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Fun-Packed Surfcamp Portugal

All difficulty levels
Instruction in English
Maximum 35 participants
All meals included
Airport transfer available

Join Village Camps in their new surf camp in a legendary area in Portugal! This surf camp will take place in the west coast of Portugal, which is one of the world’s top surf destinations. Learning while having fun and having fun while learning are at the center of Village Camps' philosophy. These principles, instilled daily to campers, counselors, and staff, ensure the highest level of a rewarding, enjoyable, and beneficial summer camp experience to all participating. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity this summer!

Highlights

  • Daily surfing lesson
  • Fun visits and excursions
  • Enjoyable evening activities
  • Necessary surfing equipment
  • 13 nights' accommodation
  • Professional instructors
  • Healthy daily meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


10 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 35
Airport transfer available:
Lisbon Portela Airport (US$175 per person)
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Accommodation

Accommodation is at the superbly new residence of Santa Cruz, reserved for Village Camps just 15 minutes’ walk from your main surfing beach and the town. The 4-6 bed apartments are modern and spacious and all have full en-suite facilities. Campers have access to a large, private swimming pool, and exclusive use of two activity rooms.

Program

Overview

The local surf school, with its professional instructors, has over a decade of specialist experience in the Santa Cruz area, so has the expertise in constantly monitoring the tides, sea conditions, and the changing positions of the sandbars. Each day, the surf school chooses the safest and best places - and the best times - for surfers to learn and improve in optimum conditions. Although the timing of the instruction is flexible, lessons will average about three hours each day from Monday to Friday.

The beaches that the surfing instructors regularly use are usually about a 15-minute drive away. In the 20 kilometers of coast around Santa Cruz, there are 20 different beaches with the closest and your main base, the Blue Star rated Praia de Santa Cruz, a mere 15-minute walk for your accommodation. All campers, whilst surfing, will be provided with specialist's, quality equipment including a surfboard, rash guard, and wetsuit.

It is interesting that it was at Nazare, about an hour away from your surf beaches, that the world record biggest wave was surfed during the winter months. You will surf in the month of July when the superb beaches at Santa Cruz promise perfect conditions for beginners right through the intermediate range to the most advanced surfers. Safety is Village Camps’ main concern with fun and excitement ranked closely behind.

Evening activities

Your evening entertainment program will include some of the following: discos, indoor Olympics, Instagram scavenger hunt, talent night, campfire, carnival night, karaoke evening, and board games.

Sample daily schedule

The following is a sample schedule and may be subject to change.

Monday to Friday

Mornings

  • 07:30-08:00 Wake up
  • 08:00-09:00 Breakfast
  • 09:00-10:30 Period A - Specialty programs
  • 10:45-12:15 Period B - Specialty programs

Afternoons

  • 12:15-13:30 Lunch
  • 13:30-14:00 All camp meeting
  • 14:00-15:30 Period C - Sign-up activities
  • 15:45-17:15 Period D - Sign-up activities
  • 17:15-18:15 Free time

Evenings

  • 18:15-19:30 Dinner
  • 19:30-21:30 Evening program
  • 21:30 Lights out - Greens (7 to 9 years old)
  • 22:00 Lights out - Yellows (10 to 12 years old)
  • 22:30 Lights out - Reds (13 to 14 years old)
  • 23:00 Lights out - Blues (15 and older)

Saturday

  • Excursion day

Sunday morning

  • Late wake up call, breakfast, and relaxed morning

Sunday afternoon

  • Excursion

Included excursions

While Portugal may be relatively small, the opportunities for visits and excursions are generous. Excursions will be selected from the following:

  • Obidos: a charming, walled medieval city and one of the acclaimed “seven wonders of Portugal”
  • Lagoon of Obidos: a busy, fun adventurous time with stand-up paddle-boarding, kayaking, and canoeing
  • Setubal (dolphin-watching) - Troia National Park - Sado Estuary: a real ‘highlight’ day starting with embarkation on a sailing catamaran to spot the indigenous Sado dolphins, an afternoon in the National Park of Troia, and on to the Sado Estuary with its unspoiled beaches and Roman ruins
  • Lisbon: sightseeing (underground Roman ruin tour) and free time

Location

On the West Coast of Portugal, just an hour from the capital, Lisbon, Village Camps’ new Portuguese location, Santa Cruz, lies on the dramatic coastline of the Costa de Prata - the ‘Silver Coast’. The majestic cliffs and beautiful beaches make this sun-drenched coastline what many consider to be Europe’s premier surfing destination. The nearest and best surfing beach of the twenty on this 20-kilometer coastline is the Blue Star-rated Praia de Santa Cruz, just 15 minutes’ walk from your accommodation. Lisbon, the capital, and its convenient international airport are only an hour or so away. The program of local visits and excursions is quite exceptional in this exciting addition to the Village Camps range.

Nearby places

  • Lisbon - 1 hour
  • Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS) - 1 hour
  • Nazare - 1 hour
  • Praia de Santa Cruz - 15 minutes’ walk
  • Santa Cruz town - 15 minutes’ walk
  • The beaches - 15 minutes' drive

Features

Activities

  • Kayaking
  • Mountain biking
  • Rock climbing
  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)

Food

All Village Camps’ camps have a qualified chef and kitchen staff with professional experience in preparing meals for young children and teenagers. The chef is in charge of planning and preparing a well-balanced and attractive diet. The kitchen staff members help with the preparation, keeping the facilities clean, and serving the campers.

For each meal, campers can usually choose from two to three options while a salad and fruit bar are always available. Special dietary needs such as those relating to allergies, vegetarians, etc. can be accommodated, provided that Village Camps is advised in advance. Parents with any doubt about their child's special dietary needs should consult Village Camps in advance.

Village Camps has been keeping campers well-fed for over 46 years. Their professional staff and years of experience ensure that the campers are really well cared for.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

  • Vegetarian
  • 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)

  • Abseiling
  • Aqua volley
  • Archery
  • Beach volleyball
  • Bodyboarding
  • Cliff walks (chance to look for fossils)
  • Football
  • Introduction to surfing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain biking
  • Paddleboarding
  • Paintball
  • Rock climbing
  • Ropes course
  • Skimboarding
  • Surfing
  • Treetop ropes course
  • Visiting caves and speleology

What's included

  • Daily surfing lesson
  • Visits and excursions
  • Evening activities
  • Service of professional instructors
  • Surf equipment including a surfboard, rash guard, and wetsuit
  • 13 nights' accommodation
  • Daily meals

What's not included

  • Accident / illness insurance (130 EUR for two weeks)

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request.

The cost for a one-way transfer is 75 EUR and the cost for roundtrip transfers is 150 EUR.

Airport: Lisbon Portela Airport Airport transfer available: Lisbon Portela Airport (US$175 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 30 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 45 days before arrival.
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