- Zarautz, Basque Country, Northern Spain
- June through August
- 7 days, 6 nights
I can still feel the warmth of the sun kissing the back of my neck, the taste of salty air on my tongue and the splash of warm water against my palms as I paddled out to catch my first wave. This is just a sand grain of the sensory sand dune that you will experience on this 7-day trip.
What sets this trip apart from the rest is the fact that the surf camp is located in Zarautz on the Basque country of Northern Spain which is absolutely gorgeous with its rolling green hills, vineyards and spectacular limestone’s cliffs.
The Surf Camp is in a prime spot, only 500m from the longest Basque beach on the Atlantic coast of Spain. It’s surfing, sunshine & exploring by day, good food, music & socializing by night - throw in Pintxos (mouth watering morsels of heaven) and Spanish cider, hammock time + daily surf lessons and you’ve got yourself an epic week.
Day 1: I arrived at the surf camp and was welcomed by the camp staff who got us settled into our tents, showed us around the camp ground and set us up with our surf gear. We grabbed some hammock time and a cold drink from the camp’s bar & met some of the other guests over dinner.
Day 2: After a big breakfast we started our surf theory class on the camp, covering topics such as safety, currents, equipment, signs and different techniques to use in the water. After that it was time to hit the surf for our first lesson! In the evening after a delicious dinner cooked by the amazing onsite chefs we were treated to a meet & greet party in town at a local bar.
Day 3: Today I was feeling more confident with my board and really enjoyed the surf lesson & even stood up a few times. In the afternoon I grabbed a skate longboard and headed into Zarautz to explore and found a great tapas bar a few streets back from the beach. Tonight was BBQ night & I could almost guarantee that everyone on camp went back for a second helping because it was sooo good!
Day 4: During our surf lesson today our instructors touched base on equipment, rules & courtesy to other surfers when in the water & technique. In the afternoon I joined the rest of the group for the San Sebastian City Tour which included a Basque style picnic, a look at some of the cultural sights and I even managed to squeeze in some shopping while we were exploring the cobblestoned streets.
Day 5: The coastline is so spectacular in Zarautz that I was always keen to hit the water so I could stare back at the long sandy beach and amazing limestone cliffs. After our surf lesson I kicked back on the beach and soaked up the sun & in the afternoon I joined the tour of a Surf Factory where we were treated to a look inside the world of making surfboards. Tonight is the camps theme party night so we raided the local shops for their best pirate outfits and hit the local bars for a fantastic night
Day 6: After today’s surf class I visited the beautiful Guggenheim museum in the nearby Bilbao. After dinner we all headed to the beach for some chill out time with some guitars & a few beers.
Day 7: After our daily surf class we had a mini surf competition, which took a few of us by surprise as we realized how much we had progressed in the water since day 1. We topped off a great day of surfing and beach time with a cocktail party at the campsite, followed by a pub-crawl in town.
Day 8: I went out for our last surf session before departing the camp, a tad jealous of those who were staying another week but pretty stoked to have conquered a few waves on my board.
PRICE PER PERSON: $545
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