This weekend I decided to take a break from city life in Salamanca to visit the coast and do some surfing in the beautiful Basque region of Spain. I had been up to visit Paddy (the manager) at the stoke travel surf camp in June, and knew straight away I would be back at least a couple of times whilst spending the summer in Salamanca.
The campsite is just up the hill from the small town of Zarautz (about 10km from San Sebastian) set with beautiful views over the beach and the coastline. The journey into the area is very impressive, with the green rolling hills of the Basque region you get some amazing views from both the bus and the train. The surf campsite has its own area of the bigger 'Gran Camping Zarautz' campsite, which is very popular among tourists, both foreign and Spanish due to its prime location and great views.
The camp is run by a group of friendly Australians, all of whom make you feel at home and welcome very quickly. People stay in pre-erected tents with an air bed and sleeping bags, so you don't have to worry about bringing any camping equipment. Further to this the price that you pay includes everything, surf lessons in the morning, all your meals included, the organising of excursions such as cliff jumping, horse riding, paragliding and a boat party, and for 5€ extra a day you get UNLIMITED beer and sangria (it really is unlimited, they once went through over 25 kegs of beer in 2 nights!!) The food is also great, cooked by a British guy nicknamed 'blimey' there is always plenty to eat and the food is always really tasty and of a good quality. The camp gives off a great ambiance, with chilled music playing all day, a skate ramp, basketball net, table tennis table and a slack line for tight rope walking there are loads of things to keep you occupied after a morning surf. Everything in the camp has been made from scrap wood, though it comes together nicely to create a rustic feel, there are surf board chairs, tree stump stools and a giant pallet-made seat.
A typical day at the camp starts around 9 with cooked breakfast, followed by a surf lesson at about 10:30. The surf instructors all know how to run a good lesson, and are really enthusiastic and helpful with tips and techniques. After a surf/chill on the beach you get picked up at about 1:30 to go back to the camp for lunch at around 2. The afternoons are free time, you can take a board and go down for another surf, chill out at the camp and have a few beers, relax on the beach or go down into Zarautz for a wonder around. It is in this time that any organised activities will take place as well. Dinner is served at around 9pm, and most nights turn into some kind of party! The parties just at the camp are great(what party wouldn't be with unlimited beer), but the group also run trips into San Sebastian (where you can find some of Spain's best tapas) for a night out, as well as boat parties. The camp site itself has a traditional Basque cider house, where you can pay €25 for a 3 course meal and unlimited cider from the giant barrels. There are also other cider houses in the area which are really good fun and good value for money!
So if you like the sound of it then get yourself up to Zarautz for some surfing and partying! Find more info, including contact details and prices here, or check out their facebook here. For completely free unlimited beer/sangria, quote promo code 'Sizzle' when booking! Maybe I'll see you there to try and surf some waves and have a beer on the hill watching the sun set in the evening!