Family surfing holidays are fantastic fun and it is a great way to bond with your kids. Additionally, when they are in beautiful settings, you can also show them stunning natural beauty and provide them with an eye-opening experience. I personally think that Peniche, Portugal is the ultimate family surf holiday destination as it boasts some of the best surf beaches on the Silver Coast. Peniche is also a scenic harbour city with a rich history and plenty to explore.
This is what a typical itinerary looks like if you book with my team at Summit & Blue.
After a short transfer from Lisbon airport to Peniche, check in and get settled into the trendy Surfer’s Lodge – complete with homely bedrooms and a cool atmosphere. Head out and soak up some sun on the beach, followed by an evening stroll down the harbour for a delicious seafood dinner.
Following a hearty breakfast, kick start your family surf holiday with your very first lesson following a quick briefing from the surf academy manager. Enjoy a well-deserved lunch, before an afternoon walk through Peniche. Be sure to check out the Peniche Fort and the museum for a background of this intriguing and historic city. Find a local restaurant to taste the exquisite local cuisine, plus be sure to try a glass (or two… or three) of Portuguese wine as you soak up the atmosphere in the village.
Your second surf lesson will boost your confidence and should see you make progress, so reward yourself with a fine lunch before a fun afternoon activity, or simply chill out on the beach or back at the resort. A few fun family friendly activities on offer include sailing, diving, canoeing, windsurfing or a trip to the brilliant Sportagua water park. In the evening, take a leisurely stroll along the beach and find one of several beach bars and restaurants for a night of fine food and wine with the shore just a few steps away.
After catching a wave with another morning surf lesson, head back into Peniche to further explore this enchanting harbour village. A few of my personal recommendations include the Nossa Senhora dos Remedios Sanctuary for stunning views and plenty of family photo opportunities, plus the beautiful Sao Pedro and Misericordia Churches.
Following breakfast and another surf lesson, consider letting the kids try out a new activity whilst you spend a romantic afternoon together. This could include a memorable sailing trip out to sea, a stroll through Peniche whilst stopping off at a few quiet drinking spots, or a walk down by the picturesque coastline. Catch up with the kids at the lodge restaurant before relaxing on the rooftop chill out area for star gazing and relaxed music.
After another delicious breakfast at the lodge, head out for your final surf lesson where you should feel a great sense of accomplishment and enjoy the unique feeling of riding a wave. Chill out on the beach before packing up and heading for the airport.
This is what a typical family surf holiday to Peniche includes. However, my team and I can also create tailor-made itineraries built around the adventures that you like. Please call us today and we can talk about any ideas you have and start making your dream family holiday a reality.
Richard Edwards is the Managing Director of Summit & Blue, an adventure holiday company offering independently crafted family surf holiday itineraries and other summer and winter activity holidays to exciting destinations around the world, including France, Italy, Portugal, the USA and Canada. With unique itineraries and exciting activities like biking, hiking, skiing, dog sledging, white water rafting and canoeing, we create holidays for those looking for an experience a little more off the beaten track.