Surf Holiday Questions

Still have some doubts and questions?

You want to go on a Surf Holiday, but you still have some doubts and questions? Please read about the most asked questions we have gotten from our quests

Surf holiday question 1. What are the main differences between our two houses/locations – Esmoriz and Espinho?

1. What are the main differences between our two houses/locations – Esmoriz and Espinho?

Even though Espinho and Esmoriz are only 7 km far between (5 minutes by train) the two places are quite different.
Esmoriz is more about nature, relaxation and quietness, as it is surrounded by green areas- the city park, the Barrinha lagoon and the protected forest, besides the beaches, of course. The city is small and has a unique easy going rhythm. The house is 200 meters far from the beach and the closest surf spot totally fits the surroundings! Wonderful restaurants and bakeries, bars, laundry and supermarket are all at walking distance from the house. And the  train station is only 25 minutes walking, 10 minutes by bike!

As surfing is concerned, Esmoriz area has lots of surf spots to offer, most of them only with a handful of people surfing. The spots are not so consistent as in Espinho, especially out from the Summer season, but because there are several ones, usually when one of them is not working properly on the day there’s another one starting to pump up.

Espinho has a more urban beach pulse and it’s busier when compared to Esmoriz, both in and out off the water! Our house is only 30 meters from the beach and main surf spot, allowing our guest to leave the house with their wetsuit on. We’re also 200 meters from the train station and at a walking distance from everything else you might need: great restaurants, tasty bakeries, supermarkets, laundry, local market, shops, bars… even the Casino!
As surfing is concerned, the main spot (Baía beach) is only a few steps away from our place and it’s really consistent! During high season it can get a bit more crowded.

Surf holiday question 2. What type of guests usually stay in each of our surf houses?

2. What type of guests usually stay in each of our surf houses?

Well… it all comes down to what type of surfing holiday vacation you want, right?! But anyway, most of our guests have surfing as their main goal. Nightlife and crazy hangovers are more a thing of their past, meaning that if party is your main motivation, maybe we are not your best option. Just being honest.

In Esmoriz most of our guests are couples and small groups of friends, or even families looking to take the whole surf house for themselves (6 persons).
In Espinho, our guests are usually single travelers, small groups of friends and couples. And about their ages, the average guest we have are between 25- 33 years old. Not saying you are not welcome otherwise.

Our watermark surfers are mostly beginners, in small groups and our surf beaches have safe sand based ocean floors. Making it one of the best surf beaches in Portugal to surf for beginners. But because we have surf houses we can facilitate for different types of surf holiday vacations and types of people and even companies. For example: Family surf holidays, surf and yoga holidays, surf holidays for singles. If you are a company who needs to facilitate a special type of event or surf holiday, please contact us personally so we can talk about the possibilities.

Surf holiday question 3. Where is the best place to surf and what's the best time to surf in Portugal?

3. I’m stoked about surfing. Where is the best place to surf and what’ is the best time to surf in Portugal?

Most of our surfers are beginners. All the surf spots in the porto area are sandbars (no rocks/reef breaks). They change with the overall conditions, but most of the year they should suit all levels of surfing.

In Esmoriz area there are a lot of surf spots. The closest one is 200 meters far from our house. They are not the most consistent ones, but because there are quite a few of them, usually when one is not working properly anymore there’s another one that will work! The beaches in Esmoriz are less crowded and offer some of the best landscapes of North Portugal. Surfing is relaxed here and the lineup has only a couple of surfers most of the times.

In Espinho, our house is only 30 meters far from the beach and best surf spot in Espinho, which is very consistent and offers great conditions to all surfing levels. It gets a bit crowded on the weekends and especially during August, according to our standards, Of course, if you already surfed well-known locations before you probably will be pleasantly surprised about the size of the crowd here… Different standards!

We understand you want to have an idea of what to expect in different period of the year. We have a “notes from the locals” article series where we document our personal surf experiences in all the months of the year we are open. There are also a couple of other articles which will help you get an idea. Note that we are closed from Half November until the end of March. Please click on the link and get information about that specific month.

Surfing per season:

Surf holiday question 4. What about the weather and water temperatures in Northern Portugal?

4. What about the weather and water temperatures in Northern Portugal?

Let’s cut to the chase: it’s cold! And it changes from freezing cold during the Winter to “less” cold during the Spring, fresh in the Summer and ok on late Summer / early Autumn. But that’s why we have some nice 4.3 mm wetsuits for you! So no excuses to skip surfing!
Temperature-wise, from 12 degrees on the bad days to 21 degrees on a great day!

About the general weather and air temperatures, In Winter is can get cold and temperatures can get to 2 degrees on the coldest nights, 9 during the day. In Spring the temperatures rise to about 12-24 degrees average. In Summer is it nice, not extremely hot. Temperatures can go from 17 degrees at night to 30 degrees during the day. Bikinis and shorts are needed, as well as some nice hoody for the night! Autumn has some colder nights but it is still warm during the day. The last couple of years the rain happened in January, February and April. Also March and May brought occasional rain.

Surf holiday question 5. What services and surf vacation packages do you offer?

5. What services and surf vacation packages do you offer?

We provide single services that guests can customize and surf vacation packages.

  • About our packages:
    Weekly Surf & Accommodation Pack;
  • Weekly Surf Plus package (soon);
  • Regarding our single services:
  • Bed & breakfast accommodation (breakfast, towels, bed linen and wifi included);
  • Surf lessons (min of 3 persons, or option of personal lesson);
  • Surfing rentals;
  • Massage;
  • Yoga sessions (min 4 persons);
  • SUP tours (Barrinha de Esmoriz and organized tours – soon);
  • Functional training for surfers;
  • Surf Trips (min of 4 persons);
  • Airport and beach transfers;

Surf holiday question 6. Can I book a single surf lesson or other service separately, out from a package?

6. Can I book a single surf lesson or other service separately, out from a package?

Yep! Doesn’t matter if you book only a surf accommodation or if you come with a surf vacation package. You can always add extra surf lessons, as well as any of the services provided, including extra nights. Note that some of them you can’t request through our website, as they are subject to availability.

Surf holiday question 7. I’d love to visit Porto! Is it possible?

7. I’d love to visit Porto! Is it close?

It’s more than doable- frankly you should not waste on this opportunity! Why? Because Porto is close, fast, cheap and there’s no need to have a car. Both in Espinho and Esmoriz the train station allows you to get to the centre of Porto in 20-30 minutes. Then you’ll have a complete world to discover and explore, inside of such a small, historical and beautiful city.
Even though the train’s schedule changes along the year, usually the last train leaves Porto at around 01:15 am. The first one leaving from Esmoriz / Espinho to Porto is around 6 am. Timetables and rates are available at CP website, or through their mobile app.

Surf holiday question 8. Can I get a discount, please?

8. Can I get a surf holiday vacation discount, please?

Of course, you can! Here’s how:

  • Get your friends or family together and request our house for yourselves, meaning a group of at least 6 persons in Esmoriz, 10 persons in Espinho. If so, we’ll get you a 10% discount on accommodation, surfing or any desired package. Extra services not included;
  • Also for each extra weekly surf pack booked we offer a 10% discount;
  • Are you a returning guest? Then 10’% discount assured on any desired package. Extra services not included;
  • Come for a surf holiday outside of the high season. Yes, it’s colder and conditions are more unpredictable, but’s also true that it is less crowded and prices overall are cheaper!
  • Also stay tuned for our early limited sales! Best way to do be the first to know it’s to subscribe for our surf news letter or follow us on our social media channels: facebook, youtube, google plus, pinterest and twitter )

Surf holiday question 9. Ok, let’s do this! How shall I book?

9. Ok, let’s do this! How shall I book?

At this stage, you’ll be only a couple seconds away from getting a ticket to paradise! So Fill in the booking request form on our website and we’ll be back to you asap. You will have a great surf holiday with us, no worries.

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