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Portugal Surf Camp and Hostel

Beginner difficulty
Instruction in English
Maximum 8 participants
All meals included

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Sagres Sun Stay promises to adapt each level to each individual, taking into account both your well-being and learning goals. Taking up surf classes while making them a memorable experience is our mission.

Highlights

  • 7 nights in one of our accommodation options
  • 5 days of surf classes taught by certified surf teachers
  • 2 lessons of surf classes, per day of 1 and half hour, in a total of 3 hours per day
  • 5 day transportation to and from the best spot of the day
  • All equipment included during lesson hours: wetsuit and surfboard
  • Personal insurance coverage during classes
  • Lunchbox on the surfing days: sandwich, water and 1 piece of fruit
  • 7 breakfasts and 6 dinners* in restaurant (drinks are not included)

Skill level

  • Beginner

Styles


5 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Portuguese, Spanish
Group size: Maximum of 8 participants
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Accommodation

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

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Bar
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Multilingual staff
  • Picnic area
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Bicycle rental
  • Board rental
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Library
  • Meeting room
  • Outdoor shower

The Sagres Sun Stay provides everything you need for a memorable and enjoyable surf holiday. It is the perfect place to relax after your surfing day - where you can rest in a small paradise. Guest can enjoy newly built facilities, with a clean-looking finish, designed for your maximum comfort. You will be able to relax by our T-shaped salted water pool and lounge area with sunbeds. You squeeze in your gym routine in the morning using our fitness machines and end the day relaxing at a restaurant & bar that serves delicious dishes and drinks. Alternatively, you can choose to use their fully equipped common kitchen where you can cook and make new friends.

You are able to enjoy Wi-Fi all around the hostel and if you need to find a quiet space, our co-working and meeting room facilities are great places to focus.

To help relax the body and mind, we work with a range of qualified massage therapists where you can book a session at an extra cost in our massage corner.

For the avid surfer should wants to bring their own surf equipment we have private lockers to keep your material safe and you can use our water tanks to wash and dry your material.

Their reception team is always happy to help you and provide good recommendations for enjoying the best that Sagres has to offer when you are not surfing!

Rooms

They offer a range of accommodations suited for different needs:

Twin rooms

With a pool view, are perfect for couples or friends who want privacy and maximum comfort. With heated floors, an ensuite bathroom, a flat-screen TV, a terrace, and a view over their swimming pool, the rooms are made to offer pure relaxation and peacefulness.

Dorms

Sagres Sun Stay also has three types of dorm rooms: 6, 8, and 12 people. Specially decorated to bring up the feel of summer and surf vibes, while ensuring your privacy and security, with each bed having curtains and lockers. Free bed linen is provided, including duvets and pillows. Their orthopedic mattresses are designed to guarantee you a good night's sleep. The two big communal bathrooms are equipped with a hairdryer and shower gel.

Sustainability

Their connection with nature is important and it is their duty to protect it. Their range of solar power provides 90% of the energy used in their facilities and they have ambitions to make it 100% by 2026. The region of Algarve has suffered a range of droughts in recent years, which is why every guest staying in their dorms has a shower per day included in their package. Additional shower time will have an additional cost.

Program

Coupling a professional knowledge and teaching method with a friendly and interactive coaching approach, Sagres Sun Stay guarantees satisfaction, great memories, and good development of your skills. Whether you are looking for a quieter place to stay and practice surfing or to immerse yourself in a diverse and young surfing community, you are sure to look forward to an enjoyable and fun adventure while staying with Sagres Sun Stay.

The morning starts at around 8h30 with our breakfast buffet to charge batteries ahead of the surfing day head. After together with our surf instructors, we load the surfing gear, boards and wetsuits into the van and head to the best surf spot of the day depending the weather conditions and tide.

When you arrive to the beach each class are divided into its theoretical and practical components. The surf theory sessions include information about:

  • Presentation of the surfing equipment
  • Introduction to the aquatic environment
  • Safety rules
  • Surfboard handling techniques
  • Paddling techniques (how to catch a wave)
  • Take-off technique (1-2-3)
  • Balance techniques on the surfboard
  • Explanation of the winds’ functioning and behaviour of the waves
  • Safety rules

Before the actual practise, surf instructors will always do stretching exercises to prevent any injuries. During the time in the water our team of surf instructors are constantly giving feedback and orientation to improve your skills. There are two lessons a day, lasting one hour and 30 minutes each. In between lessons, there is a break for lunch to ensure that you recharge and eat your lunch pack.

At the end of the two sessions, the van drives back to Sagres Sun Stay where you will be able to unwind by the pool or get ready to enjoy the range of activities to do in Sagres before dinner. After dinner many some may decide to explore the some of Sagres’ bars or enjoy one of our famous karaoke nights.

This five-day beginner surfing program was elaborated through a methodology of progression and pedagogy. Contents may undergo changes, according to the forecast and the student's performance.

Location

This experience will take in Sagres in the region of Algarve in Portugal. Located in the south west coast, Sagres is an enchanting fishing coastal town, recognised as one of Europe’s best-surfing spots.

Why Sagres is one of Europe’s best surfing spots:

1. Prime Surf Conditions

Sagres offers some of the most consistent and reliable surf conditions in Europe. With its unique location at the southwestern tip of Portugal, it receives swells from both the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. This ensures year-round waves, catering to all levels from beginners to seasoned pros. Irrespectively of the weather, there are many beaches to choose from. Sagres has its own microclimate with an average of 300 sunny days per year with an average December temperatures of 17ºC, making it an ideal destination even in the Autumn and Winter.

2. Variety of Surf Spots

Sagres and its surrounding area is home to a diverse range of surf breaks. From the powerful waves at Praia do Tonel to the more forgiving swells at Praia da Mareta, there’s something for everyone. Each beach both in the north and south coast has its own character and wave types, providing endless opportunities to hone your skills and explore new challenges irrespectively of the weather conditions.

3. Stunning Natural Beauty

Surfing in Sagres is more than just riding waves - it's an immersion in nature of the South West Alentejo and Vicentine Coast Natural Park, which is the finest preserved stretch of European coastline, includes various unique species of animals and plant life. Sagres has dramatic cliffs, golden beaches, and crystal-clear waters creating a breathtaking backdrop for your surf sessions. The unspoiled landscapes, pristine non-crowded environment enhances the overall experience, making every surf trip memorable.

4. Surf-Friendly Community

Sagres boasts a vibrant and welcoming surf community. The town has surf shops, schools, and hostels like Sagres Sun Stay, which cater specifically to surfers. This supportive atmosphere ensures you’re always in good company and able to swap stories over a post-surf meal.

5. Cultural and Recreational Activities

When you’re not on the waves, Sagres offers plenty of other activities to enjoy. From exploring historical sites like the Sagres Fortress, to hiking along scenic coastal trails to seeing the famous sunset by the lighthouse or trying skating - there’s always something to do. The town’s laid-back vibe provides the perfect balance between adventure and relaxation.

Surf conditions

Surf spot:

 Sagres

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Features

Activities

  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Windsurfing

General

  • Bar
  • Café
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Multilingual staff
  • Picnic area
  • Poolside bar
  • Restaurant

Services

  • Board rental
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Library

Food

During your stay, you will be served 6 dinners* in restaurant (drinks are not included). *Dinners are not available from 1st November to 31st March

Breakfast

The morning begins with a buffet breakfast to kick-start the day full of energy! You will have several options which include:

  • Selection of different breads
  • Selection of milk (always including soya, almond milk)
  • Selection of cereals
  • Season fresh fruit
  • Vegetables
  • Cheese, Ham
  • Spreads which including Honey and Nutella
  • Warm drinks including tea and different types of coffee
  • Yogurts
  • Juices

Lunch Pack

In between the surf lessons you will have time to charge batteries with our lunch pack which includes:

  • 1 homemade sandwich (Sagres Sun Stay cater also for vegetarian and vegan options)
  • 1 piece of fruit
  • 1 bottle of water

Dinner

After a day of surfing we invite you to have dinner at our restaurant/bar where you can choose from our vegetarian menu which includes many delicious dishes like risotto or stuffed peppers. At the bar you have a choice of several drinks to start your evening before enjoying the nightlife of Sagres. Please note drinks during dinner are not included.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • 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 in one of our accommodation options
  • 5 days of surf classes taught by certified surf teachers
  • 2 lessons of surf classes, per day of 1h30, in a total of 3 hours per day
  • 5 day transportation to and from the best spot of the day
  • All equipment included during lesson hours: wetsuit and surfboard
  • Personal insurance coverage during classes
  • Lunchbox on the surfing days: sandwich, water and 1 piece of fruit
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 6 dinners* in restaurant (drinks are not included) *Dinners are not available from 1st November to 31st March
  • Access to surfcamp facilities which includes swimming pool, lounge area, outdoor gym machines, fully equipped shared kitchen, co-working space, bar/restaurant areas, surfboard washing tank.

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by bus

Take the bus 14 or 16 to Faro Bus Terminal. From here, take the bus to Lagos Bus Terminal and then the bus to Sagres. There is a bus stop close to the hostel and you can check the timetable for buses from Lagos to Sagres on Eva's website.

Arrival by shuttle

You can always take a private shuttle (you can book directly with Sagres Sun Stay) or make a car rental.

Arrival by train

From Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS), take the metro's red line and get out at São Sebastião's station. Go to the blue line (direction Reboleira) and get out at Jardim Zoológico's station. Walk to the Central Bus Station and get the bus to Sagres. You can check the timetable on Rede Expresso's website.

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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