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Why a surf camp in Portugal is a great surf option

One out of five of the best surf camps in the world is a surf camp in Portugal, according to the recommendations of SurferToday.com. While the listing is not exhaustive, it places Portugal in competition against much larger countries such as Spain and Australia. So why is there such a large surf camp ratio in Portugal?surf camp Portugal

First thing is the fact Portugal has a very long coastal line and is one of the most consistent surf locations in Europe, most of the surf spots in Portugal allowing for surfing all throughout the year. A key factor here is that when Autumn and Winter comes, water temperatures in most places drop significantly, but Portugal's well balanced climate keeps water temperatures well above 10ºC in most places.

Portugal: a surf camp country

Since 1993, when the first surf camp in Portugal opened to the public, the number has increased dramatically, making Portugal the country with the most surf camps per capita. Local authorities have been quick to take advantage of the potential of surfing for tourism, while local surfers have been instrumental in maturing the sport in the country, aided undoubtedly by the number of international pro surfers who have settled in Portugal or have been very supportive of the surfing conditions here, such as Max Doucet, Anthony Walsh and of course, Garrett McNamara with his "The North Canyon Show by Garrett McNamara".

Portugal is therefore becoming an ever increasingly popular surf destination in Europe. But looking for a surf camp in Portugal also means that you're fortunately looking into a very democratic market, meaning there are options for all budgets and desires, so unlike what happens in other locations you won't have to cash out large sums of money, and you'll still have access to very interesting living conditions and a lot of surfers from around the world to meet and create new bonds. With a lot of beachbreaks, Portugal has no lack of surf spots ideal for beginners and, in consequence, also has a market geared towards full family vacations. 

That means that, should you be looking for surfing opportunities for yourself or the whole of your family, there is a surf camp in Portugal that will fit your needs.

Mieke
Finland
"A wonderful holiday, good surfing and great parties! Thank you, see you next year :)..."
Susanne
"Home is where you heart belongs to... I´m so glad I have this home here in Praia Areia Branca and know there´s a next time we will see us again. Thank you so much for everything. I had an awesome time! Daniel, Isa, Elida & Malthe you´re doing a great job! See you next time, take care, part..."
Sebastian
"Wow. What a warm welcome. It was an awesome time! Kind of a family thing. Thank you guys!! Cheers,..."
Kat XXX
Quebec
"JAL & ISA ARE THE BEST!!! Such a good time here. Thanks!! Big kisses from Quebec!..."
Natalia
"I don´t want to leave! Great house! Awesome people! Thank you so much for making me feel so welcome & at home. I hope to come back very soon..."
Ane and Heidi
"Holy cow! We love it here!:) The beaches are unbelievably beautiful, and we have even tasted the sand while surfing. Not bad actually. Thank you Daniel for a warm welcome to Areia Branca. And thanks a mill to Elida for imiting us to this amazing place. We have so much enjoyed partying, playing an..."
xoxo Anja
"Hey Daniel, I´m so glad, I found this place! I really felt like home this 2 weeks. You have done such great work with this house. Even on the day we couldn´t surf, it was awesome just to hang around with the people in here. I really want to come back very soon. Lots of Love & Hugs to you &a..."
Ana B.
"After a lot of research on the internet I finally found Underdog... and I´m so happy I did!!! I am definitely comming back sooner than later. Thank you all for your hospitality!!! Muchos besos,..."
Simon & Ina
"We had a great time @ Underdog Thank you guys for being so open-minded and welcoming us in this "big family" We will come back home again! Tons of love..."
Carina & Ruben
"Dear Elida, Isa, Malthe & Daniel, We had a fantastic time in the Underdog house. There is a really good atmosphere in and around the house!! Cheers on many more anniversary parties. And a special tip for Elida, Isa and Hanna: never travel without GPS/TomTom in Portugal again :). Warm regards ..."
Beth X
"See you Guys!! I had the most fun I´ve had in a long time!! Great meting you all and hopefully I will run into you in the future. Lots of Love..."
Kevin
"Thanks for the warm welcome and great hospitality during my stay. Both the surfing and the chilling out was a wonderfull experience. This place has got me stoked! All the best,..."
Nina & Julian
"Underdog Surf house it already felt like being at home with all the friendly people our new little family nice & long talks, pizza&pasta night and unforgetable nights at Barraca. Thank you for all of it. We´ll definitely come back for the third time! Loads of love..."
Darren
"Had a great time Friday night. Felt so hung over today! Hope your cousin feels better soon. Enjoy the rest of your holiday...."
Inge Martin & Maria
"Thank you for a great stay (again) at the Underdog SH. We love this place and all the beautiful people. We will definitely be backnext year. :) Team Scandinavia..."

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Praia da Areia Branca,
2530-213 Lourinhã,
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