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Welcome to Girl on the Wave Winter Escape surf project powered by Sunago House which will take place in Ericeira starting in the middle of January 2021. 

It will be running for one month giving you the opportunity to join it in a monthly, weekly or two weeks stays.

 

 

WINTER ESCAPE

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OCEAN
WINTER SURF ESCAPE
 
Girl on the Wave Winter Escape
Who is the project dedicated to?


Girl on the Wave Winter Escape surf project is dedicated to beginners, intermediates or advanced surfers ready for bigger challenges and to all the people who want to relax by the ocean discovering Portugal.

Surfing in the winter challenges more than summer surf. But the best surf schools remain open and together with Ericeira Surf School we will provide you the best surfing moments ever. We will work in 2 groups of 5/4 people each for beginners/intermediate and we will help advanced surfers to check the best surfing spots. We will be adapting to forecasts and having the most of surfing fun possible. Like we always do.

Driving to Nazaré to witness the biggest wave on the planet, spending cozy movies nights around our fireplace, going for a walk in the eucalyptus forest and rejuvenate connecting with nature.

 

Following coastal paths to the most iconic surf breaks and feeling the wild ocean. Practicing yoga and following exciting workshops when the rain falls. Finishing an amazing day around our communal kitchen and cooking secret recipes with other people.

Bring your laptop, we are all co-workers friendly with a fully equipped open workspace surrounded by a beautiful garden.

Be a winter escaper and embark in a journey with us in the most famous surf Mecca in Europe, here in the oceanic heart of Portugal.

My name is Margherita, I'm Polish and I came to Ericeira in 2018 with a simple plan to share my surf passion with people from all over the world.

 

I believe in a simple truth. People come, belong and depend on the ocean and surfing is all about the power and peace they can find in the salty water.

It’s about fighting fears and seeing opportunities instead of obstacles in every wave coming. It’s about shaping body and character. Learning how to respect the nature, how to be focused and how to let go. 

Not everyone will become a professional surfer but everyone will find exceptional to connect with waves and make it a unique experience for life.

Sunago is located on the hill of Seixal over the panoramic countryside view as one of the first and best co-livings and co-workings in Ericeira.

 

It can accommodate 10 guests in 3 doubles and 1 quadruple room with private and shared bathrooms.

 

The house has a familiar vibe with great winter facilities as central heating and a real lovely fireplaces in both cozy living rooms.

 

Sunago has a big screen TV, sound system and piano allowing to organise screenings, workshops or music live sessions with friends.

 

The house is surrounded by a beautiful garden and is full of trees and plants that mostly stay green by the winter.

 

Sunago Workspace

Sunago House is open all year long for digital nomads.


The open space is furnished with professional desks, chairs and office equipment and it has even an isolated soundproof skype room. Sunago provides the fastest fiber optic solution for internet ever available in Portugal.

 

January and February are not holiday’s months. We all need to work that time. But once we can work remotely we can do it from everywhere.

Why not from Portugal with an open access to the wild coastal nature and surf?

We are here. We love it and we want to share it with you, and this exactly how our idea of Winter Escape was born. 

Starting with January, Lisbon has a typical high temperature of 16ºC. Ericeira located 35 km more north is similar, because of the location by the ocean is a little bit more chilly and windy. Evenings are dropping to 9ºC at night.

The average sea temperature’s 15ºC, while humidity’s low and normal rainfall’s less then in November and December. You can expect five hours of sunshine from 11 hours of daylight each day. Sunset’s around 6pm.

Winter brings the best from the Atlantic Ocean.

Sometimes there are days when we can’t surf. It’s too big and rip currents are just horrendous, but after each storm comes the sun and then we have perfect days. Everything is about patience and right attitude.

 

In the summer time between June and October Girl on the Wave surf camps offer weekly stays with 5 surf lessons included. The weather is very easy to predict and waves are constant from small to mid size.

 

In the winter time storms and big swell hit all the Atlantic coast and the weather is more challenging. But there is still a lot of space to surf in proper conditions, enjoy the nature and spend time on diverse surf activities.

It can happen that coming to Ericeira in January and February you will have 7 days long lucky surfing. You will be able to surf even as a beginner surfing in the white water. However huge swell can rise the ocean so much that even staying in the shallow waters carry too many risks and it’s better to wait for smaller days.

We advice a stay of 2 weeks, so you can have the chance to enjoy even more surf sessions.

Yoga & Surf Fitness Trainings

 

Yoga is an important part of every Girl on the Wave experience.

If you want to improve your surfing skills you can also practise cardio, running or try different functional trainings to build up you muscle’s mobility and this is what you can find at Sunago House.

 

We will offer you a mix of yoga/surf fitness trainings and take care of your body, balance, core muscles and mind.

We will help you to build up your body strength and teach you how to relax with breathing technics to release all the tensions.

About Winter Escape

Girl on the Wave Winter Escape surf project powered by Sunago House is about enjoying time together, discovering Ericeira and the Portuguese coast. It’s about having great surf experience with us. We surf and we are dedicated to it.

 

Despite Covid-19 surf schools remain open in the winter so it's a good time to come to Portugal and to discover Ericeira even more.

The goal is to adapt to the present situation living it at the fullest. Even with corona restrictions we feel like it's better to stay in Portugal then anywhere else in Europe right now.  It’s safe and it’s possible to plan a long term stay.

 

We have decided to launch Winter Escape surf project together because we feel good staying and surfing in here. We want to share this idea and invite you to join us.

About Ericeira

 

Ericeira is a traditional Portuguese town dating back to the origins of a fishing village in the 12th century.

It is located 35 km from Lisbon with an easy A8 highway connection and a regular Lisbon/Ericeira bus schedule in Campo Grande bus station working all year long. (including weekends and holidays) 

 

Ericeira is named as the only Europe's World Surfing Reserve by Save the Waves coalition.

 

High quality and consistent waves, special environmental characteristics with a significant culture and surf history of Ericeira, those elements make it a real European surfer’s Mecca and gives this town a strong places in surf industry and tourism.

 

Amazing location along the coastline with exceptional beaches have turned Ericeira into a popular destination not only for surfers but also for travellers who are looking for great views of nature, tourists facilities of the picturesque old town, exceptional sunsets, tasty local food and good local vibes. 

Healthy Food

 

We believe in good nutrition that's why we will offer you big healthy breakfasts and we will help to organise tasty dinners using Sunago House kitchen and grill.

Girl on the Wave menu is mostly vegetarian with an exception for the fish.

Higher fibers carbohydrates, lots of fruit and veg, local specialties, bio ingredients and natural high quality food.

 

Restaurants and bars in Ericeira are open till 11 PM and they offer a lot of goods!

Many people taking part in Girl on the Wave summer surf camps ask about Nazaré. Is it worth it to go there? What can be expected?

 

For sure winter is the best moment to go there and to enjoy the scenery of the biggest waves in the world.

It’s not big everyday, we always keep eyes on weather forecast and when it’s ON, be sure that we will go there to witness nature wildness. In any case it will be spectacular. 

Community Activities

 

There is a lot to discover in Portugal next to Ericeira and around, town tours (Sintra, Cabo da Roca, Obidos, Baleal or Santa Cruz), beaches, forests, countryside, coastal walks, hiking trails.

We want to show you all. And in the winter we have more time for that.

 

Cooking local food together, testing wines, visiting local shaper, doing surf workshops, playing games, making movie nights, music jams etc.

 

The large garden of Sunago House and the patio are perfect spots to integrate in the sunny days, but we can also stay inside for the rainy or cold ones using both living rooms and their lovely fireplaces.

Despite Covid-19 everything in Ericeira remain open so it’s good time to come to Portugal and to discover Ericeira even more.

Actual restrictions :


- Limited access to restaurants and bars closing after 11PM, stay at home from11PM to 5AM.

- No travel between cities with no serious purpose (still tourists with bookings or ticket flights can move).

- Masks in shops, streets and public transports.

 

Restrictions change and they are not always predictable but we live with them everyday and in reality they are not limiting us too much. For us this is just another way of living. Still we have an open access to the ocean and nature wilderness.

 

Winter Escape will start 17 January and it will end 14 February. In any case Portugal will have a lockdown in that time we will postpone the whole project until it will be manageable for everyone. The rest depends on your courage and will. We are ready to receive you here.

 

We would like to receive 250 EUR per person/week of advance payment until 15 December. The rest of the payment will be received on the arrival day.

 

We do not accept returns of advance payment.

Please send an email to girlonthewave@gmail.com 
We will contact you with the draft of the contract. After signing the contract you will be able to proceed with the payment.

 

Please try to make it fast. Space is limited.  We have 3 double rooms, 1 quadruple room with private and shared bathrooms with the full capacity of 10 guests per each week. 

We believe in our surfing dreams, come and dream with us here in Portugal!

                                                                                                       

                                                                                                            

 

1 week package / 650 EUR per person

Timings: 
 

17-24 January
24-31 January   
31 January-7 February    

7-14 February

What is included?

  • 7 days stay at Sunago House with breakfasts included

  • Free 24h access to the fully equipped working space

  • Free access to the surfing school with all surf equipment needed (maximum number of surf lessons: 5) 

  • Surfing workshops and video analysis

  • Surf fitness trainings/Yoga Practise

  • Community Activities in a 10 pax group of guests and our team

  • Discovering Portuguese coast and exploring arounds.

 

 

2 weeks package / 1300 EUR

- 5% => 1235 EUR per person (MOST RECOMMENDED)

 

Timings: 17-31 January, 1-15 February

What is included?

  • 14 days stay at Sunago House with breakfasts included

  • Free 24h access to the fully equipped working space

  • Free access to the surfing school with all surf equipment needed

  • (maximum number of surf lessons: 10) 

  • Surfing workshops and video analysis

  • Surf fitness trainings/Yoga Practise

  • Community Activities in a 10 pax group of guests and our team

  • Discovering Portuguese coast and exploring arounds.

 

1 month package / 2600 EUR

- 10% => 2340 EUR per person

 

Timing: 17 January -15 February

What is included?

  • 28 days stay at Sunago House with breakfasts included

  • Free 24h access to the fully equipped working space

  • Free access to the surfing school with all surf equipment needed

  • (maximum number of surf lessons: 20) 

  • Surfing workshops and video analysis

  • Surf fitness trainings/Yoga Practise

  • Community Activities in a 10 pax group of guests and our team

  • Discovering Portuguese coast and exploring arounds.

Flights & Travels

Check your flights with Lufthansa and Air France. We find them very stable. You can also check Wizz Air, TAP Portugal, Ryanair because they are cheap.  If the direct flights are forbidden you can always fly here with a stop over.

From 3 May 2020 until now all UE citizens are able to enter Portugal. There is no obligatory quarantine or tests needed (except for Madera and Azores). Portuguese tourism is too much important for the Portuguese economy.

 

We open Winter Escape for you being sure you will be able to get here and once you are on place you will be safe with us and you can always come back to your country. 

 

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