8 Days Yoga and Surf Camp in Praia da Luz, Lagos, Portugal

  • Jho'La Surf Camp, Beco do Leste A, 55, 8600-140 Praia da Luz, Lagos, Faro District, Algarve Region, Portugal

Portugal Surf Camp

Learn how to surf in one of the best places in Europe, with the most beautiful beaches and waves. Go with one of the most experienced and professional school in the Algarve area to where the best waves are, and experience all the thrill and emotion that the Portuguese coast can offer.

Highlights

  • 5-day surf classes
  • 5 relaxing yoga sessions
  • Complimentary use of surf equipment
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Transfers from and to Lagos
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Beach transfers
  • 5 days with instruction
  • English
Hide all

The villa has two floors and allows a maximum occupation of eight people. In the downstairs, there are three bedrooms; two of them with a bunk bed, and two bathrooms. There is also a toilet upstairs and also free Wi-Fi in all the house and cable-TV in the spacious living room. Outside, there are several balconies with hammocks and puffs where you can relax after a surfing day, or just chill out with a nice bottle of Portuguese wine.

In general, the retreat will start before breakfast , with a ninety minutes yoga session. After breakfast, you and your surf instructors will leave and drive to the best beach for the prevailing conditions (waves, the wind, and any other conditions) for three to four hours of surf coaching plus extra time on the beach, and you will be brought back to the camp in the afternoon or evening.

Surf classes

The courses are meant for two specific publics:

  • For people that never had a surfing lesson or just had a short experience in surfing so far - beginners level
  • For intermediate level surfers that already have the basic knowledge of surfing and are looking forward to improving skills in paddling out, choosing or catching waves by themselves and develop the basic maneuvers such as trimming, cut-back, and floaters.
  • Gustavo Gouveia

    Gustavo was 2001 Portuguese national surf champion, surf coach by the Portuguese Surf Federation (FPS) since 1998, managing partner, and founder of Future Surfing School in 1998. He is a responsible surf coach for the advanced and competition classes.

  • Ricardo Gonçalves

    Ricardo is a surf coach by the Portuguese Surf Federation (FPS) since 1996, managing partner of Future Surfing School since 2005, polyvalent surf coach, and mainly responsible for the surf school internal surf coaches training, founder member of the APTS (Portuguese Surf Coaches Association), and lifesaver from the Portuguese Red Cross and the Life Saving Club Great Britain.

  • Eduardo Lima

    Eduardo (Edu) is a surf coach by the FSS since 2008 and by the Academy of Surfing Instructors (ASI) since 2013, long time lifesaver by the ISN, lifesaver by the Surf Life Saving Club Great Britain, and polyvalent surf coach.

  • Maria Kira

    Maria has a deep connection with the ocean. She has a degree in marine biology but never really ventured into the wild surf experience. What she comes to offer you at the surf camp are yoga classes and massage sessions. She has studied extensively with amazing and inspiring teachers, a bit all over the place. She travels every year to India to practice and get new inspiration.

The surf camp is located in Vila da Luz right next to the city of Lagos in the Algarve. Everything is within walking distance, two minutes to the beach, two minutes to the nearest bars and restaurants and five minutes to the supermarket and pharmacy.

Nearby places

  • Faro Airport (FAO) - 50 minutes
  • Lagos or Alvor - 10 minutes
  • Lisbon, 300 kilometers
  • Seville, 300 kilometers

Daily breakfast, five lunch snack-pack, and five dinners are included in the price. For the food, Jho'la Surf Camp provides traditional Portuguese delicacies for the best dining experience in Portugal. Jho'la Surf Camp will also provide a vegan and gluten-free or vegetarian diet possible for a little extra charge. Please be sure to tell it in advance if you have any food allergies or intolerance.

In your spare time, you can always feel free to enjoy the day after doing yoga and surfing on the balcony with hammocks while relaxing yourself with a nice bottle of Portuguese wine or simply swimming and having a walk on the nearest beach.

Jho'la Surf Camp can arrange a deep tissue treatment and myofascial release massage sessions during your sightseeing hours at an extra cost.

  • 3 to four hours of coaching
  • 5 days of surf classes in the west or south coast
  • 5 dinners
  • 5 lunch snack-packs
  • 5 yoga sessions
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • Use of surfboard and wetsuit
  • Transfer to and from Lagos
  • Transport to the beach and back
  • Airport transfers to the camp
  • Excursions outside the camp
  • Massages
  • Vegan and gluten-free diet meals

Arrival by airplane

The nearest airport is Faro Airport (FAO). From Faro, you can either take the train or the bus to Lagos and then take the local bus to Luz for about ten minutes driving. If you prefer, you can also ask Jho'la Surf Camp for the airport transfers which, however, take an extra charge. It will take about an hour drive away from Faro Airport to Luz.

Apart from Faro, you can get cheap flights to Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS) and Seville Airport (SVQ), both of which are approximately 300 kilometers away.

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 15 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

Verified BookYogaRetreats.com reviews

  • E
    Review by Emma Therer from United Kingdom

    A paradise on earth..

    CONS Cons: Nothing - everything was perfect! .. & way better than I expected! :) :)

    PROS Pros: Francisco is a wonderful host and he cooks very well :) I enjoyed my stay in Luz, the house is beautiful and the beach is very close to the house and very nice as well! The surf school is great! The instructors are very helpful, friendly and will always make sure you have a great time while surfing! :) I will certainly come back!! I met so many wonderful people & Portugal is a beautiful country!

    2017-Jun-13 15:32:49

  • H
    Review by Hassan Bennouna from France

    Excellente expérience

    PROS Pros: Il règne dans ce camp de surf une agréable atmosphère. Le logement est propre , les cours de surf sont impeccable et les plages magnifiques. Je recommande vivement ce camp de surf. Une mention particulière pour la cuisine de Francesco qui est excellente.

    2017-May-30 21:42:03

Testimonials

  • Review by a traveler from Italy
    10 out of 10

    "Had a great time at this place with my friends, just surfing and having some sun at the beach. Nice supermarket nearby and some good restaurants. Just relaxing! The location is good to have a car and it is a safe place."

    TripAdvisor website, edited

  • Review by Maria P.
    10 out of 10

    "It was my first hostel experience and it as gained a special place in my heart. The cozy and homely atmosphere, the great host that is Francisco, and an excellent cook , made me wanna come back a few more times, and hopefully will return again in the near future. The house is set in the middle of Praia da Luz, a wonderful and picturesque village located in the protected area of the Natural Park of the Costa Vicentina and one of the best things, it is a five minute walk to the beach. A great place to stay if you want to discover the unspoiled part of the Algarve. I really recommend it."

    TripAdvisor website, edited

  • Review by a traveler from France
    10 out of 10

    "It was my first experience in a surf camp and i loved it! I was looking for a place with a nice surf camp spirit and that what i found in Jho'La! Francisco the owner of the place will make everything possible to guarantee that your stay is the best possible. Moreover he cooks very well which is a real plus in your stay. For the surf we went with José who was a really good teacher, always giving personal advice. You are in a group but feel like you have a personal lesson! We really had a blast. You meet new people in a very nice atmosphere. Just looking forward to come back to this little heaven!"

    TripAdvisor website, edited

  • Review by Lahozeu from Swiss
    10 out of 10

    "If you're looking for the real surf camp experience, then don't hesitate go to Jho'La! This young surf camp has a great captain: Francisco. He renovated the all house in a nice surf camp spirit. The place is very cosy and we slept very well (and believe me you will need a good rest after surfing :-). About surfing, Francisco will film you once or twice during the week, and after dinner we all sit down in front of the TV to do video analysis about everyone’s mistakes, like the Pros! Then about the food, Francisco is a great cook. he makes excellent meals with local products. It was a very good surprise. (hope you will try his magic fish soup). We really had a blast. You meet new people in a very nice atmosphere. Go there and see by yourself."

    TripAdvisor website, edited

  • Review by Kate L.
    10 out of 10

    "I came for one week surf-vacation at the end of June. Staying at Jho'la was very lovely. It's a cozy family-style place that accommodates maximum 8 guests. Francisco is a very nice host and an amazing cook! Every dinner was different, but every time delicious. In the morning you are picked up by surf-van that brings you to the spot with the best conditions. The lessons are given by instructors of future-surfing school. It was my 4th time in Algarve and every time I was taking lessons with future-surf. Great place to stay with great surf experience! I will come back! "

    TripAdvisor website, edited

  • Review by Bo Do from Germany
    10 out of 10

    "I stayed five days in the house of Francisco were wonderful. The apartments are build very colorful and individually an already submit a surf feeling and the atmosphere in the house - created by Francisco and all the people travelling along from everywhere - bringing and sharing a lot of funny and interesting stories. The food is very good and a mix of Portuguese and other good chosen menus. It is prepared from well chosen ingredients like the fruits from Portuguese places nearby. I'll appreciate coming back once with handful of friends. Thankful that there is such a place!"

    Jho'La Surf Camp Facebook page, edited

  • Review by a traveler from Germany
    10 out of 10

    "What a wonderful place to stay! The hostel has got everything you need - great, relaxing common area, tidy and quiet rooms with comfy beds, hammocks to chill out and a nice deck for breakfast or barbecue. It's a very enjoyable place with a lot of attention to detail and very inviting vibes! Francisco the owner, will do everything to make your stay as comfortable as possible. He's also responsible for dinner, which is - amazing! He's a very friendly and helpful person and also gave me lots of good recommendations for my trip. I booked the surf camp twice now and always had an amazing time there! The guys from the surf school are much fun and really onto it! Luz itself is a relaxed and enjoyable small village. The beach is just a minute walk away from the hostel. You can also go to a lookout to see the sunrise (or just go later during the day :-) ), take a walk to the nearby beaches or go running along the cliffs. What's left to say - really enjoyed my stay and I can highly recommend that welcoming place! "

    TripAdvisor website, edited

  • Review by a traveler from Germany
    10 out of 10

    "What a wonderful place to stay! The hostel has got everything you need - great, relaxing common area, tidy and quiet rooms with comfy beds, hammocks to chill out and a nice deck for breakfast or barbecue. It's a very enjoyable place with a lot of attention to detail and very inviting vibes! Francisco the owner, will do everything to make your stay as comfortable as possible. He's also responsible for dinner, which is - amazing! He's a very friendly and helpful person and also gave me lots of good recommendations for my trip. I booked the surf camp twice now and always had an amazing time there! The guys from the surf school are much fun and really onto it! Luz itself is a relaxed and enjoyable small village. The beach is just a minute walk away from the hostel. You can also go to a lookout to see the sunrise (or just go later during the day :-) ), take a walk to the nearby beaches or go running along the cliffs. What's left to say - really enjoyed my stay and I can highly recommend that welcoming place! "

    TripAdvisor website, edited

  • Review by Mareike Rabe from Germany
    10 out of 10

    "We stayed for ten days at Jho´Las and Francisco is the best host you can imagine. He prepares you with awesome regional food, is always caring and, moreover, shares his surfing expertise with you. That makes it easy to immediately feel like home in this beautiful house near the beach. Thanks a lot for the great time, Francisco and see you soon!"

    Jho'La Surf Camp Facebook page, edited

  • Review by Nuno Lopes de Paula from Portugal
    10 out of 10

    "I've been there five days, and I have to say you must try it. The surf camp is located only five meters driving from Lagos, a city with plenty of history, traditional restaurants and some nightlife. Learn to surf and discover the Algarve waves from the Levante. Francisco is very helpful and the house is cosy. It feels like home there! Thanks for the nice time! I'm sure I'll comeback."

    Jho'La Surf Camp Facebook page, edited

  • Review by Andrea B.
    10 out of 10

    "Wow. Vacation at Jho'las is like being in surfers heaven. First step into the house was like coming home. Downstairs, it has three bedrooms and two bathrooms for eight people. Upstairs is a huge living room with couches, a dining table, and an amazing kitchen (sorry, it's an insider joke). The host Francisco, a real reliable person is very accommodating and also good in cooking. He will serve you very delicious Portuguese food in the evening. Breakfast and lunch is also included so you will start the day well prepared. Outside you find a big terrace and a few hammocks to relax after surfing. I stayed seven days with five times of surfing. Francisco cooperates with a surf school called future surfing school from Portimao. The surf instructor where very enthusiastic and real nice guys. Even Francisco can give you good surfing advices. The camp is close to the sea an a short walk to the nearest restaurants and bars. Luz also is a lovely village. What else can I say? It was really great and I hope to get back real soon."

    TripAdvisor website, edited

  • Review by a traveler
    10 out of 10

    "Stayed at JHo'La for a week last september. Francisco is a very nice host! He picks you up from the train station if you want, cooks the best real Portugese food, and knows the best places to go. The house is very cosy and only half a minute away from the beach of Luz. In the morning, a van from the surf school picks you up to take you to the best surf spots. Francisco and the surf teachers know a lot about the region and will tell you everything you need and want to know."

    TripAdvisor website, edited

  • Review by Lisette K.
    10 out of 10

    "I stayed at Jho'la Surf Camp for almost two weeks in september. The nice and cozy house makes you feel at home instantly. Feeling at home is great, but the host Francisco even makes you feel part of the surf camp family. The amazing food, great conversations, playing music, chilling at the hammocks, it all contributed to an amazing, relaxing holiday. Coming back is high on my wish list!"

    TripAdvisor website, edited

  • Review by Anna B. from Germany
    10 out of 10

    "We were really lucky that we found this place. It was even better than we expected. A place where you feel like at home with best friends and it has all the surfing and ocean spirit. The host Francisco is not only an excellent cook, he is also an interesting storyteller and creates all the welcoming an friendly atmosphere for socializing. A typical day would start with a nice breakfast at the terrace with the view to the ocean and the flowers around. Then the guys from the Future Surf Camp would pick us up around 09:00 and take us to the surf location. Not all surf locations had restaurants and we didn't have time for that either so our lunch packs were very helpful. In the evening after the tiring surfing day we could relax in the hammocks, play numerous instruments like ukulele or the guitar which were serving as a decoration in the living room, then have an amazing dinner prepared by Francisco."

    TripAdvisor website, edited

  • Review by Stefano C. from Italy
    10 out of 10

    "Fantastic place! The house is really cozy and clean. The host is an amazing cook and you can have dinner there with the surf mates you'll meet during your stay. But the best has yet to come - the surf lessons were simply amazing! All the instructors are really professional and passionate, in a very short time you can learn all the basics and start to really enjoy this sport. Can't wait to visit Algarve and Jho'La camp again!"

    TripAdvisor website, edited

Lagos, Portugal

Jho'La Surf Camp is the closest surf camp to Luz Beach and provide experienced and completely certified surf school with instructors that have a great pleasure in teaching.

from --

8 days / 7 nights

Availability

This vacation is available from April 1, 2017 to October 31, 2017.

 

Low season
  • May 1 - May 30

 

High season
  • April 1 - April 30
  • June 1 - October 31

Why choose BookYogaRetreats.com

  • Best Price Guaranteed
  • 5621 Yoga Retreats Worldwide
  • Friendly and Fast Customer Service
  • Offers for every budget
  • No Booking Fees