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Peniche

North of Lisbon, located on the Atlantic coast is a small fishing port, nestled in front of an old Portuguese fort: Peniche. Keeping its authentic charm, Peniche today atracts surfers from all round the globe thanks to it's famous waves and surf spots.

Activities

The UCPA centre at Peniche focuses on surfing. With numerous surfing spots close by, the centre is well situated to take advantage of the best weather and waves each day. All participants are split into groups based on ability and all are welcome, from complete beginners to experts looking to ride the world famous 'Supertubos' waves, where the world championships are held. 

Local Town

UCPA Peniche is located in a small seaside resort surrounded by sandy beach 90 km north of Lisbon. 
The peninsula has many orientations, meaning whatever the swell or the wind there is always a wave that works. The ​area has long been known by surfers for the diversity of its spots including the legendary "Supertubos" which hosts each year one of the stages of the world championship. 

UCPA Centre

Instead of having a purpose built UCPA centre, in Peniche UCPA used the Hotel Atlantis. The hotel is a 15 minute walk away from the beach and bars in the area. Rooms are 2-4 beds shared between guests (twin rooms are available, enquire directly with the centre.) The hotel is 2* and is a perfect spot to relax after a day of surfing. 

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Testimonials

  • The quality of the equipment is second to none and the ability to easily swap things over if they’re not quite right is so useful. 
    Amelia S
  • Having never used UCPA before I was not sure what to expect but the week I spent there was absolutely fantastic and I genuinely can’t wait to go back.
    Richard J
  • There is always a range of ages, nationalities, mixtures of solo travellers, couples, groups etc.  We have booked as a group of 6, a group of 36 (no joke) and even just me and my boyfriend – it works for all.
    Anna R
  • The food is great and there is tons of it from breakfast, lunch, snack time (after your day on the slopes) and dinner in the evening. My favourite meal this year was on the Thursday evening when it was...
    Peter E
  • All UCPAs are very friendly and sociable. The bar and dining areas are open with big tables, encouraging people to sit together and get to know each other. This makes it very easy as a solo traveller.
    Anna R
  • Describing the UCPA is difficult. Not because there is a lack of adjectives to adequately convey the amount of fun you’ll have while you are there, the friendliness of the instructors, the quality of the food...
    Mark D
  • Imagine moules mariniereier, steak (cooked how you like it) and paella just to name a few options during our week and you get a picture of how well fed you will be at UCPA.
    Elliot B
  • UCPAs are like an upmarket hostel. However, they are always comfortable and if you want to meet people, the rooms of 4-6 are a great way of doing so. Even better is most of the UCPAs have some twin rooms...
    Anna R