Learning to surf: 4 campsites near great surf spots
Holidays are not over, may have just started for you. So, if you are one of the luky ones that have, or, will have free time, and like to explore new thing, why not surf?
For many learning how to surf is one of those items that is part of the bucket list. Surfing is much more than being able to stand on a board, is about emotions, learning how to dominate one’s fear while in contact with the elements, to feel their power and learn to respect them. There are many spots in Europe where you can learn but Portugal is definitly on the top when it comes to make that choice, magnificent places near the beach, with an enormes cost line from where to choose your spot. Nothing is better and more in line with the surfer lifestyle than to be lodge on a campsite, and there’s plenty from where to pick, maybe to much, so we give you a hand.
3 campsites with great surfing spots:
Consolação Beach (Praia da Consolação)
Consolação Beach, in Peniche, known for being one of the best places to surf, where you can always count with a wave to ride no matter the weather. Peniche is also the spot where the WTC world championship of surf appends and where it takes part one of the stages of the Rip Curl Pro from the world surf league. You can park your campervan or motorhome in Peniche Praia Bungalows & Camping, right next to the beach. To take surfing lesson you can check Alex Surf School, the owner Alex is a cool guy with lots of experience.
Nazaré Beach(Praia da Nazaré)
Nazaré Beach, in Nazaré, is a surf spot that most of surfers know. This beach is known worldwide for its giant waves, and has already received many well-known surfers. Among these names that succeeded in riding the wave one stands out, Garrett McNamara (in 2011 broke the world record for riding the biggest wave, reported to be around 100ft). It is not a place for the faint of heart. Only the pros or those who have a death wish try. Worth a visit any time of the year, but especially in that time of the year when the big waves come (October to March). If you intend to pay a visit there are some campsites in the area, among of which is Orbitur – Valado Camping. For some surf lessons you can always go to Nazare Surf School. Checkout the beachcam to see what you are missing.
Reef Beach (Praia do Reef)
Reef Beach, in Ericeira, called surfers paradise, is good for beginners and experient surfers. If you like camping we suggest Ericeira Camping, located two minutes away from Ericeira village. This is one of the many surf schools you find in the area, SurfRiders is good place, and has a bunch of other services, like Yoga, you might enjoy.
Amado Beach (Praia do Amado)
Amado Beach, in Vicentina Cost, is a cool and beautifull place to go, especial if you are travelling in your campervan our motorhome because of the easy acess to the surfing spot. You will find Serrão Camping is the nearest campsites, you won´t regret it. Take a look at Amado SurfCamp to book some lessons.