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Relax and unwind from the stress of daily life at Eco Surf Lodge Caparica. Catch great waves in a great location while staying at an amazing lodge.
The concept behind Eco Surf Lodge Caparica is simple: To provide a relaxed holiday atmosphere and great surf. The day to day running of the camp is undertaken by Wonder Seasons who are based out of Portugal. They know artists and designers in the area and decided to do a little collaboration, which would mean they get stunning custom furniture made for their camp. The artists decided to utilise recycled wood from the surrounding area for the main pieces such as beds and tables but also incorporated other artistic elements such as table lamps made out of driftwood, and surf art photography and paintings.
Another main focus of the camp and their staff is to provide delicious and fresh food, sourced directly from the area around Caparica. The vegetables they use are also grown organically without chemicals and genetic modification.
Eco Surf lodge not only has a lot to offer inside, but also out. They have a giant pool and amazing garden with outdoor patio area and all is located just 2 minutes away from the local beach of Paraíso. There are yoga classes available and if you don’t want to walk you can rent beach cruises bike directly from the camp.
Costa da Caparica
Around the camp you have 13km of sandy beaches with what seems like an uncountable number of surf breaks. Costa da Caparica is on the other side of the Tejo River and is connected to Lisbon via the iconic Ponte 25 de Abril suspension bridge. The area is essentially the home break for Lisbon. Getting to Lisbon is a breeze; you just catch a short bus to the ferry, which then takes you directly across to the city centre, the trip in total takes around 30 minutes.
The lodge itself is in a quiet neighbourhood so chilling in the pool, garden, or even your room, can be just as relaxing as doing the same on the beach. Along the coast you can find amazing, traditional restaurants and bars with everything being easily accessible by foot or bike. There are also supermarkets and shops in the area.
Leblon Beach Bar
Leblon on São João beach is the perfect spot to refresh after your time spent out in the waves. You can order a snack and drinks while enjoying chilled lounge music, a relaxed atmosphere and an amazing view. Every Sunday in the peak season there is an event called Sunset Sessions where a DJ comes to play, and great cocktails are served.
Here you can find everything from souvenirs to vintage pearls. Every Sunday starting at 9 you’ll find locals selling almost everything along the beach. If you’re lucky you might even find some pirate treasure.
Bike Tour to Bélem
If you decide to rent a beach cruiser from the lodge, you can ride them all the way to Trafaria. There you can jump on a ferry and you will be right in the heart of the Bélem district of Lisbon. There is a local delicacy called Pasteis de Bélem which is well worth trying and if you want to do some sightseeing, you can check out the Church, Santa Maria de Belém or Bélem Tower which protected the Lisbon harbours northern side from invading ships.
Decio has been the manager of Eco Surf Lodge Caparica for the last 3 years. He still takes the surf lessons and as he is a local, will be able to give you some insider info about secret surf spots and the conditions to get you to the best waves. Back at the camp he’ll also be more than happy to help with any question you might have about Lisbon, or the surrounding area.
Petra has been at the camp for the last 2 years and has learned a lot about Costa da Caparica, Fonte da Telha and Lisbon, including where the best cafes, restaurants and bars are located. She is always willing to help and answer any questions that might come up. If she has time she’ll also join you out in the surf.
These rooms are filled with custom made furniture, designed and built by local artists, that give each room an individual look and relaxed atmosphere.
The double rooms come with either one king size bed or two single beds, all of which are kitted out with new, and extremely comfortable mattresses. The rooms all have large windows that let in plenty of fresh air and sunshine. A few of the double rooms have their own private bathroom and some have one bathroom to share between two rooms. All the bathrooms have also been renovated and have new showers as well as bathtubs. Fresh linen and towels are included for every guest.
For groups of friends, or solo travellers, Eco Surf Lodge offers two 4-person dorm rooms with comfortable single and double beds.
The rooms have all been furnished with custom hand made furniture using recycled wood from the area. The mattresses are all new, so not only do the rooms look amazing, and evoke a chilled atmosphere, but they are all super comfortable. One of the dorms has its own bathroom, and the other shares with an adjoining room. If there are 3 of you travelling together you can book the dorm for yourselves for a small extra fee. Again, fresh linen and towels are included for everybody staying.
Eco Surf Lodge Caparica has a lush garden outside dotted with brightly coloured flowers. In the garden you’ll find sun loungers and a terrace where you can enjoy your daily breakfast. There is also a large pool perfect for cooling of on warm Portuguese afternoons.
The garden and patio areas are a great place to enjoy a glass of local wine during the mild summer evenings. Inside you have a big lounge area with plenty of comfortable spots to sit and a TV with plenty of surf films.
The surf course takes place on the São João beach in front of Eco surf Lodge during the Portuguese summer months. Here you’ll be greeted by amazing, empty waves that are perfect for both learning and advancing your surfing.
Price for Surf Course Basic (10h): 150 €
Price for Surf Course Advanced (10h): 200 €
Eco Surf Lodge gives you the chance to experience the real feeling of surfing.
On offer are both the beginners, and advanced, surf course. They run from Monday to Friday, and you head to the water after breakfast. If the conditions are better later the coaches will shift the time to make use of the best waves for you and your skill level.
The beginners’ basic course is aimed at getting you up and standing on your first waves, as well as getting you feeling comfortable in the water. You will also learn some things about the ocean, tides, surf conditions and the equipment.
The advanced course is for those who can get up and into waves already. During this course you’ll get to explore more advanced surf spots, such as reef and point breaks, while working on your turns and positioning. The coaches will be out with you to give you pointers on your surfing and insider info about the best take of zones and the wave in general.
The local surf coaches have over 20 years of surfing experience and know the ins and outs of the Caparica coast. This local knowledge will mean you get to go to the best breaks for your level and develop your surfing skills quickly. Safety and fun are always paramount to any surf lesson, and the crew want to push your surfing, so the aim is not to make the classes too easy and boring, but also not too push to much to a point where you feel overwhelmed.
Surfboard and wetsuit are included in whatever course you decide to do, and if you are not ready to commit to a 10-hour course, you can take a single day, 2-hour class, for 30€ that also includes gear.
The Portuguese Rita actually stood up on her first wave in Holland, but has been surfing the Atlantic for the last 10 years and has learned the ins and outs of the coast. Rita splits the class up making sure everyone gets the help they need and progresses quickly while having a lot of fun.
Paulinho is a born and raised local of Costa da Caparica and life is surfing. His relaxed and funny attitude means you’ll be feeling ultra relaxed in the water, or laughing hysterically. He’s been surfing the coast for more than 20 years so he’ll mould you into a real surfer in no time!
You also have the option of just renting a board and wetsuit and heading down to the beach at your own leisure to surf. There are a variety of boards at Eco Surf Lodge including longboards, high performance shortboards and a few retro fish boards as well. There is also a big selection of wetsuits in various sizes.
The cost for a surfboard is 20€ per day, or 70€ for the week. You can also do a package deal with surfboard and wetsuit for 25€ per day, or 100€ per week.
The beach in front of Eco Surf Lodge called Paraíso provides consistent surf with a variety of peaks that offer waves to suit anyone from the first timer to the experienced soul surfer. CDS is also nearby which is a consistent beach break with numerous breakwaters that provide long rides both left and right as well as A-frame peaks along the beach.
Along the 13 km stretch of beach from Lisbon to the edges of Caparica you have an abundance of places to surf including point and beach breaks for all levels. And if you have a car you can drive further north and explore spots around Peniche and Ericeira for even more variation.
The water temperature in the Atlantic Ocean hovers just over 20°C in summer so a 3/2mm wetsuit or even spring suit is best. In winter water temperature drops to around 17°C so 4/3mm full suit is required.
Daily breakfast buffet included
At Eco Surf Lodge Caparica you’ll be spoiled with the delicious daily breakfast organised by the crew. The team pride themselves in getting your day started right by finding a large variety of the freshest organic ingredients that are locally produced. Daily you’ll be greeted with fresh fruit, muesli, fresh bread, cold cuts and cheese as well as freshly brewed coffee or tea. There is also juice and water available in the mornings. You can enjoy breakfast either inside in the dining area or out on the patio by the pool in the morning sun.
Dinner can be booked additionally
Four times a week the Eco Surf Lodge prepare a spectacular meal using local seasonal ingredients. They buy everything they need fresh from the organic market and prepare the meal while you are out in the surf. The menu changes weekly but it always includes 2 evenings where the BBQ will get fired up and some great marinated meat, fish, and vegetables get cooked by the grill master. There are always salads and sides, and a glass of local Portuguese wine and water to accompany the meal as well. We recommend this option as it takes the stress out of searching for a place to eat after a long day of surfing and only costs 59€ for 4 meals.
In the township of Caparica you will find plenty of great cafes and restaurants that serve local and international meals. There are some great spots that serve some of the freshest seafood you are likely to find.
Yoga is the perfect activity to improve your surfing skills. Yoga works your core, improves flexibility, it develops your sense of balance, gives you control over your breathing and relaxes the mind, all of which are vital to becoming a great surfer. Yoga will also loosen those muscles that have been vigorously worked during the days paddling and get you prepared for tomorrow. The classes either take place on the beach or in the garden in the morning or evening when the sun, and temperature, is lower.
The class with a qualified yoga teacher costs 15€ and requires 2 participants.
Lisbon Nightlife Tour
At the end of every week you can join in on an evening trip to Lisbon to experience it like the locals. After the short trip to the city, the evening starts with dinner at Barrio Alto, then stops of at a few local bars and finishes on a rooftop bar, where you can dance with a cocktail in hand all while gazing over the skyline of Lisbon. The tour costs 15€ and includes transfers, club entry and a shot.
A trip to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Sintra is also available. This city is rich in history and culture and once there, you will see amazing castles, forts, secret gardens and palaces. The town is also set amongst some of the most spectacular scenery in the region. A tour costs 25 € and can be organised spontaneously.
Beach Train Trip
You can discover the beautiful coastline of Costa da Caparica with its natural sand dunes and picturesque beach bars on the local beach train called the 'Transpraia'. The trip takes you along the Costa Caparica Coast, perfect for discovering surf spots, playing beach volleyball, chess, or just relaxing at empty, pristine beaches.
At Eco Surf Lodge you can rent bikes for 3€ an hour or 6€ a day. With the super comfortable beach cruisers you can ride around the town of Caparica, or explore the 13km stretch of coast heading towards Lisbon with or without your surfboard. We’ll give you a lock so if you find that perfect wave along the way you can stop.
If you, or a group of you, don’t have a car but want to check out some surf spots further up the coast at places like Peniche or Ericeira, feel free to ask the team.
SUP & Surfboards
Not only can you rent surfboards from the lodge, but also bodyboards and SUP (Stand Up Paddleboards) If there is interest the team can even take you on a guided tour around the coast on the SUP’s to check out some secret beaches and jump of some cliffs into the Atlantic.
Navigate via the tabs to find the prices for different accommodation options, and various optional extras. Here you will see an example:
Detailed price overview through: Low & Peak Season
Arrival and departure possible any day during the Low Season.
|PERIOD FROM||PERIOD TILL||4 BED DORM||4 BED DORM WITH BATHROOM||DOUBLE ROOM||DOUBLE ROOM WITH BATHROOM|
|01.10.17||28.10.17||269 €||289 €||349 €||369 €|
|03.03.18||28.04.18||229 €||249 €||309 €||329 €|
|28.04.18||30.06.18||269 €||289 €||349 €||369 €|
|29.09.18||27.10.18||269 €||289 €||349 €||369 €|
Prices for extra nights when stays aren't exactly 1 or 2 weeks long.
|PERIOD FROM||PERIOD TILL||4 BED DORM||4 BED DORM WITH BATHROOM||DOUBLE ROOM||DOUBLE ROOM WITH BATHROOM|
|01.10.17||28.10.17||39 €||42 €||50 €||53 €|
|03.03.18||28.04.18||33 €||36 €||45 €||47 €|
|28.04.18||30.06.18||39 €||42 €||50 €||53 €|
|29.09.18||27.10.18||39 €||42 €||50 €||53 €|
Incase your travel dates fall within two seasons, the travel cost will be calculated accordingly.
|3 People in 4 Person Dorm||+40|
During Peak Season arrival and departure only on Saturday.
|PERIOD FROM||PERIOD TILL||4 PERSON DORM||4 PERSON DORM WITH BATHROOM||DOUBLE ROOM||DOUBLE ROOM WITH BATHROOM|
|01.17.2017||30.09.2017||329 €||349 €||409 €||429 €|
|30.06.2018||29.09.2018||329 €||349 €||409 €||429 €|
|Triple occupancy||+40 €|
|Surf Course Basic (10h)||150 €|
|Surf Course Advanced (10h)||200 €|
|6 Days Surfboard & Wetsuit hire||100 €|
|1 Days Surfboard & Wetsuit hire||25 €|
|6 Days Surfboard OR Wetsuit hire||70 €|
|1 Day Surfboard||20 €|
|4 x Dinner including BBQ||59 €|
|Yoga Session||10 €|
|Trip to Lisbon||15 €|
|Trip to Sintra||25 €|
|Transfer to/from Lisbon Airport (LIS)||35 € / per car trip ( If 2 People go, 17.50 € each)*|
|*Send flight details directly to the camp manager after booking. Contact details are on your receipt.|
We offer an extra service where we will find you a cheap, available flight. We’ll double-check the prices and availability and will contact you with the final offer. Cheap flights are available starting from as little as 80 Euro! Best option is to fly directly to Lisbon (LIS) and then book an airport transfer.
For those of you who would rather find and book flights yourself we recommend Skyscanner which will give you a good overview of the available flights and where they depart from. An alternative is Kayak. These two flight search sites look through all airlines apart from RyanAir
An airport shuttle can be organised to pick you up from Lisbon Airport, and take you directly to Eco Surf Lodge for 35€ per trip, the cost is split evenly between the number of passengers. Max passengers 4, so 8.75€ per person.
From Lisbon Airport (LIS) you can hop on the Red Metro line until you get to Alameda. Once there change onto the Green Metro and take that until Praça Areeiro. There, you get on the Bus number 161 headed to Costa da Caparica (Mercado) . Then you can walk the last 10 minutes to Eco Surf Lodge Caparica.
Or you take the Aerobus from Lisbon Airport to Cais do Sodré. From here you cross the Tejos on the Ferry in 7 Min. to rech Cacilhas. Here you get on Bus 135 to Costa da Caparica and get out at Mercado. From here its 7 minutes walk to the Eco surf Lodge.
We recommend renting a car! In Portugal there are very cheap rental cars available that start at 80€ per week. At Sunny Cars you'll find the cheapest rental cars around! Getting a rental car will allow you to spontaneously explore the coastline or nearby Lisbon.It will also give you the freedom to take early morning drives up the coast to go to your favourite surf spot and be first in the water.