Peniche

Low Season can be the best time of year to visit Surfers Lodge Peniche.  A Winter Surf Trip in Europe isn’t just for hardcore surfers used to roughing it. Uncrowded peaks, abundant sunshine, and discounted prices are all great reasons to book your surf trip to Peniche in the winter months. And of course you’ll always stay super comfy at the Lodge.

December sun and waves in Baleal

December sun and waves in Baleal

Surfers Lodge Living Room

Surfers Lodge Living Room

This year we’ve put together some attractive Winter Surf Packages to help get you in the mood for a Winter Surf Trip.  Whether you have a week or just a weekend free, or something in between, we have a deal for you! These discounts are good through the end of March.

Inspiration for your Surf Trip

Inspiration for your Surf Trip

You probably won't need this many boards...

You probably won’t need this many boards…

If you’re up for a week-long trip, you’ll receive 20% OFF for 7 Nights + 5 Surf Lessons + 5 Dinners, + 1 Massage. Prices vary by room type, from Suite to Family Bunkbed Room.  Groups that share the Bunkbed Rooms will enjoy the low price of 635 Euros per person!

Beatles Suite

Beatles Suite

Family Bunkbed Room

Family Bunkbed Room

Those who prefer a slightly shorter trip can get 15% OFF for 5 Nights + 4 Surf Lessons + 3 Dinners + 1 Massage. Package rates for a Double Room are only 550 Euros per person!

And for the Weekend Warriors, we’re offering 10% OFF 3 Nights + 2 Surf Lessons + 2 Dinners + 1 Massage. Share a Twin Room for only 366 Euros per person!

Dinner with friends

Dinner with friends

Massage Room

Massage Room

For the traveler that really wants to focus on surf,  winter is the perfect time to come to Baleal. Surf spots begin to empty out just as the prevailing winds begin to change direction, opening up dozens of new peaks up the gorgeous northern coastline. Not only are waves less crowded, but so are parking lots, restaurants, and bars, making everything generally more pleasant. You won’t have the temptation of sunset parties or outdoor happy hours to set you off track. In fact, you’ll have few distractions at all from your surf program.

Empty Peaks - Photo Tobias Ilsanker

Empty Peaks – Photo Tobias Ilsanker

Perfect Empty Waves - Photo: Ludovik Champagne

Perfect Empty Waves – Photo: Ludovik Champagne

Don’t be scared of winter waves- the unique coastline around Baleal provides many protected surf spots and good conditions for any level of surfer, from beginner to advanced.

Prainha Photo: Isa Martins

Prainha – Photo: Isa Martins

Supertubos Photo: Ludovik Champagne

Supertubos – Photo: Ludovik Champagne

In fact, winter can be a great time to learn to surf! Class sizes are generally smaller, and you might even find yourself with an unplanned private lesson! Lack of crowds will make you feel more comfortable in the water, and you’ll take more waves, speeding progress.  After surfing in colder water with bigger waves, anything else will seem easy!

The last few winters have been generally quite sunny and warm here in Baleal.  Although of course the North Atlantic does bring the inevitable winter storms, they pass through in a day or two and the sun returns.  It’s not unusual to have temperatures hovering around 20 degrees for most of a week. That said, we aren’t in the business of guaranteeing the weather, but the abundance of Low Cost Airlines with flights throughout Europe makes it easy to plan your trip ‘last minute.’ Once you feel comfortable with the professional weather/wave forecast, you can book with us here.

1. Fitness- 

The stereotype of the hot surfer does have some truth to it.  Surfing is absolutely a great work out. From paddling to pop-up to riding waves, surfing works your upper body, core, lower back, and hips, and builds stamina.  Duck diving and hold-downs build greater lung capacity.  After surf, food tastes better, you’ll sleep better, and that post surf chill-out will take you to new levels of relaxation. As you progress in your surfing, the desire to improve will grow.  This can motivate you to make healthier life choices and dedicate more time to your overall fitness.

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2. Travel- 

For some travel is the only way to score waves; for others its just part of the unending search for more perfect conditions.  Surf travel can take you to a tropical paradise like Fiji or to the icy waters of Norway.  Inevitably you will explore new places and learn about new cultures as you immerse yourself in new line-ups, opening yourself to an expanded understanding of the world. Peniche, Portugal is one of the best places to find good waves in Europe, with stunning natural coastline and a warm local culture.

surf travel

3. Respect for Nature- 

Surfing builds a strong connection to your natural surroundings.  Surfers have a keen awareness of winds, tides, and weather, because being in tune with the ebb and flow of the earth makes it possible to find the best waves.  Simply spending so much time immersed in nature can create a newfound respect for the environment. It’s no surprise that many surfers are also environmentalists, actively working to preserve coastlines and clean up the oceans.

point break

4. Confidence- 

Surfing is not an easy sport to learn: You often have to overcome fear and even physical pain to reach your goals, while spending lots of uncomfortable hours in wetsuits and cold water.  But when at last you do succeed, the adrenaline of success will be proportionate to the difficulty of the task. The confidence you build as you learn to surf is made of hard work and persistence, which no doubt will carry over to all areas of life.

learn to surf

5. Fun- 

In spite of what is written above, surfing is actually FUN! The feeling of catching a wave is pure fun, like being a little kid on Christmas.  When you experience this feeling, you’ll be left wanting more, and soon you’ll be hooked!

The sun is out and the waves are rolling in. We are very happy to see Peniche come to life again after its winter hibernation.

Spring is a very special time here. The waves are great and crowds are low. Come and share the waves with us!

Cloud waves

Sometimes nature has a funny way of mirroring itself. This time lap of clouds looks just like waves in the ocean!