SURF CAMP SAGRES ALGARVE
ALL I NEED TO KNOW FOR MY SURFING HOLIDAYS IN SAGRES

  • Booking
  • Accommodation
  • Surf Camp and Surf School
  • Get to us
  • Weather & Waves
  • What to bring
+ 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 Algarve. Alternatively you can always email us with your specific query.

+ How do I pay?

In order to confirm your booking and services contracted you agree to pay a deposit (a percentage of the total value of your booking). The remaining balance is to be paid locally upon arrival to the surf camp. Please read our booking terms and conditions.

+ How many days in advance do I need to book?

You can book at any time but best to secure your place well in advance since we do get full, especially in peak seasons.

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

No, you can arrive and depart any day of the week and stay for as long as you want!

+ Can I take a surf camp package and my companion accommodation only or a different package?

Yes.

+ Can I change the dates after I book?

Yes, if there's availability for the new dates and when advised at least 2 weeks before due arrival date.

+ Do I get my money back, in case of cancellation?

Please check our booking terms and conditions.

+ Can I get a discount?

We do have discounts available for longer durations. The more surfing you do the cheaper it gets.
Also, if you are a regular costumer or a big group we can talk about it .o)

+ What choice of accommodation do I have?

The surf house in Sagres has dorms for up to 4 persons and private rooms (single, twin and double) - all rooms have private bathroom.

+ How many people sleep in each room?

You can either have a room all to yourself or share with a maximum of 3 other guests.

+ What are check in and check out times?

Check-in is after 12h00.
Check-out is until 11h00.

+ Do I need to bring a sleeping bag?

Only if you wish... you don't need to. We provide all bed linen and bath towels.

+ If I'm staying at the surf house...
  • Where is the nearest internet access point?
    There is free Wi-Fi access in the common areas of the surf house.
  • How far is the nearest beach?
    There is beach just 800m away from the surf house (10 minutes’ walking distance).
  • How far is the nearest ATM?
    Five (5) minutes' walking distance.
  • How far is the nearest supermarket?
    Five (5) minutes' walking distance.
  • How far is the nearest bar?
    Five (5) minutes' walking distance.
  • Where is the nearest hospital?
    There is a district hospital in Lagos (33 km away) and a local medical care center just five (5) minutes walking distance from the surf house in Sagres
  • How far is the nearest pharmacy?
    Five (5) minutes' walk from the surf house.
  • How far is the closest restaurant?
    Five (5) minutes' walk from the surf house.
+ Is all surf equipment included?

Yes, all surf equipment is included if you book surf school or a surf camp pack.

+ What nationalities do you have the most?

Normally Europeans... but we're happy to say that we have costumers from all around the world. We are an international surf company so we have guests of different nationalities who give a very good vibe in the surf house and in the surf school (surf, siesta, relax, dinners, drinks, sleep, more surf surf,…).

+ Are you open all year round?

No. The surf camp usually closes from the beginning of November to the beginning of March. Please contact us for availability.

+ What kind of activities do you provide?

We are experts in surf tuition for all levels! If you are interested in other activities such as SUP, yoga, mountain biking, etc., we can recommend a specialized outdoor company in Sagres.

+ Are your courses for beginners and people who never surfed before?

Our surf camp in Sagres provides beginner surf courses for those who have never surfed before and improvement courses for those above beginner level. 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 can join our level 2 group. Our instructors will evaluate your skills and help you with all you need to improve your surf level and skills.

+ Do you have surf lessons every day?

Yes, including Saturday and Sunday.

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

No, classes are held no matter how many students but the maximum ratio of students per instructor is of 8..

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

Around 4 hours per day in 2 sessions (2h/session).

+ Do you provide private surf lessons?

Sorry, but we only offer group lessons.

+ If I find accommodation elsewhere can I still join your surf school?

Yes. We welcome anyone looking to learn how to surf, improve skills and have fun!
Please contact us for availability.

+ Do you offer pick up service for surf school?

Meeting point for surf school is our surf shop or the surf house in Sagres. Both options are within walking distance to any accommodation option in Sagres.

+ Is there a minimum age requirement to join group classes?

Minimum age to join our group classes is 8 years old.

+ Do I have to know how to swim?

Yes, all clients have to know how to swim. It's important that you have good body resistance, absence of serious respiratory, pulmonary and cardiac illnesses and swimming ability - at least 25 meters crawl.

+ What is the nearest airport?

The closest airport to our surf camp is Faro (FAO) - approximately 115Km - so that should be your destination airport when searching for flights to Sagres.
You can also fly to Lisbon (LIS) - approximately 325Km - and reach Sagres by bus, car or train.

+ How do I get to the surf camp?

You can get to Sagres Surf Camp by car, train, bus, shuttle service or direct transfer. The best way to get to Sagres will depend on where you are travelling from (Faro, Lisbon, Sagres, etc.). Please contact us for detailed info and check the "how to get to Sagres" detailed section.

+ Do I need a car to get around?
No, you have everything in walking distance, from beaches and party to supermarkets and the ATM machine.
+ How is the weather?

The weather is Atlantic/Mediterranean, with mild winters and hot summers.
Algarve is known for its sunny weather all year long. Winter and Spring bring some colder and rainy periods December to April).
Temperatures can drop to 12º C in Winter and go as high as 40 ºC in the Summer.
In summer, the water temperature may reach 25 ºC, which is warm enough to surf without wetsuit. In winter, the minimum water temperature is around 15 ºC so we use 3.2 wetsuits almost all year long.

+ How are the waves?

Algarve offers all kinds of waves, reefs or sand breaks, big and small, offshore, onshore, cross shore, ...
Summer swell is usually smaller, creating great conditions for those who want to learn how to surf. If you are an intermediate/experienced surfer, the best season is from September to April, but there are always safe sheltered spots for beginners even in the peak of winter. Please find more info about the waves in Algarve here.

+ Can you tell me the nearest surf spots?

The closest spots are Tonel and Beliche. Further north you will find some of the best spots in Algarve, such as Amado, Arrifana and Castelejo. Click here to find out more about the surf spots close to Sagres

+ 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 September to June, but there are always safe sheltered spots for beginners even in the peak of winter.

+ Some essential surfing holiday items:

Clothes - Summer (April-October)

  • Board shorts / Bikini
  • Regular shorts, T-shirts
  • Fleece/Sweatshirt for the evenings
  • Baseball Cap or Sun Hat
  • Sandals or flip-flops
  • Tennis Shoes (or hiking boots in case you want to explore a bit more)

Clothes - Winter (November-March)

  • Board shorts / Bikini
  • Winter clothing, long pants, long sleeve shirts
  • Fleece/hoody for the early morning, afternoon and evenings
  • Baseball Cap or Sun Hat

Other stuff

  • Airline Tickets & Vouchers
  • Passport & Driver´s License
  • Cash (Euros) & Credit Card for extra activities, meals, tips, souvenirs and incidentals
  • Beach towel(s)
  • Personal hygiene items (toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo, conditioner, soap, etc. - you can also buy locally)
    Your medication
  • LOTS of Sunscreen: We recommend H2O proof, SPF 45
  • Camera equipment (film and/or memory cards)
  • Voltage converters & adapters
  • Portuguese "Quick Phrase" Book... you never know!

Surf gear

  • Surf board (read below)
  • Wetsuit - The water temperature varies between 14-16 degrees in winter so a 3”2 mm or a 4”3 mm wetsuit will be enough. In summer it's board shorts or bikini and rash vest.
  • Board bag to ensure the safety of your board
  • Surf Booties
  • Wax
  • Extra leashes
  • Extra fins/ hard wear
  • Duck tape
  • Ding repair kit

Lagos & Sagres: This region has it all, big waves for the chargers and small waves for beginners. You can bring your short boards and big wave gun's up to 9'4", depending on your ability. Mini malls and long boards can also be surfed at many of the breaks in and around Sagres and Sagres surfing area.
Bordeira & Carrapateira: Short boards and bigger wave boards up to a 7'0" will be perfect for the waves around Portugal's west coast. Mini malls and long boards will be fine at some of the beach breaks and slower breaking point breaks.