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Beginner and Intermediate Portugal Surf Camp

Beginner difficulty
Instruction in English
Breakfast & lunch included

The Surf and Stay package is Sagres Natura Surf Camp's classic package and the best option for beginners and intermediate level surfers, to combine beautiful holidays in the Algarve with high-quality surf lessons. No matter if it is your first time surfing, or if you surfed before, they will help you improve your skills with their step-by-step teaching method, individual analysis, local knowledge, and guidance. They will thoroughly assess your level, by checking your experience and knowledge of the basics and give you advice and top tips that will help you improve your skills.


  • 5 surfing days (2 hours per day)
  • Learn from a certified instructor and receive individual surf analysis
  • Equipment (Surfboard and wetsuit) during lesson hours is included
  • Experience friendly professional instruction
  • Transport to the best waves every day is included
  • Enjoy full use of surf camp facilities
  • Daily big breakfast and a lunch pack for the beach will be provided
  • 7 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate


5 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: German, Portuguese
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  • Barbeque facilities
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Meditation garden
  • Picnic area
  • Terrace
  • Board rental
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Laundry
  • Meeting room
  • Wireless internet
  • Outdoor shower

The perfect place to chill

The spacious and beautifully decorated Portuguese house has great views of the area and a friendly relaxed atmosphere. Just a few minutes' drive from the best surf spots of Sagres and only a 5-minute walk from the town center, everything is right on your doorstep. After surfing, relax in the tropical garden with ping pong and balance games while you decide what you’d like to do for dinner.

Walk to the town center’s bars and restaurants, or they have a fully equipped kitchen if you want to cook at the camp. They love to make you feel welcome and completely at home, and they’re never far away if you need help with anything!

Explore beautiful traditional Portuguese home close to the best surf spots of Sagres and right by the small city center. Sagres Natura Surf Camp knows how important it is to not just have a place to sleep when you are traveling but to be in a house that feels like a home. That’s why they are always working on making their house even more comfortable for you and adding all the features needed to make it warm, welcoming, and as comfy as possible.

In their freshly redesigned living room, next to the big and fully equipped kitchen you will find a big table to have dinner with the other hostel guests as well as a tv lounge, a billiard table, and even nice swings! Also, the back of the house offers a spacious tropical garden with different balance games, a ping pong table, sunbeds, and enough space to sit down with friends, have some guitar jam sessions, or simply enjoy the sunny weather of the Algarve.

The rooms

the house is big and can comfortably accommodate 37 people. They have shared rooms (3 or 4 persons), double (1 bed) or twin (2 beds), and single rooms. Bed linen and towels are provided. All rooms are equipped with a heating system and you can easily access Wi-Fi from any room, as well as from the rest of the campus. The surf camp is cleaned every day.

  • Shared room for 3-4 persons (shared bathroom)
  • Double room with 1 double bed (private bathroom)
  • Twin room with 2 single beds (private bathroom)
  • Single room with 1 single bed (private bathroom)\

All the rooms include:

  • Wi-Fi access in the whole camp
  • TV lounge and dining room
  • Fully equipped and modern kitchen
  • Big outdoor BBQ and dining area
  • Tropical garden/chill-out area
  • Board and wetsuit storage room


A day at Sagres Natura

The day starts at around 8 a.m. in the breakfast room, where you’ll find the best fresh breakfast to give you lots of energy for surfing! Fresh bread, ham, cheese, chorizo, eggs, pancakes, cereals, fruits, yogurts, vegan options, coffee, milk, tea, fresh juice, and homemade cake. You can also make your sandwich to take for lunch at the beach.

At around 8.30 a.m. Sagres Natura Surf Camp loads the vans with you and your surfboards, then drives to where the best waves are! On arrival at the beach, you will be given your equipment and split into groups that match your level of surfing. Then you will surf together until 1 p.m.

When your surf session ends, you can rest your muscles and mind, eat your lunch, and relax at the beach or head back to the Surf Camp to enjoy a hot shower once you’re refreshed, begin the evening with a cocktail and chill out in the big garden area.

Sagres Natura also offers various activities during the week such as yoga sessions at the Camp, watching the sunset at the best sunset spots together, and many more. Just ask reception for more information.

You can use the kitchen if you want to cook your own dinner, or depending on the groups, you could join them for dinner at one of their favorite restaurants. After dinner, you can relax at the camp and choose a movie to watch, or if you still have some energy, party with them in their local bar.

But remember… the waves will be waiting for you the next morning!!

Surf spot guide

South swell: Algarve south coast

  • Praia do Zavial

If the swell comes from the south Zavial will be probably the biggest wave on the south coast. With a small swell (under 1.5 meters) it can be perfect for beginners. Over 1.5 meters the waves get heavy, fast, and hollow. Sandbanks move around a lot with the strong swells so take time to watch for where the rips are before you go in. Some rocks to the right, stay middle or left for the sandy bottom. If it’s too big here with a south swell, we recommend trying the Sagres beaches or the west coast.

  • Praia da Mareta

This spot can be really perfect with a small-medium swell from the south (up to 1.5 meters). Bigger than 1.5 meters can get heavy, not so good for beginners but great fun for experienced surfers. Depending on sandbanks, usually best from low to mid-tide. At high tide, it can turn into shallow closeouts, especially with a big swell. One or two rocks to watch out for, on the left and to the far right, as the tide goes out, mostly sandy bottom. If it’s too big here with the south swell, check Tonel.

  • Praia do Tonel

The position of this spot around the point of the Fortaleza usually makes the waves here smaller than Zavial/Mareta with a south swell. Depending on the sandbanks it can be a softer wave from the mid-high tide, getting faster as the tide goes out. Some rocks to look out for depending on tide and sand levels. Watch where others are surfing before you go in or ask a surf instructor or lifeguard where it’s safest to surf. Are waves too big with a south swell? Check Beliche or try the west coast.

  • Beliche

You’re not likely to find waves at Beliche with a south swell unless it’s a big one (2 meters+). Great shelter from a strong north wind. Watch before you go in to see how the waves break, depending on sandbanks and tide level it can get fast and steep.

South swell: Algarve west coast

  • Castelejo, Cordoama, and Bordeira

A big south swell (2 meters+) makes ideal conditions all along the west coast, especially for beginners. The closest west coast surf breaks that they recommend are Castelejo, Cordoama, and Bordeira. All with a sandy bottom, and occasional obvious rocks at Castelejo and Cordoama. Lots of space to spread out at Bordeira but very exposed to the wind.

North-Northwest-West swell: Algarve west coast

  • Castelejo, Cordoama, and Bordeira

In the summer, with a small to medium swell (from under 1 meter up to 1.5 meters), the west coast is fun for every surfer. A slightly bigger swell makes perfect white water for beginners, some nice green wave opportunities for beginner-intermediate, and plenty of playtime for experienced surfers out the back. Above 1.8 meters usually, they recommend trying the south coast.

Depending on wind strength and direction, choose from Castelejo and Cordoama, slightly more shelter from the wind, depending on the sandbanks can get closeouts at low tide or Bordeira, very exposed to the wind but less affected by the tide.

North-Northwest-West swell: Algarve south coast

  • Tonel, Zavial, Beliche, and Mareta

A small swell from the west (under 1.2 meters) will sometimes bring gentle waves to Tonel, possibly very small waves for Zavial, unlikely Beliche, not Mareta. Over 1.5 meters, usually Tonel and Zavial have good waves for beginners/improvers, maybe a small wave at Beliche. Not likely for Mareta.

Over 2 meters west/northwest/north swell, south coast spots all should have waves. In order of size from biggest to smallest, Tonel, Zavial, Beliche, Mareta. Check one and then if it’s too big or small, use the info above to know where to try next.


If you are looking for an affordable surf trip destination where the waves are consistent all year through and offer options for all skill levels, then Sagres is your place to be!

Consistent waves all year through Surf in Sagres

Sagres is known to be one of the top surfing spots in Europe and the number one surf spot in the Algarve. But why is this? What makes Sagres so special and why do so many surfers come back here year after year? Let them show you a couple of factors about Surf in Sagres and why they decided to found the surf camp at the so-called “End of the World”.

  • Two coasts = More waves

Sagres is located on the southwest tip of the Algarve. This means, when the waves get too big on the west coast, here you can still surf on the south coast, with protection from the wind and the very big swells. This gives you the maximum choice and offers top surf conditions for all levels of surfers.

  • Lots of beaches

Sagres and its surrounding area offer many beaches to choose from. It means you can pick the perfect place to suit your level of surfing and experience. There are wide open beaches which give you a feeling of wild and free and there are also small coves that feel cozier.

  • Sunshine (almost) all year through

It’s almost always sunny here in the southern Algarve, but it’s equally very rare that it gets too hot in Sagres, even in summer, because of strong winds from the Atlantic. So, there’s not too much heat that will soak up your energy, but the constant sunny weather makes the Sagres natives smile all of the time, especially when you watch it go down at the end of a great day.

  • Clear and cool water

Strong currents bring clean water, a clear blue ocean, and cool temperatures that are perfect to keep up your energy for surfing. No risk of reef cuts or infections from tropical water here and no pollution from cities or power stations either. It’s much nicer to feel safe and stay cool in some of the cleanest seawater around Europe!

  • Vast marine life but no shark attacks!

The sea around the western Algarve is rich in marine life, with seabirds, hundreds of types of fish, and bigger species, like dolphins and whales, feeding, breeding or just passing through on migration. It’s the perfect place to feel connected with the ocean and all its life and occasionally see a pod of dolphins or whales passing by.

Also, there’s never been a report of a shark attack in Portugal. Sharks have been seen very occasionally, but usually, they’re just passing by, far out to sea on the migration route. The harmless ones that actually live in the sea around here stay out much deeper and have plenty of fish to eat, so they don’t need to come and eat our surfboards!

  • Friendly people and enough space for everyone

Because Sagres is in the Costa Vicentina Natural Park, it’s kept a small-town fishing vibe and with many beaches but not too many people, so you can always find a space for your towel on the beach! While other surf destinations get developed and overcrowded, Sagres still keeps a laidback very relaxed feeling, even in the busiest summer months. And lots of the people that stay in Sagres all year through are passionate surfers, so you will get to meet lots of like-minded people!

Surf conditions

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  • Barbeque facilities
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Meditation garden
  • Picnic area
  • Terrace


  • Board rental
  • Free bicycle
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Meeting room
  • Wireless internet


Daily, you will be provided with a big breakfast and packed lunch.

The best breakfast

The breakfast room is a great place to start the day. Surfing requires you to eat well, so they provide a huge breakfast every day. Build up your energy with a selection of:

  • Fresh fruit
  • Cereals and yogurts
  • Soy milk and soy yogurts
  • Fresh white bread and whole-grain bread
  • Homemade cake
  • Pancakes
  • Eggs - scrambled, omelet, and co.
  • Cold meats and cheese
  • Salads and vegetables
  • Homemade fruit juice
  • Fresh coffee and tea
  • Lots of local Portuguese products
  • Vegetarian and vegan options

You can also make a lunch pack to take to the beach from the breakfast buffet.

Sagres Natura Surf Camp's famous BBQ party

Celebrate your surfing progress and achievements at the Friday night BBQ and find out why the Sagres Natura BBQ Party is so famous! After the BBQ, continue the surf party at their very own Sagres Natura Cocktail Bar, where they serve snacks, cocktails, and homemade juices. With great music and dancing till the early hours, they make the ultimate night out in Sagres! At the BBQ, they serve a vast offer of different:

  • Meat
  • Fish
  • Salads
  • Pasta
  • Vegetarian options
  • Sangria, wine, and juice
  • Non-alcoholics
  • And homemade dessert

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

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

What's included

  • 7 nights accommodation with a private bathroom
  • 5 surfing days with certified instructors (2 hours)
  • Individual surf analysis
  • Equipment (surfboard and wetsuit) during lesson hours
  • Transport to the best waves every day
  • Big breakfast and lunch pack for the beach
  • Full use of surf camp facilities (Lounge and TV room with TV, DVD, and cable, fully equipped kitchen, BBQ area, tropical garden, board room, Wi-Fi, etc)
  • Discount in Sagres Natura Surf Shop
  • Friendly professional instruction

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Airport transfers/transportation to and from the venue
  • Dinner

How to get there

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Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% 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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  • November - June
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  • July - October

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