Lisbon - The Perfect Surfing Holiday in Europe
With all year round blues skies, averaging 260 days of sun per year and mild winters, Lisbon is an amazing destination for a holiday in Europe.
Lisbon is one of the least expensive cities in Western Europe and has surprising contrasts and an uncommon character and charm, result of the wide range of cultural influences, together with the latest trends and lifestyles... the old and the new go hand in hand!
Lisbon has it all! It's a multifaceted city bursting with life, with a unique mix of culture, history and a great blend of trendy new restaurants, bars, discos... Do some shopping (low cost and designer labels), enjoy the gorgeous views of the city, the river Tagus and the picturesque setting where the typical yellow electric trams take you to the most narrow alleys right into the city's heart.
If you stay in the city center you will find all this within walking distance but Lisbon is also well served by public transportation.
Lisbon has consistently been in the top 10 when it comes to touristic preference as the best destination for families, honeymoon, winter holidays as well as most affordable holidays. These reviews and awards just highlight Lisbon's qualities and diverse tourism offer, mild temperatures and cheap prices.
Make sure you try "Pastéis de Nata" (custard pastry tart), "Ginjinha" (sour cherry liqueur) and "bacalhau" (salted codfish) some of the traditional delicacies of Lisbon.
When you are not surfing, Lisbon has plenty more to offer such as cultural events, festivals and fairs are a constant part of the Portuguese capital. Cascais, Estoril, Caparica, Guincho, Ericeira and even Peniche are just a short trip from Lisbon so you will be close to all the surf action!
And if this is not enough, within a 40 km radius you will find great sandy beaches and forests, magical architecture and the breath taking views of Sintra (UNESCO World Heritage Site).
Nightlife in Lisbon
Lisbon is also known for its lively nightlife so the fun isn't over when the sun sets!
It is home to many discos, bars, fado houses and nightclubs, all catering to different tastes and interests and located throughout the city.
The Bairro Alto district and surrounding area has been considered the biggest hot spot for nightlife in Lisbon, with more than 100 bars and restaurants in a small neighbourhood. However, in the last few years, a new nightlife area has boomed at Cais do Sodré square, with great restaurants.
Other neighbourhoods with thriving nightlife include Largo de Santos area, Docas and Av. 24 de Julho street area.
The street bars close at 2AM on weeknights and at 3AM on weekends but the party continues in the night-clubs after that. Just follow the locals down the hill!
Night time venues begin opening their doors at sunset and often do not close until early the following morning.
Taking full advantage of the great weather, Lisbon natives like to drink outside. Don't worry about the police, it's fully allowed! Prices are also appealingly low when compared to other European capitals so, here's another reason to leave the house at night (if you ever needed one to start with...).
One of the aspects of Lisbon's that makes it unique are its Fado houses where you can taste the traditional Portuguese food and drink, and listen to this truly one of a kind music. If you can find the real thing, these intimate venues often serve traditional homemade food and drinks and host folk and acoustic musicians singing and playing the traditional music of the country. The best areas for Fado houses are mostly Alfama and Bairro Alto, but also some small spots near Lapa and Castelo de S. Jorge.
When in Lisbon use the local spirit: ask everything you need to anyone, Lisbon natives always have an answer for you!
The Tourist Information desk puts out a monthly newsletter - Follow Me Lisboa guide - listing all the major events but be sure to search online for venues and events.
How To Get to Lisbon Surf House
From Lisbon Airport (LIS)
If you are arriving by plane and landing in Lisbon airport (LIS) you can either book a direct transfer, take a taxi or travel by public transportation.
- Direct personalised transfer: Don't want to rent a car nor travel by public transports? No problem, we can pick you up at the airport on any other place in Lisbon.
Personalized airport transfers are available for 35 Euros/trip on weekdays (09h00 to 21h00) or an extra 45 EUR/trip on weekends and weekdays from 21h00 to 09h00.
These rates apply to groups of up to 4 people. For larger groups, please contact us for prices. Please email us for more info and prices
- Car: Although transfers to the beach are included on surf school days, renting a car will allow you much more freedom to explore all the other beautiful beaches and villages near Lisbon, Cascais, Guincho and Cascais area.
You can pick it up upon arrival at Lisbon airport and return it there also. Click here for more details.
- Public transports: The easiest way to commute from central Lisbon to the surf house is by train or taxi. If you choose the fast and comfortable metro, take the red subway line and get out on the 9th station (Alameda). Change to the green subway line and get out on the last station (Cais do Sodré) where you'll find the connection to the train station.
Take the train at Cais do Sodré train station - look for Cascais Line and the train should say "Todas", because that's the one that stops in every station.
Get out at Caxias train station (it's a 25 minutes trip) and you'll be just 5 minutes walking distance from the house!
Trains run all day & night long and there’s a train at least every 30 minutes.
From Lisbon City center
If you are staying in Lisbon it's very simple to get to both the surf house and Carcavelos beach!
- If you are heading for the surf house, take the train (Cascais Line) at Cais do Sodré train station and get out at Caxias train station. After exiting the train you'll be just 5 minutes walking distance from the house.
- If you are meeting us at Carcavelos beach for your surf lesson, get out at Carcavelos train station, it's a 25 minutes trip. After exiting the train just walk down to the beach (10 minutes) and you're there!