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5 Days Surf and Yoga in Portugal

  • Surfer's Bay, Rua do Salgado lote D1, 2520-193 Peniche, Portugal

Overview

Surf and Yoga Holiday Portugal

This holidays is a whole new way to experience surfing combined with yoga classes guided by our instructor's professionalism, experience, and good mood. We will always aim for your safety and provide you with a lot of fun. By joining us, you will have the chance to feel the amazing sensation to surf and then relax with some yoga.

Highlights

  • 4 surf classes
  • 3 Hatha and Vinyasa yoga classes
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Full surfing insurance
  • Bus station transfers
  • Daily breakfast

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • Intermediate

  • 4 days with instruction
  • English
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At Shark’s lodge you can find a place that fits your needs and your budget. They have a varied accommodation offer that includes:

  • 3 shared rooms (for male, female, or mix) with 4 bunk beds in each room. All of the bright dormitory (90 m2) rooms feature natural light through large windows, and the rooms are decorated in a surfing theme. They include lockers for storage of personal items and shared bathrooms. This can be the perfect choice for those who look forward to meeting new people from around the world.
  • Private rooms: for 4 or 6 people and double room.

Surfing

Whether you are a complete beginner or an intermediate surfer looking for some tips to improve your surfing, we provide personal, caring, and professional surf lessons adapting the teaching technics to each individual. With relatively small groups, each student will have enough attention and optimal learning experience.

Classes are taught by experienced surfers and certified surf Instructors (ISA) who teach surfing in a safe and responsible manner while ensuring that you have the best time of your life catching waves.

Each surf lesson takes two hours. On the first lesson, the surf instructor implements a short briefing, giving you a proper introduction to the sport of surfing and the science behind it, including a detailed explanation of safety measures that have to be followed.

In a surf program for a week you will also get photos. Last but not least, you will receive the appropriate equipment that fits your needs and level of surfing. We have a wide range of surfboards and wetsuits at your disposal.

Our surf teachers have been introducing beginner surfers to the sport of surfing for close to 20 years. Through its long experience, we have refined our teachings and offer the best beginner courses available anywhere. The multi-day beginner courses are available for everyone.

What you will learn during your surf lessons are the following:

  • Standing on a surfboard and riding waves
  • How to position yourself correctly on the board
  • How to paddle
  • How to stand correctly
  • Technical correction - the surfer’s stance
  • How to keep your speed when riding waves
  • How to catch unbroken waves
  • How to take the drop
  • How to turn
  • How to ride across the waves
  • Etiquette
  • How to read the beach for the best waves, rips and currents
  • How to get started with the right board on your own

Yoga classes

The yoga practice will be based on Vinyasa flow and Hatha yoga. Vinyasa flow combines the breath with the body’s natural ability for movement to create a flowing, dance like practice, which burns away toxins in the body and clears the mind.

The Hatha yoga’s aspect of the practice is focused on the foundation of the asanas, or yogic postures, and will allow you to understand the dynamics of your body and to feel the proper alignment within each asana. You will be doing yoga once a day. Our yoga lessons are mainly designed as a complement to surf lessons.

Peniche is known as the wave capital in Portugal, due to its exclusive geography, providing the best surfing conditions for more than 300 days per year. This made Peniche widely known for its unique waves as it gave the name to the beach "Supertubos" and Lagide, Baleal. These facts and more led ASP in 2009 to establish one of the World Tour of Surfing stage's here and it's also the proscenium to the Rip Curl Pro Peniche.

Nearby places

  • Peniche hospital, 3 km
  • Peniche pharmacy, 3 km
  • Baia beach, 150 m
  • Supertubos beach, 500 m

Scuba diving

Discover the transparent and amazing underwater world of Berlengas, a small archipelago located about 10 kilometers west of Peniche which is classified as a Nature Reserve since September 3, 1981. Its marine reserve is classified as a "Biosphere Reserve" by the Council of Europe since 2011 and "World Biosphere Reserve" by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Stand-up paddle boarding

You can also learn how to SUP with the help of certified instructors who are familiar with the various beach breaks and local conditions. They also have the best rental gear you can find for your SUP vacations.

Trip to Berlengas

The Berlenga Nature Reserve is a unique place due to its transparent sea and underwater treasures. It is a marine reserve and has been classified by the Council of Europe as a "Biosphere Reserve". The archipelago consists of a large island, Berlenga Grande, and some small granite islands and rocks (Estelas and Farilhões), which are situated some 7 miles off the headland of Cabo Carvoeiro to the north-west of Peniche.

The island of Berlenga Grande can be seen from the mainland when there is no sea mist. Here, you will find endemic species of flora, as well as one of the preferred nesting sites for sea birds.

Built on a rock adjacent to the Berlenga Island and connected to it by a small bridge, there stands the Forte de São João Baptista, a Manueline military fortress built in 1502. The island’s tiny beaches with their clear blue sea are very beautiful and ideal for swimming and diving.

Access to the island is by boat, with departures from Peniche harbor. It takes roughly 30 minutes to reach Berlenga Grande. There is also a restaurant on the island.

Unique activities

  • Massages
  • Swimming-pools
  • Tennis
  • Pole dance
  • Cross training
  • Jiu Jitsu
  • Muay Thai
  • 4 surf classes with equipment
  • 3 Vinyasa and Hatha yoga class
  • 4 nights
  • Daily breakfast
  • Full surfing insurance
  • Free access to swimming pool
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Transfers to and from Peniche bus Terminal
  • Additional activities
  • Lunch and dinner

Driving directions from Lisbon

  • Take the A8 Highway and drive North direction Leiria / Porto.
  • Stop at the tool to collect a ticket and pay on the next tool. Drive towards Peniche exiting via the IP6 off-ramp.
  • At the last roundabout (Nossa Senhora da Boa Viagem roundabout) and before you enter Peniche turn right in the direction of Baleal, you’ll find us, when you enter in Sol village II in Rua do Salgado, Lote D1.

Arrival by airplane and public bus

Please arrive at the Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS).

The best way is to get a taxi or shuttle bus from the airport into the central station with the address Praça Marechal Humberto Delgado - Rua das Laranjeiras and then get an “Expresso” (http://www.rede-expressos.pt/) bus to Peniche. Once you know what time your bus will arrive to Peniche please call us, we will organize your transfer from Peniche bus terminal to us!

Arrival by airplane and private transfer

Please arrive at the Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS).

We offer airport private transfers service to pick you up at the Lisbon Airport (LIS) on your arrival. The transport fee will be 100 EUR. The pick-up service is also available for those who use bus to go from Lisbon to us.

Distances

  • Lisbon Airport (LIS) - 45 minutes by car
For information about the booking conditions, please send Shark’s Lodge an inquiry.
  • Review by Iris from Villars-sur-Glâne, Switzerland
    9 out of 10

    "It was great! The people were lovely and kindly, especially the surf teacher was brilliant."

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  • Review by Samantha Hows from Australia
    10 out of 10

    "A fantastic experience.The owner has done a wonderful job to create this Hidden Gem in Peniche. A quiet yet beautiful location with a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. I liked the flexibility of the surfing / yoga schedule which allowed you to pick/ choose when you'd like to participate. I loved that everyone that stayed/ worked there were all from different countries but all had a love for surfing. The surfing instructor was fantastic for all levels of skill and the beach was ideal for learning. There were also many other beaches for experienced surfers. Breakfast was included and was delicious! The resturant on site "Kuk resturante" was amazing!! The chef was fantastic and creative with fresh foods/herbs and spices.. And so so accommodating to guests...Such great value for money also. I had only planned on staying a few nights but immediately extended my stay. Highly recommend"

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  • Review by Kathryn

    "First of all, surfers bay Peniche should NOT advertise nor sell itself as a yoga retreat! This is false information. The yoga is extremely basic in a hall of old worn out mats with poles from the previous pole dancing club, most gyms have more professional yoga. The breakfast is not to that of a retreat standard (basic yoghurts some tinned fruit and toast)."

    "The environment and setting is also not to that of a retreat. It is a used hostel for surfers, to come and go to the beach. There is no group interaction or put on events, it is purely a surfers bed and breakfast. If you were to come alone, you would have little interaction with other guests."

    "The surf lessons are again very basic with brief instructions given and mostly left to your own devices. However, Carlos the main instructor does give instructor advice when asked for, and provides a comforting and enjoyable surfing experience, providing you with a valued customer feeling. However, this cannot be said for the surfer’s bay Peniche retreat/hostel or bed and breakfast (however it likes to idenitify itself). The reception staff are slow and clueless, asking for towels, or if the surf lesson is running or even a bike lock can confuse them, common answer being “I don’t know”."

    "Which as a whole summarising the whole of surfer’s bay Peniche, is it a yoga retreat, a hostel or a surfers Bed and Breakfast? The staff quiet simply do not know."

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  • Review by Lexsy

    "Hello,I recently booked a trip with what I thought was a yoga retreat on your site. Surfer's Bay Peniche is on a yoga retreats website, yet it is not a yoga retreat. It is a surf hostel. This company is a fraud and should not be on a yoga retreats site. They assured me that I could take yoga classes in place of surfing and that they would discount me for not surfing. We had extensive talks and email exchanges about this. They were dishonest with their information. Instead, they charged my card $312.09 US dollars for 2 nights and ONE yoga class. There was only 1 yoga class per day -which is not what a yoga retreat is supposed to provide, yet they failed to mention this to me when I asked numerous questions about the yoga classes. The yoga teacher is actually the cleaning lady. The one yoga class I took was horrible. The cleaning lady, who also acted as "yoga teacher" had no idea what she was doing - there was no warm up, she just went right into poses which can harm the body. I have been practicing yoga for many years and some of the poses she was doing were completely wrong.The one restaurant onsite has disgusting food, 2 other females from Amsterdam besides myself became extremely ill after eating there.Additionally, you must share a room with 7 other strangers which I was not told about before I booked. There is absolutely nothing to do, no retreat schedule, and as far as sleeping, it will not happen, as there is loud partying all night. Yoga retreats are supposed to relaxing. They ripped me off, and refused to refund. Severine, a business partner there, said she was "too busy" to refund me for the nights and services I did not receive...not too busy to take my money though. Additionally the charge on my card says Neptune Warriors, not Surfer's Bay Peniche. I am certain that the 7 good reviews are either from friends, family, or staff. This place is a fraud. I have filed a complaint with the international travel government. They gave me a confirmation number of 74737984. As an American traveling to Portugal for the first time this was a horrible experience.Please help me to get a refund for the nights I did not stay and services I did not receive. And PLEASE take Surfer's Bay Peniche off of this yoga retreats website. i will never book with this site again. This was a horrible experience that I thought was going to be relaxing and enjoyable.Instead i was ripped off."

    September 5, 2016. BookYogaRetreats.com, edited

  • Review by Response by Paulo Barbosa (General Manager)

    "Hi Lexsy, thank you for your feedback. We always appreciate people taking time to review our retreat."

    "In regards to our business model: In any place in our website we say we are a yoga only retreat. We do have more surf lessons than yoga, because that's what the majority of guests wants. The fact of yoga not showing up in the name also is kind of funny I would say, Peniche Surfers Bay?"

    "Why would you choose to call us a fraud only after leaving, saying you had family problems, it's still a mistery for us. Actually that was the only reason that made Severine said we would refund you the days you were not going to stay. As you must know, our booking policies on the website say that you can get a refund up to 3 days before the start of the booking, not after."

    "We said you could have only yoga classes in the activity package price (cheaper), since you were staying enough time to have all the booked lessons. Actually if you remember correctly, we do not charge cards. Guests pay at our portable debit machine, which involves writing a secret code. For sure you must have all the extensive emails about this, since they are not in our server."

    "As you would know if you surfed, surfing creates an environment that makes people happy and feel that they belong to a special group of persons, with great friendships arising in a short time. Our ''cleaning lady'', surfed some months ago with us and enjoyed it so much that she decided to take some time off her busy schedule as a TV actress and yoga teacher, with international experience, just to surf some more with us and help in whatever was needed while she was here. Some days she helped us clean, yes, and we value a lot people like that. You can check her out at:"

    "http://astanga.pl/pl/nauczyciele/dominika_kojro_-_asztanga_538.html"

    "For sure we will share your complaint regarding the restaurant with our Chef, Mauritti, which was on TV last year 16 times and trains staff in several 4 and 5 stars hotels. He is my friend and just came to help us start. Hope sincerely you didn't suffer a lot, like that time I went to Africa...."

    "In regards to shared room: I apologise for our English, we will try to lookup a better word than 'Girls Dormitory' to describe the room in the future."

    "Severine told you on the phone that she would refund you as soon she had some time, which she couldn't find for a couple of weeks ( that she asked you for), since we were so busy and refunds require the general manager, me, Paulo. You refused, saying you would sent the American government after her. Hope it's not a drone."

    "Yes, Neptune Warriors bought Surfers Bay in July. We kept the name for the summer so it would not confuse people that had booked already."

    "In regards to the other reviews: Not sure whether the 7 good reviews are either from our friends, family, or staff. Since most of us, or family, can't write good."

    "Lexsy, you really seemed like a nice person, we all here can see you are very unhappy with our service and your expectations of a good, relaxing holiday. We sincerely offer you, not a refund (since now it seems we will go trough the legal system, and that works both ways) but a week back here with us, for FREE, with yoga and one surf lesson a day. But you have to surf... it seems yoga does not make you happy."

    "Sincerely, "

    "Paulo Barbosa"

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  • Review by Anke from Antwerp, Belgium
    8 out of 10

    "We had an incredible stay in surfers bay. Price - quality was this Very good. highly recommended! Also the food in the restaurant was fantastic. to be repeated. I'm going back! thanks for the hospitality Severine and Paulo .. see you soon!"

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  • Review by Alicia from New Jersey, United States
    9 out of 10

    "My experience with Surfer’s Bay was excellent! The food at the hostel was delicious! The people were very welcoming and helpful. Palo was an excellent surfing instructor and Stevy was incredibly kind and helpful. Highly recommend this retreat."

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  • Review by Renee
    10 out of 10

    "Peniche surfers bay is a lovely place that immediately makes you feel at home. The staff is super friendly and welcoming. It’s also really nice that they have a pool!"

    "You go surfing twice a day and that’s really good practice and the yoga classes are a perfect combination to relax and stretch your muscles but also te get energy from. Both the yoga instructor as the surfing instructors are very good. The restaurant has amazing food! Thank you Surfer’s Bay :)"

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  • Review by Daniel
    10 out of 10

    "I Recommend this hotel to anyone going to Peniche. We stayed in a room in a complete fit, with living room and kitchen shared with other rooms but private bathroom. The rooms are very clean and nice. The property has a large pool and a very good restaurant. The beach is nearby, accessible by foot. friendly service."

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  • Review by Jo
    10 out of 10

    "Can not be more positive about this place. Everything was clean, neat and works! Pool kept incredibly clean and the water so clear. Rooms all great, hardly spent any time in them anyway, surfing equipment all fairly new and plenty of sizes. All the staff was great. There was nothing too much trouble right down to George in the restaurant menu just for us! Great surf instruction with small group sizes. Had a great family vacation with our 14, 19 and 21-year-old children. Would definitely go back."

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  • Review by Ava
    10 out of 10

    "I have in Fiji, Indonesia, Hawaii and Tahiti for surfing and stayed in many hostels over the years and this place was the best. The restaurant is upstairs and is so convenient and the surf (super turbos) is a 15-minute walk. The accommodation is excellent and the staff is very helpful. I would surfers or anyone looking for a relaxing way to recommend this part of Portugal to experience."

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  • Review by Daphne
    10 out of 10

    "If you're looking for a quiet place to concentrate your only surfing to the right place for you. In special, because you are only a short walk from the best surf spot in Peniche for beginners to pros!"

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  • Review by Louie
    10 out of 10

    "This surf camp is the best camp in Peniche. Just a few meters away from the beach, especially for beginners surf in a great location, with swimming pool, tennis court, and a lounge area where we spent most of the time when we are not in the water bring perfect place when you learn how to surf like to stay, meet nice people and have a really good time."

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  • Review by Hind from France
    9 out of 10

    "Très bon sejour. Super environnement et professeur. Ambiance tres convivial. J'y retournerai sans hesiter."

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Peniche, Portugal

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