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SAGRES Surfaris, Surf School & Surf Camp - Carrapateira / Sagres, Algarve. Portugal

INTRODUCTION

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The Southwestern tip of the Algarve is a surfing destination unrivaled anywhere in Europe and unique in the way that it will give you a genuine taste of surfing lifestyle in an environment of great natural beauty and with a sunny climate year round. Sagres’ coastline is a Peninsula that provides good surfing conditions year round on any surf spot at a time, regardless of swell or wind conditions. Wave size and quality range from average to epic, with an assortment of reefs and beach breaks that covers the whole range of surfing skills, from beginners to experienced.

 

In this surfing paradise, Algarve Surfcamp offers one of the best surf school in Portugal and two accommodation options, in the small surfer’s village of Carrapateira and in the lively town of Sagres. In a quiet location yet a two minute walk form the town centre, Sagres Surfhouse offers comfortable accommodation in a traditional house, surf courses for beginners, guided surf tours for experienced surfers and B&B accommodation for the independent surfer. Lots of animation in town, a lively seaside resort, and at the Surfhouse, where many parties are held.

THE ACCOMMODATION

The Surfhouse is situated in a quiet environment, yet minutes away from bars, restaurants, discos, surfshops, banks and supermarkets in the lively and ancient town of Sagres next to Cape Saint Vincent, the southwestern-most point of the Algarve, Portugal and Europe, considered the “end of the world” by the Romans !

 

Traditional two storey, fully renovated house that can accommodates up to thirty guests. Accommodation comprises double and triple rooms sleeping up to six. There is a large living room with internet access, PlayStation and large screen TV with a wide selection of movies and surf DVD’s. Clients and Staff are multicultural and many different languages are spoken (English, Spanish, German, Italian, etc.). Private parties are regularly organized at the surfhouse, with Mexican or Brazilian food, barbecues, DJ’s and even Brazilian and belly dancers!

 

Each morning, the surfcamp’s vehicles will take you to the surf school at Praia do Amado, a splendid beach in Carrapateira and a fifteen minute ride away.

 

Ideal Surfhouse for those who want to party ! Bars and restaurants are within a five minute walk and Sagres is a lively town year round.

THE ACTIVITIES

Surf School & Surfaris

 

The two surfhouses of Sagres and Carrapateira share the same school facilities at Amado Beach, Carrapateira, and offers probably the best surf courses in all Portugal. The multilingual staff is formed by professional instructorsholder of an official diploma and with many years of experience in surf practice and coaching. Classes are held in Spanish, English and French. The teachers meet once a week with the head coach to discuss and prepare the courses.

 

Head coach Sergio Wu Brandao has dedicated his life to surf. A level 3 BSA surf instructor, he boasts over ten years of experience in junior training. He was the coach of Gony Zubizarreta, World champion Sub-16 in 2002, and Marlon Lipke, European Junior Champion 2004, 3º World Junior in 2004 and WTC Top 45 since 2008. Although the surf school is famed for training junior surfers to competition, most of the participants at  surfcamps are over twenty and complete beginners.

 

For experienced surfers who do not want to take classes, the Surfaris formula will take them on a guided surf tour with an expert local surfer to discover the best waves of the day, according on swell and weather conditions.

 

Surf Destination

 

The Southwestern tip of the Algarve is a wild and uncrowded stretch of coast yet minutes away from the famous resorts of Lagos and Sagres, both with plenty of nightlife. It is a surfing destination unrivaled anywhere in Europe and unique in the way that it will give you a genuine taste of surfing lifestyle. The Western coast is one of the major surfing destinations for serious surfers from around the globe as the long Atlantic rollers sweeping onto the west coast beaches offer ideal surfing conditions. Wave size and quality range from average to epic, with an assortment of reefs and beach breaks.

 

The Algarve is also the warmest place in Portugal and the most touristic one, with plenty of night live and attractions. The surf itself is surrounded by a breathtaking scenery, with steep reddish cliffs, wide sandy beaches and no real estate developments or seaside resorts in sight. The whole area is protected and part of the Costa Vicentina Natural Park. The access to the beaches is usually by dirt tracks twisting through a spectacular scenery.

 

Regarded by many surfers as Europe’s great hidden secret for surfing for both beginners and experts, Sagres offers you blue skies, crystal clear waters and uncrowded waves. Thanks to its unique location on Europe’s southwestern-most cape,Sagres enjoys the best of both coasts, Southern and Western, always providing a surfing alternative according to the swell and within a maximum thirty minute drive. The West Coast receives swells from the north and southeast. This coast has consistent waves throughout the year and a variety of point breaks, mostly sandy. TheSouth Coast receives swells from the south and large swells from the west. This region is not only known for its natural beauty but also the quality, perfection and consistency of its waves in winter.

 

Some Famous Spots

  • Praia do Amado (West): Most famous surf spot. Large sandy beach with dunes ideal for beginners – this is were many surf schools do their teaching. Only holds up to two meters. Respect locals !
  • Carrapateira/Bordeira (West): Adjacent to Praia do Amado. Splendid surf spot with sandy beach accessed through a lagoon surrounded by dunes. Perfect for beginners, but watch out for the undercurrent.
  • Arrifana (West): North of Carrapateira, a scenic surf spot and beach showcased by a high cliff topped by a picturesque whitewashed village. Beach break, usually half the size of other west coast beaches – good when others are too big. To the right of the beach, you have a good reef break, good right, but it only breaks with at least 1.5 meter swell. Watch out for the “hamburger” or “Kangaroo” rock. Only for Kamikazes !
  • Sagres (West/South): Europe’s southwestern most point, this peninsula is surrounded by the Atlantic to the south and the west, providing numerous surf spots and surfing options according to swell conditions. Respect locals !
  • Meia Praia (Lagos), Portimao and Faro (South Coast): On the Algarve’s southern coast. Surf spots with good breaks offering a good alternative to the western coast when the swell is too big there, or when the SE wind (Levante) blows.

LOCATION & GETTING HERE

Location

The Algarve is situated in the southern most part of Portugal, stretching along the Atlantic between the Spanish border and Cabo Sao Vicente, Europe’s south western most point. It was the last territory to be conquered back from the Moors in 1292 and their presence is still very much present in the architecture of the region with its whitewashed houses standing against the red earth and greenery. Sheltered from the northern winds by the Monchique range and facing south, the Algarve enjoys a privileged climate all year round, in brightly coloured and fertile surroundings covered with orange, fig and almond groves. The southern coastline is formed by a long stretch of fabulous beaches, only broken up by impressive reddish cliffs. The west coast is wilder and the sea rougher, with a string of solitary coves and beaches accessed through dirt tracks.

 

Algarve’s capital Faro enjoys a central location on the coast and the old town has many historical monuments, including a medieval wall. Further west, Lagos is a well known touristic destination on the banks of a river estuary and its old quarters are enclosed within 15th century walls. Also worth a visit is the little town of Monchiqueand its famous thermal spa, nestling in the Serra de Monchique mountain range, which highest point at nearly 1,000 meters enjoys splendid panoramic views across the Algarve to the Atlantic.

 

Sagres lies at the western end of the Algarve, next to Cabo Sao Vicente. It was here that five centuries ago, Prince Henrique set up a school of navigation which has played a crucial role in the Portuguese discoveries. The town has a magnificent fortress built in the 14th century with a giant 43 meters compass rose. Cabo Sao Vicente fortress is poised on high cliffs facing the Atlantic. It was built on the original Roman site of “Promontorium Sacrum” – or sacred promontory, as they believe the cape was the end of the world, being the southwestern-most point of Europe.

 

Climate

 

Atlantic/Mediterranean, with mild winters and hot summers. Due to its exposure on a peninsula, the region enjoys excellent swell and wind conditions year round for the practice of surf or kitesurf

Getting Here

Raposeira, between Sagres y Lagos 275 km. S of Lisbon (Portugal) 300 km. W of Sevilla (Spain)

 

Faro Int’l Airport (FAO), 100 km. (Major European airlines + Ryanair, Easyjet, Air Berlin, Happag Llyod, LTU, Monarch, Virgin Express)

 

STUPIDLY CHEAP FLIGHTS WITH RYANAIR !!!

 

London-Faro 56 GBP Return

 

Direct Flights:

  • London-Faro
  • Brussels-Faro
  • Dublin-Faro
  • Dusseldorf-Faro
  • Frankfurt-Faro
  • Glasgow-Faro
  • Liverpool-Faro

 

And more cities that fly direct to Faro. Check out: www.ryanair.com

 

You can also go to Faro with connection through London. Some of the cities that fly to London with Ryan Air are: Biarritz, Basel, Berlin, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Grenoble, Marseille, Oslo, Faro, Santander, Porto, Newquay, Seville, Tenerife and many many more.

 

Lagos Train/Bus Station Bus Madrid-Lagos (3 times per week) Bus Sevilla-Lagos (Daily except Sunday) Bus Sevilla-Huelva (Daily) + River crossing to Vila Reial de Sto. Antonio + Train to Lagos (Various daily)

 

Timetable buses ALSA: Tel. 91 506 32 55

 

Madrid- Lagos Departure Wednesday, Friday, Sundays at 9:30 AM Arrival Lagos at 19:15 One way: 52 eur Return trip: 91 eur

 

Sevilla – Lagos Every day Departures at 6:30 AM, 8 AM, 13:30 AM, 16:15 AM. Travel time: 5 hours One way: 20 eur Return trip: 34 eur

PRICES & PACKAGES

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SURFCAMPS & SURFARIS

 

including:

  • Accommodation shared/double at the Surfhouse
  • Breakfast + Picnic (Sandwiches on the beach)
  • Surf course (Mon-Fri – 4 hours/day + Free surf on Saturday)
  • … or Guided surf tours to the best spot of the day
  • Material (Surfboards + Wetsuit)
  • Transfers to the surf spots
  • 2 Yoga sessions per week
  • Transfers to Lagos bus/train station

  Surfcamps y Surfaris starts on Sunday | Other days on request

 

We recommend 2 weeks for maximum progressions !

 

Surfcamps/Surfaris Accomm. 1 Week 2 Weeks Extra Day Single Day  
Low Season Shared 350 EUR 645 EUR 50 EUR 55 EUR  
October > June Double 450 EUR 830 EUR 65 EUR 70 EUR  
Mid Season Shared 435 EUR 800 EUR 60 EUR 65 EUR  
September Double 550 EUR 1.000 EUR 80 EUR 85 EUR  
High Season Shared 485 EUR 895 EUR 65 EUR 70 EUR  
July + August Double 600 EUR 1.100 EUR 85 EUR 90 EUR  

 

All rates are per person

 

SURF BED & REAKFAST

 

including:

  • Accommodation shared/double at the Surfhouse
  • Breakfast + Picnic (Sandwiches on the beach)
  • Transfers to the surf spots

 

Only avaialbe in Low Season (October > June)

 

SURF B&B Accomm. 1 Week 2 Weeks Extra Day  
Low Season Shared 175 EUR 350 EUR 25 EUR  
October > June Double 245 EUR 490 EUR 35 EUR  

 

All rates are per person

 

SURF COURSE

 

including:

  • Surf classes with pro instructor
  • 3 Hours a day
  • Material (Surfboard + Wetsuit)

 

Rates:

  • 1 Day: 45 EUR
  • 3 Days: 120 EUR
  • 5 Days: 180 EUR

 

PRIVATE LESSONS

 

including:

  • Surf classes with pro instructor
  • 3 Hours a day
  • Material (Surfboard + Wetsuit)
  • Max 4 pax per lesson

 

Daily rates:

  • 1 Person: 105 EUR
  • 2 Persons: 150 EUR
  • 3 Persons: 205 EUR
  • 4 Persons: 250 EUR

 

MATERIAL RENTAL Surfboards:

  • 1 Day: 25 EUR
  • 3 Days: 60 EUR
  • 5 Days: 80 EUR
  • Extra Day: 15 EUR

 

Wetsuits:

  • 1 Day: 7,50 EUR
  • 3 Day: 20 EUR
  • 5 Day: 30 EUR
  • Extra Day: 5 EUR

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