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Wonderful Portugal Surf Camp

All difficulty levels
Instruction in English
Breakfast included
Airport transfer available

Vida Pura invites you to join them in this surf camp in Odeceixe. The beautiful Odeceixe beach has many uncrowded wave spots that are suitable for you to experience surfing. You will stay in five-star accommodation and relax during the holiday. In the free time, trekking, cycling, or horse riding are perfect choices for people who want to try new things. One main goal of this holiday is to help you enjoy nature, sea, sand and surf, and de-stress.

Highlights

  • 6 surf lessons
  • Certified surf instructors
  • Suitable spots for all levels
  • Welcome drink and firewood
  • Use of surfing gears needed
  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • Daily breakfast

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


6 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English

Airport transfer available:
Faro Airport (US$111 per person)

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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Barbeque facilities
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Kitchen
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi

This project is inspired by the wish of two life long friends wanting to give back to the world and live closer to nature. Through this project, Vida Pura combines their private lives and their business ideas with the same underlying philosophy; a pure lifestyle both ethically as eco-friendly. At Vida Pura, the stunning natural environment brings people closer to their own inner nature.

This beautiful land and the region around it serves as the background for retreats and self-catering accommodation. Vida Pura hopes to inspire their guests and visitors to live in a more ecological way and to give back to the world. They offer the opportunity to experience more inner peace just be being here for a relaxing holiday or in one of their health and well-being retreats. Vida Pura's doors are also wide open for other organizations wanting to organize their retreats or events.

Bamboo apartment

The inspiration for this one-of-a-kind apartment came from the original Portuguese name of the land, ’Moinho das Canas’, which, freely translated, means cane mill. As the name suggests, a lot of cane grows here and Vida Pura used this material to decorate this apartment. The use of other natural building materials, such as cork, wood, and stone, gives the apartment a truly harmonious feel.

Natural elements apartment

As the name suggests, the natural elements apartment draws inspiration from the beauty of nature. The bedroom design incorporates the famous cork oaks of Portugal, a beautiful mosaic and wood finishes, while the bathroom is styled on the stunning vistas of the desert complete with sand dunes created with Moroccan plastering techniques. The open-plan living room and kitchen area with also boast many natural elements, such as cork, stone, and wood.

Recycle art apartment

As the name suggests, the recycle art apartment has been decorated and furnished with recycled and re-used materials that have been designed into the apartment in an artful way. The design of this wonderfully unique living space brings together a wealth of surprising materials.

The bedroom design incorporates a chestnut wooden bed mixed with 18th century carved posts from India. The bathroom has a sink made from an old wine press and the floor is made of slices of pine wood mixed with reused wine bottle tops. The living tops it off with the sofa made out of recycled jeans and in the kitchen, a surfboard acts as one of the kitchen shelves.

Vida Pura guesthouse

The Vida Pura villa turns into a guesthouse format in low and mid seasons. This means you can rent each bedroom individually and the common areas such as kitchen, living room, and outside area become shared facilities.

The Vida Pura guesthouse offers the serenity room with en-suite bathroom and two smaller bedrooms, the inspiration room, and the contemplation room that share one bathroom. Each bedroom has its own outdoor access great for doing yoga, reading a good book, or just relaxing in the hammock and taking in the ambiance.

The guesthouse is equipped with a kitchen with a sink, utensils, oven, fridge or freezer and gas cooker, living area, dining area and table with 10 seats, big couch, a TV with 80 satellite channels, a DVD player, herb garden, large glass doors that give access to a 100-square-meter wooden deck, and on the south a terrace of Santa Catarina tiles.

Program

You will start your day with a nice breakfast. In the morning or afternoon with the exact time depends on the tide, it is time for surf up and you will head to the beach of Odeceixe for your surfing lesson. You will be provided with all the gear you will need and the experienced surf instructor will guide you through the lesson. Go paddle out and stand on that board.

Lessons are about one and a half hours. You will have your free time and just spend it as you want. There are many options for you to choose such as sunbathing, strolling, shopping, chilling, getting a massage, and yoga.

Location

This retreat is located in the middle of a reserve close to the town of Odeceixe and its marvelous beach. During the day and especially at night, it is so quiet so you can hear a pin drop. The nocturnal animals sing their songs and the stream that divides the Algarve and the Alentejo trickles endlessly over the land. You can take great hikes by the river stream and up or down the valley.

The Odeceixe beach is the first prize-winning beach in the huge natural park that surrounds it. The beach is great for surfing, body boarding, and sunbathing. At the riverside, the ocean’s waves are canceled out and harness great opportunity for families with smaller kids.

If you want some more movement but not too much, you can take a bike, walk, or drive to Odeceixe, a little sleepy town but vibrant in summer. Around the area, traditionalism is very tangible and agriculture and fishery are one of the main activities. It is an area where you can still find donkeys ploughing the fields and the fish is served straight from the boat onto your plate.

Nearby places

  • Aljezur - 15 minutes
  • Carrapateria - 40 minutes
  • Lagos - 30 minutes
  • Monchique - 60 minutes
  • Sagres - 45 minutes
  • Silves - 60 minutes
  • Vila Nova de Milfontes - 45 minutes
  • Zambujeira de Mar - 20 minutes

Food

For your pre-surf breakfast, Vida Pura offers their homegrown herbal tea, lemon water, coffee, fruit, or yogurt after which you can participate in the yoga class, after which you will be served your yummy breakfast so you will be ready for those waves

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

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)

  • Bike to explore incredible natural beauty area with many miles of accessible tracks
  • Experience SUP on the tranquil river of Odeceixe
  • Feed the ducks, chickens, and donkeys, find the eggs, put the donkeys out, or join the manicuring sessions of the donkeys
  • Learn how to practice African dance
  • Massage is available at an extra cost
  • Spend one or two-hour for horse riding along beautiful coastline and beaches
  • Trek for hours or days along remote backcountry tracks or coastal paths by lovely donkeys
  • Visit local beaches, local restaurants, and nearby towns for shopping and lunch
  • Wine tasting

What's included

  • 6 surf lessons
  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • Certified surf instructors
  • Daily breakfast
  • Welcome drink and firewood

What's not included

  • Airfare to Faro Airport (FAO)
  • Equipment rental
  • Transfer to and from Faro Airport (FAO)

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Faro Airport (FAO). Faro Airport (FAO) is a 1-hour and 30-minute drive, while Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS) is a 3-hour and 30-minute away.

Arrival by taxi

Taxi service from Faro Airport to Vida Pura is 125 EUR one way. If through a personal contact of transfer service from Vida Pura is 95 EUR.

If you are coming from Faro, Vida Pura have a preferred supplier where you get to enjoy a 10% off rate on your booking, you may check the website luzcar.com. When you fill in the calculation form, please mention in the comments that you are a guest from Vida Pura and they will give you a 10% discount.

Arrival by bus

It is also possible to come by public transport. Coming from Lisbon by bus, there are 3 bus services per day: 07:30, 16:00, and another one at 17:30. Arriving 3-hour 30-minute later. Please check Rede-Expressos website.

Coming from Faro, you have to make your way to Lagos by train or by bus. The journey is 1-hour 45-minute. Then from Lagos to Odeceixe by bus. You may check eva-bus website for more information.

Pick up and drop off from Odeceixe bus stop is included and Vida Pura will take you to the mini market for some groceries before check-in to Vida Pura.

During the weekends, there are fewer buses running. If you choose to come by public transports, let Vida Pura know your arrival time at the airport and they can help you with connections timetable.

Airport: Faro Airport Airport transfer available: Faro Airport (US$111 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 2 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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If you choose to stay in the guest house, you will need to pay an additional cost of 10 EUR per day for upgrading to the room with a private bathroom.

Low season
  • November 1 - December 21
  • January 1 - March 31

 

Mid season
  • April 1 - April 12
  • April 16 - June 30
  • September 16 - October 31
  • December 22 - December 31 (Christmas and New year)

 

High season
  • April 13 - April 15 (Easter)
  • July 1 - July 31
  • September 01 - September 15
 
Special season
  • August 1 - August 31

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