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“the right place to start surfing!!! ...and keep on surfin' !!!”
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Baleal Surf Camp
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Vitorchiano, Italy
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“the right place to start surfing!!! ...and keep on surfin' !!!”
Reviewed 26 February 2013

I come back here every year since 5 years!!! if you wanna start surfin'... start here... excellent equipment... great people... wonderful bar on the beach... Baleal has got a special atmosphere! ... you will love this place and you'll come back :)

Stayed July 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 17 February 2013

This was my first time in Europe and it was am amazing experience ! The surf instructors were fun and helpful. The second we arrived we were taken to an amazing area just outside Peniche that had castle ruins and a small village. The experience was much more than just surfing . The staff showed us amazing culture and a great time.

  • Stayed April 2012
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Zurich, Switzerland
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Reviewed 27 January 2013

Balealsurfcamp is one of the best surf camps, I’ve been 4 times in baleal, the teachers are really good, and they know what they speak about because they can surf really well. The whole stuff is very helpful and friendly, if you need something they will help you to find that. The hostels are good as well, there is everything what you need for. Just a great place to spend your holidays!

Stayed September 2012, travelled solo
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Neuchatel
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Reviewed 14 January 2013

It is my first time in Baleal Surf Camp, planed for 2 weeks, which covered Christmas time. And i couldn't miss an opportunity to enjoy it longer, so i made it to extent for 2 additional weeks. And i can say that this place is an absolute getaway with perfect location to reach all scenic spots by a short walk, as well as shopping and restaurant area. Accom is very cozy, fully equipped, clean and well-maintained. Moreover, Baleal Surf Camp team is just amazing team i've ever observed! I think the holiday is all about them, super friendly and supportive people with perfect time management and organization, i am going to miss them a lot.. And without no doubt the Camp is easy to recognize on the beach for its dedicated and passionate instructors Steve and Felippe with range of interactive teaching methods, which makes me progress faster. Trully thankful for all of you much and hopefully see you soon!
J

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled solo
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Brasov, Romania
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Reviewed 6 January 2013

We've "tasted" a great surfing holiday in Baleal SurfCamp in July 2012. My family is in love with everything there (lovely Bruno's team, best instructors, very good accommodation, beautiful places to visit, best place to improve surfing capabilities and... the last but not least.. good option for relax! Of course We're coming back in 2013 with our friends to enjoy again surf in Baleal SurfCamp!
Adrian Acatrinei

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 January 2013

Just returned from our second trip to Baleal Surf Camp and we have to say the team didn't let us down. First time we went we had an excellent experience with Aussie surf instructor Sam and Francisco, who sorted out my bad habits and had Alisa (who was a first time surfer at that time) cutting across green waves with a big fat grin on her face! Sam was fully committed to passing on his vast amount of knowledge and safety tips whilst at the same time making sure we had a really good laugh.

Our second trip did not disappoint. We had instructor's Felippe, Stephen and Laddi (sorry if spelled wrong) who were excellent. They really made an effort to get us to some decent breaks when the local beach was a bit too rough due to storm. Felippe and Stephen helped us to really progress and gave us some really useful tips. It is obvious that they are incredibly passionate about surfing and their job. Laddi was just super hardcore and energetic which was really good when we felt a bit lazy or defeated after some epic wipeouts!!

Bruno (owner) was incredibly friendly and welcoming, he's a really good laugh. Even when we had a free surf time, Bruno was out surfing by himself and he still kept an eye on us when a big set came in.

All the staff in the office are incredibly helpful, friendly and organised, nothing is too much trouble. We have been lucky enough to travel to a lot of surf camps around Europe and we think that the quality of instruction and knowledge at Baleal is of a high standard and all instructors here are fully qualified. We have found with some other surf camps that the instructors can be unqualified and quite dangerous in their decisions and would rather just surf themselves.
We have recommended Baleal to a lot of our friends and all have said how much the team have helped them progress with surfing and hope to return soon.

Thanks again to Baleal Surf Camp! See you soon.
Clare and Alisa xx

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with friends
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Sheffield, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 31 December 2012

I booked to have a pre Xmas holiday at Baleal surf camp to have a weeks intermediate lessons with their instructors to improve my surfing capabilities and it turned out to be an amazing experience!! First of all i settled in the hostel and got to know some of the lovely people staying there who were welcoming and friendly, also from the reception staff too! The accommodation was was lovely and clean and located close to the amazing beaches.
Felipe and Steve the surf instructors were just amazing guys, they were patient, informative, helpful and caring and really helped me improve my surfing capabilities. They surfed the same waves as me, giving instructions as i surfed, telling me where I was going wrong and telling me what i should be doing next!! I bonded with these guys and will definately be going back for another week as I am missing it all so much...

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled solo
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Property: Baleal Surf Camp
Address: Rua Amigos do Baleal 2 | Peniche, Baleal, Peniche 2520-052, Portugal
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Region: Portugal > Central Portugal > Leiria District > Peniche > Baleal
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 21 Speciality Lodging in Baleal
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Baleal Surf Camp is a family run local business in Peniche Portugal, based on prime location in Europe’s most consistent and flexible surf spot. It was the first surf camp established in Portugal in 1993. By focusing on quality service and the environment it has grown to become one of the best known and loved surf schools on Europe's Atlantic coast. Teaching people how to surf here in Peniche and making sure they have the best possible surfing holidays is our main goal and what we thrive on. The surfcamp has a laid-back vibe and accommodation for all tastes and budgets. We welcome everyone from singles to families, experts to novices, a great surfing vacation is waiting for you here in Baleal beach, Peniche-Portugal. ... more   less 
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