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Amazing Yoga and Surf Camp in Portugal

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

During this holiday, you will discover a unique destination in Portugal where you will be surrounded by pure nature! Stay in a breathtaking location with a view over the ocean and a natural park. Learn to surf or progress at a faster rate, as well as learn the right techniques. Choose a deep stretching or "surf yoga flow" during yoga sessions. Connect with yourself while enjoying your surroundings.

Meet the instructors

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Luis, Hannah, Lauren, & 1 More…
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Highlights

  • Surfing courses different levels
  • 6 days of surfing material all-day
  • Yoga sessions at the heart of Natural Park
  • Live music at open-air and barbecue night
  • Use of surfboards and Ripcurl wetsuits
  • Aljezur or Lagos pick-up and drop-off
  • Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • 7 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


6 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: French, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish
Group size: Maximum of 40 participants
Airport transfer available:
Faro Airport (US$132 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Lisbon Portela Airport (US$370 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 swimming pool and beautiful garden. There's a large bar area with free Wi-Fi internet, satellite TV, and mini-football table. Chillout 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 persons
  • Wi-Fi
  • Computer for use of guests
  • Wooden Yoga deck
  • Massage therapist
  • Swimming pool
  • 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

Program

Yoga

Yoga classes are taken on the wooden Yoga deck with an amazing view over Natural park and the ocean. Yoga sessions are a thoughtfully handcrafted collection of asanas (postures), connecting body with the breath in a creative flow. A morning flow will awaken and stretch the body creating power for surf; and an evening flow will soothe and nourish your salty souls. Meditation and pranayama (breathe work) will also be part of your practice. Usual time for Yoga: 8am / or 18:30 pm

Russo-Vale Figueiras Surf Camp made up a special surf course program to help students to learn the right technique and progress at a faster rate. It includes three hours of lessons per day, dividing 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 a warm-up, theoretical exercises on the beach, and a practical part in the water.

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

Beginners

  • Monday: Adaptation to the water environment, explanation of safety rules, learning how to slide onto the waves, and explanation of surf equipment. Then, 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: 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.

Intermediates

  • Monday: Paddling, sitting on the board, turning direction while sitting, positioning, and explosive paddling.
  • Tuesday: Paddle to the outside and learn 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.

Advanced

  • 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.

Daily schedule

  • 08:00 – 09:00 Yoga Session
  • 09:00 – 10:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 – 10:30 Get ready to the beach (receive your lunch bag at the kitchen and get your wetsuit from surf coach)
  • 10:45 Leave to the beach
  • 11:30 – 13:00 1st surf session
  • 13:00 – 15:00 Lunch time at the beach
  • 15:00 – 16:30 2nd surf session
  • 17:30 – 18:00 Coming back from the beach
  • 18:00 – 20:00 Free time, shower time, beer time, massage time
  • 20:00 – 21:00 Dinner
  • 21:00 – 23:00 Chill time, bar time, etc.
  • Please, notice, the exact starting time of each surf session is varied depend on ocean conditions!

Weekly schedule

  • SUNDAY: Arrival / departure day, check in / 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, BBQ, live music party
  • SATURDAY: Free surf, photo presentation

Yoga lessons available by request n Sat

Photo presentation from June to September

Included excursions

Live Music event take place every Friday, with the portuguese band from Portimao - Sticky Fingers. Live music starts after the BBQ, about 21:00 and finishes about midnight, 01 or 02 o'clock. Live music event happens with the min 10 guests at the resort.

We include the Photo and Video sessions, we usually provide on Tuesday and Thursday, with presentation on the evening. During this surf camp, you will have a Photo and Video sessions (from June till September)

Videos, which are taken, are free, and you will have a link, where you can download all the videous taken. Photoes are 25EUR per package, on your choice, if you wish to stay with them. Package includes all shots of you taken, edited pics and will be send to you by email.

Instructors

Luis Marreiros

Hannah Massie

Lauren Hill

Egor Volkov

Location

Surf Camp is situated on the west coast of the south region of Algarve, Portugal: the warmest place in whole Europe. Surf Camp is located in the middle of National Park Costa Vicentina. When you book, Russo-Vale Figueiras Surf Camp will send you the exact directions of how to get to the Surf Camp plus the GPS coordinates.

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

Features

Activities

  • Horse riding
  • Massage
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Table tennis

General

  • Bar
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Hammock
  • Lounge
  • Multilingual staff
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
  • Pet friendly

Services

  • Board rental
  • Child care
  • Free bicycle
  • Free Wi-Fi

Food

Russo Surf Camp - Vale Figueiras prepares healthy and good quality food for their guests. Vegetarians and pescetarians are very welcomed.

  • Professional chef
  • 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
  • Monday BBQ
  • Gluten-free menu available
  • Vegetarian menu

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 for the beach, each guest is given an individual lunch bag with two sandwiches or one sandwich and other kind of food (salads / pasta / etc.), fruit, water, juice, and snacks.

Dinner

Russo Surf Resort & Yoga Retreat - Vale Figueiras has its own kitchen and the chef cook, preparing healthy and tasty food for the guests. The staff often go fishing and collecting seafood. Three-course dinners, entrees, soup, main course, wine, and sangria. On the day of arrival, dinner is served before 19:00.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • 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)

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

Spa treatments

If you have any muscle tenses or just feel for a good relaxing massage - it's 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, 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

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Full board meals (7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 6 dinners)
  • 5 days of yoga course (yoga sessions in the morning or afternoons)
  • wooden deck at the heart of the National park
  • 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)
  • Friday BBQ
  • Live Music night on open-air
  • Welcome drink
  • Ripcurl wetsuits and surfboards
  • Home-baked huge breakfast buffet
  • Transport to the beach
  • Individual lunch packages for the beach
  • Tasty dinners from Grandma-chef
  • Dinner on Thursday at the best local restaurant (cost of dinner is not included)
  • Professional photo session/presentation *from June to September
  • 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 bus stop pick-up/drop-off. Bus or train station

What's not included

  • Airport transport
  • Cost of dinner on Thursday night
  • Private yoga lesson supplement (10 EUR per lesson) to appear if you are the only one yogi, attending the class
  • Horse back riding
  • Massage

How to get there

Recommended Airports

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 1 - 3 persons, and 155 EUR for 4 - 7 persons. A one-way transfer from Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS) costs 350 EUR for a maximum of four persons.

Alternativle you can get from Faro: bus or train till Lagos. From Lisbon: bus till Aljezur or train to Lagos. At Aljezur and Lagos we can pick you up (info below), or you can get a bus, or you can get a taxi or UBER.

From Faro: bus timetable is available at eva-bus.com webpage (approx.cost is 7-15EUR), train timetable is available at cp.pt (approx.cost is 7-10EUR).

From Lisbon: bus timetable is available at rede-expressos.pt webpage (approx.cost is 16EUR), train timetable is available at cp.pt (approx.cost is 24EUR).

Transfers info:

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 – Aljezur (Odeceixe), bus stop named "Monte Ruivo". Monday to Friday usual schedule: 12:35, 13:45, 16:40, 18:20, 19:15 (from Lagos), 11:04 (to Lagos). Let us know about time of your arrival and we will help you to find a right bus!

Russo Surfcamp-Vale Figueiras surf camp provides with transfers to Aljezur (free transfer) and Lagos (20EUR per person per ride) on weekends.

Pick-ups and drop-offs time for transfers from Lagos and Aljezur:

  • Pick-up time in Lagos 7 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.

Airport: Faro Airport Airport transfer available: Faro Airport (US$132 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$370 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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8 days / 7 nights
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Availability
Low season
  • April 2 - July 02
  • September 26 - November 06
 
High season
  • July 3 - September 25

 

Special discount

There is a special discount of 5% for early birds. Please send an inquiry to Russo Surfcamp - Vale Figueiras for more information.

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