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Portimão Surf Apartment - Faro, Algarve. Surf Camps in Portugal


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Portimão Surfing School is one of the oldest and more experienced surf school´s in the Algarve as it has been promoting surf lessons since 1998. Since the year 2000 our surf school is responsible for the Surf department of a prestigious Clube Naval.

It´s at the Clube building at Praia da Rocha in the Marina of Portimão (just a few meters away from one of the best south coast surf spots) that we have our 1st “home”, in here we have changing rooms with showers, TV room for analysis and theoretical lessons plus plenty of space for surf-gear.


Our location at Praia da Rocha (one of the best beach-breaks surf spots for initiation in the Algarve) turns out to be really important for our beginners and intermediate students as they can take advantage of smooth, non punishing waves that handle any tide and break quite spacious in between sets of waves. This friendly conditions result in easy, safe and fast learning surf conditions for our students as they will fell quite confident and concentrated on their surf goals.


We don´t have our own accommodation but are very proud to work directly with very different partners that provide themselves a very high quality and specific accommodation option…


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Different options as budget, accommodation style and location are available.



Our surf lessons are organized on diferent levels according to the participants surf skills and age, so what we offer is private surf lessons, group surf lessons, monthly packages and basic surf packages.




Isolated surf lessons:

Occasional lessons where the student previously books his/her surf lesson for the desired day in order to fit in a group with the same skills/age. You can use in a period of 3 months time starting on the 1st lesson date.

  • Sets of 5 or 10 half day surf lessons
  • 3 or 5 full day surf lessons


Surf lessons Monthly Package:

Regular surf lessons – once, twice or more times per week – in any day where there is an appropriate group to fit in.


Group surf lessons:

Normal group surf lessons where participants are gathered according to their surf experience and age.


Private surf lessons:

Surf lessons where the learning process is optimized by the one to one tuition, very appropriate for the ones that are looking for a quick progress on their surf skills.



Each surf lesson has 2 hrs duration each, which means 30min for surf briefing/warm-up and sand practice + 1h30min of surfing. Each surf day has 2 surf lessons, one in the morning and other in the afternoon with a lunch break in between for resting and eating.



Our surf lessons schedule can change exceptionally cause of Spring tides with big amplitudes but the “official” meeting time is 09:30 for the half day lessons and 08:30 for the full day lessons.



  • Surfboard
  • Wetsuit
  • Leash
  • Transportation (both ways) from Praia da Rocha to all the west coast surf spots if required
  • Certified and experienced surf coaches
  • Good mood



  • For the full day surf lessons don’t Forget to bring food or money in order to eat at the local restaurants.
  • For all kind of surf lessons to bring: towel, boardshorts/biquín, sun block.
  • We pick up our clients from the surrounding touristic places of Portimão, Alvor and Lagos (all 3 free of charge)
  • We pick up our clients from Ferragudo, Carvoeiro, Armação de Pêra and Albufeira (cheap extra transfer charge)



Why enjoying the Surfing School surf guiding service can be an Adventure?!


Well, surfing itself is already an adventure as you already know or as you are going to discover soon… finding the perfect wave for your skills everyday (which changes according to tides, winds, swell direction and size, etc ) can be really a challenge but is also an adventure as you are always on the search never knowing how is it going to end… this is for sure something really interesting that surfing offers you that not many other sports can… even if you are a long time surfer for sure you never had two surf days just the same, or even two waves just exactly the same… welcome to the magic of riding nature!!


As we are a nomad surf school, we regularly go to different surf spots, according to which ones offer us the best conditions, we don´t have to go regularly to the same place as we have all our surf gear on top of our vans and not at a local beach hut where you have to go daily doesn’t matter how the waves are.


We can offer 10 different surf spots (Western Algarve) for you to know and surf and that is in Spring and Summer time because by Fall and Winter the number doubles as all the south coast surf spots start working as well!! As you have two coastlines (west and south) you have all year round (with no exceptions) the right surf conditions for you as there will always be a spot with the right wind or with your perfect wave size!!


Within 45 minutes drive we can easily check several surf spots!! We are one of the oldest surf schools in the Algarve… we are operating since 1998 and for this reason we are one of the surf school´s that has priority in choosing the desired surf spots for teaching by the busy summer time… which means we can freely choose our surf spots and go to the more desirables places where only the longer established surf schools are allowed by the authorities to go!


We have a team of 8 Portuguese Surf Coaches which means all your doubts and curiosities that are not related to surfing can be explained or satisfied because we are all local people very inside of the cultural and social issues… and this is really something very unusual at the other Algarve Surf Schools as many are managed by foreigners living in Portugal and with coaches that come from abroad that come looking for summer jobs and that have no knowledge of the country’s traditions and culture… remember that getting to know the country you are visiting should also be part of the Adventure!


As we go daily with small groups of people with different nationalities from all over the world, you will have a chance of making new friends and have a chat about where to travel next. The main Adventure with us will be that we will introduce you to the Western Algarve National Park, named “ Parque Natural da Costa Vicentina ” we are going to take you out of the beaten track, into some dirty roads and be sure to get you to the most remote surf spots with breathtaking views!


Also part of a unique Adventure is to learn surf with a true professional surf coaches team, where you can even find the Portuguese 2001 National Champion – Guga Gouveia. If you are looking for a well succeed Adventure with just the fun of it we are then for sure your best option!! Come on and let´s go Surfing on sun shining Algarve.



The surf rental services from the Surfing School have been around since day one and can be a good alternative to Surf lessons for anyone who is traveling to Algarve and already has intermediate surf skill or even for surfers that are looking to be more autonomous, skip the surf lessons and try the surfboard or wetsuit that fits him/her better before buying his/her own surf gear.


Equipment available for rent:

  • Surfboards performance from 5 `10 “ to “ 9`4“ longboards (leash included);
  • Several models of bodyboard’s available (from kids to big guy sizes);
  • SUP paddle boards for flat waters and also for wave surfing;
  • Wetsuits from size 4 years old up to XXL, with several different brands: Quiksilver, Ripcurl, Billabong and O’Neill.


The rentals procedures require that you fill in a form, pay the rental in cash and that you leave a valid document with

photography as a deposit until the delivery of the rented surf gear.



We have a partnership with photographer Bruno Larangeira which allows our students the possibility to go back home with plenty of high quality pictures of their adventure and achievements.



Our surf lessons take place in many different surf spots of the Algarve… because we are a nomad surf school and we travel around each day in order to find the best surf conditions possible (which changes according to participants surf experience, wave size, tides, wind and swell direction…).


Our most usual options are:

  • Amado, Bordeira, Vale Figueiras and Cordoama beach by Spring and Summer time (when waves go from medium to small)
  • Praia da Rocha and Zavial beach by Winter and Fall (when waves go from medium to big.)
  • The half day lessons take place usually at Praia da Rocha (where we are based) as in Winter is good for all kind of surfers and by Summer only the very young under 12 years old stay on the south coast, while all the others participate in the full day West coast surf lessons.

Getting Here

We pick up our clients from the surrounding touristic places of Portimão, Alvor and Lagos (all 3 free of charge)

We pick up our clients from Ferragudo, Carvoeiro, Armação de Pêra and Albufeira (cheap extra transfer charge)


When you arrive in a different country as a tourist, you always expect to find comfort and good service. You would not like to climb into an overcrowded bus with heavy luggage or try to find the metro after a long flight. Instead, you would prefer to get to your hotel as soon as possible, take a shower and start enjoying your holidays.


Without any doubt, the most comfortable and civilized way to get from the airport to your destination is by booking a private transfer. Our company guarantees reliability, security and a high level of service. We offer transfers to /from Faro airport at an affordable price.


  November till May June till October
1 Lesson (Praia da Rocha) 30€ 35€
Pack 3 lessons (Praia da Rocha) 75€ 90€
Pack 5 lessons (Praia da Rocha) 100€ 125€
1 Lesson (West Coast) 45€ 50€
Single Day (2 lessons) 55€ 60€
Pack 3 days (6 lessons) 150€ 165€
Pack 5 days (10 lessons) 225€ 250€
Private Lessons (Praia da Rocha) 60€ 75€
Private Lesson (West Coast) 115€ 150€
SUP Lesson 35€ 40€
Private SUP Lesson 60€ 75€
Rental Boards

3hrs 10€/ 1day 20€/ 3 Days 50€/ 5 Days 80€

Rental Wetsuits

3 hrs 5€/ 1 Day 10€/ 3 Days 25€/ 5 Days 40€

 Rental SUP boards

1 Hour 15€/ 3hrs Day 20€

1 Day 30€/ 3 Days80€

1 Hour 20€/ 3hrs Day 25€

1 Day 35€ /3 Days 90€


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