides transfers from the closest towns Aljezur and Lagos. Pick-ups and drop-offs time for free transfers from Lagos and Aljezur:

  • Pick-up time in Lagos 2 p.m., 7 p.m.
  • Pick up time in Aljezur: 2:40 p.m., 7:40 p.m., 9:20 p.m.
  • Drop off time (leaving from the surf camp): 11:30 a.m.

There are free transfers to / from the local bus stop “Monte Novo, Vale Figueiras, Cha Bouco”. The bus stop is on the way Lagos to Odeceixe.

During the High season months (July, August, September) pick up and drop off for Lagos and Aljezur are available on Saturdays and Sundays.

On a weekdays we provide with FREE transfer to/from local bus stop “Monte Novo, Vale Figueiras, Cha Bouco” timetable via eva-bus webpage. The bus stop is on the way Lagos – Odeceixe.

From Faro, you can travel by bus or door-to-door transfer for a cost of 20 EUR. From Lisbon, you have the option of taking a bus (directions Aljezur or Lagos). From Seville, you can take a bus to Lagos (19 EUR or 23 EUR, depending on the day).

Arrival by train

From Faro, you also have the option of travel by train. The cost is 7 EUR. You can also take a train to Lagos from Lisbon for a cost of 16 to 20 EUR.

Airport: Faro Airport Airport transfer available: Faro Airport (US$135 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Lisbon Portela Airport Airport transfer available: Lisbon Portela Airport (US$328 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% 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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Please note that due to the COVID-19 restrictions emerging around the world, Russo Surfcamp - Vale Figueiras will be happy to re-schedule your trip for a later date as long as your cancellation is made less than 14 days before arrival.

Low season
  • March 15 - June 21
  • September 1 - November 15
High season
  • June 21 - August 31

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