You are an experienced soul surfer and want to surf in Portugal on your own? Then this is the right deal for you. If you prefer to search for the best waves yourself, come in a large group and/or simply appreciate the flexibility of a rental car, we will be happy to help you rent a car and find the best waves. We can also provide a map and information to help you get from the airport to SaltyWay House. A shuttle to the surf spots with our course is included in the price. We will be happy if you join us for a barbecue in the garden, a wine in the sunset or during the surf yoga lessons.
A surf holiday at SaltyWay Surfcamp means one week of surfing fun – from Monday to Friday. Each course day is divided into half a day surfing and theory and half a day free. Two days a week there is also a 90 minute yoga session.
Our goal is to take you to the surf spot where the best surf conditions are for you. Therefore we make the daily routine a bit flexible and adapt it to the waves, the weather and the tides. So the half day, consisting of surf practice and surf theory, can take place either in the morning or in the afternoon.
We could list a long list of entertaining and fascinating things to do in the area. But experience shows that every group is different. Therefore we leave the selection to you directly on site.
So far, these activities have been the most popular:
Of course you can also just lounge around and read a book. No matter what you choose, there is no pressure to get involved. It’s your surfing or climbing holiday.
Surfing in Portugal is every surfer’s dream. Because there are countless world-class surf spots here. From surf spots for beginners to surf spots for professionals, Portugal has it all. The surroundings of the SaltyWay surf camp are blessed with numerous top surf spots.
In the area around Sintra there are a lot of beaches and breaks, which are ideal for surfers of all levels. From ingenious beach breaks to endless point breaks to challenging reef breaks, you will find a wide selection of different waves. Here are our favourite surf spots:
Or “big beach” and “small beach”, in translation. If you come to Portugal to surf, you should definitely have surfed here. These two surf spots are absolute swell magnets and are some of the most consistent beach breaks in Portugal. Fortunately for us, our SurfHouse is located directly in the hills, above these two impressive beaches.
The Praia Grande is a surf spot whose sandy beach stretches over more than one kilometre. The beach is at its best in summer and produces fun lefts and rights on various sandbanks along the beaches. It is the ideal spot for beginners and advanced surfers to learn and enjoy surfing. Praia Grande also has many great cafes and restaurants to relax in. Ideal to relax with a cup of coffee, eat a sandwich and watch the action in the water.
The Praia Pequena is right next to it and yet very different. This surf spot offers softer waves. The beach is located in a small bay with limited access. That’s why you rarely meet more than a handful of people here. This beach is known for its playful but pushing waves that roll over perfect A-Frame sandbanks. This surf spot is ideal when the front of Praia Grande is too crowded.
Guincho, is a breathtaking 800 meter long beach right at the foot of the mountains of Sintra, surrounded by sand dunes and the turquoise blue of the Atlantic Ocean. It’s pure pleasure to just be there on the beach. To be able to surf here is the dream!
Fortunately for you, Guincho is one of the most consistent surf spots in the area. So the chances are not bad that you can enjoy this wonderful beach and ride some great waves. The waves break mainly to the left at the southern end of the beach. In the middle of the bay you’ll find bowly rights and lefts. The north end has relaxed right breaking waves ready for you.
Surfing in Portugal means you’re spoilt for choice. Because Portugal offers countless first-class surf spots. Since we always want to take you to the best waves, we sometimes go further north or south in search of the best surfing conditions. If the waves on our doorstep weren’t ideal, we sometimes went as far as Costa de Caparica (Lisbon), Ericeira, Peniche and even Nazaré…
We look for the best surf spot for our guests, so that surfing in Portugal always remains in positive memory.
Portugal is known for its sunny and mild weather. The weather and water temperatures in the area are perfect in spring and summer, but also great in autumn. From March to November you can expect reliable dry, sunny weather and temperatures between 20 and 25 degrees Celsius. In the summer months the temperatures rise to 25 to 35 degrees Celsius. The water temperature is between 14 and 22 degrees.
Therefore we usually equip our guests with a 5/3 millimeter Prolimit wetsuit, but we also have some thinner suits available. If you would like to bring your own suit, we recommend packing a long sleeve 5/3mm for the early morning hours or in spring and autumn. In summer a 3/2mm Neo or even a Shorty is often enough.
In our experience it is easier for guests who are preparing physically and mentally for their surf holiday to make progress in surfing. Therefore, if you want to maximize your time in the water, we recommend that you make appropriate preparations.
A combination of cardio, strength and flexibility training two to three times a week is suitable for the right surf fitness. The best thing to do is to put together a realistic surf fitness program that you enjoy. A combination of the following sports, for example, is great:
If you don’t manage to prepare with some fitness training, don’t worry. You will have a great week with or without training and learn a lot. Your surfing holiday in Portugal will definitely be great and full of wonderful memories.
During your surfing holiday you should be able to surf in Portugal as carefree as possible. Therefore we take care of the complete surf equipment. You don’t have to bring a surfboard or wetsuit. Here is our ultimate packing list for your surf holiday in Portugal so that you pack your suitcases properly. From experience we recommend to pack the following things:
We are looking forward to welcoming you soon in our SaltyWay Climbing & Surfing Camp. You will see, surfing in Portugal is incomparable and unforgettable!