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Country Summer Camp Overview | Portugal | Santa Cruz

A stunning upgraded SURF CAMP & thrilling Atlantic Coast activities on our ADVENTURE CAMP.

Programmes/ages available

All campers choose a country and base programme for their stay, and with a few exceptions these activities are during the morning period of 3 hours. For the rest of the day campers from all programmes come together for a variety of general camp activities. For more information about individual programmes, please choose below.

An upgraded Surf Camp and challenging Atlantic Coast Adventure programme in a great beach location on the sunny Costa de Prata coast of Portugal.

On the West Coast of Portugal, just an hour from the capital, Lisbon, our great Portuguese location, Santa Cruz, lies on the dramatic coastline of the Costa de Prata – the ‘Silver Coast’. The majestic cliffs and beautiful beaches make this sun-drenched coastline what many consider to be Europe’s premiere surfing destination. Santa Cruz and its beaches are also a great base for the varied activities on our adventure programme. The nearest and best surfing beach of the twenty on this 20 kilometre coastline is the Blue Star-rated Praia de Santa Cruz just 15 minutes walk from our accommodation. Lisbon, the capital, and its convenient international airport, is only an hour or so away. The programme of local visits and excursions is quite exceptional in this exciting addition to the Village Camps range.

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Accommodation And Facilities in Portugal – The Village Camps Residence

Summer Camp Our accommodation is superbly positioned, just 15 minutes walk from the surfing beaches and town of Santa Cruz.

Summer Camp The recently constructed residence is exclusively contracted to Village Camps for our summer programme.

Summer Camp The apartments are fresh, spacious and accommodate 4-6 campers.

Summer Camp All the apartments have full en-suite facilities.

Summer Camp Campers have open access to a large, private swimming pool and exclusive use of two activity rooms to chill out and enjoy our busy evening programme.

Santa Cruz Facilities

Summer Camp Lined by the cliffs the beaches of the Costa de Prata, Santa Cruz boasts breath-taking views and promises exciting days ahead for campers on the Surf Camp or the Atlantic Coast Adventure programme.

Summer Camp A delightful coastal resort with a palm-tree lined promenade full of colourful shops, cafes and restaurants.

Summer Camp An interesting collection of picturesque 16th century buildings and impressive church.

Summer Camp Superbly located on an impressive stretch of 20 kilometres of coastline, famously boasting 20 superb beaches set amongst rocky cliffs

Summer Camp An ideal location as a base for our Surf and Adventure Camps


While Portugal may be relatively small the opportunities for visits and excursions are generous. Excursions will be selected from the following:

Summer Camp Obidos – a charming, walled medieval city and one of the acclaimed ‘7 Wonders of Portugal’.

Summer Camp Lagoon of Obidos – a busy, fun adventurous time with stand-up paddle-boarding, kayaking and canoeing.

Summer Camp Setubal (Dolphin-watch) – Troia National Park – Sado Estuary – a real ‘highlight’ day starting with embarkation on a sailing catamaran to spot the indigenous Sado Dolphins, an afternoon in the National Park of Troia – on to the Sado Estuary with its unspoiled beaches and Roman ruins.

Summer Camp Lisbon – sightseeing - oceanarium, the pasteis de Belem bakery and the Belem tower – free time.

Evening Activities

Our evening entertainment programme will include some of the following:

Summer Camp Discos

Summer Camp Indoor Olympics

Summer Camp Instagram Scavenger Hunt

Summer Camp Talent Night

Summer Camp Campfire

Summer Camp Carnival Night

Summer Camp Karaoke evening

Summer Camp Board Games

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