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Amazing Yoga and Surf Camp 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. Surf and yoga are the best combination ever!

Meet the instructors

Luis, Lauren, & Egor
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Highlights

  • 6 days of activities
  • Surf lessons for all levels
  • Yoga classes
  • Free use of surf equipment for 5 days (except on Saturday)
  • Professional photo and video sessions
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily delicious meals
  • Transportation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


6 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: French, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish
Group size: 5-40 participants
Airport transfer available:
Faro Airport (US$ 136 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Lisbon Portela Airport (US$ 348 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 is 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
  • 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

Stay in a breathtaking location with a view over the ocean and a natural park. Learn to surf or progress faster, 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. Start the day energized and uplifted with morning yoga or relax and stretch all the key muscles after surfing. Yoga classes are available for all levels.

Yoga

Yoga classes are taken on the wooden yoga deck with an amazing view over the natural park and the ocean. Yoga sessions are a thoughtfully handcrafted collection of asanas (postures), connecting the 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 (breathing work) will also be part of your practice. The usual time for yoga is 8:00 a.m. or 6:30 p.m.

Russo-Vale Figueiras Surf Camp made up a special surf course program to help students learn the right technique and progress at a faster rate. 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 is provided on the day. Lessons are structured with warm-ups, theoretical exercises on the beach, and a practical part in the water.

Russo-Vale Figueiras Surf Camp suggests starting the 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. Vale Figueiras Surf Camp offers surf courses for all levels.

Surfing

1. 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 surfboarding 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 into practice all you have learned during the week.

2. Intermediates

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

3. 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

  • 08:30 - 09:30 Breakfast
  • 09:30 - 10:00 Get ready for the beach (receive your lunch bag at the kitchen and get your wetsuit from the surf coach)
  • 10:00 - Leave for the beach
  • 11:00 - 12:30 First surf session
  • 12:30 - 14:00 Lunch time at the beach
  • 14:00 - 15:30 Second surf session
  • 16:30 - 17:00 Coming back from the beach
  • 17:00 - 18:00 Free time, shower time
  • 18:00 - 19:00 Yoga session
  • 20:00 - 21:00 Dinner
  • 21:00 - 23:00 Chill time, bar time, etc.
  • Please note that the exact starting time of each surf session varies 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, live music party
  • Saturday: Free surf, photo presentation

Included excursions

Live music event takes place every week, with the Portuguese band. Live music starts after the barbecue, about 9:00 p.m., and finishes about midnight, 1:00 a.m. Live music event happens with a minimum of 10 guests at the resort. Photo and video sessions usually done on Tuesday and Thursday, with a presentation in the evening.

Videos, which are taken have some part of free videous (usually those are done with the phone or simple cam, with smaller resolution), and you will have a link, where you can download all those videos taken. And some part are videous done with high resolution camera, or water camera, and could be purchased from a photographer, price 25 - 40 EUR. 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

Lauren Hill

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

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Nov/Dec

Best months for advanced surfers

Jan/Feb
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May/Jun
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Monthly recommended wetsuit

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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

You will be served seven home-baked breakfast buffets, six individual lunch packages for the beach, six tasty dinners from Grandma-chef, and a welcome drink included in the price. Russo Surf Camp - Vale Figueiras prepares healthy and good quality food for their guests. Vegetarians and pescetarians are very welcome.

  • Professional chef
  • Homemade bread
  • Fresh orange juice every morning
  • Tea and coffee during the day
  • Traditional homemade desserts
  • Local fruits and vegetables
  • Homemade “Medronho” - strong alcohol made from the local Medronho fruit
  • Barbecue night
  • Gluten-free menu available

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. Nice special extras: different milks (soy milk, oat milk), dried fruits (cashews, raisins, walnuts, etc.)

Big basket of fruits and seasonally watermelons, grapes, etc.

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, etc.), fruit, water, juice, and snacks.

Dinner

Russo Surf Resort and Yoga Retreat - Vale Figueiras has its own kitchen and the chef cook, preparing healthy and tasty food for the guests. Our usual dinners are: famous Portuguese Squids, traditional Cataplana, tasty meat and fish dishes. Ones a week our Chef cooks Lasagne, that all the guests ask for:)) The staff often go fishing and collecting sea food, so get ready for tasty dinners. Legendary BBQ on Fridays with Live Music to celebrate the week!

They reckon that half of returned guests of Russo Surfcamp - Vale Figueiras come back because of their Friday barbecue! It is one of the favourite part of the week for everyone, when guests and surf coaches and the rest of the staff chill together. Grilled Meat, grilled veggies, vegetarian pasta, turkey baked in the oven, brucheta bread, salads and soup - Yes, Yes, Yes - All of it is waiting for you. Ah, and freshy icy Sangria to celebrate the end of the week!

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:

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

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 need and wishes. The massage always leaves you relaxed, rejuvenated, and well.

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

  • 5 days of yoga classes
  • Surf course with the team of LUIS MARREIROS
  • Surf course from Monday to Friday (all levels)
  • 5 days of surf material all day (surfboard, lycra, and wetsuit)
  • 2 90-minute sessions per day, free surf in between the lessons
  • Professional photo session
  • Video sessions of surf lessons
  • Ripcurl wetsuits and surfboards
  • Free Surf on Saturday or optionally
  • Hiking track to the hidden lake (on Saturday or Sunday)
  • Friday evening barbecue and live music night
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 6 dinners
  • Welcome drink
  • Transport to the beach
  • Local bus transfers on weekdays and Aljezur on weekends

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Transfers to and from Lagos on weekends (20 EUR)
  • Private yoga lesson supplement fee (10 EUR per day) if you are the only yogi attending the class
  • Equipment rentals and transfers to the beach on Saturday for Free surf (20EUR)

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 one to three people and 165 EUR for four to five people. A one-way transfer from Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS) costs 320 EUR for a maximum of four people. Alternatively, you can get from Faro by bus or train to Lagos or Aljezur. 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 is available from the centre of faro or from faro airport, at an approximate cost of 7 to 15 EUR. From Lisbon, the bus approximate cost of 8 to 20 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, Russo Surfcamp - Vale Figueiras offer free pick up at 6:20 p.m. or at 7:15 p.m., also let them know if you confused about the times, 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 to Aljezur (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 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$ 348 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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This listing has a last minute discount of 5% if you book within 12 days before the selected arrival date.
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Russo Surfcamp can offer different amount of days / custom packages. They offer surf lessons from Monday to Friday. For groups of 4 people they can offer surf lessons also on weekends. If your package includes less amount of surf days, they will adjust the price accordingly.

 

Retreat information

In case of bad weather conditions that leads to the cancellation on surf activities, other activities will be offered or if it allows; surf activities will be offered on a different day.

Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 5 participants

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