FAQs

Why should I book Golden Waves for my surf experience?

Because we can proudly say: we are different and offer an holistic surf experience.

The Golden Waves Surf Lodge is located in a a picturesque seaside village, nestled between endless beaches, the Nature Park of Maceda Pine Forest and the preserved Lagoon Ria de Aveiro. We are embraced by Nature and Ocean.
Perfect for surfers, as it is just a short walk to the beach with many uncrowded peaks, and a great base for exploring excellent waves around. Within a stretch of 15 km coastline, more than 25 waves wait to be discovered.
All year around we receive swells, pleasant water temperatures and 300 days of sunshine. Surf for every level, from glassy peelers to powerful tubes. Depending on swell and wind directions, there is always an option. Not to mention the clean water quality, our beaches are honored as blue flag beaches.

Our instructors are local experienced surfers with certificates from the Portuguese Surf Federation to teach. They know the best spots and what to be aware of before to surf there. A lot of waves we enjoy are secret spots and not easy to find on your own. Trust our guides, lean back in our comfortable Volkswagen vans and let them do the wave search for you. We offer brand new high quality surfboards, Rip Curl wetsuits, Rip Curl beach towels and beach bags to assure a satisfying surf experience.

During the surf session the instructors provide safety, learning progress and fun. We don’t stop the time to end the sessions. When everybody is happy and out surfed they decide to return to the lodge or the group prefers to enjoy a delicious lunch together. They will take you to our best kept culinary secrets. Traditional, economic and unbelievable delicious food will be landing on your plate.

If you wish to, Stephan Matters is the In-house photographer and can take incredible surf pictures of you and your friends and family.

As a special service after the surf, the team will take care of cleaning and drying the equipment, so unlike other surf camps, you happily return from your session and can relax right away.

Enjoy the comfort of the lodge and its unique service concept while focus on your surf experience.
We will give our best to make your stay with us unforgettable.

DAILY SURF CLASSES

What about the Yoga Sessions?

We offer 12 yoga sessions per week in our beautiful yoga studio, under pine trees or by the pool. To mix up the daily routine and connect with different sounds, smells, lights and energies. From Monday to Saturday we provide a rise & shine vinyasa yoga session in the mornings at 8am and a relax & recover yin yoga session at 6pm in the evenings. Duration around 80 minutes.

Vinyasa is the embodiment of meditation in motion. It links the physical body to the breath. It can be a powerful form of exercise that builds strength while also stretching deeply into your muscles. Yin yoga is for you if you are physically tired and your mind overactive. The poses remove blocks in the myofascial meridians in the body. This has the effect of balancing the body’s internal organs and systems.

Our international best qualified yoga instructors will pay attention to everybody’s different body needs and capacities and share their experience with you.

The studio is equipped with high quality yoga mats, foam blocks, straps, bolsters, lavender eye pillows and soft lightweight blankets to assure an effective and long lasting relaxing experience. The floor for our practice is covered with sleek wood and the space decorated with colorful lycra stretching art to play with the sunlight that shines through the big glass fronts. As a special feature we have a stove in the middle of the studio to achieve a warm and pleasant room temperature. Like this, our muscles are much more flexible and reach deeper stretching results. Furthermore the studio is an electricity and internet radiation free space. Give yourself some time out.

Book a Yoga Retreat or Surf & Yoga package with us.

I have booked accommodation only. Now I would like to upgrade my stay with Surf Classes or Yoga Sessions.

No problem! You can always add extra daily surf lessons or yoga sessions on top of your stay at your arrival or at any time. Turn your holidays into a unique experience.
Relax your mind and body in our refreshing yoga sessions 12 times a week, mornings and sunsets or dive into the world of surfing with our surf lessons 6 times a week in the mornings or afternoons.

Surf Session: 45€
Yoga Session: 15€

I am traveling alone. Is the Golden Waves Surf Lodge a place for me to be?

Sure! The lodge is a great place to meet people!
From surf beginners to experienced riders, yogis to fitness freaks, culture enthusiasts to friends of nature. Single travelers, couples or group of friends. Our guests come from different backgrounds and countries but all with the same mission. Be active in Nature and enjoy a sharing experience in the lodge.

During surf and yoga you will instantly connect with likeminded people. Both activities are designated to connect with each other and exchange knowledge, tips, joy and stoke. After the surf session the entire group eats out together in one of our recommended local restaurants, savoring grilled fish and a glass of red wine or a cold beer. Needless to say you will make new friendships.

Prepare your meals together in the huge kitchen, share a barbecue on the terrace, enjoy a sunset drink in the outdoor lounge. The open living space with an extensive sofa in front of the fireplace and long dining table invites to share good times with all the guests.

Furadouro is a lively seaside village with a historic centre. Very attractive place for beach goers during the week and especially at the weekends. You will find superb local restaurants, bars, cafes and nightclubs full of life. If you look out for the big city vibe just spend a day or night in Porto or Aveiro, conveniently reachable by train from Ovar.

What options do I have for lunch and dinner?

We have a huge and well equipped kitchen were you can prepare your own meals how you like them best. Fruit, veggies and groceries are of great quality and you can get them in local food stores in town or at the outdoor market in Ovar.

Furadouro is a lively seaside village with a charming historic centre. You will find superb local restaurants that serve Portuguese and international dishes for great prices. Cosy cafés, fancy beach bars, delicious ice cream parlors, supermarkets with local vegetables and fruit, bakeries, butchers, fish shops.
In the Ovar Dolce Vita Shopping Center you will find a huge selection of vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free food.

Is there something for vegetarians or vegans?

Absolutely! You are not the only guest that is aware of sustainable eating habits. And we strongly support this planet protecting attitude.

Our breakfast buffet has a 95% vegetarian assortment. For sure made with love and care for all our plant-based eaters. It consists of sliced exotic fruit, a great selection of cereals, vegan porridge, rice bread, fresh bread rolls and croissants, bio yoghurts, all kinds of sweet spread like marmalades, honey, peanut butter or Nutella, local cheeses and butter. Juice, fruit infused water, freshly brewed coffee, cappuccino, with milk or soy milk and a huge assortment of teas.

And we have a huge equipped kitchen were you can prepare your own meals how you like it best. Fruit, veggies and groceries are of great quality and you can get them in local food stores in town.

In the Ovar Dolce Vita Shopping Center you will find a huge selection of vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free food.

We are traveling with the kids. Is the Lodge prepared for families?

Yes it is. Kids 13 years and older are very welcome. We offer lots of activities to keep the kids entertained and boost the family bond. surfing, yoga, Stand Up Paddling, swimming pool, tennis, basketball, football, Playstation or a bike trip as a family event.

Our family suites with private bathrooms have a double bed and a bunk bed.

We provide a kids friendly breakfast buffet and the self-catering kitchen is prepared with kids dishes, microwave, safe drinking water.

We do not accomodate kids younger than 13 years or babies to ensure a tranquil atmosphere.

Apart of surf and yoga, what else can I explore?

There is a lot more to explore and discover!

Bike trips through stunning nature and Portuguese villages. Porto, Aveiro, Espinho, Ovar are cultural gems and just a stone throw away. Trail in the Serra da Freita National Park, treat yourself with massages, beach bar sunsets, BBQs in the garden, Stand Up Paddle Tours in the Lagoon, spotting flamingos, going out for  dinners at our favorite local restaurants or celebrate parties in the lodge. Have a look at the event calendar and our location.

How do I get to the Golden Waves Surf Lodge?

Coming here is easy, fairly priced and safe.

From Airport Porto (OPO)

By transfer
Maximum 7 people, 60€ one way
Please contact us!

By car
Highway VR1/A1 direction Porto/Lisboa
A29 direction Espinho/Ovar
Exit N327 Ovar Norte, turn right to Praia Furadouro/Campismo
50m before roundabout turn left to Rua Cidade de Elizabeth

Free parking in front of the lodge

By train
Metro E direction Estado do Dragão, get off at Campanhã
Change terminal from metro to train

Take urban train from Campanhã direction Aveiro/Ovar, Price one way 5€
Get off at Ovar
Free pick-up

From City Center Porto

Access train station São Bento

Take urban train direction Aveiro/Ovar, Price one way 5€
Get off at Ovar
Free pick-up

From Airport Lisbon (LIS)

By train
Take taxi 5 min to main train station Lisbon-Gare de Oriente
Take fast train to Ovar in 2,5 hours (hourly connection)
Price one way 23€

Free pick-up in Ovar

Coordinates
GPS
N 40° 52’ 15.694”
W 8° 39’ 49.892”

Does the Surf Package or Yoga Retreat start on any particular day of the week?

No, feel free to start at every day of the week and for how long you wish to stay.

Our concept is very flexible and there is something for everybody.

Are there Surf or Yoga Classes every day of the week?

There are surf classes from Monday to Saturdays, Sundays on request.

There are yoga classes from Monday to Saturday, Sundays is no yoga.

Vinyasa: 08.00h – 09.30h

Yin: 18.00h – 19.30h

Do I have the right surf level for the surf classes?

Sure, there is an adequate surf for every level. As we offer surf classes for beginners, intermediates and surf guiding for advanced surfers. When you attend your first surf session we find out which group suits you best. Even during your stay you can change groups if you feel better in a more advanced or more beginner group.

Can I rent surf equipment only?

Yes, you can. Have a look at our surf rental price list!

Check-in and Check-out hours?

Check-in: 14.00h

Check-out: 12.00h

It is never too late to arrive at the Golden Waves Surf Lodge. At any time your train or flight arrives, we will be there and pick you up.

For late flight departures we have a safe luggage storage after your check-out before 12.00h.

How will the weather and waves going to be like when I’m there?

Usually we have plenty of sunshine and pleasant temperatures to be active outdoor all day long. The waves will be between half a meter to one and a half meters. No winds or offshore winds in the mornings that create glassy and beautiful waves for easy surfing. The outdoor temperature is around 25 to 30 degrees. Never too hot as we are blessed with a nice breeze from the Ocean. We will inform you daily about the weather and wave conditions and search the best spot for your level.

Seasons

Spring

We open the surf season in March, when there is plenty of sun with warm days, flip-flops and shorts. The small picturesque villages by the coastline get lively, the water temperatures start rising and the waves become smaller.

Summer

The weather in June, July and August is great, with long sunny days, incredible sunsets and the waves are pure fun. Perfect conditions for beginner surf lessons, since the waves are softer and smaller. Porto in summer is packed with great music festivals. You will find every style of event from Fado, Sounds of Brazil, Jazz, Reggae, Rock, Hip-Hop to Classic music. The Festa de São João, St. John’s Festival, is the biggest annual festival to be held in Porto, taking place on June 23rd.

Autumn

Time for consistent surf with some solid swells coming in and still good weather. The water is warmed up and the best surfers in the world come to Portugal in October.

What happens if there aren’t any waves or if the waves are too big?

First of all take it easy 😉 This is a very, very rare scenario.

We do our best possible search for big swell and strong wind protected surf spots if this is the current weather situation. We might change the surf schedule from morning to the afternoon for a more convenient tide, wind or swell time or organize an alternative program like wake boarding, a sailing boat trip, Stand Up Paddle trip or other surprises. The last option is to simply rest that day and we will organize an additional surf class another day during your stay.

Should I consider a surf material insurance?

Yes, signing in for a surf material insurance is very much recommended. We will offer you this option at your check-in and at any time during your stay you can still add the insurance. It covers the payment of all damage of the board and wetsuit you are using.

Otherwise you are responsible for your surf equipment and GWSL will charge you for any cost of damage or loss after your usage.

The material you will be entitled to use during your surf has an average value of 500€.

Surf material insurance price: 10€ per person/entire stay