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8 Days Surf and Yoga Retreat in Portugal

  • Arrifana Surf Lodge, Ûrb Vale da telha Sector B Lote 58, Aljezur, Portugal

Overview

Portugal Yoga and Surf Retreat

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.

Highlights

  • 5 morning yoga classes
  • 5 full days surf classes
  • Accredited surf instructors
  • 1 session of relaxation massage or Cranial sacral session
  • 7 Continental style breakfasts
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 5 freshly made lunches
  • 5 x 3-course dinners

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • 5 days with instruction
  • English
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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

Monday - Friday

  • 08:00 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 option to eat out or use the kitchen facilities
  • 21:00 Time to kick back and relax, and get some much needed rest

Saturday - Sunday

  • 09:00 Much deserved sleep in and breakfast followed by free time.

For guests that are not departing, you can relax on Arrifana beach, continue surfing, practice yoga, horse ride, bike one of many trails, visit the local town of Aljezur, or simply chill at the lodge.

  • Rose Hill

    Rose is qualified to draw from various practices and incorporate them into classes that offer a relaxing yet energizing experience for her students. Through a variety of postures in each class Rose helps her students to build strength, flexibility and balance through stability.

  • Aldo

    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.

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
Activities
  • Cycling
  • Hiking trail nearby
  • Horse riding/rental nearby
  • Massage
  • Mountain biking nearby
  • Mountain walking/trekking nearby
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool
General
  • Bars nearby
  • Beach nearby
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Hammock
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant nearby
  • Terrace
  • Yoga deck
Services
  • ATM nearby
  • Free bicycle
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Pharmacy nearby
  • Scooter rental nearby
  • Tour assistance

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.

Weekends are free to enjoy the local area. Guests can use surf equipment to keep surfing, or the outdoor terrace to practice personal yoga. Also a great time to receive your included relaxation massage or Cranial sacral therapy.

A 45-minute relaxation massage or a 1-hour Cranial sacral session with a qualified therapist is included in the package price.

  • 1 session of relaxation massage or Cranial sacral session
  • 5 x 3-course dinners
  • 5 morning yoga classes
  • 5 freshly made lunches
  • 5 full day surf course including equipment
  • 7 Continental style breakfasts
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Bath towel
  • Bedlinen with comforter
  • Free use all the facilities
  • Evening meals on Thursday and Saturday are not included in the price.

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
For information about the booking conditions, please send Arrifana Surf Lodge an inquiry.
  • Review by Simina Jonker from Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    10 out of 10

    "This year I decided to come to Portugal for the first time and do what has been on my bucket list for some time now, learn how to surf! I couldn’t have found a better place to go to than Arrifana Surf Lodge! Sarah, Aldo, Glenn, Braulio, Antonio, Lance, Heather, Pedro & the rest of the team are the best! Arrifana truly lives up to their tagline “your home away from home”. Everything was just perfect, food, accommodation, people, yoga, massage and surfing lessons ! They made a surf girl out of me, I’ll be definitely coming back this year. Don’t look any further, go to Arrifana Lodge, enjoy one of the best things Portugal has to offer and I’ll guarantee you’ll have a fantastic time! Oh and you must book a massage by Sonia, best one ever!"

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  • Review by A traveler from London, United Kingdom

    "I had a fabulous holiday. Sarah and Aldo are a great mix of easy going, fun and professional. They are so helpful. The vibe of the lodge is relaxed and friendly whilst getting you up, out and learning about waves and surfing. The other surfing instructors are great fun, whilst knowing their stuff and had my unco-ordinated self out in the green water and standing up within a few days. They cater for a wide range of dietary needs with apparent ease. The food is amazing and healthy. Tip: Don't forget your zinc for feet, face and lips as whatever the temperature feels, the sun is super strong and unless you already have a serious base tan/very olive skin normal waterproof sun cream won't cut it! I very much enjoyed hiding under the shelter away from the sun at lunch :) Thoroughly recommend this surf-yoga retreat."

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  • Review by George
    10 out of 10

    "I stayed for a week and had a fantastic time. Everything was perfect - amazing location, fantastic food and a really friendly atmosphere. The surf lessons were great with a very individual approach to really focus on improving your surfing. Oh and the beach is amazing. I would also recommend the local hiking trails or exploring on the free bikes - the area is a national park and very beautiful. All in all a brilliant place, I can't recommend it highly enough and will definitely be back."

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  • Review by a traveller from Utrecht, the Netherlands
    10 out of 10

    "We had an amazing trip with the three of us in Feb. 2016 Aldo and Sara are really relaxed people and share their surf-inspired life in an awesome way with their guests. The surf lessons (we were all newbies) were perfectly led by Braulio and man, we had fun! Then lunch.. some great relaxing time on one of the terraces or at the fireplace... and then an amazing evening dinner every single day. When Aldo throws in his Afrikaner braai experience things really take off (aldo Sara clearly is the best cook in the house and does great things with the local Portuguese ingredients!) Being fond of hiking, I really enjoyed stretches of the coastal long distance path, Rota Vicentina. This lodge would serve as a great starting point."

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  • Review by Sandra from Romania
    10 out of 10

    "Arrifana Surf Lodge, exceeded my expectations. It gets maximum points and some on top for every aspect. I was a single guest for the first visit and it felt like home. Accommodations, foods, surf classes, yoga, as well as the communication with all guests were great and that was owed 101% to Sarah and Aldo, that were successfully creating a very welcoming environment. When they say that you will be served dinner, they fail to mention that you are in for a delicious feast. Gold star!"

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  • Review by Faz Z from Melbourne, Australia
    10 out of 10

    "What an amazing house! What amazing hosts! What an amazing location! I cannot speak highly enough of what is offered by Sarah and Aldo at Arrifana Surf Lodge. I actually didn't have much of an idea of what I was heading for as one of my friends had booked this for me. I loved it. One week was definitely not enough and it was actually really hard to say goodbye at the end. This place is really just like home! The surfing, the teachers, the food (oh my God the food), the people, the hosts, the accommodation, the location ... just brilliant! Thank you Sarah and Aldo for any amazing experience. I can't wait to come back! :) "

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  • Review by Sergejs V
    10 out of 10

    "We stayed in Arrifana Surf Lodge and were amazed at how awesome the place is. Very well organized and feels just like home. Aldo is a terrific surf coach and a motivator. Sarah, on the other hand looked after us just like a mom would. Thanks guys! "

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  • Review by Fabian G
    10 out of 10

    "Stayed here for two weeks for the second time and again had an awesome time. When Aldo picked me up in Lagos he said: 'Let's go back to paradise!' And he is right, to me Arrifana Surf Lodge is something like paradise. The surf is really good and the enthusiasm an passion with which Aldo and his surf instructors will help you to push your skills to a whole new level! After a day of surf at the nearby beaches, when you get back to the lodge it feels like coming home. The ambiance in the house is really relaxing, warm and cosy. And then there is the food. The meals (and the sandwiches prepared for the days at the beach) are delicious and just the right thing to refuel your batteries after a long day of surfing. Looking forward to my next trip in spring! "

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  • Review by Joost and Christa from Holland and Germany
    10 out of 10

    "Thanks Sarah and Aldo for the great week in Arrifana! Never thought it could be so fantastic!! When so much passion for surfing and food comes together it's called: Arrifana Surf Lodge!"

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  • Review by Nina from Europe
    10 out of 10

    "Wonderful people! Thank you for having us and making us feel like part of the family. Aldo; you're a great teacher and Sarah; you're an amazing host. The surf was awesome and I look forward to coming back again to catch some more giants!"

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  • Review by Yvonne from Edinburgh, UK
    10 out of 10

    "I don't want to go home! I've had a fab week here. I've learnt loads about surfing and had an amazing time. I think you're doing all the right things here and I love it! I hope to come back!"

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Aljezur, Portugal

Arrifana Surf Lodge is a family run surf chalet offering surfing, yoga and yummy organic meals.

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