Arriving late at night, it only took me three and a half hours to travel from London to Portugal and from Faro airport out to my coastal destination.
Honestly spent longer on my commute to work and back on busy days in the city.
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Yet today, far from London’s traffic and skyscrapers, I’ve travelled across countries and a short distance from the airport to arrive at Bura Surfhouse in the beautiful southern coast of Portugal, with five days of surf safaris, wine tasting and yoga sessions ahead of me.
The surfhouse itself is made up of a big white villa, renovated to hold up to 45 guests at the busiest months of the year, in a choice of private and shared dorm rooms.
There is a big open plan kitchen and lounge area with wetsuits, skateboards, paddle boards and surfboards dotted around the terrace outside. A pool table is hidden in the corner outside and there’s a choice of poolside and rooftop bars to suit your mood.
This chilled out paradise was far removed from the stag party and golf holiday haven I’d previously imagined Portugal to be.
“Met by a table of banana pancakes, fresh fruit, toast and coffee, we dozily ate a good breakfast and headed outside to be met by a fleet of surf vans”
The friendly staff have a real love for the place (some of them are guests that have never left!) and their laid back vibes make you feel less like you’re at a hostel, and more as though your living in the raddest house share on earth.
The cost of the retreat includes room and meals, along with surf lessons, yoga sessions, wine tasting and free days to explore.
Still slightly disbelieving, I went to bed on the first night excited to meet the group and get started with the adventures.