FAMILY SURF CAMP
PREMIUM FAMILY HOLIDAY IN NORTH PORTUGAL
22 June to 14 September 2019
Welcome to our family surf camp in the beautiful area of Porto in Portugal! Here the love of surfing is combined with a premium family holiday for every age and every level.
Being parents ourselves, we know what families need for a happy holiday! Therefore a few important things are included in your stay: We prepare a healthy, nutritious and child-friendly continental breakfast for all families in the morning and five days a week we serve you dinner made from fresh local produce. We cater to the needs of all kinds of diets.
We provide a nanny who takes care of the children on the beach while the parents can join the surf or yoga lessons, allowing every family member to enjoy their preferred activities. Surfboards and wetsuits for the families are also included in the price and are free to use outside the surf lessons.
THE CAMPSITE & SURF CAMP
The camp is located at the Orbitur Rio Alto campsite near Póvoa de Varzim, a calm area North of Porto, surrounded by agriculture and vast, empty, long beaches. The four-star campsite, located right on the beach, offers a family friendly environment with a swimming pool, playground, restaurant, and a little shop for basic necessities or treats. And all directly next to one of the best golf courses that Portugal has to offer!
At the Family Camp, you’ll find a communal area with hammocks, games for the kids and a kitchen tent where we prepare a healthy, nutritious breakfast and dinner for you. The sanitary block with toilets and hot showers as well as wash basins are all located right next to the camp for easy access.
Each family sleeps in a spacious 6m wide x 3.5m high tipi tent. The tents are equipped with a double bed and two single beds, all with comfortable mattresses, bedding and bed linen. Additionally, you’ll find enough storage for your luggage, a table, chairs, electricity, and lights. Of course, we also provide cooking and eating utensils, so you don’t need to carry any extra equipment with you. Families larger than four, or, families with older children also have the option to extend their living space with an extra mini tipi with two additional beds.
ACCOMMODATION, FOOD & SCHEDULE
Our base package includes 7 nights accommodation in a luxurious bell tent for the whole family. The tents are equipped with a double bed for the parents and two single beds for the children, all with great quality, comfortable mattresses and bed linen. There is also the possibility to add an extra mattress for a family of 5. The base package also includes 7 continental breakfasts and 5 cooked dinners especially cooked by our camp chef. Let us know if you have any dietary requirements (vegetarian, vegan, etc.) when you book and we´ll make sure you are catered for. Our nanny will look after your children while you surf or practice yoga, so you can enjoy, relax and have fun with your mind at ease. You can use the surf gear throughout your stay, outside the surf lessons (when they are available) and this is all included in your base package.
Five dinners for the week at the surf camp are included as part of the package. There is one day during your weekly stay where there aren’t any surf lessons. On this day, families often take the opportunity to visit Porto and usually have dinner there. On another night, we also organize tapas with everyone at a local restaurant at a neighboring beach town.
In addition to the base package, you can add group surf lessons, private surf lessons, and yoga on the beach.
A TYPICAL DAY AT THE FAMILY CAMP
You wake up in the morning to the sound of the ocean and with the subtle scent of pine trees. Then, join the rest of the family camp guests for a healthy, family-friendly breakfast buffet with a daily special. Here you also have the option to sign up for the lunch package which we deliver to the beach for you at lunchtime.
After breakfast, get your wetsuits and towels together and grab your surfboards and make your way to the beach. Here you’ll meet your surf instructors for your surf lessons. The kids and adults are taught on the same beach in different groups. During all adult surf lessons, we have our delightful nanny on the beach keeping an eye on your little ones so you can keep your eye on the waves.
After the lessons, you can use the rest of your beach day to surf by yourself, play volleyball, catch some sun rays or relax under our shaded tents.
Right next to the family camp you’ll find a shared sanitary block where you can shower off the salt from your body and prepare for a blissful evening. On camp, we have hammocks, a slackline and a lounge where you can enjoy drinks from our honesty fridge. For extra action, you can visit the swimming pool, the playground or the sports court with table tennis tables.
Mums and dads who are looking to give their body and mind a little extra attention can join our evening yoga class while the kids are entertained by our nanny.
In the evening, all families come together to tuck into our wholesome, delicious dinner with salad, main and dessert.
Our camp day ends in a relaxed atmosphere where the families come together, listen to nice music and enjoy our community spirit. You’ll fall asleep with a smile on your face, the sun in your heart and the waves in your ears!
YOUR WEEKLY SCHEDULE
Saturday: Welcome to our family camp! Check in from 3 pm and make yourself at home. At dinner time you will meet the crew and the rest of the families.
Sunday: Our surf instructors talk you through the surf theory, board handling, and water safety aspects before taking you to the beach for your first lesson.
Monday: Today, surf and yoga lessons as usual. Tonight, we all go to a local Portuguese tapas restaurant. If you prefer to stay at the camp, you can use our fully equipped kitchen to cook.
Tuesday: Another day full of summer, sun, waves, beach, and fun!
Wednesday: Today we give you a surf break. Many families use this day to explore the region, visit Porto and go out for dinner. If you´d rather hang out at the camp and surf, feel free - the boards and wetsuits are available to you throughout your whole stay.
Thursday: We hope you have a bit of stamina left because tonight you´ll need to show your best side. Our weekly Open Mic Night awaits! The stage is open to everyone, no matter if you´re a natural born entertainer or want to try your performance potential for the first time.
Friday: On Fridays, we organize a friendly surf jam where all family members can show what they've learned in the week. Our weekends with a big BBQ on the camp with fresh Sangria and happy vibes!
Saturday: Time to say goodbye, it´s departure day already. Check out is at 11 am.
The schedule gives an accurate idea of what to expect on a daily and weekly basis. It can, however, change, as we might need to adapt activities and timing depending on ocean and weather conditions during your stay.
SURF & YOGA
We are certified by the Portuguese Surfing Federation (FPS) and we are a member of the Association of Stand Up Paddle of Portugal (ASUPP). We guarantee that you and your family will learn and improve your surfing skills during your holiday. Our qualified surf instructors are all experienced at teaching both children and adults and know how to teach in a safe and fun environment. Our talented surf instructors come from all over Europe and are skilled at speaking several languages. Lessons can be in English, German, Dutch, and French.
We offer 1, 3 or 5-day surf courses consisting of 1.5 to 2 hours per day for children and adults of all surf levels. Groups are divided based on level and experience to ensure that you progress as quickly as possible. The children are taught in groups with a maximum of 5 participants, the adult groups have a maximum capacity of 8 students. During the lessons, we are not only teaching the students the basics of surfing but also water safety and surf theory (wave formation, tides, current rips, priority, etc.), bringing you a fun, yet educational surf experience. In order to make the most of your surfing holiday, and to ensure that your skills improve, we highly recommend the 5-day surf course. You can also add private lessons to your package if you want to take your surfing to the next level.
Whether you have tried yoga before or not, yoga on the beach is a totally different experience. You will be in touch with nature with the sound of the waves in the background while stretching and reinvigorating your body and relaxing your mind. You can look forward to enjoying a moment of tranquility and mindfulness. We offer a 4-day yoga course for all adults who want to spend some time working with their mind, body, and spirit, whether it’s to stretch the muscles after a surf or to relax and rejuvenate.
While parents are surfing or practicing yoga, our nanny will look after the kids and play with them on the beach, so that everyone can enjoy their time to the maximum.
SOME MORE INFO
Family Surfcamp: 22 June to 7 September 2019
Surf Camp runs from Saturday to Saturday. Check-in is on Saturday from 3 pm and check-out the next Saturday until 11 am.
Facilities: Our surf camp is based at the campsite of Orbitur Rio Alto, a 4-star rated campsite certified and recognized by the quality of its services and its facilities. It is located right by the beach with direct and private access to the beach. It has shower blocks with continuous hot water, a mini-market, restaurant, bar, self-service, social halls, free swimming-pool for users and a playground for kids. Check the camp website here.
Tents: The family tipi has a double bed for the parents and 2 single beds for the children. An additional mattress can be fitted in the tipi for families of 5. An extra smaller tipi with 2 single beds can be booked for bigger families or teenagers wanting some independence
Booking: Kids under 3 stay for free and reduced price for 3-5 year old’s. Book for more than a week and get 10% discount off the accommodation after the 1st week. Yoga and surf lessons can be booked now or at the camp
How to get there: The campsite is located next to Póvoa de Varzim, North of Porto, Portugal, with quick access to the airport (OPO) by motorway (30 mins drive). You can hire a car from the airport to get to the camp if you are thinking of exploring the region outside the lessons.
Click here for Google maps directions from the airport.
You can also take the metro from the airport to Póvoa de Varzim - Line B (change at Verde from the airport), we then have several transfers on Saturdays from Póvoa de Varzim to take you to the camp. You will get all the info a few weeks prior to your arrival.