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Surfing & Surf Legends in Portugal
Wednesday 17th - Sunday 21st October 2018

Back by popular demand, we invite you to come and hang ten with us on an excellent adventure riding the waves along the beautiful coast of Ericeira and watching world class surfers in action at the 2018 World Surf League Men’s Championship Tour. Any level of surfer welcome! 

Photo credit (John John Florence): prweb.com

This trip is open to everyone and you don’t have to have any surfing experience at all! We expect the group to be mixed ability – so we’ve organised an optional beginner’s lesson with all surfing equipment and beach transfers included. If you’re a more experienced surfer feel free to bring your own equipment if you have it or if you want to hire it all we can arrange that for you too – bodacious!


You'll arrive into Lisbon airport on Wednesday morning or lunchtime and meet the surfing instructors, who will drive you to the village of Ericeira, around 35 km from Lisbon. Ericeira is internationally recognised as Portugal’s ‘surfing paradise’ and in 2011 became the first World Surfing Reserve in Europe, attracting riders from all over Portugal and beyond because of its amazingly consistent surf. It’s a great place to learn – there are loads of beaches at hand ranging from beginner level to more gnarly for the thrill-seekers. Ericeira town is also a great place to relax on land, offering a wide choice of local cuisines and beachside bars, and because it’s small everything is within walking distance. Once you've settled in there’ll be rest of the day to chill out, explore the town or if even grab some boards and spend a few hours on the surf.

On the first morning your surfing instructors will pick you up and take you to a local beach for a two-hour beginner lesson, where you’ll learn safety procedures in and out of the water and all the basic manoeuvres to control the boards. You can hang on to our kit for the rest of the day, so after breaking for lunch you can go back out on the waves – after all, practise makes perfect! In the evenings you can venture out into Ericeira town together to sample some local cuisine and maybe even a little bit of beach bar hopping. One night you can also share a three-course, home-cooked Portuguese meal together at the hostel!

On the best day for surf, you'll head up north to the town of Peniche to bag a good viewing spot for an action-packed day at the MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal, the penultimate stage of the 2018 World Surf League (WSL) Men’s Championship Tour. You'll see professional surfers doing some rad moves through Peniche’s signature ‘super tube’ waves – previous competitions have seen appearances from John John Florence, Kelly Slater, Mick Fanning and Gabriel Medina, who won the title in 2017. Check out the video on the right for some highlights!

You'll also have two free days – you can have more surf lessons, try out some other watersports, rent a bike and cycle up to the World Surfing Reserve or just walk around Ericeira’s promenades sampling local food and absorbing the culture! On the last day you can all meet up in the afternoon for a late lunch or early dinner together before sharing taxis back to the airport.

Please note that the order of the activities depends on the weather conditions - we'll make sure to pick the best day to go and watch the WSL competition.

If you've never come on an EC Adventure before, they're informal, friendly and great fun. We generally have singles, couples and small sets of friends coming along, from complete beginners to adventure professionals - what we all share is a love for adventure. Ages tend to range between mid 20s and mid 40s but anyone over 18 years old and young at heart is welcome!

One of the bunk rooms

One of the bunk rooms


For four nights you’ll have exclusive use of the beautiful little boutique Ericeira in Love Hostel. The hostel is in a great location being only 5 minutes walk to the centre of Ericeira town, 15 minutes walk to the beach and 2 minutes walk to the surf school.

Most of the rooms are dorms with adult sized bunk beds that will be shared but single sex unless otherwise requested. The room layout is:

  • 2 x 4 bed (bunks)
  • 1 x 2 bed (bunk)
  • 2 x double bedroom - both have access to terrace
  • 1 x triple (1 x double bed and 1 x single bed)

If you would like one of the double beds to yourself you can (£50 for a bedroom to yourself or £25 for the double bed in the triple room). But if you want to share a double bed as a couple or two friends there's no extra cost! The supplements will be added to your booking when you select your bed type. 


  • Minibus airport transfer from Lisbon to your hostel in Ericeira 
  • Four nights’ shared accommodation in a modern boutique hostel 15 minutes from the beach with free wifi 
  • Four continental breakfasts at the hostel, and amazing home-made cakes
  • One beginner surf lesson with all equipment and beach transfers included
  • 10% off surfing equipment hire for any additional days of surfing
  • Free beach transfers for any additional days of surfing
  • Minibus transport to and from the WSL competition in Peniche 
  • EC Host for 5 days


  • Return flights to Lisbon from Bristol / London
  • International personal travel insurance
  • Lunches, dinners, drinks (the home-cooked meal will be €20 per person payable on the night - just select 'Yes' when you book)
  • Additional surf lessons (€20 per person per lesson) or any other activities
  • Transport back to Lisbon airport


BOOK NOW to take advantage of our discounted earlybird pricing!

  • Discounted Earlybird price for EC CLUB Members - £229 (if deposit paid before 25th July 2018)
  • Discounted Earlybird price for non EC CLUB Members - £259 (if deposit paid before 25th July 2018)
  • Standard price for EC CLUB Members - £259
  • Standard price for non EC CLUB Members - £279

You'll need to pay a £100 deposit when booking with the balance due by 17th August 2018.

There are ONLY 14 SPACES so if you want to come along book now using the button below!

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If you'd like to know more about this weekend or have a particular question about this or any of our adventures, please email enquiries@explorersconnect.com or call the office on 0117 405 7497 during normal office hours and we'll do our best to help you.