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“Baleal Surf Camp: Great service and value - fantasic location”
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Baleal Surf Camp
Ranked #1 of 21 Specialty Lodging in Baleal
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“Baleal Surf Camp: Great service and value - fantasic location”
Reviewed September 29, 2009

I've been to this place three of four times now and it's really outstanding.

It was the first surf camp to open in this area and therefore it has the best location. It has an amazing surf station right on the beach overlooking the main break, with showers, boards, beers etc. The houses you sleep in are just 2 or 3 mins walk away.

Area

Because everyone talks about the area under the heading of "Peniche", they make the mistake of thinking that is where the surf is. In fact, all but one of the main surf breaks are in or arround Baleal where this surf camp is. It is a small town 10 mins by car from Peniche. It is where everyone ends up surfing because it has most of the breaks. The only break which is a bit further away - Supertubos - does not work very often. When it does, it's just 10 mins by car to get there anyway.

Service

The Baleal camp is run by two local brothers and lots of helpers from round the world - it's a v friendly, family feel and everyone is welcomed no matter what standard of surfer they are. During the day everything is v cool and relaxed with the focus on surfing and beach games etc. At night the surf station on the beach transforms into a real night spot with live music, DJs etc - so you can party hard too if you like. They also shoot photos and video of everyone surfing and have a nice show at the end of the week.

Accomodation

They have a couple of nice clean surf houses where you can stay with others and be social but they can also fix for you to stay in a place of your own if you want a bit of quite. The first time I went I took my wife and four kids and they fixed us up with a great little villa just set back from the beach. Just tell them what you want in advance and they seem happy to fix it.

Equipment

Normally I take my own board and wetsuit but they have 60 or 70 boards at the surf station that you can use - NSP, SurfTech, Bic, softtops etc. All are quite good but if you want something special they have a deal with the local shaper -Fatum - which does proper glass boards in all shapes. Again, just ask.

Conclusion

A nice friendly place offering great value. But, most importasnt of all, it is in the best possible location - you don't want to be travelling to the surf in a bus every morning!

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with family
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Penichesurfer, Front Office Manager at Baleal Surf Camp, responded to this review, April 17, 2012
Being the first ever review I must thank you on behalf of the Baleal Surf Camp team your kind words. Despite the long time passed from you review, as this is the first time we can answer I thought it would be appropriate to go back to the beginning and thanking you first hand.
We look forward to perhaps have you again another time as our small company has evolved greatly since 2009 and keeps trying to meet the challenges and our customer needs. With my best regards, Marcos Bairros
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Property: Baleal Surf Camp
Address: Rua Amigos do Baleal 2 | Peniche, Baleal, Peniche 2520-052, Portugal
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Location: 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 Specialty 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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