10 Best Peniche Surf Camps (2024 Guide)

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Looking for the best Peniche surf camps? Luckily for you, this article features my top picks.

Historically a quiet fishing town, Peniche is now a small city known for surfing. Located on the west coast facing the Atlantic, Peniche receives fast and powerful ocean waves.

After traveling all over Portugal these last few years, it’s fair to say that I absolutely love Peniche, the people of Peniche, and most of all, their surf culture.

Considered one of the best in Europe, Peniche is known for its windy beaches and impressive surf breaks making it an ideal destination for surf enthusiasts. The most famous wave, Supertubos, is a part of the “European Pipeline” and is the site of the MEO Pro Portugal.

Despite having ridden the waves in some of the globe’s premier surf destinations, from the tropics of Bali to the hidden gems of Nicaragua, facing the giant Portuguese waves can be quite intimidating.

That’s why I think that Peniche’s surf camps are the perfect way to learn the waves and improve your surfing skills.

Prepare for a relaxed and easygoing atmosphere, where you’ll have the chance to connect with fellow travelers who share your love for surfing. Set yourself up for a memorable experience at one of Peniche’s outstanding surf camps.

A beach in Peniche where surf enthusiasts go to ride the waves of Portugal
A beach in Peniche where surf enthusiasts go to ride the waves of Portugal

Best Surf Camps in Peniche

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1. 5-Day Longboard Workshop at Ahoy Surf House

Location: Centro Region
Length: 5 Days
Skill Level: Intermediate, Advanced

Enhance your longboarding skills amidst the picturesque surroundings of Peniche with this 5-Day Longboard Workshop at Ahoy Surf House. Their unique concept focuses on nurturing the inner engineering of your body, utilizing surf for the mind and breathing exercises for the soul.

Why We Recommend this Surf Camp:

Immerse yourself in the transformative experience of Ahoy Surf House’s 5-Day Longboard Workshop in Peniche, Centro Region. Tailored for individuals with intermediate to advanced longboarding skills, this workshop promises to elevate your abilities while providing a unique and mindful retreat.

Enjoy three days of engaging activities, including personalized one-on-one coaching sessions, a perfect blend of theory and practical sessions, and the opportunity to capture your progress with videos and photos.

Take a break in Ahoy Surf House’s beautifully renovated house, offering comfortable accommodation for a refreshing 4-night stay. Choose from spacious shared or private rooms, each featuring a rustic environment, a balcony, and a terrace.

The accommodation embodies a mindfulness lifestyle, providing a serene escape for surf enthusiasts. The property boasts wide and open social areas adorned with local artistic touches, perfect for socializing and gathering. Equipped with a fireplace for chilly nights, the house ensures a cozy and welcoming atmosphere.

Indulge in the fully equipped kitchen, offering a taste of healthy and organic world food, as well as alternative animal-free cuisine. Experience a harmonious balance between skill enhancement and mindful living, all within the beautiful backdrop of Portugal.

Embark on a journey of self-improvement and rejuvenation at Ahoy Surf House, where the waves of Peniche meet a mindful lifestyle. This workshop is your opportunity to refine your longboarding skills, connect with like-minded individuals, and immerse yourself in a holistic experience that combines surf, mindfulness, and picturesque beauty.

What to Expect:

Embark on a 5-day longboard workshop at Ahoy Surf House, where personalized coaching sessions over three days will refine your skills. Capture your progress through videos and photos.

Retreat to comfortable accommodations with a rustic charm each evening, fostering connections in inviting social spaces. Fuel your body with healthy meals and explore Peniche, Centro Region, beyond the waves.

Ahoy Surf House ensures a harmonious blend of skill enhancement and mindful living for a brief, enriching escape.

Workshop Inclusions:

  • 4 nights of comfortable accommodation
  • 3 days of engaging in longboarding activities
  • One-on-one coaching sessions
  • Theory and practical sessions
  • Video and photo documentation of your progress
  • Refreshments: Water, coffee, and tea
A group of people surfing in Peniche Centro Region
A group of people surfing in Peniche Centro Region

2. 6-Day Surf Camp with Boa Onda Guesthouse

Location: Peniche
Length: 6 Days
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Escape to the sunny shores of Peniche, Portugal. Join Boa Onda Guesthouse for an unforgettable 6-day surf camp. Immerse yourself in daily surf lessons and explore the picturesque surroundings.

Why We Recommend this Surf Camp:

This surf camp spans 6 days and offers a diverse experience. Enjoy daily surf classes, including a skate class, with free use of surf equipment during lesson hours. The package includes 5 nights of accommodation, transfers between surf spots, and tasty breakfasts.

Boa Onda Guesthouse is a brand-new accommodation located just 100 meters from the beach, where sand and rocks coexist. Choose from different room options, some with or without bathrooms, and enjoy ocean views in select rooms.

The guesthouse is situated in a quiet and relaxing area, offering a spacious common area with cable television, Wi-Fi, and a well-equipped kitchen. Bars, restaurants, and shops are within walking distance, and the bus stop is located nearby.

What to Expect:

During your 6-day surf camp, anticipate a dynamic experience filled with daily surf and skate classes. Embrace the welcoming atmosphere of Boa Onda Guesthouse, where relaxation meets exploration. Connect with fellow surf enthusiasts in the common spaces and enjoy the convenience of being close to various amenities.

Surf Camp Inclusions:

  • 5 nights of accommodation
  • Daily surf classes, including 1 skate class
  • Free use of surf equipment during lesson hours
  • Transfers between surf spots
  • Tasty breakfasts
A surfer riding a large wave at a beach in Peniche, Portugal
A surfer riding a large wave at a beach in Peniche, Portugal

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3. 7-Day Surf Camp with Peniche Surf Lodge

Location: Peniche
Length: 7 Days
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Join Peniche Surf Lodge for an unforgettable 7-day surf camp along the stunning Silver Coast of Portugal. This isn’t just a surf camp; it’s a home away from home, bringing like-minded surf enthusiasts together for an immersive experience.

Why We Recommend this Surf Camp:

Peniche Surf Lodge offers an exceptional 7-day surf camp with 5 in-water coaching sessions, daily surf lessons, and a free surf day. Surf equipment and transport are provided throughout, ensuring you have everything you need to explore the best waves Peniche has to offer.

The lodge’s personalized guidance and commitment to cleanliness and safety make it great value for money.

Feel instantly at home with the relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Choose between two unique lodges, both conveniently located close to the ocean, supermarkets, cafes, bars, and restaurants.

Lodge 1, situated across from Papoa Beach, offers shared facilities and private rooms. Lodge 2, just a 3-minute walk away, provides diverse room options, sea-view balconies, and panoramic rooftop views.

Expect thorough daily cleaning and sanitization in all shared and common areas. Lodge 1 features a spacious kitchen, living room, and private rooms with or without bathrooms. Lodge 2 offers sea-view balconies, a rooftop lounge, and a large kitchen with a BBQ and balcony.

What to Expect:

Embark on a surf camp with 5 in-water coaching sessions, daily surf lessons, and a day for free surfing. Enjoy daily breakfast and complimentary afternoon coffee, herbal teas, and cookies. Peniche Surf Lodge’s team ensures you get the most out of your surf trip, providing guidance, support, and a caring environment.

Surf Camp Inclusions:

  • 6 nights accommodation
  • 5 in-water coaching sessions
  • 1 surf lesson and a free surf day
  • Surf equipment and transport provided
  • Daily breakfast and afternoon refreshments
Surfers riding big waves in Peniche, Portugal
Surfers riding big waves in Peniche, Portugal

4. 8-Day Surf Camp at G3 Store Surf Center Peniche

Location: Leiria
Length: 8 Days
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Discover the ultimate surf holidays in Peniche at G3 Store Surf Center, where every day is dedicated to creating memorable moments. As a guest, you’re not just a customer; you become part of the family, benefiting from top-notch logistics and all-inclusive services.

Why We Recommend this Surf Camp:

G3 Store Surf Center offers the best surf experience tailored to all skill levels. With a maximum of 5 students per class, enjoy 5 surf lessons, and complimentary surf gear throughout your stay. You’ll also have the opportunity to explore all the surf spots in Peniche and Baleal.

Benefit from sports insurance, free photos from surf lessons, 1 video analysis, and a convenient pick-up from Peniche bus station. Your accommodation for 7 nights is a relaxed villa with a fully equipped kitchen, three bathrooms, a living room, cable TV, Wi-Fi, a terrace with barbecue, and a magnificent sea view.

The G3 Surf House is a welcoming villa designed for a relaxed atmosphere, allowing guests from around the world to share experiences. It’s the perfect setting for a memorable vacation.

What to Expect:

Embark on an 8-day surf, stay, and explore adventure at G3 Store Surf Center Peniche. Enjoy the perfect surf class for your skill level, whether you’re a beginner, intermediate, or advanced surfer.

Immerse yourself in the surf culture and explore the best spots in Peniche and Baleal. With small class sizes, you’ll receive personalized attention and guidance.

Surf Camp Inclusions:

  • 7 nights accommodation at G3 Surf House
  • 5 surf lessons with a maximum of 5 students per class
  • Free surf gear throughout your stay
  • Exploration of all surf spots in Peniche and Baleal
  • Sports insurance
  • Free photos from surf lessons and 1 video analysis
  • Pick up from Peniche bus station
A surfer on the waves in Portugal
A surfer on the waves in Portugal

5. 4-Day Exciting Surf Camp with Alex Surf School

Location: Baleal Beach
Length: 4 Days
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Join Alex Surf School for an exhilarating 4-day surf camp in the renowned waves of Baleal Beach, Peniche. Perfect for those seeking a short but action-packed getaway, this surf package caters to beginners, intermediate, and advanced surfers alike. Escape for a long weekend and experience the best waves Europe has to offer.

Why We Recommend this Surf Camp:

Alex Surf School stands out for providing an engaging and personalized surf experience. With small groups, you’ll receive focused attention, fostering quick improvement even within a short course. Enjoy 3 days of surf lessons, each featuring two sessions lasting 2 hours, allowing for optimal skill enhancement.

Stay at the Alex Surf Hostel, offering shared rooms, private rooms, and private rooms with a bathroom. Built in 2016, the hostel provides a fresh and new environment.

Take advantage of the shared kitchen, living room, and backyard, giving you the freedom to use facilities and cook as much as you desire.

What to Expect:

Immerse yourself in a focused and result-oriented surf experience with small groups allowing for personalized attention. Enjoy twice-daily surf sessions, each lasting 2 hours, under the guidance of highly experienced surf teachers.

Explore the coastal area of Peniche and witness the beauty of the surroundings. Accommodations at the Alex Surf Hostel provide a comfortable and communal atmosphere, enhancing your overall surf camp experience.

Surf Camp Inclusions:

  • 3 nights’ accommodation at Alex Surf Hostel
  • 3 days of surf lessons with two sessions per day
  • Video sessions (available upon request)
  • Surfboard and wetsuit matching your surf level
  • Presentation of the coastal area of Peniche
A group of people surfing in Baleal, Portugal
A group of people surfing in Peniche, Portugal

6. 8-Day Fantastic Surf Camp with Local Coaches

Location: Peniche
Length: 8 Days
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate

Discover the thrill of surfing in one of the world’s best locations with this 8-day fantastic surf camp in Peniche, Portugal. Nestled in front of the ocean, the PKSC accommodation offers an ideal setting for a week of surfing, relaxation, and fun.

Why We Recommend this Surf Camp:

This comprehensive surf camp spans 8 days and includes 5 days of surf lessons led by local surfers who know the waves of Peniche intimately. The perfect location of PKSC allows you to take just a few steps from your accommodation to the ocean, eliminating the need for transportation during your holiday.

The camp also incorporates photo analysis and surf photos, providing valuable insights to enhance your surfing skills. Besides surfing, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the beauty of Peniche, making it a well-rounded experience.

Your package includes 7 nights’ accommodation in a brand-new Surf House located right on Papôa Bay. With stunning ocean views and proximity to natural beauty, this accommodation will truly enhance your surfing getaway.

What to Expect:

Throughout the 8 days, immerse yourself in the surf culture of Peniche with daily lessons, photo analysis, and opportunities to explore the surroundings. The local surfers serving as instructors ensure a personalized and authentic experience for surfers of all levels.

Surf Camp Inclusions:

  • 7 nights’ accommodation in a Surf House
  • 5 days of surf lessons with local instructors
  • Photo analysis and surf photos
  • Exploration of the beauty of Peniche
  • 2-day equipment rental
  • Daily proximity to the ocean
  • Superior location for surfing
  • Round-the-clock support and organization by PKSC

Note: The accommodation is close to all amenities by foot, allowing you to focus on enjoying your surfing holiday without the hassle of transportation.

A surfer enjoying the waves in Peniche
A surfer enjoying the waves in Peniche

7. 8-Day Surf and Yoga Retreat with Ferrel Surf House

Location: Baleal
Length: 8 Days
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Experience the ultimate blend of surfing, relaxation, and Portuguese vibes with Ferrel Surf House’s 8-day surf and yoga retreat in Peniche. Nestled in the charming village of Baleal, this surf house offers a welcoming atmosphere. Not only that, but the beach is right in front of the house.

Why We Recommend this Surf Camp:

This week-long retreat caters to surfers of all levels, from beginners to advanced. With two surfing sessions each day for five days, you’ll receive personalized instruction and guidance to enhance your surfing skills. The package includes a wetsuit and surfboard for lessons, insurance during the sessions, and transportation to the surf spot.

In addition to the surf-focused activities, you’ll enjoy the laid-back Portuguese lifestyle and the charm of Baleal. The retreat also features a trip to a surf factory, adding a unique and insightful aspect to your surfing experience.

Accommodation at Ferrel Surf House includes seven nights in a shared dormitory. The house offers four private rooms and four dormitories, each decorated with care to make you feel like a friend rather than a tourist.

What to Expect:

Embrace the waves of Portugal with daily surf sessions and downtime on the beach. Between surfing sessions, chill with friends in the beautifully decorated backyard, or witness the mesmerizing sunset right in front of the house.

Surf Camp Inclusions:

  • 7 nights’ accommodation in a shared dormitory
  • 2 surfing sessions every day for 5 days
  • Wetsuit and surfboard for lessons
  • Insurance during the lesson
  • Transportation to the surf spot
  • Trip to a surf factory
  • Daily continental breakfast (except for low season, 1 November to 28 January)
  • Opportunities to relax on the beautiful beach
  • Chill in the beautifully decorated backyard
  • Watch the sunset in front of the house

Note: Ferrel Surf House encourages participants to communicate their surf level so that the appropriate spot and instructor can be assigned, ensuring a tailored and enjoyable experience for every surfer.

The big waves of Baleal Island, Peniche
The big waves of Baleal Island, Peniche

8. 8-Day Yoga Holiday with Introspective Practices, Surfing, Meditation, and Workshops in Peniche

Location: Peniche
Length: 8 Days
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Embark on a transformative journey with an 8-day Yoga Holiday. This Peniche retreat offers a perfect blend of introspective practices, surfing, meditation, and creative workshops.

Allow yourself a digital detox, spending a week immersed in mindful moments, playing with the ocean, and consciously breathing while feeling the warmth of the sun on your skin.

Why We Recommend this Retreat:

This comprehensive retreat spans 6 days of engaging activities, including daily yoga classes and surf lessons. It goes beyond physical practices, incorporating breathwork, meditation, journaling, massage, a cacao ceremony, creative workshops, and excursions with beach walks.

Your stay includes 7 nights of accommodation in a cozy house equipped with all the comforts you need. Wake up to hot coffee and tea, unwind in the garden surrounded by birdsong, and enjoy your time by the swimming pool with sunbeds.

The kitchen is fully equipped for cooking, and there’s a bright dining room, a cozy living room with a fireplace, sofas, and satellite TV.

The accommodation also features spacious and nature-inspired rooms, each equipped with a private bathroom, heater, fresh 100% cotton linens, fluffy towels, Wi-Fi, and water.

What to Expect:

Throughout the 8 days, indulge in introspective practices, creative workshops, and daily yoga and surf sessions. The retreat encourages you to let go and find your inner self, providing an environment conducive to personal growth and relaxation.

Retreat Inclusions:

  • 7 nights’ accommodation in a cozy house
  • 6 days of activities, including yoga and surf lessons
  • Daily yoga classes
  • Surf lessons suitable for all skill levels
  • Breathwork, meditation, and journaling sessions
  • Massage
  • Cacao Ceremony
  • Creative workshops
  • Excursions and beach walks
  • Healthy meals
  • Swimming pool and sunbed access
  • Relaxation in a nature-inspired environment
  • Wi-Fi, water, and superior amenities in each room

Note: Communicate your skill level, whether beginner, intermediate, or advanced. This ensures that the yoga and surf sessions are tailored to your needs. Embrace this opportunity for self-discovery and rejuvenation in the picturesque setting of Peniche, Portugal.

Aerial view of Peniche with big waves
Aerial view of Peniche with big waves

9. 8-Day Surf Camp, CrossFit, Surf Clinic & Outdoor Activities

Location: Baleal
Length: 8 Days
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate

Enjoy a thrilling 8-day adventure at Shark’s Lodge in Peniche, just 200 meters from the beach. Combining excellent accommodation with a variety of activities, Shark’s Lodge offers an exciting blend of surfing, CrossFit, surf clinic, and outdoor activities.

Why We Recommend this Experience:

This action-packed retreat spans 5 days of activities, featuring daily 2-hour surfing lessons, CrossFit workouts of the day, and video analysis. You can also enjoy surf skate, SUP (stand-up paddleboarding), kayaking, climbing, and dedicated surf skill sessions. The program is tailored to accommodate all skill levels, from beginners to intermediates.

Accommodation at Shark’s Lodge includes 7 nights with a private bathroom. The lodge boasts modern amenities, including a tennis court, an outdoor swimming pool, a toddler pool, and a spacious outdoor terrace. The facilities provide an ideal setting for relaxation between your activities.

What to Expect:

Embark on daily surfing lessons, cross-training with CrossFit workouts, and various outdoor activities to enhance your surfing skills. The program combines video analysis for personalized improvement, surf skate practice, and diverse outdoor adventures.

Surf Camp Inclusions:

  • 7 nights’ accommodation with a private bathroom
  • 5 days of activities, including surfing, CrossFit, and outdoor fun
  • Daily 2-hour surfing lessons
  • CrossFit Workout of the day
  • Video analysis for surf improvement
  • Surfskate, SUP, kayak, and climbing sessions
  • Access to the swimming pool and toddler pool
  • Daily breakfast to fuel your day
Aerial view of surfers in Baleal
Aerial view of surfers in Baleal

10. 8-Day Breathtaking Surf and Yoga Camp

Location: Peniche
Length: 8 Days
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate

Indulge in the ultimate 8-day retreat at The Salty Pelican in Peniche, Portugal, offering a perfect blend of breathtaking surf and rejuvenating yoga experiences.

Imagine waking up to the soothing sounds of the sea breeze, meditating by the seaside, practicing yoga with crashing waves as your soundtrack, and exploring Portugal’s beautiful nature.

Why We Recommend this Surf Camp:

This immersive retreat offers a unique combination of yoga classes (11 sessions), 5 days of surf lessons suitable for all skill levels, meditation incorporated into yoga sessions, and premium surfboard rental. The program also includes free time for self-guided island day trips to Berlengas Island and Obidos.

Accommodation at The Salty Pelican provides a modern and comfortable retreat with custom-designed beds, personal lockers, clean bathrooms, and a heated swimming pool.

The facilities include cozy lounging areas, a rooftop bar with a sea view, a tropical garden with a poolside restaurant, an outdoor yoga deck, and a cinema room with Netflix.

What to Expect:

Throughout the 8 days, experience the tranquility of sunrise meditations, invigorating hatha flow yoga, and balancing afternoon Yin yoga. Enjoy the freedom of self-guided day trips and explore the beautiful surroundings. The retreat focuses on restoring, reviving, and making you feel amazing through yoga, surfing, and exploration.

Holiday Inclusions:

  • 7 nights premium accommodation
  • Yoga classes (11 sessions)
  • 5 days of surf lessons suitable for all levels
  • Meditation incorporated into yoga classes
  • Unlimited premium surfboard rental
  • Free time for self-guided island day trips
  • Buffet-style breakfast daily
  • Access to the heated swimming pool
  • Relaxing in a laid-back beach retreat
  • Exploration of Berlengas Island and Obidos
  • Delicious and healthy breakfast buffet
  • Friendly and experienced team support
Surfers of Peniche
Surfers of Peniche

Surfing in Peniche

Surfing has been a part of Peniche’s culture since the late ’60s and early ’70s when the first local surfers embraced the sport in spots like Molhe Leste and the Baleal area. Since then, surfing has grown exponentially and has become part of the typical local scene.

Stretching out in both directions, the beaches in Peniche offer a diverse surf. From the untamed coast north of Baleal to the renowned Supertubos. Hailed as Europe’s most legendary beach break, there’s a variety of spots catering to everyone’s preferences.

The surfing experience can range from gentle and beginner-friendly waves to intense and barreling waves for those with more expertise.

Autumn and winter offer the most optimal surfing experience. This period sees powerful swells from the North Atlantic Ocean, providing consistent and formidable waves.

Nevertheless, spring and summer in Peniche offer smaller and more forgiving waves catering more toward beginner and intermediate surfers.

Adding to the appeal, Peniche boasts an expanding selection of surf hotels and camps, complemented by rows of bars and restaurants that stay lively late into the night.

Regardless of where you stand in your surfing journey, you’ll undoubtedly find a suitable surf camp in the stunning region of Peniche. This place stands out as an ideal location for yoga and surfing due to its legacy and variety for all surfers.

I trust that I’ve provided you with a range of surfing camps in Portugal for you to consider. These camps offer an excellent opportunity to enhance your surfing skills while enjoying the breathtaking beauty of Portugal’s beaches and vibrant surf culture.

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