Surf and yoga holiday

Lisbon Region, Ericeira, Portugal

8 days from
per person
$530

Holiday Itinerary

Spend 7 nights on this surf & yoga holiday in the beautifully preserved beach side town of Ericeira, with miles of beaches to explore and world class tuition at this incredibly social surf camp in sunny Portugal.

Yoga is the perfect accompaniment to a day of surf, whether it is to stretch out before hand or loosen yourself up after - join in and find out why this combination is great to keep fit!

Perfect for absolute beginners to intermediate surfers, the knowledgeable instructors will have you gaining confidence, standing on your board or tackling green waves within just a few days. Keeping learning groups small, there is plenty of focus on every student so they get the tuition they need.

The same applies to yoga, all levels are welcome and you couldn't pick a more beautiful location to relax and unwind before or after your surf for the day. Vinyasa Flow will be the main type of yoga you will practise during the holiday.

You can use your free time to get more practice in or try your hand at something new, such as SUP - just be sure to make the most of all this gorgeous area has to offer.

This well loved surf camp is actually a converted traditional Portuguese house that has been renovated to offer comfortable accommodation close to great amenities. Along with plenty of public and private places for you to relax in, it is also a perfect social platform. Feel free to use the BBQ and cook up dinner with new friends, grab a book and hide in a hammock, or nap on a sun lounger after a day in the water.

Come see why surfers return to Ericeira time and again with the great weather, miles of beaches, and fun atmosphere where there’s always something going on, and plenty of great like minded people to meet.

Who is it suitable for?
- Suitable for complete beginner to intermediate surfing levels and all yoga levels are welcome
- Must be able to swim
- Minimum age 18
- Surfing is great fun for everyone but it’s best to bear in mind that it can be physically demanding sometimes
- Lessons available in English, Portuguese and Italian

I'm travelling solo - can I join?
- This surf camp is geared towards solo travellers and has a great social atmosphere
- These surf holidays make great singles holidays as rooms are shared (with up to 5 others) so you can meet other surfers and don’t have to pay a single supplement
- Alternatively, if you would like own private room for a single supplement please contact hello@golearnto.com to check availability
- Click on the 'Costing and extras' tab to check the single supplement prices

When can I start?
- Holidays run from June to October with arrivals on Saturdays
- Surfing holidays are for 7 nights/8 days
- If dates appear ‘on request’, please email us hello@golearnto.com and we’ll check availability for your preferred day of arrival as quickly as possible

Typical itinerary
The itinerary is for guidance only and is subject to change depending on the group’s needs and wishes but is typically as follows:

Day 1: arrival
- Check in from 16:00, although some choose to arrive earlier
- There is a luggage storage room just in case your room is not ready and you would like to relax until check in
- On your arrival day, you can meet the others, and learn about your schedules, house rules, and  nearby shops, beaches, and restaurants
 
Days 2 - 5
- These days you will get up, have some breakfast, and hit the beach!
- You will be put into groups according to your level, and get the opportunity to watch yourself improve daily and fall in love with the sport
- After the surfing you have free time to spend the day as you choose*

Day 6
- Today is your free day to do as you wish
- Your hosts provide some options for you, so you can rent some equipment and hit the water, or perhaps go on a cultural excursion nearby

Day 7
- Why not add on an extra surf lesson? Or if there are things you wanted to check out in the area, use this day to explore
 
Day 8: departure
- You’re asked to check out by 11am, however feel free to store your luggage, use all common areas such as the kitchen, tv room, and outdoors,until your departure

*Please note that your 5 yoga lessons (1 hour per lesson) will be scheduled around your surf lessons

Additional activities and costs
The following activities are available to guests to book for an extra cost if they wish:
- Additional use of surf rentals, transfers, and insurance for the afternoon - €20.00
- Bubbly Wednesdays: join in a communal BBQ with plenty of sangria, meat & veggie options, then head out for a night out in town - €15.00
- Outdoor movie night: outdoor movie nights with blankets & popcorn for the perfect summer eve - free
- Tours: visit castle-enclosed villages, giant Buddha gardens and world heritage sites - €25.00 per person (doesn’t include entry fees, includes transfers, a traditional cake and drink, and a guide to the relevant places)
- Wine tastings: stroll through the local vineyards and taste delicious wines in century-old cellars - from €45
- Massages: after surfing, treat yourself with a full-body Ayurvedic massage - from €40
- SUP: get on a longboard and cruise around the beach - from €35
- Horse riding: book a try out, or venture through the valleys onto the beach - from €45

About your surf instructors
- Steve is English and the owner of the surf camp, and has the Level 2 of ISA (International Surf Association) and the SLSGB Surf Lifeguard
- Andre is Portuguese, and has the Level 1 of the Portuguese Surf Federation, in addition to a degree in Sports Science and Physical Education
- Miguel is also Portuguese, with a  Level 1 of ISA (International Surf Association), a degree in Sports Science with Exercise and Health as a specialty, and a post-graduation in Strength and Conditioning and a Masters in High Performance Sports
- Giorgio, who hails from Italy, has the Level 1 of ISA (International Surf Association) and the SLSGB Surf Lifeguard
- Each instructor puts an emphasis on both safety and fun, and is devoted to giving you the best tuition while making you feel completely at ease while falling in love with surfing

About the surf equipment
- On this holiday, you will be kitted out with the surfboard that’s right for you and your level, along with a wet suit and insurance so you don’t have to worry about bringing much
- As your level improves, you may try different boards to see which works best for you

What will I learn?
- It will depend on your level but as a beginner you will learn the following:
Elementary water safety
To understand your surfboard, where to find the rails, the nose, the stringer and the sweet spot!
Theory lessons on types of breaks, surfboard design, equipment and history
How to control the board in the water
Where and how to position yourself to catch a wave
How to clear the breaking zone and deal with white water
Line up positioning
How to paddle to catch the waves 
How to balance standing and lying on the board
How to stand on your board beginning with a knees to standing action (slower) to mastering a ‘pop up’
How to catch green waves (the wave just before it breaks)
- In the yoga lessons, you will practise mainly Vinyasa Flow and lessons will take place at the camp or in a studio depending on the number of students and weather conditions

Where will I be staying?
- The accommodation is set in a traditional Portuguese house which has been converted into the ultimate surf camp
- The camp has dorms, triple and double/twin rooms; dorms sharing with up to 5 and all options with shared bathrooms
- The house has 5 bathrooms and showers, each of which are cleaned daily
- House keys given upon arrival along with lockers and padlocks for guests
- Prices are based on shared rooms and bathrooms but you can upgrade to a private bedroom or an additional supplement if you wish
- Fully equipped kitchen and dining room with tea, coffee and water available throughout the day
- TV room, mini library, and places to relax both outside and in, along with sunbeds, hammocks, a garden and BBQ
- Pool table inside, and foosball table outside
- WiFi throughout
- Less than a 10 minute walk to beaches and the town
- Please let us know at the time of booking if you have any specific dietary requirements and the school will do their utmost to accommodate your requirements for your breakfasts

Are meals included?
- Breakfast is included in cost and consists of the following:
Fresh bread, butter, ham, 2 types of cheese, jams, honey, slices of tomatoes, slices of cucumber, slices of egg, muesli, corn flakes, milk, yogurt, juice, tea & coffee
- Lunch & dinner are not included in the price but there is a great variety of cafes and restaurants within a short walking distance, all within different price ranges
- You can treat yourself, eat on the cheap in the night market, or hit the supermarket and feel free to use the BBQ or cook your meal in the kitchen and enjoy al fresco

What can I do in my free time?
- Ericeira is alive with people, street fairs, lovely shops and boasts a great variety of bistros, cafes and terraces
- You can also take advantage of the arts, culture, and many festivals that take place throughout the year
- Evening starts slow, with plenty restaurants serving dinner until late, pubs, bars, folk parties and even a club open until 6am in the summer
- Farmers’ markets run daily
- In your free time, try out some other water sports in the area or practice your surfing