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Baleal Surf Camp — a surfer’s paradise

Baleal Surf Camp nestles among the dunes overlooking one of Europe’s most dramatic and beautiful surf spots. For 20 years it has been a destination for surfers and beach lovers from across the globe. Its secret: first class accommodation and surf tuition combined with an all inclusive beach-party vibe that few who visit once can resist returning for.

The camp, founded in 1993, was Portugal’s first and has a rare but welcome ‘old school’ focus on customer service and the environment. Novices mix with experts; a clean beach is as much a priority as clean waves; and good music, food and company underpin both the family run business and its wider location.

Europe's most flexible and consistent surf location

Baleal itself sits on the northern edge of the Peniche Peninsula, about an hour’s drive north of Lisbon and is the center for surfing in the area. Over the last few years it has won international attention after becoming an established stop on the ASP World Tour.

There are waves for experts but also plenty of shelter and security for novices. It’s one of those rare places where, on one beach, the waves can be head high and barreling, while five minutes away it’s a mellow longboard day. In short, there is nearly always a wave for everyone.

Food, drink and parties

The surf camp has its own excellent bar and cafe, a place famed locally for chilled days, followed by long nights of live music and dancing. And if food and wine is your thing you will be spoilt for choice. The area is well known for its seafood, which is delivered live and fresh to the port of Peniche each morning. The local restaurants are excellent, serving fish and meat dishes that put most big-name city chefs to shame on both quality and value.

Around and about

The wider area has some unusual attractions. If the surf is big why not drive up the coast to watch the action at Nazare, where last year the biggest wave ever surfed was recorded? There is also Obidos, an immaculately preserved medieval town; and Buddha Eden, a stunning country estate and winery packed with a mind-warping array of sculpture, both ancient and modern.

For more information contact Baleal Surf Camp: info@balealsurfcamp.com