8 Days Surf Camp and Yoga Retreat in Aljezur, Portugal

Surf and Yoga Retreat Portugal

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 natural park. Learn to surf or progress at a faster rate, as well as learning the right techniques. Choose a deep stretching or "surf yoga flow" during yoga sessions. Connect with yourself while enjoying your surroundings.

Highlights

  • Yoga sessions
  • Surfing instruction
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Transport on Friday party nights to Lagos or Sagre
  • Lagos pick-up and drop-off (bus or train station)
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included
  • 6 days surf material all day
  • Welcome drink

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


6 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: French, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, English
The maximum participants in the group is 60

Airport transfer available:
Faro Airport (US$147 per person)

Airport transfer available:
Lisbon Portela Airport (US$410 per person)

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Accommodation

Surf Resort is a huge modern Portuguese country house, situated in the middle of a natural park with a stunning view over the ocean and forest.

  • 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
  • BBQ area and plenty of areas to chill
  • Bar with snooker table, ping pong, mini football
  • Satellite TV, 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 Surfcamp - Vale Figueiras Portugal Yoga Retreat and Surf Camp Program

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 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 suggest 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. 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 correctly the feet 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, 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. Video analysis.

Advanced

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

Yoga

Yoga classes 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.

Included excursions

Transport on Friday party nights to Lagos or Sagres.

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.

Nearby places

  • Faro Airport (FAO), 110 kilometers
  • Lagos, 30 kilometers
  • Lisbon, 275 kilometers
  • Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS), 300 kilometers
  • Sagres, 30 kilometers
  • Seville, 300 kilometers
  • Seville Airport (SVQ), 300 kilometers

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 prepare healthy and good quality food for 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 Camp - Vale Figueiras has its own kitchen although dinners are usually provided at a nearby restaurant owned by good old Chef “Pedrinho”. 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 7 p.m.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

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

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
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)

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

What's included

  • 5 days yoga course (yoga sessions in the afternoons)
  • 6 surf days (surf course from Monday to Friday, practice under surf coach supervision on Saturday)
  • Surf course program for beginners, intermediates, and advanced
  • 6 days surf material all day (surfboards, rashguards, and wetsuits)
  • Ripcurl wetsuits
  • Transport to the beach
  • Lagos pick-up and drop-off (bus or train station)
  • Huge selection of surfboards
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Full board (breakfast, lunch, and 6 dinners)
  • Trip to the dinner on Friday at best local restaurant (cost of dinner is not included)
  • Saturday BBQ party
  • Transport on Fridays party nights to Lagos or Sagres
  • Welcome drink

What's not included

  • Airport transport
  • Cost of dinner on Friday night

How to get there

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 4 persons. A one-way transfer from Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS) costs 350 EUR for a maximum of 4 persons.

Arrival by bus

Russo Surfcamp-Vale Figueiras surf camp provides transfers from the closest towns Aljezur, Lagos, and Sagres. Transfers are for free from 8 a.m. till 10 p.m. Pick-ups and drop-offs from 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. have an extra cost of 20 EUR per way.

From Faro, you can travel on 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 traveling 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$147 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$410 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 round. High season arrival is on Sundays.

 

Low season
  • January 1 - June 16
  • September 3 - December 31
 
High season
  • June 17 - September 2

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