Travel and surf during the christmas holidays

Travel and surf during the christmas holidays

Come down to lovely Portugal for an active and fun Christmas break. Enjoy surfing, sun, and good food in the charming surf village of Baleal.

Celebrate christmas with a surf trip to Portugal

Portugal is an ideal destination for winter travel because the climate varies greatly throughout the country. In the north, there are hilly landscapes, making it perfect for skiing and other winter sports. While the southern part has a Mediterranean climate with sunny days and mild winters, and of course: perfect waves!

One of the newer trends in Portugal is traveling to the country for surfing. This applies not only to professional surfers but also for beginners, adults and children. In this article, we provide you with tips on the best surfing spots in Portugal.

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This is the best place to surf in Portugal

If you’re looking for the best surfing spot in Portugal, Baleal is the perfect place for you. Located just a 1-hour drive north of Lisbon, along the Atlantic coast, the village has recently become a kind of mecca for surfers. But there are many reasons why Baleal has become a popular choice for surfers from all over Europe and the world.

Firstly, the location provides a unique surfing experience. This is because its proximity to the coast gives it a more consistent swell than other European regions. Secondly, there are at least five different beaches outside the town that offer various types of waves for all levels of surfers, from beginners to professionals. Thirdly, Baleal offers many other activities such as hiking or mountain biking trails along cliff tops with stunning views of the Atlantic.

Good surf schools for children and adults in Baleal

Considering that the village of Baleal has become a kind of mecca for surfers, there are several professional surf instructors in the village. However, most of them focus on training youth and adults. One of the reputable surf schools specializing in families is Magnus & friends. This Swedish surf school was founded in 2016 and has become a popular choice for Swedish families wanting to surf in Portugal. They can boast of being:

  • Modern and well-organized surf school, with a strong focus on customer satisfaction. Currently, they have a rating of 4.8/5 on Trustpilot from previous customers.
  • High quality and small groups. As a rule, they usually have only 3-5 guests per surf instructor.
  • Planning coaching according to the child’s level and individual circumstances and goals.

Price examples for family surfing

The prices are in line with other surf schools in the village of Baleal. For example does the family package cost from 8150 SEK and all packages include seaside accommodation, breakfast and 5 surf sessions of 2 hours each. Equipment such as surfboards, wetsuits, and more can be borrowed from the surf school.

How to get to Baleal

There are several easy ways to get to Baleal. You can either take the bus from Lisbon to the village. Or take a taxi (approximately 320 euros round trip) or rent a car from Lisbon Airport. The village is about a 1-hour drive north of Lisbon. But the easiest option is to hire Magnus & Friends transfer service which takes you directly from the airport to the villa. IKt’s a round-trip transfer and costs 990 SEK/adult and 590 SEK/child.