7-Day Surf, Yoga and Culinary Retreat in Setubal, Portugal

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What could be better than a week of epic waves, nourishing yoga and mouth-watering Portuguese food and wine? Nothing, that’s what. Located on Portugal’s wild west coast in Costa Vicentina, this refreshing getaway features a jam-packed itinerary of yoga, surf lessons and soothing massages. Foodies are also in for a treat. Along with tasty, organic dishes, yogis will sample the country’s famous blends on a wine tasting experience at a local vineyard. You’ll also have plenty of free time to tour the nearby towns and hike the many breathtaking trails in the area. 
Suitable for intermediate, beginner, and advanced practitioners
6 days of practice
Surf and deep healing massage sessions
Daily tasty brunch and dinner
1 or 2 yoga class(es) per day
Hike and visit to the vineyard and wine tasting
Tranquil surroundings
Instruction in English
Min. 4 - Max. 10 participants
Organiser also speaks French, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish
Come and join this surf and yoga vacation with healthy delicious food (and wine) while discovering the countryside of Alentejo. This holiday is for beginners, pros, and even first-timers. The instructors will adapt the sessions to your level and your needs. You will be received as if you were at a friend's house in a small, intimate group in a rural location surrounded by lush nature, try the delicious food and wine and learn about the history and culture of the region, and feel healthier, stronger and make new friends.
Prices are based on a 7-day, 6-night stay, vary by season and are indicative only
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Program

This kind of holiday is for all the travelers who love the outdoors, nature, and the beach; who want to practice or are curious to try yoga and surf; and who want to learn about and explore the beautiful region of Alentejo. It is also for the ones who love food and wine and want to indulge themselves while keeping healthy. You will be received as if you were at a friend's house in a small, intimate group in a beautiful property surrounded by plants, trees, and flowers where the hosts grow a lot of what they eat.

Food and wine are a major part of this program. You will be in a fun, informal, and inspiring environment. You will explore the amazing beaches of the protected park of Costa Vicentina together. The schedule will be built every day around the surf conditions and the best time to do it. If you are a beginner, you will learn all the basics of surfing. If you are already an experienced surfer, you will go in with the crew and get tips to improve.

Yoga classes are in small groups in a stunning outdoor location surrounded by pine trees. The instructor will adapt the class to the group and challenge you to make a little progress every day. Surf classes are on the amazing beaches of the protected park of Costa Vicentina with a certified instructor.

Sample daily schedule
Day 1
  • Arrival and check-in
  • Sunset happy hour and dinner at the terrace

Day 2
  • Surf or yoga in the morning (depending on tides and wind, Quinta Camarena will decide when to surf)
  • Brunch
  • Free time for you to discover the cute towns around, shop at the incredible local artisans, hike at the beautiful trails of Costa Vicentina), lay by the pool, or hang out in the gardens, read, drink, or sleep - no judgments
  • Surf or yoga
  • Dinner

Day 3
  • Surf or yoga
  • Brunch
  • Guided hike
  • Free time
  • Dinner

Day 4
  • Morning yoga
  • Brunch
  • Free time
  • Visit the winery, wine, and local produce tasting

Day 5
  • Surf or yoga
  • Brunch
  • Visit a local artisan or farmer
  • Surf or yoga
  • Dinner

Day 6
  • Surf or yoga
  • Brunch
  • Free time
  • Surf or yoga
  • Photo session
  • Dinner and a little party

Day 7
  • Yoga
  • Photo session
  • Check out

Excursions
During this holiday, you will hike through fisherman's trail, a beautiful hike along the protected natural park of Costa Vicentina, and visit a wine producer with wine and food tasting.

Optional activities
  • Additional massage and treatments (If you want any other specific treatments, that might be arranged. There are a line of all-natural, local and artisanal beauty products for sale)
  • Boat tours along the Mira river or the Atlantic
  • Horseback riding
  • Stand up paddleboarding or kayak tours

Accommodation

Beach and Rural setting
Caters for organic and vegetarian diets
Swimming pool (outdoor)
Dining area
Kitchen
Barbeque facilities
Garden

Check-in

16:00

Check-out

11:00

The retreat will take place at Quinta Camarena, a beautiful, rustic-chic countryside hotel, surrounded by nature. There are spaces and plenty of spots to relax, hike, chill, read, meditate, and drink wine. The yoga classes will be done in a big open-air shala surrounded by nature. A villa, a casita, a country loft, or private rooms. Each house has a private entrance, living room, and equipped kitchenette. All spaces were carefully curated based on sustainable principles using local materials. For your comfort and enjoyment, Quinta Camarena wants to make you feel at home. 

The decor of each house was meticulously curated by the hosts, with objects from their own art collection, family pieces, antiques, and furniture made from local recycled objects made following the principles of sustainability and circular economy. You will also find first quality linens in the beds and local, bio, artisanal soaps.

The guest houses are located by the garden and pool. The outdoor space is an open invitation to bond with your group in comfort and space. You can stay in a single or shared bedroom in the main villa (all bedrooms have a private bathroom) or in a one-bedroom house for single or shared occupancy.

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Single Room
Private room | Private bathroom | $1,799
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Double Room
Private room | Private bathroom | $1,165

Food

Quinta Camarena uses local, organic, and artisanal products only. Most of them are homemade. Quinta Camarena buys directly from the local producers that use sustainable techniques only. Quinta Camarena avoids sugars and uses a lot of whole grains. 

Quinta Camarena provides healthy delicious food. The meals will be served outside (if the weather allows), at the host's house, or at some small local family-owned restaurant.

Artisanal Bread and cheese are a must in their region. Fruits and veggies are local and organic and a big part of the menus. Fish and seafood are also famous in this coastal area. All the meat consumed is from local organic farms. Most meals are Vegetarian. 

Other dietary restrictions are available on request. One glass of regional wine is included at lunch and dinner (but you'll end up asking for more). There will be a visit to a local winery and wine tasting is included.

If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate them to the organiser when making a reservation 

Location

Located in the protected area of Costa Vicentina, in Southwest Portugal, Quinta Camarena is ideally situated between the countryside and the beach. The picturesque town of Cercal is just a short walk from Costa Vicentina and will make you feel as though you went back in time, giving you a true sense of the Alentejo way of life. The region is full of nature, history, interesting architecture, and local artisans.

The famous Rota Vicentina, a long hiking path spanning nearly 400 kilometres along with one of the most beautifully preserved coastal areas of Europe passes directly in front of the property. This will lead you through forest tracks, to towns and villages with centuries of history. Within a 15 minutes drive, you can reach numerous and very diverse wild beaches, a few of which is a real surfer's paradise.

Nearby Towns

Santiago do Cacem
21 km
Sines
Sines
24 km
Odemira
25 km

How to get there

Arrival by bus

There are direct buses from Lisbon and Faro to Cercal do Alentejo. The cost is 18EUR. Quinta Camarena will pick you up at the bus stop in Cercal.

Nearest airports
FAO Faro Airport
Transfer available for additional € 250 per person
107 km
LIS Lisbon Portela Airport
Transfer available for additional € 250 per person
114 km
Nearest train stations
São Bartolomeu da Serra
23km
Santiago do Cacem
24km
Amoreiras-Odemira
26km

Instructors

Nina Briot
Nina
Nina is from Belgique and fell in love with Alentejo some years ago, deciding to settle here. As a yoga teacher, she started her journey with the traditional Hatha practice, in the lineage of Swami Sivanda, with her 200H teacher training course with Arhanta Yoga. But being fascinated by all the different yoga styles and what each of them could offer, she went to Trimurti Yoga Goa, where she followed the multi-style 300-hour training in five elements and Ayurveda. In her classes, she likes to mix the styles and adapt the practice to the student's needs.
Cam Camarena
Cam
Cam was born and raised in Los Angeles, where he learned and perfectioned to surf. After a brief period in Argentina, he moved to New York where he lived for 20 years and built his career as a photographer specialized in portraits. He worked with the best photographers worldwide and photographed several celebrities and magazine covers. He moved to Alentejo, to dedicate himself fully to Quinta Camarena, a countryside Guest house where all guests are treated as friends.

What's included?

  • 5 yoga sessions
  • 4 surf lessons
  • Visit vineyard and wine tasting
  • Guided hike
  • Deep healing massage
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • 2 delicious healthy delicious meals a day
  • A little wine in every dinner

What's not included?

  • Airfare
  • Transfers
  • Cocktails or extra wine

Cancellation policy

Cancellation

Cancel up to 1 day in advance for a 50% refund

Changes

You may not change your dates after booking

Covid

No refund if you test positive for Covid
Full refund if you cannot travel due to Covid restrictions
Full refund if the retreat does not take place due to Covid restrictions
Prices are based on a 7-day, 6-night stay, vary by season and are indicative only
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