Are you searching for the best surf break in Portugal? Look no further than our surf camps. From locations close to some of the top surfing spots in the world to providing expert surfing instruction and offering a welcoming community for surfers – we’ve got you covered.

So, whether you’re a beginner or a pro surfer, stick with us as we explore the top five reasons why Rapture Surfcamps offers an unparalleled surfing experience in Portugal:

There’s lots to chat about, so let’s get stuck in!

1. Prime Location in Ericeira, Europe’s Surfing Mecca

An image of a wave in Ericeira

Our main surf camp is situated in Ericeira, the only World Surfing Reserve in Europe. This picturesque coastal town, just 35 km northwest of Lisbon, boasts a 10 km stretch of coastline with a diverse range of surf breaks suitable for all skill levels. 

Ericeira, our primary surf camp location, offers a diverse range of surf spots. From beginner-friendly beaches to challenging point breaks, Ericeira ensures a consistent, high-quality experience for surfers of all levels.

Let’s take a closer look at the popular surf spots our camps are near:

Ericeira: The Heart of Portuguese Surf

As mentioned above, Ericeira is distinct from other surf towns in Portugal because it holds the honour of being Europe’s sole World Surfing Reserve, a title bestowed by the Save the Waves Coalition.

Beyond the waves, this town harmoniously fuses traditional charm with contemporary conveniences. It features a vibrant nightlife, bustling markets, and diverse dining choices.

Not only that, but our Ericeira surf camp is a hub of activities. Whether you prefer to relax on a roof terrace and soak up the sun, enjoy a game of foosball, or explore the town on a rented bike or skateboard, there’s something for everyone.

Praia de Ribeira d’Ilhas

Rapture Surfcamps in Ericeira is about five minutes from Praia de Ribeira D’ilhas, the pinnacle of Ericeira’s surfing locales. Known for its long and mellow right-hand point break, it’s the perfect place for those looking to experience world-class waves. So, it’s no wonder that expert surfers from across the globe are drawn to this spot to ride its famous breaks.

The beach is also incredibly scenic, with the village of Ericeira providing a charming backdrop, making it ideal for surfing and sunbathing.

Plus, a visit to Ribeira d’Ilhas also offers an opportunity to immerse yourself in a dynamic community where locals and guests alike come together. The beach often hosts surf competitions and events, adding to the lively atmosphere. So, whether you’re here to compete or simply to enjoy the show, Ribeira d’Ilhas offers an unforgettable experience on the Portuguese coast.


We have a surf villa located on top of the beautiful Coxos Beach.

The name ‘Coxos’ is highly regarded among proficient surfers. It’s home to one of the fastest right-hand waves in Europe, making it a surf spot that promises both challenge and reward.

Generally, the waves here are long, fast, hollow, and break over the bottom of flat rocks. As such, this world-famous Atlantic Ocean spot is the place to be for experienced surfers and instructors looking to test their skills and catch some of the most thrilling wave experiences of their lives.

In addition, the local community is welcoming, and the nearby town offers plenty of opportunities to unwind after a day of surfing, with access to fabulous restaurants, bars, and stunning views.

Foz do Lizandro

Our surf camp in Ericeira overlooks the beautiful Foz do Lizandro beach, an ideal spot for new surfers or those looking to enhance their skills- namely because this Rivermouth beach break offers multiple peaks.

Plus, its reliability and easy access contribute to its popularity among surf schools and instructors (including our own!). Here, you can catch your first wave and hone your technique in a supportive and scenic environment. The beach itself is beautiful, with ample space for relaxing between surf sessions and enjoying the natural beauty of the Portuguese coast.

Pro Tip: The best surfing conditions at Foz do Lizandro are found at low to mid tide, with a southwest swell and east winds. This means plenty of opportunities to find the perfect wave throughout the day.

2. Expert Instruction for All Levels

An image of an instructor teaching surfers at Rapture Surfcamps

At our surf camps, we take pride in our top-quality surf lessons delivered by instructors with European licences. Their expertise and dedication ensure you’ll learn and progress your surf skills in a safe, supportive, and enjoyable environment.

Safety is also a huge priority of ours, which is why all our instructors follow strict safety standards, and employees regularly attend safety, first aid and surf life-saving courses according to Australian or European standards. 

So, whether you’re a complete beginner or an experienced surfer looking to refine your skills, our patient and experienced instructors will guide you to surf spots best suited to your skill level. Within just five days, even complete beginners can expect to be riding green waves with confidence.

3. A Variety of Accommodation Options

Our surf camps are explicitly designed to cater to different preferences and group sizes, ensuring everyone can find the perfect accommodation for their needs.

The main camp in Ericeira is housed in a traditional Portuguese two-story villa overlooking Foz do Lizandro beach. We offer shared and private rooms in the main building and apartments for rent next door, perfect for groups, couples, or families seeking more space and privacy. With our wide range of accommodation options, rest assured your stay will be comfortable.

4. Enjoy More Than a Surf Holiday

An image of mojitos being prepared at Rapture Surfcamps

Our surf camp offers a comprehensive vacation experience that goes beyond surfing. With yoga sessions to complement your wave riding, delicious meals prepared by our renowned chef Mikey, and various activities like foosball and table tennis, your days are sure to be filled with fun.

Plus, as we’ve already hinted, our camp’s location allows easy access to Ericeira’s charming Old Town, where you can explore a wealth of local cuisine and lively nightlife.

Our surf camp is a treasure trove of experiences, ensuring your holiday is as enriching as it is thrilling. From yoga sessions to sumptuous dining and a variety of other activities, there’s something for everyone, regardless of their interests or skill levels. We value each and every guest and strive to make everyone feel welcome and included.

For those looking to explore beyond the waves, we offer stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) down the river, and our rental bikes and skateboards make it easy to venture into town. 

The camp’s proximity to the beach means you can enjoy the sun and sea at your leisure. You can also relax on our rooftop terrace or sizeable outdoor terrace with a cool drink—the choice is yours! We believe in giving our guests the freedom to tailor their experience to their preferences, empowering you to make the most of your holiday.

All that to say, our surf camp isn’t just about catching waves; it’s about creating unforgettable memories by participating in various activities and experiences!

5. Community and Camaraderie

One of the most unique aspects of our surf camp is the sense of community and camaraderie we foster. It’s fair to say you become part of the #rapturefamily when you stay at our camp.

It’s our mission to create a welcoming and inclusive environment where surfers from all over the world, regardless of their skill level, can connect, share experiences, and build lasting friendships.

Our communal spaces, group activities, and shared meals help create a strong sense of belonging, making your surfing adventure even more memorable.

Whether you stay at the Lizandro camp or the Coxos Surf Villa, our Ericeira camps offer a vibrant community atmosphere.

For example, the Coxos Surf Villa, with its stunning views and infinity pool, provides a relaxing environment where you can unwind and bond with fellow surfers after a day on the waves.

The bottom line: The community and camaraderie nurtured at our surf camps allow you to become part of a global family of surfers, creating lasting memories and friendships that extend far beyond your time at the camp.

Are You Ready to Stay at the Best Surf Camp in Portugal?

Our surf camp in Ericeira is the place to be if you want an all-around outstanding surfing experience. From the world-class waves at Ribeira d’Ilhas to the challenging breaks at Coxos and the beginner-friendly peaks at Foz do Lizandro, there’s something for every surfer. The vibrant community, fun-filled activities, and beautiful landscapes make Ericeira the heart of Portuguese surf.

So, what are you waiting for? Pack your bags, grab your board, and come and join us for the surf trip of a lifetime. With some of the best waves in the world, expert instruction, and tons to explore away from the waves, your adventure in Ericeira awaits.