Surf Camp Alentejo - Frequently Asked Questions

All you need to know for your surfing holiday in Alentejo, Portugal.

Booking My Surf Holiday in Alentejo

How can I book?

Please fill out our online pre-booking form. This form in no way constitutes a formal booking but helps us to obtain and give you all the necessary information for your surfing holiday in Alentejo. Alternatively you can always email us with your specific query

How do I pay?

In order to confirm your booking we require a deposit (no more than 20%). You can pay the deposit by It's safe, fast and easy. They take all major credit/debit cards. Once you confirm you are interested we will invoice you for the deposit by PayPal. Upon receiving confirmation of you deposit payment, you will receive a BOOKING CONFIRMATION email from with a voucher for the services contracted and final destination contacts and directions as well as arrival procedures.
The remaining balance is to be paid locally upon arrival to the surf camp.

Can I pay the balance with Visa or any other credit card on arrival?

You can pay the deposit via paypal (they acccept all major debit/credit cards). Final balance to be paid in cash upon arrival, or by bank transfer if you wish to pay before arrival.

How many days in advance do I need to book?

We can only guarantee the availability of any service with a minimum of two weeks' notice before arrival, but as long as there's availability we welcome you. So, if you have a last minute enquiry please CONTACT US!

Do I need to arrive on Sunday and leave on Sunday?

No, you can arrive or depart any day of the week. You can also stay in the camp before or after the week with the surf classes contracting accommodation only.

Can I take a surf camp package and my companion(s) accommodation only or a different package?


Can I change the dates after I book?

Yes, if there's availability for the new dates. In some cases we charge a small fee. But only in extraordinary cases, like last minute changes or changing to next year.

Do we get our money back, in case of cancellation?

Please check our booking terms.

Can I get a discount?

If you are a regular costumer or a group of 5 or more, of course you can!, We can talk about it .o)
How many people are in each apartment / room? We have shared rooms for 6 and 4 people and double rooms, in our surf villa. We always sort out people in the most comfortable way, and avoid putting people from different groups or genders together in the same room.

Surf Accommodation in Vila Nova de Milfontes

What choice of accommodation do I have?

We have shared and double rooms in our surf house in Alentejo . Depending on the season we can arrange for single rooms. What kind of rooms do you have? We have double (also with double bed) and shared rooms for 4 to 6 people.

Do I need to bring a sleeping bag?

Only if you wish... you don't need to. We provide covers, sheets, pillows, towels, etc.

Where is the nearest internet access point?

Right at the surf camp. We also have wireless access if you bring your own laptop.


The Surf Camp and How to get there

Which is the nearest airport?

Lisbon. It's 150km from the surf camp (1,5 hours by car over the motorway). We can organize car rental or direct airport transfers for you. Faro airport is 180 km south. Airports transfers are the same price for both airports.

How do I get to the surf camp?

  • Rent-a-car: We can organize rent-a-car with Lisbon airport pickup/deliver (with roof-rack). We pre-book the car only for our clients convenience. The contract and payment is made directly to the rent-a-car company upon arrival. Lisbon Airport rent-a-car
  • Direct Transfer: We can organize direct transfers from both Lisbon and Faro international airports to our surf camp in Alentejo (available 24/7)
  • Public transports: You can catch an EXPRESS BUS (faster one) from Lisbon. Both spot at VILANOVA DE MILFONTES (our town). It takes around 2,5 hours, and costs 15 Euros. Once you book you will received detailed information.

Is all surf equipment included (board and wetsuit)?

Yes, if you book the Full Surf Camp Pack. You can use the equipment after the classes and come surfing with us during the breaks. If you book other packages, you can rent a board and wetsuit

What nationalities do you have the most?

Mostly Europeans... but we're happy to say that we have costumers from all around the world. There is no one country that we can say that most our customers come from.

Are you open all year round?

Yes, we never close.

What kind of activities do you provide?

We are experts in Surf tuition for all levels, including surf guiding for experienced surfers. We provide two surf lessons per day. We can also organize outdoor activities such as mountain biking, rock climbing, rock slide, kayaking and much more (through a partnership with a specialized outdoor's company). At night we promote BBQ's, photo session, parties etc, to get people together. Nevertheless we are located by the ocean, so any activity related to the ocean like fishing, scuba diving etc may be provided. Vila Nova de Milfontes has lots of folk festivals all year round so that's always a plus ,o)

Is there a minimum age requirement?

No, but if you're under 18 years old we require you to bring written consent from your parents.

Are your courses for beginners or people who never surfed before?

Our surf camp in Alentejo provides special courses for complete beginners, improvement courses for intermediate surfers and guided tours along the coast for experienced surfers. It's the perfect place to learn how to surf or just enjoy surfing.

But I have done a beginner course before!

No worries. You join our level 2 group. Our instructors will evaluate your skills and help you with all you need to improve your surf.

Do you have surf lessons every day?

Every day except Sunday - free-surf!

Is there a minimum number of people for the surf classes?

No, classes are held no matter how many students. Our ratio students/instructor is of 8/1.

How many hours a day can I expect to stay in the water?

2 x 2h Sessions, the rest is up to you ,o)

Do you provide private surf lessons?

Yes, we arrange for private lessons, but only if we have available instructors (usually on the weekends), please email us

Can my 9 years old son get surf lessons?

Yes but you have to commit to keep an eye on them. Children do get tired very soon and our instructors cannot keep an eye both on the children and the ones in the water.

What if I have younger ones?

We can organize private lessons.

Weather and Waves in Alentejo

How is the weather?

Atlantic/Mediterranean, with mild winters and hot summers. In summer, the water temperature may reach 25 degrees, which is warm enough to surf without wetsuit. In winter, the minimum water temperature is around 15 degrees.

How are the waves?

In South West Alentejo you will find all kind of waves, breaking on reefs or sand banks, big and small, off shore, on shore, cross shore, but normally the summer swell is smaller, perfect for who want to learn how to surf. So, good all year around, better in fall, winter and spring; smaller in summer.

Can you tell me the nearest surf spots?

Furnas and Malhão beaches are 3 minutes driving from the surf camp.

What's the level of surfing that you need to surf in Malhão (our usual beach)?

There are so many surf spots in Malhão area that there's always a break for every level of surfer.

Are there any rips at your local surf spots?

Every spot has some rips, the sand banks are always changing thus making the rips. But don't worry, you will surf at the safest spots and always under supervision!

What is the best season of the year to catch good waves?

We have waves all year around. Portugal is the most western European Atlantic Coast. If you are intermediate/experienced surf the east season is from Sept to Jun, but there are always safe sheltered spots for beginners even in the peak of winter

How far is the nearest surf spot from accommodation?

Furnas is 2 kilometres south of the surf camp.

General Info and Services

Are there any surf shops around?

We have all the important stuff in the house (wax, wax combs, leashes, etc) and we can always bring extra stuff from the surf shop. The town has 2 good surf shops that you can also check out!

Can I buy surf gear or fix my board over there?

Yes. Alentejo Surf Camp is in contact with many surf gear dealers trough our surf shop. Our team is experienced in ding repairs, including our surf boards shaper, which can build a board especially for you ... but takes time, as least two weeks.

How far is the nearest ATM?

300 meters from the surf camp.

How far is the nearest supermarket?

300 meters from the surf camp.

How far is the nearest bar?

The beach bar is in the town centre... around 700 meters, but around the surf camp we have some typical bars, that we call "TASCAS" (taverns), the cheapest ever (70 cents for a beer!).

Where is the nearest hospital?

Vila Nova de Milfontes has a public health centre, the nearest Hospital is in Odemira (10km away).

How far is the nearest pharmacy?

500 meters, including naturalist pharmacies.

How far is the nearest restaurant?

200 meters, a cheap one.

Do I need a car to get around?

No, you have everything in walking distance, from surf spots and party to supermarkets and the ATM machine. If you prefer, we can always use one of our bikes to get there faster!

Where is the nearest internet access point?

Right at the surf camp. We also have wireless access if you bring your own laptop.


You wish... Nope.. not included

Nope... not included.. but available ,o)

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