A SCHOOLS GO SURFING TRIP TO
Ericeira’s dramatic coastline sits parallel to the glittering horizon of the Atlantic Ocean, delivering world-class surf and feel-good vibes. Portugal is one of those special places that give you the ultimate sense of freedom. Get to experience it for yourself with Schools Go Surfing and Lapoint in Ericeira; the surf capital of Europe. Stay minutes from the beach, and combine salty days with adventures in nearby Lisbon and Sintra.
Ericeira is known as a surfing mecca in Europe. Despite its popularity and recognition for its excellent waves, this beautiful coastal town has managed to keep a low-key, chilled vibe. Ericeira has a rustic charm, with cobblestone streets, quirky local restaurants and colourful cafés. Lapoint’s surf camp is a 20-minute walk from the town centre, but benefits from an outstanding location, directly opposite one of the most surf-friendly beaches.
mild and wet winters
mild and wet winters
SURFING IN ERICEIRA
Ericeira offers a truly staggering variety of waves and conditions for every level of surfer. The forgiving beach breaks are perfectly suited to our school groups, who mostly consist of less experienced surfers. Expect pleasant and sunny weather, but cooler sea temperatures; in this part of the Atlantic, you will wear a wetsuit all year. In 2011, Ericeira became Europe’s only World Surfing Reserve!
A TYPICAL DAY SURFING
Enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet on the sea view terrace and meet with your surf lesson group. We’ll then walk or provide transport to the surf spot, most likely Foz do Lizandro, a popular beach-break situated right in front of the surf camp. Your instructor will run through a warm-up, safety talk and your objectives before entering the water. Surf all morning and soak up the beach atmosphere!
You will receive a comprehensive and personalised surf course in Ericeira, which will be delivered by Lapoint's international surf team throughout the week. Their surf instructors are fully qualified and hold excellent knowledge of the local surf breaks. Lapoint's surf lessons are categorised into levels 1, 2 and 3, and include all equipment.
Level one is designed for those of you that have never surfed before or inexperienced surfers that want to go through the basics again. This will be a fun and encouraging introduction to surfing, catching as many white-water waves as possible.
Level two is designed for surfers that can catch and ride a white-water wave on their own. Level two focuses on getting you to the outside line up in waist-high waves. You will learn to catch green waves, ride the face of the wave and read the conditions.
Level three is designed for intermediate and advanced surfers; you must be able to catch waist-high green waves and surf in both directions independently. This group will surf easy reef breaks, points and beach breaks.
Two garden yoga classes are included for all students, with additional classes payable onsite. Yoga is an optimum method of balance training, which will help to improve your core strength, flexibility and breathing volume.
Surf Camp Activities
Take a dip in the swimming pool, relax in one of the hangout areas or team up for an outdoor volleyball match in the gardens. Play table-tennis, card games or watch movies in the living rooms. The restaurant and outdoor terraces are perfect for enjoying mesmerising sunsets and discussing the waves and wipeouts of the day!
Beach Games & Skateboarding
We organise optional beach games during your free time, including beach football, rounders, and volleyball. The students can also hang out by the skate bowl, and any experienced skaters are invited to enter the bowl to skate.
TRIPS & EXCURSIONS
Lisbon Day Trip
Explore Portugal’s capital coastal city, Lisbon. Following a morning surf lesson, we embark on a guided tour amongst Lisbon’s landmarks. We then offer the students free time to explore the city and visit the shops before returning to Ericeira.
Visit Sintra Town
Sintra is a charming Portuguese town situated within the hills of the Serra de Sintra. Hidden within these pine-covered hills are extravagant palaces, ancient castles and beautiful natural scenery. Sintra is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Explore the picturesque town of Ericeira during your free time, situated a short drive or 20-minute walk from Lapoint's surf camp. Experience the unique fusion of Portuguese heritage with a cool surfing ambience. Visit the boutique shops, hip cafes, delicious restaurants and traditional harbour.
SURF HOUSE ACCOMMODATION
Situated just minutes from the beach, Lapoint's surf house guarantees excellent waves and beautiful nature on your doorstep. Originally a winery and now transformed into a state-of-the-art surf camp, the accommodation offers a modern feel with top-notch facilities. Spacious twin and dorm rooms accommodate students comfortably, with private ocean-view suites for the staff. Enjoy mesmerising sea vies from the onsite snack bar and restaurant at breakfast and dinner. Further facilities include a private swimming pool, workout equipment, yoga platforms and a skate bowl.
The spacious dorms include a combination of bunk or single beds. Each bed has an individual power outlet, shelf and nightlight. All dorms have ensuite bathrooms, and some dorms have a lounge area for relaxation and sea views.
Twin & Single Rooms
The twin/single rooms are spacious with a modern design and plenty of light. All twin/single rooms have ensuite bathrooms. A selection of twin rooms will include additional beds for up to three or four students per room.
We reserve the suites for travelling staff members, providing single or shared occupancy. The ocean-view suites have two floors; with a relaxing lounge on the first floor and a bedroom upstairs. Wake up to fantastic views overlooking the beach and ocean!
- Onsite snack bar
- Onsite restaurant
- Volleyball field
- Swimming pool
- Skate bowl
- Gym training facilities
- Yoga platform
- Spacious living rooms for relaxing and watching films
- Varied surf camp games
- Free Wi-Fi
- Surf camp management team
- Daily cleaning
- Bed linen included
- Unlimited drinking water
- Unlimited tea & coffee
- Transport to the beach
- All overseas meals are included, and we provide free refillable drinking water and unlimited tea and coffee.
- A delicious buffet breakfast will be provided every morning and includes fresh bread, tea/coffee, loads of different fruits, a variety of cereals and eggs.
- You will receive a packed lunch on the beach or buffet lunch at the surf camp.
- High-quality dinners are provided by Lapoint’s onsite restaurant every evening, including BBQ nights and buffets.
- We may also visit a pre-booked restaurant in Ericeira for a sociable and authentic evening, with a meal and soft drink included.
- Vegan and vegetarian options are available.
- Visa documents (if required)
- Spending money
- Personal medication
- Bath and beach towels
- Sunscreen, after-sun and moisturiser
- Sunglasses and sun hat
- European travel adapter
- Personal toiletries
- Day backpack and reusable water bottle
- Clothing incl. warm jumper or jacket for the evenings
- Flip flops
- Trainers for walking
- A camera to capture your favourite moments!
FULLY INCLUSIVE SCHOOL TRIP PACKAGES
- International flights
- One hold bag per passenger
- Overseas airport transfers
- All overseas transport
- Private surf camp accommodation
- Dorm, twin & single rooms
- Bed linen & Wi-Fi
- Varied and private facilities
Food & Drink
- Daily buffet breakfast
- Healthy lunch options
- Freshly prepared surf camp dinner
- Unlimited water, tea and coffee
- Comprehensive surf course
- Yoga classes twice a week
- Volleyball, skating & training
- Free time in Ericeira
- Half-day trip to Lisbon
- Half-day trip Sintra
- Visit Cabo da Roca
- Sociable surf camp BBQ
- Games and movie nights
- Free time in Ericeira
- Live music
Support & Insurance
- Free staff travel (1:10)
- Schools Go Surfing Trip Leader
- Dedicated overseas surf camp team
- Comprehensive travel insurance
- Financial protection (ATOL)
Merchandise & Extras
- Sustainable Nolla water bottle
- High-quality surf tour hoody
- Bespoke Vamoos travel app account
- Photography (with permission)
- Carbon offsetting contribution