COIMBRA , Portugal
The Coimbra Region is known for it´s rich cultural history, nature, beaches and hospitality. The place for nature lovers, mountain bikers, beach lovers, and surfers looking for the “uncrowded surf”, surrounded by miles of white beaches that the Silver Coast has to offer.
It has this name because of the silver shinning reflex of the sun on the ocean. As implicit in the name, this beautiful area of mellow temperatures, white sandy beaches and amazing landscapes is considered one of the most beautiful places on the planet.
This region is very rich in terms of history and architecture, so there is plenty to see! If you are really into it, you will have the opportunity to visit some beautiful monasteries, castles, palaces, churches and museums. This area also has fabulous national treasures like the traditional art, the gastronomy influenced by the sea and added with a touch of great Portuguese wines (like vinho da Bairrada) and do not forget the delicious pastry and cakes.
No matter where you are, in a tiny fisherman village or in one of the cities, people are friendly and always try to help out. This is another plus to add to the list of qualities of this region!
HIGHLIGHTS COIMBRA AREA
This Portuguse regiona has many great things to offer like the city of Coimbra , The oldest university of Europe in Coimbra. Listen to the Fado of Coimbra music in one of the typical Fado bars after visiting the ancient roman settlement of Conímbriga . Another you can choose to visit the natural parque “Serra da Boa viagem” or see the stunning surroundings of “Serra do Buçaco” and the palace of Buçaco. Hike through “Serra da Lousã with it´s topical limestone villages. Do some wine tasting and learn more about “vinho da Bairrada and Espumante! Eat the typical regional pastry, “pastel de Tentúgal” and don’t forget to to visit the city of Figueira da Foz.
BEACHES IN THE Beira Litoral coast
The most well-known spots are around Aveiro and Figueira da Foz. But away from these two towns the waves are almost totally deserted and kilometers of open beach are mixed up with a scattering of headlands and the occasional forgotten reef. This stretch of Portuguese coast line has been under the radar for years now, even though it hosted quite some WSL (World Surfing League) world tour events over the last two decades. With such a variety of good surf spots and just a small number of surfers, this area is Portugal’s hidden jewel.
The closest surf spot from our guesthouse is our home break and is only 2 min walk. Our home break is a beach break, for all surf levels and starts to work with less than 3 ft (1 meter) swell, and is the place to be! If it´s flat here, it´s flat everywhere! The rest of the surf spots of the Coimbra region are a variety of world class beach, reef and point breaks.
Surflife offers professional surf lessons for all levels taught by experienced and qualified instructors. They are passionate about teaching you how to surf. Surfing is a water sport that requires a lot of patience and good instruction. By taking surf lessons you can speed up the learning process significantly and quickly catch your first wave. This way you’ll get to know the basics of surfing in only a few days time and maximize the fun of being in the water.
Plan a full day trip to the other iconic surf destinations in the erea like Nazare, the place where they surf mountains of water. Or choose to do a roadtrip to Figueira da Foz for an epic session.
Choose from all sorts of surfboards, from shortboards (from 6 foot), and mini-malibus (7,6 to 8 foot) to longboards (9 to 10 foot). These surfboards are of good quality and made by well known brands like NSP, Southpoint, BIC, Surftech and Victory. You can also choose from soft-top surfboards of different sizes which are perfect for surf lessons and starting surfers.
Things to do in AREA
No matter if you want to stretch out after an extended surf session or if you feel like fully unwinding your body, mind and soul – our yoga instructor will guide you through breathing, stretching, strengthening and meditation.
Descending the Mondego river from Penacova to Torres (Coimbra) you’ll experience portugal’s nature up close. Please ask the team on location for more information!
If you want to give your body a bit of extra attention and feel fully balanced, we’re offering Ayurvedic massages of 60 minutes per session. Sign-up on spot or upfront.
Wonder around through the forrest or on the beach and explore the beautiful scenery on a horse!
Visit the student city of Coimbra, the Portuguese Venice – Aveiro, typical schist villages of Lousã, Serra da Boa viagem and Serra do Buçaco (ancient forests).
Enjoy Paintball Games played in a large open field with natural obstacles. A fun activity when in between sessions!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE COIMBRA REGION
The weather in this area is ideal for about 8 months a year. As the dry plains inland heat in the sun, hot air rises, pulling cooler air from the sea to replace it. This sea breeze is fresh, cool, and free of allergens.
Generally the west coast is 8-12 degrees cooler than the south coast on hot summer days.Inland, it gets hot; very hot in midsummer, in the 40’s, like the south coast. Those high temperatures can be nice when you’re on holiday, but when you’re living somewhere you like to get out of your chair and move around. Even in midsummer, the temperature rarely moves above 25C. in the microclimate area.
Drinking & nightlife
Cafes and bars, with sometimes live music are located in the main street and on the beach and all on walking distance. But don’t expect big parties!
If you want to reach our surfhouse in Praia da Tocha, the two nearest options are Oporto Airport (136km) and Lisbon Airport (214km).
You can rent a car at both airports or book an airport transfer with us( From 100€ one way)
1– You can catch the Metro (E-purple line) from Oporto Airport, direction – Estádio do Dragão, and get out at Campanhã (train station)
2- Catch the train to Aveiro (unfortunately there is no directly transport to Tocha)
Check out the National Railway website for prices, schedules and availability: www.cp.pt.
3- Take the bus from Aveiro to Tocha with www.transdev.pt.
4- From Tocha you can take a taxi to Praia da Tocha (Av. dos Pescadores da Nossa Senhora da Tocha)
Public transport from lisbo
1- Take bus 96 or 31 from Lisbon Airport to the Coach Station in Sete Rios, Lisbon
2- From Sete Rios Coach Station you can get a bus straight to Tocha (busses run twice a day)
Check out the Rede Expressos website for prices, schedules and availability: www.rede-expressos.pt.
3- From Tocha you can take a taxi to Praia da Tocha (Av. dos Pescadores da Nossa Senhora da Tocha)
Portugal has a high-quality healthcare system, with pharmacies and doctors readily available countrywide.
Citizens of the EU are eligible for free emergency medical treatment if they have a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), which replaces the no-longer-valid E111 certificate. In the UK, you can apply for this card online (http://www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/Healthcareabroad) or pick up an application at a post office. It will not cover you for nonemergencies or emergency repatriation.
There are a couple of nice bars, a few restaurants, from traditional portuguese to pizza and steak and vegetarian options.