Surf guide – Surfari
Instead of surf lessons you prefer a surf guide showing you the best local surf spots any given time? Your are an intermediate to advanced surfer? The surf guiding package is just what are you looking for.
This package includes:
- 7 nights in double room / suite in villa with pool & sea view
- 5x guided surf sessions (2-3h)
- 1x video analysis
- 7x (organic) breakfast
- 5x lunch package
- Welcome BBQ & seafood lunch
- Coffee, tea, water, juice, milk and fruits free
- Optional: yoga, sup, massages, mountain bike,..
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Guincho Bay Villa
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Guided Surf Sessions at the best surf spots around Lisbon area or South-West Algarve.
If you are already able to surf green waves, want to get to know the best waves around Lisbon area or South-West Algarve, while staying in a comfortable accommodation with pool and a stunning sea view – this surfari package is your best choice.
Our local surf guides know the area perfectly and love what they are doing for years. They are fully qualified, highly skilled and very passionate about surfing. They are looking forward on sharing their spot knowledge and enthusiasm for surfing with you and make your surf guiding holidays a fun experience for you.
The surf guiding / surfari will take place in a 1 hour radius from your accommodation. Depending on given daily swell and wind conditions, staying at Guincho Villa you will surf breaks at Costa Caparica south of Lisbon, alongside the “linha”, heading towards Cascais and of course the Westcoast all the way up to Ericeira. Staying at Algarve Villa, you will get to surf the numerous spots of the south coast between Lagos and Sagres and up the west coast as far as Odeceixe.
You will be accommodated in a comfortable villa or house. Our accommodations are well chosen, situated in prime locations, of high standard and maintained with special attention to details. There are local hosts responsible for every of your needs dedicated to making your stay a pleasant and unforgettable one.
The food consists of an organic breakfast, healthy lunch package, welcome BBQ and a Portuguese Seafood lunch, including soft drinks and fruit for free. The fully equipped kitchen is always at your disposal for preparing your favourite dishes with fresh ingredients from the nearby supermarket. There are also many possibilities of eating out in the nearby area.
Surf Guiding Area
With the surf guiding / surfari packgage you will enjoy surfing the best waves of Lisbon area or South-West Algarve at the given time and day on 5 days.
Costa Caparica is a beach stretch south of Lisbon just across the Bridge 25 de Abril. It stretches many km all the way to Cabo Espichel a cape at the southern end. There is many spots in between and but close to Lisbon there are jetties offering some protection from big incoming northwest swells and shaping nice waves. Starts working at 2m swells, that close out on the west coast and don’t break at the south coast (linha). The waves are better on lower tides in general
Linha is the coastline between Lisbon and westwards Cascais. Next to the famous beach break Carcavelos, there are numerous rocky points / reef breaks with all different kinds of waves, from hollow and fast to fat and slow for longboarders. Starts working from 2,3m westerly tswells or 2,7m northwest swell. Holds up to 5-6m swells shaping fun 3m waves near Cascais.
Westcoast: Guincho is the nearest beach from Malveira da Serra and offers great surfing conditions from 0,5m to 3m incoming waves. Praia Grande and Pequena are just 20m over the hill, the Sintra mountain range, and offer same conditions as Guincho, with northerly swells a “hand width” bigger waves and less windy. Following the coast up north there are numerous spots all the way up to Ericeira which offer similar conditions in terms of facing west and northwest, some rocky, some beach breaks. In Ericeira there are also a good handful of premium waves that wait for you to be surfed.
Optional you can also go on a short-trip (Surfari) all the way up to Peniche to surf the famous “Supertubos”, where the ASP hosts the championships in September or you surf the famous lately discovered big wave spot Nazare.
Around Lagos you have some decent Surfspots, working mostly on bigger swell. The whole south coast between Lagos and Sagres offers numerous little beaches with different angels to choose from when the swell is to big to surf on the westcoast – mostly during winter.
One of the closer ones to mention is Praia da Luz, which is a nice sandy beach with reefs on both ends. Aproaching Sagres there is some other nice spots like Burgau, Zavial and Ingrina, of which Zavial seems to catch the most of the north-western sweels and is always a bit bigger.
Around Sagres you will find also lots of well-known surf spots to choose from depending on swell-size and -direction, as well as wind impact. Praia do Tonel is still facing south but receives a lot of the westernly swells and breaks nicely on sandy beach. Beliche is nicely protected from the northernly winds and offers some great hollow peaks especially in winter.
There is lots of beautiful and wild beaches all along the westcoast all the way up to Odeceixe you will be able to discover. Just to mention a few higlights, Cordoama and Castelejo being the most consistent ones during summer as they pick up all the swell, Castelejo being slightly more wind-protected from north winds. Amado being a fantastic big beach delivering various lefts and rights on any tide also being a bit wind protected. When windstill the neighbouring beach Bordeira is also one of the stunning wide open beaches. and when windstill. Further up north you will find Praia da Arrifana, which needs bigger swell to work but then offers great waves that peel around the northern cape. On the other side of the cape, Praia do Monte Clerigo is also delivering the raw Atlantic swell to a beautiful sandy beach. There is various hidden beaches at the west coast travelling further up north up to Praia de Odeceixe, a nice rivermouth beach with lots of peaks to choose from.
In the morning we serve you a healthy organic breakfast (buffet), consisting of cereal, organic fruit, bread, rolls, homemade jam, milk, yogurt, typical sausages and cheeses of the region and other Portuguese delicacies. We will also serve freshly juiced juices and green smoothies made from fruit and veggies of the season. Moreover, coffee, various teas, water and fruit are at your disposal during your stay at the Karma Surf Retreat.
Lunch & Dinner
At noon we arrange a delicious healthy packed lunch to enjoy during or after your activities. You can have it at the beach or back home in the villa. On top, we will organize a Brazilian welcome-BBQ plus a Portuguese seafood lunch. At all other times there is a fully equipped kitchen in the villa at your disposal, so you can prepare your favorite dishes and dine together, for example, on the terrace overlooking the sea watching the sunset.
In case you would like to eat out, there are several restaurants nearby, including typical Portuguese, seafood, grilled chicken, snacks, pizza and also a gourmet restaurant. For sure you will find something you like. You have an even bigger variety of restaurants in Cascais (15 mins). Even Lisbon’s stunning culinary diversity (including vegetarian) is only 30 minutes by car and will not leave any wish unfulfilled.
With the surf guiding (or surfari) package you will improve your surfing skills and get to know the best surfing spots in Lisbon area on 5 days.
Here is an outline of week of surf guiding holidays (surfari):
Saturday is changeover day. Arrive. Breathe. Relax. Explore. There will be time to meet other participants and in the evening there will be a Brazilian Welcome-BBQ altogether.
Sunday is time to chill out and/or discover Lisbon, Sintra, the beaches, the nature, the pool, read your favourite book or just enjoy the stunning view from our beautiful property. Or simply go surf and check out some beaches for yourself.
Monday to Friday you will surf the best spots nearby given the daily wind and wave conditions. Our surf guide will drive you to the assumable best waves nearby.
On Wednesday we will have a delicious typical Portuguese seafood lunch together. Also, you will have the possibility to get a relaxing massage.
After this week of surfguiding / surfari you will have surfed great waves and be able to choose the best surf spot of this area according to your skill level and given weather conditions, any time you surf in this area again.
You will have met lots of like-minded, nice and fun people and have eaten lots of delicious and healthy food. Your overall experience will be a very relaxing and soothing one, giving you lots of fitness and strength, as well as good memories to remember back home in day to day life. Until you come back to fuel up again!
A typical day at Karma Surf Retreat:
…does not exist with the surf guiding package / surfari. The guide will inform you the day before if you head out for a early bird / morning session – maybe already at sunrise. You will generate even more energy during the following delicious health organic breakfast at 9h.
After breakfast, if you haven’t been already out for surf before breakfast, around 10h, you will be picked up by the surf guide and head out to conquer the best wave for the day – or you wait for the right tide and head out later. Maybe even for relaxing sundown session – the golden hour! Your healthy packed lunch will be waiting for you ready to take it to the surf spot or being eaten in the villa.
In the evening there is lots of time to relax, prepare a nice meal and dine on the terrace overlooking the whole Cascais landscape and the ocean, or go out for dinner (we can provide personal recommendations). Read a book by the fireplace or in the garden. After an action-loaded day like this you will probably fall asleep early and dream of the waves you will surf the next day.
Lisbon area: Pierre Vautrin Mateus
Pierre is a certified surf instructor of the International Surfing Association (ISA) and has been surfing for almost 10 years. Don’t let yourself fool by his French name although. He has always lived in Portugal even if his culture is split between two countries. Ironically, he was thought by Alex as a child and since then he is addicted. Pierre is currently studying Sports Sciences with the objective of becoming a surf coach, helping surfers improve thanks to his experience, functional training and video analysis.
A sense of discovery lies within him which leads Pierre to explore the coastline in pursuit of hidden gems. He has travelled around Spain, France, Italy, Morocco, South Africa and the Maldives searching for the best waves to surf and is currently planning to visit the Azores.
He loves to share the passion for surfing and is very enthusiastic about showing you everything about this beautiful country that he calls home.
South West-Algarve: Duarte Roque
Born in Lisbon, Duarte started surfing in Carcavelos and Ericeira, where he developed his surfing skills, already at 1994. After a few years he moved to the Algarve to search for new waves and tranquility.
With 20 years of experience he decided to open the Neptunos Surf School with the concept of exclusivity, professionalism and best quality.
During all this years he realized some trips to Azores, Madeira, Morocco, France, Spain, Maldives and Indonesia.
He has great knowledge of the Algarve coast and lots of technical knowledge being a real searcher and autodidact.
“Surf for me is something I make with all of my heart and with untamed passion”
- Sea view
- Internet flatrate/ WiFi
- Maid cleaning service
- homemade marmelade
- daily fruit
- Cofee & tea
- Water & juice
- Welcome drink
- Organization of activities
- Airport shuttle:
Guincho: 50€/trip (1-3 pers.) 80€/trip (4-6 pers.)
- Extra Yoga: 40€/hour
- Massage: 55€/hour
- Surf equipment (Surfboards 50€/week, wetsuit, Stand-up-Paddle)*
- Child Care: 15€/hour
- Horseback riding (at the beach)
- Surf- und Yoga classes are held Monday to Friday.
- Arrival & departure according to dates on Saturday.
- Extension weeks: 1=5%, 2+=10% discount off the full price.
- For single occupancy of a double room (optional) a surcharge of 400€ will be issued.
- In high-season the minimum required number of participants is 6 persons