How to get here
Located next to the beautiful city of Lagos and in Luz, there are many ways to get to us by plan, car, train or bus.
We book your transfer Faro airport – Vila Catarina/Luz – Faro airport with a Portuguese transfer agency. The driver will pick you up with a name sign and bring you straight to the surf camp (approx. 1 hour).
For more information, please visit our Price List section.
You can also find cheap shuttle services online. We do not want to recommend or advise against them as we do not know anything about their reliability.
If your flight is delayed, please give us a call on +351 282 760 964 or send a text message to +351 914 980 997.
A cheap and easy way of traveling to our surfcamps is by public transport. You can take a taxi at Faro airport to the bus station/ train station for about 10€ or take a bus for around 2€.
The bus will be around 6€ and takes approx. 2h 10min to get to Lagos. The bus station in Lagos is right on the Avenida dos Descobrimentos.
The train will be around 7€ and the journey will take approx. 1h 40min. The train station in Lagos is just behind the marina and it is only a very short walk across the marina bridge to the Avenida dos Descobrimentos.
For Vila Catarina guests: upon your arrival in Lagos, just give us a call and we pick you up. If we somehow cannot manage to pick you up, a cab ride to Vila Catarina is approx. 12€ only.
Many guests decide to fly to Lisbon because they want to visit the capital of Portugal or because of the cheap flights. The easiest ways to travel from Lisbon to Lagos are by car or by bus.
The trip by car will take around 3 hours. Rental cars are very cheap in Portugal, but if you book one of our surf packages, you don’t really need a car during your holidays.
The buses from Lisbon bus station to Lagos bus station cost 20€ each way and take approx. 4 hours. They have AC and Wi-Fi.
For Vila Catarina guests: upon your arrival in Lagos, just give us a call and we will pick you up. If it is not possible for us to come, you can take a taxi which will only cost around 12€ to Vila Catarina.
From the motorway you take exit to N125/ Lagos/ Vila do Bispo and you will get to a roundabout leading to Lagos. Take the exit Lagos and you will soon get to a newly built roundabout (directions: Lagos/A22; Funchal; Vila do Bispo/Sagres; Luz). Take the second exit to “Funchal” (there is also a blue sign for the restaurant “Cachoa”). Pass by the restaurant and turn left on the end into an alley. The street will turn into a cobblestone road. Always follow that road up the hill. At some point there will be a 90° right-hand bend where it ascends another steep hill. Once the street is straight again, Vila Catarina is on the left hand.
Paraiso da Luz, Lote 52, 8600-214 Praia da Luz/ Lagos, Algarve (please note address does not correspond with google maps- coordinates: 37°05’03.1″N 8°44’16.4″W)
Coming from Faro airport:
Once you are at the roundabout leading to the motorway, head into the direction of Sagres and Vila do Bispo on the N 125. You will soon get to a newly built roundabout (directions: Lagos/A22; Funchal; Vila do Bispo/Sagres; Luz). Take exit in direction of Sagres/ Vila do Bispo (N125) and stay on this street. In another round about take the 3rd exit direction “Luz”. The road will lead you to a roundabout with a big fake “palm tree” in the middle, here you take the first exit to the right. Follow this street until you see a wall saying “PARAISO DA LUZ” on the left-hand side. Turn left and, directly afterwards, turn right and the 2nd street left again. Almost there! At the next street turn right and you’ll see Vila Bela Luz at the end of the street on the right side. Notice that the entrance is around the corner. Welcome!
Quinta Formosinho, 8600-100 Luz (37.092637, -8.725294) – Google Maps: Quinta Formosinho, Praia da Luz
Coming from Faro airport:
Once you are at the roundabout leading to the motorway, head into the direction of Sagres and Vila do Bispo on the N 125. You will soon get into a newly built roundabout (directions: Lagos/A22; Funchal; Vila do Bispo/Sagres; Luz). Take the exit to “Luz” (the one after the exit to “Sagres/Vila do Bispo”) and stay on that road. After 5 minutes, you will see white buildings on the left-hand side and at the entrance you see a small sign „Quinta Formosinho“. That’s your base for the next days. If you drive past the brown sign „Praia“, you have missed us, because we are located 100m in front of the sign.
Location Casa Vale do Mar, Sitio ameijerinha, Atalia, 8600-641 Lagos (37.098375, -8.687790)
Coming from Faro airport:
From the motorway take exit no.1 in direction of N125/Lagos/ Vila do Bispo and stay on this street. You will get to a round about where you take the second exit (Lagos sul) and in the next round about after 800m take the 3rd exit direction N125/ Lagos.
After 700m the road will lead you to another round about where you take the first exit (R.Frederico Rato). After 220m in a small round about take the 3rd exit and directly turn right into a small street (Beco da Ameijerinha). Casa Vale do Mar is the first house on your right side. Welcome!
Lagos: Repsol petrol station near the main square – Fire station – Intermarché
Luz: Spar supermarket
If your accommodation is nowhere near those meeting points, please contact us.
The Surf Experience is a family affair and staying at Vila Catarina is a perfect chance to participate in the surf culture on all levels. As soon as you arrive, Iris, Urs, and the whole team will be working hard on and off of the beach to ensure that your surf experience with us will be one to remember!