In 2011, World Surfing Reserve status was given to the iconic waves around the Portuguese town of Ericeira, placing it alongside other legendary surf centers such as Santa Cruz, Malibu and Australia’s Gold Coast.

The new Chill In Ericeira Surf House, run by former Portuguese national champion Joana Rocha, has taken advantage of that and plunges visitors right into the heart of the town’s historic surf culture.

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The amenities are fairly basic, with shared bathrooms, dining areas and a communal kitchen, but the vibe is pure, chilled out surf.

Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, the camp’s guides will take you to the best waves, be that the crunching tubes of point breaks such as Coxos or the benign beaches closer to the camp.

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