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Breathtaking Surf Camp in Portugal

All difficulty levels
Instruction in English
Maximum 40 participants
All meals included
Airport transfer available

Russo Surf Resort - Vale Figueiras is a unique destination where you would be surrounded by pure nature! Stay in a breathtaking location with a view over the ocean and a natural park.

Meet the instructors

Luis & Egor
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Highlights

  • Daily surf guidance
  • Skillful instructors
  • Idyllic surf spots
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily meals
  • Transfers to the local beach Vale Figueiras

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


6 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Portuguese, Russian, Spanish
Group size: Maximum of 40 participants
Airport transfer available:
Faro Airport (US$136 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Lisbon Portela Airport (US$382 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
16:00
Check-out Time:
11:00

Facilities

  • 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. The bungalow area consists of cozy wooden bungalows with private shady terraces. Bungalows are located in the yard with a swimming pool and a beautiful garden. There's a large bar area with free Wi-Fi internet, satellite TV, and a mini-football table. Chill out inside the house or outside, the awesome place for barbeque. The facilities of the accommodation are as follows:

  • Large rooms with high ceilings and king-size double beds
  • Capacity of surf camp - 40 people
  • Wi-Fi
  • Computer for use of guests
  • Wooden yoga deck
  • Massage therapist
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue 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

Program

Every day, Russo Surfcamp - Vale Figueiras will share the guidance for the upcoming day (the same or the following day), introducing their guests to the location. You can always join their transfers to Vale Figueiras - the home beach and back. You will be able to join surf sessions for advanced surfers, headed by the most recognizable surf coach in the Algarve region - Luis Marreiros.

Surf resort facilities would allow you to fully concentrate on surfing, with good company, helpful staff, healthy food, and some relaxing extras. Do not miss it. Here is the explanation of advanced surf lessons if you wish to take one or two or join for a whole week.

Advanced

  • Monday: Duck dives, bottom turns, and turns 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

Daily schedule

  • 08:00 - 09:00 Yoga session
  • 09:00 - 10:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 - 10:30 Get ready for the beach (receive your lunch bag at the kitchen and get your wetsuit from the surf coach)
  • 10:45 Leave for the beach
  • 11:30 - 13:00 First surf session
  • 13:00 - 15:00 Lunch time at the beach
  • 15:00 - 16:30 Second surf session
  • 17:30 - 18:00 Coming back from the beach
  • 18:00 - 20:00 Free time, shower time, beer time, and massage time
  • 20:00 - 21:00 Dinner
  • 21:00 - 23:00 Chill time, bar time, and more

Please notice the exact starting time of each surf session is varied depending on ocean conditions.

Weekly schedule

  • Sunday: Arrival or departure day, check-in or out
  • Monday: Welcome meeting before the lessons, surf, and yoga lessons
  • Tuesday: Surf and yoga lessons, video presentation
  • Wednesday: Surf and yoga lessons
  • Thursday: Surf and yoga lessons, dinner out
  • Friday: Surf and yoga lessons, barbecue, and live music party
  • Saturday: Free surf, photo presentation

Please notice that the schedule just shows the program and dynamic of the surf camp, you can participate in activities (extra) or use this time as you prefer, for free surf, chill, etc.

Included excursions

Live music event takes place every Friday, with the Portuguese band from Portimao - Sticky Fingers. Live music starts after the barbecue, about 9:00 p.m., and finishes about midnight, 1:00 or 2:00 a.m. Live music event happens with a minimum of 10 guests at the resort. Also at Russo's, there is a video and photo presentation usually on Wednesday and Saturday. Those are shootings from the surf lessons that they organize and have a little event so all can stay together, learn from mistakes, and have a bit of laugh.

If you surf on your own, but close to the group, of course, they are happy to take both videos and pictures of you. Videos, which are taken, are free, and you will have a link, where you can download all the videos taken. Photos are 25 EUR per package, of your choice, if you wish to stay with them. The package includes all shots of you taken, edited pictures, and will be sent to you by email.

Instructors

Luis Marreiros

Egor Volkov

Location

The camp is situated on the west coast of the southern region of Algarve, Portugal: the warmest place in the whole of Europe. It is located in the middle of National Park Costa Vicentina. This is a unique paradise with an attractive landscape, hidden beaches, and wild habitant life. The Algarve is a year-round surf destination, famous for its constant swells, uncrowded beaches, crystal-clear water, and sunny weather.

Distances

  • Lagos, 30 kilometers
  • Sagres, 30 kilometers

Surf conditions

Surf spot:

 Aljezur

Monthly wave size

Best months for beginner surfers

Jan/Feb
Mar/Apr
May/Jun
Jul/Aug
Sep/Oct
Nov/Dec

Best months for intermediate surfers

Jan/Feb
Mar/Apr
May/Jun
Jul/Aug
Sep/Oct
Nov/Dec

Best months for advanced surfers

Jan/Feb
Mar/Apr
May/Jun
Jul/Aug
Sep/Oct
Nov/Dec

Monthly water temperature

Monthly recommended wetsuit

Jan/Feb
Mar/Apr
May/Jun
Jul/Aug
Sep/Oct
Nov/Dec

Food

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

  • Homemade bread
  • Fresh orange juice every morning
  • Tea and coffee during the day
  • Spicy chicken “Piri Piri”, freshly caught fish and seafood, and more
  • 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, 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 for the beach, each guest is given an individual lunch bag with two sandwiches or one sandwich and other kinds of food (salads, pasta, and more), fruit, water, juice, and snacks.
  • Dinner: Three-course dinners, entrees, soup, main course, wine, desserts, and sangria.

Some of the usual dinner plates

  • Cataplana (traditional mix of five rare fishes, such as monkfish, stingray, and eel, with shrimps and veggies, all cooked with wine and olive oil in a special pan called Cataplana)
  • Sea bass or sea brim, cooked in the oven, Portuguese way
  • Grandma's Lasagna, one of the favorite dishes of the guests
  • Every day, but always different Portuguese cream soup the chef

Special

  • Saturday barbecue
  • Gluten-free menu available
  • Vegetarian menu

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Alcoholic beverages

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Gluten Free
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Pescatarian
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)

Massage therapy

If you have any muscle tenses or just feel for a good relaxing massage, it is time for 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 ergonomic analyses of people's physical body problems. Solving any ailments possible by giving strengthening and/or stretching exercises plus muscular treatment.

Jesper will with your explanation and his experience, 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, and legs. It is all dependent on your needs and wishes. The massage always leaves you relaxed, rejuvenated, and well.

Surf lesson

Russo Surf Camp made up a special surf course program if you wish to add surf lessons extra. The program is to help students to learn the right technique and progress at a faster rate. Russo Surfcamp - Vale Figueiras pays the most attention to providing high-quality lessons, so apart from having fun, you would be able to learn properly. Beginners-Intermediates, who need to improve their technique, would be taught by one of the members of the Luis Marreiros surf team.

Luis is the most recognizable and well-known surf coach in the Algarve region, he is taken care of mostly intermediates and upper intermediates. They are going to correct all your little mistakes, position the body and weight the right way, teach you about the tides, waves, and 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, divided into two sessions of one and a half hours. This will all depend on the conditions the ocean provides on the day.

Lessons are structured with warm-ups, theoretical exercises on the beach, and a practical part in the water. Vale Figueiras Surf Camp suggests starting 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 or advanced surfers are available. Russo Surf Camp offers surf courses for all levels.

Other extra activities

  • Bicycle riding
  • Friday pizza party night on Monchique
  • Hiking in the natural park
  • Horseback riding lessons
  • Nightlife in Sagres, Lagos, and Aljezur
  • Paragliding

What's included

  • Surf guidance with tips where the best waves of the day
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 7 homemade buffet breakfasts
  • 6 individual lunches on the beach
  • 6 dinners from grandma-chef
  • Friday evening barbecue and live music night
  • Welcome drink
  • Surf materials rental
  • 5 days of transfers to the local beach Vale Figueiras
  • Hiking track to the hidden lake
  • Transfers to and from local bus stops on weekdays and Aljezur on the weekend

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Group transfers to other beaches (15 EUR per person per transfer)
  • Surf coaching or surf equipment
  • Lagos pick-up (20 EUR) on weekend

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 115 EUR one-way for one to three people and 155 EUR for four to seven people. A one-way transfer from Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS) costs 350 EUR for a maximum of four people. Alternatively, you can get from Faro by bus or train to Lagos. From Lisbon by bus to Aljezur or train to Lagos. At Aljezur and Lagos, Russo Surfcamp - Vale Figueiras can pick you up or you can get a bus, a taxi, or an Uber.

Arrival by bus

From Faro, the bus timetable is available at an approximate cost of 7 to 15 EUR. From Lisbon, the bus timetable is available at an approximate cost of 16 EUR. On a weekday, Russo Surfcamp - Vale Figueiras provides free transfer to or from the local bus stop “Monte Novo, Vale Figueiras, and Cha Bouco” timetable. The bus stop is on the way from Lagos to Aljezur (Odeceixe), a bus stop named "Monte Ruivo".

^Monday to Friday's usual schedule: 12:35 p.m., 1:45 p.m., 4:40 p.m., 6:20 p.m., 7:15 p.m. (from Lagos), and 11:04 a.m. (to Lagos). Let Russo Surfcamp - Vale Figueiras know about the time of your arrival and they will help you to find the right bus. Russo Surfcamp-Vale Figueiras surf camp provides transfers to Aljezur (free transfer) and Lagos (20 EUR per person per ride) on weekends. Pick-up and drop-off times for transfers from Lagos and Aljezur:

  • Pick-up time in Lagos: 7:00 p.m.
  • Pick up time in Aljezur: 7:40 p.m.
  • Drop off time (leaving from the surf camp): 11:00 a.m.

During the high season months (June to September), pick up and drop off for Lagos and Aljezur are available on Saturdays and Sundays.

Arrival by train

From Faro, the train timetable is available at an approximate cost is 7 to 10 EUR. From Lisbon, the train timetable is available at an approximate cost of 24 EUR.

Airport: Faro Airport Airport transfer available: Faro Airport (US$136 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$382 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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Availability

This vacation is available all year around, please select an arrival date below.

 
Low season
  • September 30 - June 30

 

High season
  • July 1 - September 29

 

 

Special discount

Discount 5% on the 2nd week and 10% on the 3rd week.

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