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Portugal Yoga and Surf Retreat

Expert tip: This is one of the most popular yoga retreats offered in Portugal.

Arrifana Surf Lodge takes pride in offering the all-inclusive surfing and yoga package holiday. Arrifana Surf Lodge will supply all the equipment, transport, great food and drinks, great surf and also yoga tuition. The program provides you with all the skills you need. The groups are kept to a maximum of 8 people per session so everyone will get a chance at one to one tuition. This package will leave you feeling rejuvenated and full of energy.

Retreat highlights

  • 6 full days surf classes
  • 5-morning yoga classes
  • Accredited surf instructors
  • 1 session of relaxation massage
  • 7 Continental style breakfasts
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 6 buffet-style lunches
  • 5 x 3-course dinners

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


6 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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Accommodation

The property is new with 4 large private guest bedrooms including king or twin options, 1 shared room and 3 large guest bathrooms. Arrifana Surf Lodge offers shared lounge and kitchen facilities and in the winter, they even have a roaring fire to keep you warm and cozy.

There are two huge terraces with views out to the Atlantic ocean where breakfast and dinner are served daily. Recently, they have added an outdoor yoga terrace and plunge pool. Take a look below and check out all the great features Arrifana Surf Lodge has to offer:

  • Private twin room
  • Private double room
  • Private king size room
  • Private triple room
  • Large bunk room with en-suite bathroom. Custom built bunks with individual reading lamps and built in storage. This room sleeps a maximum of 6 people.
  • Two huge terraces with sea views
  • Yoga terrace
  • Plunge pool
  • Two lazy hammocks
  • Sun loungers and outdoor bean bags
  • Open plan lounge and kitchen area
  • Computer, TV with DVD and CD player
  • Free Wi-Fi access throughout
  • Free use of bikes
  • Unlimited tea / coffee / fruit juice
  • Bed linen with comforter and bath towel

Arrifana Surf Lodge Yoga & Surfing Retreat Schedule

Typical Day:

  • 07:45 Energizing morning yoga session
  • 09:00 Breakfast served
  • 09:30 Load up surf gear and head to beach
  • 10:30 Surf school
  • 12:30 Lunch break
  • 14:00 Surf school
  • 16:30 Head back to lodge for shower / relaxation
  • 17:00 Enjoy your massage or cranial session
  • 19:30 Dinner served, except on Thursday and Saturday as you have the option to eat out or use the kitchen facilities
  • 21:00 Time to kick back and relax, and get some much-needed rest

Instructors

Aldo
ISA-2 (Wave Surfing)
Aldo was born in South Africa and has been surfing for over 17 years. Aldo understands the importance of good instructing and you will always see him in the water with his pupils pushing students onto waves and yelling plenty of encouragement!
Braulio
As a youngster Braulio was always seen playing at the shore rolling on the foams, first bodysurfing and after a time with a boogie board. He is qualified with the Portuguese Surfing Federation. He is also a trained & qualified lifeguard and first aid.
Antonio
Antonio's creative approach to his classes ensure everyone has a fun and memorable time. As a qualified homeopath he also likes to add his alternative knowledge including yoga in his lessons.

Retreat location

Arrifana Surf Lodge is situated in the Costa Vincentina natural park and is located only 3 kilometers from Arrifana beach a perfect beach for learning to surf.

During your stay, you are sure to visit one, if not all of the three beaches listed below. These beaches are all within 10 minutes drive from the lodge and are the main beaches where Arrifana Surf Lodge holds their surf lessons. The waves can differ on each beach depending on swell and wind direction.

Amoreira

Amoreira is Monte Clerigo's sister beach due to the proximity of their locations. Amoreira works on the same conditions as Monte Clerigo but due to the river that creates a beautiful lagoon the banks at this beach vary from that of Monte Clerigo creating different waves on different tides thus making it a great alternative to Monte Clerigo.

Arrifana beach

A west facing beach that works best with a north northwesterly swell with a north to north easterly wind. Due to the direction that Arrifana is situated it has protection from big northerly swells and can hold swell up to 3 meters.

Monte Clerigo

Monte Clerigo is a great summer break due to its north westerly facing position. It receives all swell from the Atlantic Ocean and works best on a south to easterly wind. You will always find a wave at Monte Clerigo when Arrifana is flat.

Nearby places

  • Aljezur - 10 minutes
  • Amoirera beach - 10 minutes drive
  • Arrifana beach, 3 kilometers or 15 minutes walk
  • ATM - 5 minutes drive
  • Monte Clerigo beach - 10 minutes drive

Food

All the food served at Arrifana Surf Lodge is homemade using the freshest ingredients possible.

Arrifana Surf Lodge knows how hungry surfers can get after a long day spent on the beach and in the waves so they always offer a 3-course menu 5 nights a week with the option of dining out at some great local restaurants the other two nights.

Continental breakfast is served daily and includes a selection of cereals, fresh milk, yogurt, fresh bread, jams, honey, homemade nut butters, ham, cheese, fresh fruit and eggs, anyway you like.

Lunch is provided Monday - Friday. Guests are supplied with a lunch buffet to make there own sandwiches on freshly baked rolls or they can make a salad box. Loads of fresh veggies, salad fillings and brown rice or quinoa are supplied. There is also fresh fruit, biscuits and potato chips available. We also take a large cooler of filtered water to the beach.

Evening meals are provided Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. There are no meals provided on Thursday and Saturday. Dinners always consist of 3 courses of home made goodness. We always offer a wide range of vegetarian options and we cater for all food intolerances and diet plans

Exclusions

Evening meals on Thursday and Saturday are not included in the price. Guests have the option to eat out at one of several great local restaurants close by or they can make full use of the kitchen facilities at the lodge.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Lactose Free
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Horse riding
  • Bike trails
  • Hiking

Spa treatments

A 60-minute relaxation massage or 60 min Cranial sacral session with a qualified therapist is included in the package price.

What's included

  • 1 session of relaxation massage or Cranial sacral session
  • 5 x 3-course dinners
  • 5-morning yoga classes
  • 6 freshly made lunches
  • 6 full day surf course including equipment
  • 7 Continental style breakfasts
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Bath towel
  • Bedlinen with comforter
  • Free use all the facilities

What's not included

  • Evening meals on Thursday and Saturday
  • Alcoholic drinks

How to get there

Driving directions from Faro Airport

  • You can hire a car at Faro Airport to reach the retreat center. Rent a car is available from Autorent for around 70 - 120 EUR per week.
  • When you exit the airport, you need to follow signs towards the highway - A22 towards - Portimao / Lisboa.
  • Keep following the signs until you get on the A22 and take the Portimao / Albufeira direction, going west.
  • Follow the A22 all the way to the end past Albufeira, Portimao, and Lagos.
  • You will see a turn off for the N120 Aljezur / Sines when the highway ends.
  • You will remain on the N120 for approximately 20 kilometers.
  • Just before you get to the town of Aljezur, you will see a turn off on your left for Arrifana beach / Vale da Telha.
  • Turn left at the sign and follow the road (steep hill) till you come to the top of the road (T junction) and take a left towards Arrifana / Vale Da Telha.
  • Keep on this road for 2 kilometers.
  • You will come to the tiny village of Vales, directly after Vales there is a turn off for Vale Da Telha on your right.
  • Turn right at the sign post for Vale Da Telha and immediately take a left.
  • You will pass an old school on your left and a builders merchants on your right.
  • You will come to a roundabout, at the roundabout turn left, (3rd exit / Arrifana Beach).
  • Follow the road (very short distance) until you come to a set of large flats.
  • Turn right on the road before the flats and Arrifana Surf Lodge is the second house on the right B58.

Arrival by airplane

Arrifana Surf Lodge is located about 1 hour and 15 minutes drive from Faro Airport. They offer free pick up and drop off in Aljezur and they offer 2 free transfers per day in Lagos at either 12:30 or 19:30. Lagos is about 30 minutes drive from Arrifana Surf Lodge as well as about 10 minutes drive from the town of Aljezur.

There are several ways to get to the retreat center from Faro airport such as rent a car, shuttle transfer, train, bus and private airport transfer / taxi.

Guests also have the option of flying into Lisbon and catching a bus service direct to Aljezur. It is a four hour journey and can bookings can be made directly online.

Arrival by bus

The bus station in Faro is located within 200 yards of the train station and is the cheapest option to getting to Lagos. To check bus times check out http://eva-bus.com. From Lagos there is a bus that runs to Aljezur at 15:20 and arrives into Aljezur at 15:55. They will have someone from Arrifana Surf Lodge meet you and take you to the retreat.

Arrival by shuttle

Airport transfers are offered to Lagos for around 20 EUR per person. Someone will meet you in arrivals at Faro and drop you off in Lagos. When booking the shuttle transfer please state Lagos Marina Club Hotel as your drop off point. From there, Arrifana Surf Lodge will pick you up to the retreat center at either 12:30 or 19:30.

Arrival by train

There is a regular train service which leaves Faro train station and arrives at Lagos train station. It costs around 6 EUR each way.

Arrival by taxi / private airport transfer

There is a direct private transfers offered to Arrifana Surf Lodge. The private shuttle transfer / taxi costs around 120 EUR each way and is a great option if you are traveling in a group or if you arrive late in the evening and are unable to arrange another method of transport.

Distances

  • Aljezur - 10 minutes
  • Faro Airport - 1 hour 15 minutes drive
  • Lagos - 30 minutes
  • Lisbon - 4 hours

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 30 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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