Surf Holidays Portugal

From beginner surf lessons in Portugal, to complete surf holidays in Lisbon, Algarve & Madeira!

Surfing in Portugal has to be one of the coolest experiences around. Portugal is made for surfing, with a great vibe, consistent swells and great beaches around the country. That’s why Big Blue Adventures decided to set up a range of surfing services, from surfing in Portugal for beginners, and surf sessions for advanced surfers, all the way up to full-on surf holidays and camps that include day tours, accommodation and transportation. There’s no equal to surfing in Portugal, but if you live in the UK and you’re looking for something a little closer to home, check out our Surfing Wales page.

We have the resources and local knowledge to bring you to the best waves around, ensuring that your Portuguese surfing adventure is as successful as possible. And if you’re looking for even more from your trip to Portugal, check out our Portugal Coasteering and Portugal Paddleboarding activities.

Big Blue Adventures specialises in group adventure travel including a range of outdoor activities, adventure day tours or multi-night breaks across Portugal. So, whether you just need to the book your surf lesson only, a fun day out or multi-lesson surf camp – we have you covered. Please contact us via the quote button, the website chat or call us today – we are ready to help!

West Algarve - Lagos

Aljezur & Lagos areas
Large groups welcome
Beginner to advanced lessons


Carcavelos & Guincho
Large groups welcome
Beginner to advanced lessons


East and north island
Groups up to 20 is best
Beginner to advanced lessons

Surf Lesson Only

Activity only sale
No pictures or video
Choose your surf spot!

Surf Day Tour

Pictures and Highlights
Food & drinks

Surf Camps & Breaks

Surf lessons & other activities
Group accommodation
Other travel essentials

PIctures & video

What better way to capture those special surf moments than having us there as your very own media crew? We will be there like proud hosts and we include pictures and a personalised highlights video. We love surfing and the smiles it puts on everyone’s faces. We get a real buzz from putting together the highlights and sharing them with you after the trip.

Photos and video are typically included in the day tours and multi-night trips only, but we can on request try and include pictures in activity only. It depends on our instructors.

How much will my surf cost?

All our day and multi-night packages are 100% tailor-made for you! So, we can create a Big Blue Adventure to suit specific budgets and what you would like to include for the perfect surf experience. The more surfs or activities and package elements you include the more that package will cost. It also depends on your final numbers in the group: generally larger groups have a cheaper per person rate over smaller groups as there are more people to split the core package costs between. Best thing to do is request a quote – it costs you nothing to start the ball rolling and say hello, we can send a great package your way from there.


When you’re ready to book your surf lessons we simply start with a 30% non-refundable deposit to confirm it all. The final balance is typically required no later than 3 weeks before your activity date for day tours, or 6 weeks for multi-night packages. Most customers pay by bank transfer, but we can also accept debit and credit card transaction upon request.

We can also make some changes between the deposit and the final balance payment. Such as amending a few dropouts / attendee increases, or making some package changes within reason. For further information please do see our terms and conditions.

What to bring

To take part in surfing all you need is:

  • Swimwear or spare underwear for under the wetsuit. Try and avoid boardies as anything baggy can be very uncomfortable under a wetsuit
  • A towel
  • Sun cream
  • Water (please try and avoid throw away single use plastic!)
  • Any medication you need to keep on you, such as an asthma pump

All the essential kit is included; wetsuits and boards.

Are meals & drinks included?

We can include lunch, a packed lunch or dinner after the surf lesson with drinks. It all depends on what type of meal you want, how much budget you have for the meal and free time. We work with some amazing local places by the beach or we can stop by restaurants and establishments in Lisbon or Lagos. We can work on this to fit the itinerary and plans!

Group size

Minimum numbers are 10 people per group.

Surf lessons in Algarve and Lisbon are normally capped at around 30-35 people maximum and we must stick to safe ratios of instructor to student. We can take larger groups and work with the itinerary to ensure everyone is involved in some capacity.

Surf lessons in Madeira are typically limited to group sizes of 15 – 20 people. That is due to the narrow surf spots we have on the island. But if you have a larger group don’t be put off as we can work things out, so everyone is surfing and doing something awesome. We can take bookings for larger groups on the island that works well!

Why Adventure With Us…

Quality Group Activities
We work as one big team with our activity providers, making sure that together we offer a high quality experience for groups. Each activity has been tried & tested, and personally chosen by us.
Handpicked Destinations

Our Big Blue destinations offer great group accommodation options, good travel links, quality facilities and world-class adventures. We spend a lot of time at our locations and know what works well for groups.

Group Specialists

Specialists in hosted group adventure travel, with numbers between 10-200+ people. BBA offers an award winning service; we’ll always go the extra mile to ensure our packages are perfect for your group.

Highlights Video

The best way to remember your surf trip? A highlights video that captures all the best moments of your adventure. Video & pictures are included in all of our full packages.

Emma D.
Emma D.
What an adventure. 50 staff in two groups over a week, I organised the trip with Heleen and... everything was spot on. SUP, coasteering, sea kayaking, mountain biking and surfing. Coasteering was amazing, the best we have had and we do this every year. Cascais was a great location. Dan and Heleen were so cool and Nuno was a daily ray of sunshine for us all. I am very grateful for their care during our stay and returning us home with nothing more than bruising and muscle ache! We hope to see you again one day. Emma xxxread more
Midget G.
Midget G.
10 of us went on an adventure holiday this November to Portugal with Big was better than... the best holiday i can even think of! Heleen and Dan are perfect hosts. They organised everything making for a seamless unforgettable experience. Paddleboarding and surfing were our main activities, both being new experiences for all of us. The instructors were great and catered for every level. Cant wait to book up another holiday with these lovely people, im totally hooked. If you want to try new activities, enjoy the outdoors and enjoy having fun with a group of people then Big Blue Adventures are the ones for the job 🙂read more
Trev F.
Trev F.
Portugal. Surfing. SUPing. Sunset hikes filled with Portuguese delicacies.I’m not going to go on... and on but if you want to have the best time ever then big blue are the legends to book with. So much fun, so organised and feel like I’ve gained friends in Dan and Heleen. They are amazing at what they do and ur holiday will not disappoint you. Jus back from this epic few days. It blew my mind and my 10 guests. You guys really are the best at this. If you do anything today book with them and go have an awesome adventure.... I’m literally counting down the days until I go again ❤️read more
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Why We Love This…

“You can’t beat the unique vibe of catching waves with your friends. And it doesn’t get much better than surfing in Portugal! With the sun on your face, stunning clear seas and epic Portuguese coastlines, Portugal is up there as a world-class surf destination. My perfect surf day ends with a cold beer & BBQ Dourada fish watching the sunset with your crew. Pura vida!”

Founder & Co-owner