This deal is more for experienced surfers or seasoned pros who wish to bust their own moves in the glassy splendour of the Atlantic .If you wish to seek your own waves, are coming in a big group and/or just want the flexibility of having a hire car, we are happy to help you book a rental car and point you in the direction of the best waves. We can also provide a map and directions for getting from the airport to the SaltyWay’s surf house. Your only obligation is that you’re back for the garden BBQ, sunset wine or Yoga sessions. 😉
A SaltyWay surf holiday is a 5-day course from Monday to Friday. Each day is neatly divided into half a day of surfing and surf theory, and half a day of free time. Surf Yoga sessions will also take place on two of these days.
Since we are committed to taking you surfing in the best conditions the day’s schedule is flexible and will change accordingly. For example, the half-day of surfing and theory may take place in the morning or afternoon depending on the tides and the winds.
We can suggest an endless list of fun and fascinating things to do in the area, but since each group is different we let you decide what you would most like to do.
In the past the following activities have been particularly popular:
By the same token, you may wish to just chill out on your own with a book, either way, there is no pressure and the decision is all yours.
This corner of Portugal is littered with a variety of breaks suitable for riders of all abilities. From super fun beachies to endless point breaks and rippable reef breaks, you can find every type of wave here.
Or ‘big beach’ and ‘little beach’ as they translate in English, are swell magnets and some of Portugal’s most consistent beach breaks. Fortunately for us the Surf House is set back in the hills overlooking these impressive beaches. Praia Grande is a 1km long sandy beach that produces super fun lefts and rights all along the beach, a perfect surf spot beginners in the summer. Praia Grande boasts a number of great cafes and restaurants to kick back and relax in with a coffee whilst watching the action unfold in the water.
In contrast, Praia Pequena has a completely different set up and mellower vibe. It is a small cove with restricted access and a crowd that rarely exceeds ten guys. This beach is known for it’s playful wedgy right and left hand peaks. It’s a great place to escape to when Praia Grande is busy.
Guincho, a stunning 800m beach located at the foot of the Sintra mountains and surrounded by rolling sand dunes and the turquoise blue of the Atlantic. It’s a pleasure just being there let alone surfing there. Fortunately for you it’s one of the most consistent spots in the area so there’s a good chance you will get to appreciate its beauty and ride the super fun waves. The waves predominantly break to the left at the Southern end of the beach, while in the middle of the bay produces bowly rights and lefts. On the Northern end you will find more relaxed rights.
Since we are committed to taking you to the best waves, we on occasions, take road trips North and South in the hunt of optimum conditions. On previous SaltyWay surf holidays when the waves on our doorstep have not been ideal, we have travelled to Costa de Caparica, Ericiera, Peniche and even Nazare!
The weather and water temps are perfect in Spring, Summer and still awesome in Autumn. From March to November you can expect reliably dry, sunny weather with temperatures around 20 – 25°C, rising to 25-35°C during the summer months. The water temperature ranges between 14-22°C, for this we provide you with a top of the range Prolimit 5/3mm wetsuit. If you have and wish to bring your own suits we suggest packing a 5/3mm full suit for early mornings and a 3/2mm shortie for the midday/afternoon surfs.
In our experience, clients that have come along physically and mentally prepared seem to progress more quickly at surfing. If you wish to maximise your time in the water, we recommend setting yourself a realistic and fun program that offers a balance of cardio, strength and flexibility workouts, 2-3 hours per week or as much you can fit in. This could be a combination of the following sports:
If you are not as physically fit as you’d like, please don’t worry. You will still have a great week and learn a lot.
We will take care of all the surfing equipment, but recommend you also bring along the following items: