Please note, sometimes we need to be flexible as some activities will be weather and condition dependent – but don’t worry, we’ll always do our very best to ensure you get the very best out of the trip! All our surf days and evening meals are completely optional – you can enjoy as much or as little as you desire. This is not a boot camp!
Touch down in Portugal! You’re about to spend seven nights surfing some of the best waves the Atlantic has to offer with a group of like-minded women. Expect golden beaches, sunshine, great food and plenty of Portuguese culture thrown in for good measure.
At Faro airport, we’ll pick you up at Faro airport at 6pm and transfer you to our base for the week. After being shown to your room to settle in, there’s time to freshen up before our chilled welcome meeting. In this meeting we’ll discuss what you’d personally like to get out of the trip, whether that’s standing up for the first time, mastering your backhand or sampling the finest Portuguese cuisine, we’re here to make this happen for you! Then it’s a relaxed evening, a chance to meet the other women on the trip and share the stoke for the days ahead.
Please note if you are not able to join our airport transfer at 6pm there will be an additional cost of 60 € each way for your airport transfer based on 3 people. On departure day, we’ll drop you back at the airport by 9am. Please see our FAQs for alternative transfer options.
Today your surf coaching begins!
Each day based on the conditions, your instructor will decide where the best waves are suited to your ability, we’ve got a variety of options on either the South or the West coast! We’re spoilt for choice!
We’ll first have a meeting over our fresh morning coffee to set our surf goals for the week using our bespoke Women + Waves log books.
Once we have our goals set, we’ll go over the plan to achieve them on the beach. Then we’ll jump straight into the ocean for your first surf session with your trip leader and the team. Typically on our surf days, after we’re surfed out we’ll fuel up with a packed lunch on the beach overlooking the waves and debrief on what we’ve just learnt. We’ll also have the chance to grab a nice cup of coffee or ice cream from the beach cafe, chill out and grab some rays!
We’ll then head back to our accommodation, where you’ll pick up even more knowledge in our video analysis session and we’ll deliver our first surf workshop.
Then in the evening, it’s time to chill out with everyone and enjoy some sunset drinks and a delicious evening meal at the local beachside restaurant ‘O’ Antonios’, famous for its fresh seafood and white sangria!
After your first day of surfing, you might be feeling a little tight, so we’ll ensure we start the day with some good surf-inspired yoga on the beach!
Then after reflecting on your video analysis from the day before, we’ll look at troubleshooting any challenges in your surf technique. With small group coaching of only 5 guests to one instructor, we really bespoke your tuition to see big gains on day 2!
It’s then time to demolish our delicious veggie-packed- lunch and follow up the water session with some more video analysis and our second surf workshop back at camp.
There is plenty of free time to jump in the pool before kicking back with a couple margaritas and dinner at our favourite buzzing Mexican restaurant ‘The Green Room’. The burrito bowls are next level and the quesadillas are what cheesy dreams are made of!
Today is your surf free-day! It’s time to look after yourself. Have a little lie-in and then dive in for a fresh morning dip at Porto De Mos.
Then it’s time to join your trip leader and head into Lagos for breakfast and enjoy the best coffee in town at Black & White cafe, picture-whitewashed walls, cool tunes and a full Aussie vibe. You can expect to inhale some fresh avo on toast or some Eton-mess pancakes here.
After breaky, your trip leader will take you to explore the old port town with its historic churches and a coastal tour towards the Ponta da Piedade lighthouse. You’ll have an aerial view of some of the best golden beaches in Lagos. Along the way, you’ll enjoy the iconic viewpoint of Mirador Del Faro (those beautiful rock stacks) the perfect photo opportunity and you may even spot a hidden beach or two!
Once you’ve worked up an appetite all over again, we’ll head back down for lunch at Twin Fin – a surf cafe and bar offering fresh juices, and salads or opt for something a little stronger like their classic Mimosa – you’re on holiday after all!
After lunch, It’s time for some retail therapy including a tour of our favourite independent boutiques and surf shops such as:
Olaria Nova – a beautiful family-owned pottery shop with modern and innovative hand made ceramics – be warmed you’ll want to take everything home!
Urban Jungle – Where you’ll find that classic Portuguese shirt and vintage treasures.
Quiksilver – It wouldn’t be a surf trip without drooling over some shiny new boards now, would it? We’ll take you to the local surf shop and explain what to look for when buying your first board and wetsuit.
Then it’s time to return back to the apartment for some rest! Enjoy some pool time or hop in the sauna to really relax!
In the evening, we’ll have a big group feast back at our self-catering apartments and enjoy some alfresco dining on the balcony, washed down with some local Portuguese vino.
Don’t fancy our Lagos tour? No problem, we can help organise a kayak or stand-up paddleboard tour to explore the grottos and caverns (not included in the price). Or just take the time to chill at the pool or bask on the beach.
Wake up and dive into another surf lesson, we’ll be picking up from where we left off and continuing our progression! We’ll tick a few more boxes in the logbooks followed by video analysis and surf workshop number 3.
Before dinner, it’s time for our post-surf stretches to really unwind and release all the tension from your well-worked muscles.
Then tonight, we’ll head to the beach to watch the sunset, followed by heading into town for
dinner at our favourite modern Asian fusion restaurant – Gorilla. From vegan ramen, vegetable tempura, spicy Thai curries to busting bao buns – what’s not to love?!
For many of you, this will have been the first step of your surfing journey, so after today’s surf session, we’ll sit down (with a coffee and a pastel de nata of course) and discuss your next steps for your future surfing and where to go from here. We want you to go away with a clear understanding of how to continue your surf progression and what to put into practice.
Then tonight, sunset drinks around the pool, and an optional night out to our favourite tapas house called Meu Limao, they combine traditional Mediterranean recipes with modern cooking methods – super yummy fresh local produce with plenty of veggie or vegan options, plus they also make a killer homemade lemonade or sangria! All in a lush historic setting!
It’s your final day in Portugal, so the perfect chance to practise everything you’ve learnt so far. Unless, of course, you want to chill. This is your trip – so you can surf as much or as little as you like! We’ll be looking back to see how much you’ve improved in our final video analysis session. We’ll then do a big open Q&A where you can have a chance to ask us anything you like about surfing.
For our last evening, we’ll head to Mar d’Estorias terrace bar and restaurant – here you’ll find the perfect combination between sea breeze and historical inspiration brought on by the rooftops of the adjoining monuments. The restaurant is decorated with traditional Portuguese tiles where you can chow down on your favourite local food, grab a drink, and watch the sun as it sets on your last night in Portugal.
After an epic trip, it’s time to say goodbye to Portugal (for now!) and fly home. We’ll drop you to the airport at 9 am so you are relaxed and ready for your flight home.
Don’t want to leave so early? View our FAQs about alternative transfer options.