Portugal Holidays

Surfing | Kitesurfing

Portugal – “The beauty of simplicity”

Breathe deep in the Algarve, all your worries will just vanish into thin air. Breathtaking landscapes, never-ending beaches and a great diversity of protected environments make the Algarve an inviting and relaxing, but above all natural, place to be. Besides its famous beaches, there’s a whole new world waiting to be discovered. By the coast are some important nature reserves, whilst inland are villages lost in time, a landscape filled with fruits and flowers and many other reasons for coming to the Algarve. All year round.
The Algarve landscape is composed of extensive areas of coastline,hills and fertile plains, in an area that is particularly rich in contrasts. The south coast and south-west coast display their differences between steep cliffs and vast expanses of sand. As you make your way inland, the blue of the sea gives way to the green and orange tones of the Barrocal region, the Algarve’s orchard. Its fertile land is home to orange-trees, carobtrees,fig-trees and almond-trees, which at the beginning of each year cover the countryside with a blanket of white flowers. Further north, the hills of the Serra de Monchique and Serra do Caldeirão,the largest range of hills in the region, are essential places for a visit, with their magnificent cork-trees surrounded by flowers and shrubs.

  • affordable surfing and kitesurfing holidays in portugal
  • affordable surfing and kitesurfing holidays in portugal
  • affordable surfing and kitesurfing holidays in portugal
  • affordable surfing and kitesurfing holidays in portugal
  • affordable surfing and kitesurfing holidays in portugal
  • affordable surfing and kitesurfing holidays in portugal
  • affordable surfing and kitesurfing holidays in portugal
  • affordable surfing and kitesurfing holidays in portugal
  • affordable surfing and kitesurfing holidays in portugal
  • affordable surfing and kitesurfing holidays in portugal

 

Important Information

With the exception of the Algarve, Portugal’s coastline is mainly Atlantic facing, making the climate a little cooler but providing some spectacular scenery and perfect surfing conditions.  Some facts:

  • The official language is Portuguese and the currency is the Euro.
  • Portugal is 1-hour ahead of the UK
  • The voltage is 220v and standard 2-pin European sockets are used, so take an adapter for UK plugs
  • For an Active Adventures holiday you will fly into Faro and transfer to Lagos on the Algarve – either by pre-arranged transfer with Active Adventures or by train.  If you make your own way to Lagos we can arrange free pickup to the surf camp
  • Air temperatures in the Algarve range from 17º Jan-Mar, climbing to 22º Apr-Jun, 27° Jul-Sep and dropping back to 17° in Oct
  • Sea temperatures range from 16º in Jan-Mar, climbing to 19º Apr-Jun, 22º Jul-Sep and back down to 17º in Oct

Click on the toggles below to view the accomodation choices at this location:

Surf Camp – National Park

Surf Camp – Half Board

This is Active’s recomended accommodation for those who are serious about their surfing and want to spend more time exploring the coastline than bars and restaurants. Entertainment is initiated by you and others on the trip; bbqs and moonlit evenings is what you’re in for. The accommodation is varied from the surf hotel to simply camping. There is a surf lodge that is based in the wild and offers basic facilities. It’s extremely scenic and perfect for those wanting an intimate experience with fellow surfers and the wilderness.

The surf camp is operated close to Bordeira, in the middle of the National Park of the South-West Algarve. From our surf camp we have quick access to the many beaches in the Algarve and the Southern part of the Alentejo. Our staff bring you to the surrounding beaches daily, different spots can be visited on a day, dawn patrolling, sunset surfing, you name it. Every morning starts with a great breakfast with fresh coffee (no instant!), fresh rolls, fruit, cereal, etc. Then we’re off to the beach. Surf classes will be given to those who need surf lessons. The surf breaks we visit are again suitable for all levels. Surf classes are always kept close to the beach in maximum waist-deep water, just to make sure that you are safe and that you feel safe. Experienced surfers paddle out to the line up and surf reefs, point breaks or the many beach breaks.

The Surf Apartments – National Park

Surf Apartments – Self Catering

These remote apartments are great for groups or people who want to get away from it all. They include everything you will need and are comfortable and basic. You are generally better off renting a car as the nearest towns and villages are miles away. Perfect for those wanting some space and relaxation.

These apartments are ideal for groups of surfers, friends and families. Away from the city’s, noise, air and light pollution. A great private place to relax and recharge with epic surf just around the corner. The building is divided into two self-contained apartments, one contains a double bed and is ideal for couples, the other has 6 bunk beds in a shared bedroom, perfect for groups or large families!

Whilst the apartments are fitted for self-catering, the apartments are situated just a few minutes walk from the surf camp where you’ll join in for meals with your fellow surfers!

  • Fully equipped kitchen, stove top, etc
  • One double bed or two single beds
  • Lounge with fire place
  • Separate bathroom plus toilet
  • Heating (wood fire)
  • Private barbecue area and terrace furniture
  • Extra outdoors kitchen for cleaning fish, etc
  • Bed linen supplied, (bath towels not supplied)
  • Children and pets welcome

Surf Camp – Algarve

Surf Camp – B&B

This is Active’s recomended accommodation for those looking for greater comfort and easier access to other evening entertainment. It is perfect for surfers on their own, in couples and groups alike. Complete with swimming pool, table tennis, internet, widescreen tv, guest kitchen, lounge, BBQ area & roof terraces whether you´re coming for the surf, other activities or just the sun, our Surf Camp is an ideal escape. Ideally positioned by Portugal’s world class surf, we have something to suit every surfer and non surfer too. The great value, laid back atmosphere, and location just 10 minutes outside Lagos centre means you can really unwind and relax whilst still being close to the vibrant nightlife that Lagos has to offer.

The accommodation is certainly no place to rough it. With private, single, double, tripple, quad, and two huge dorm rooms that each sleep up to 8 – 10 people it’s well equipped to cater for a wide scope of visitors. The Camp attracts people from all over the world wanting to meet other surfers or people who like exploring the outdoors. There’s a laid back atmosphere and plenty of places to sunbathe, read or just hang out with friends. We have a huge garden, sun loungers, hammocks, bean bags, and a yoga area to make your stay as relaxing as possible. During the peak months we run two optional barbecues a week so you can get to know the other guests and let us do the hard work for you. Friendly staff are on hand to give advice on our range of activities, the best surf spots for that day and the best places to eat and drink that the local area has to offer.

  • Daily delicious breakfast included
  • WIFI throughout entire camp
  • 24 hour reception
  • Swimming Pool
  • Volley Ball Court
  • Roof terrace
  • Yoga zone
  • Table tennis
  • Table football
  • Satellite TV
  • Media box packed with films
  • Board & Wetsuit rental
  • Activities booking centre
  • Large Garden
  • Guest BBQ facilities
  • Sea and sunset views
  • Board and Wetsuit storage area
  • Fully equipped kitchen for guest use
  • Car parking
  • Ensuite dorm room with jacuzzi bath
  • Bike Hire
  • Guest skateboards
  • Slack line
  • Tea and Coffee making facilites
  • Laundry facilities

Camping – Algarve

Surf Camp – B&B

Come and join us in our dedicated enclosed camping lagos area and rest sleeping under the stars. We have five pitches tucked away in our sheltered garden, all accommodating a 2-4 person size tent. Whilst camping you still feel part of the surf camp vibe being within the grounds, and can take advantage of all the Surf Camps facilities which are right on your doorstep. Campers have access to hot showers, WIFI, kitchen facilities, and all the activities. Barbecues at the camp with grilled fish and live music in the summer are not to be missed.

  • Daily delicious breakfast included
  • WIFI throughout entire camp
  • 24 hour reception
  • Swimming Pool
  • Volley Ball Court
  • Roof terrace
  • Yoga zone
  • Table tennis
  • Table football
  • Satellite TV
  • Media box packed with films
  • Board & Wetsuit rental
  • Activities booking centre
  • Large Garden
  • Guest BBQ facilities
  • Sea and sunset views
  • Board and Wetsuit storage area
  • Fully equipped kitchen for guest use
  • Car parking
  • Ensuite dorm room with jacuzzi bath
  • Bike Hire
  • Guest skateboards
  • Slack line
  • Tea and Coffee making facilites
  • Laundry facilities

Click on the subjects below to discover what great activities you can build into your Active Adventures holiday!

Depending on which of our fantastic spots you head for, here are some extra fun activities to fill up your spare time (if you still have the energy!). If you fancy any of these just ask us and we’ll point you in the right direction!

  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Drinking & partying
  • Sea Fishing
  • Rock Climbing
  • Jet Skiing
  • Wakeboarding
  • Sky Diving
  • More surfing!

 

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