Surf Stay: Spain and Portugal

Surf Stay: Spain and Portugal


The surf spots, beach restaurants, hidden hotels, architectural gems, secret camper sites and the most idyllic road and surf trips in Spain and Portugal

  • Researched over six months by a lifestyle journalist whose only guides were "surf, see, sleep and eat"

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Lifestyle journalist Veerle Helsen went "out-of-office" for six months, bought an old camper and traveled by herself along the Spanish and Portuguese coastline. Ever true to her motto "surf, see, sleep & eat", she combines three of her passions in the ACC Distribution Surf & Stay: Spain & Portugal: surfing, traveling and discovering hidden gems. How about a heavenly holiday mansion where there's a tree growing through the roof? Or an architectural public swimming pool that's hidden between rocks and the sea? She searched and found camper spots so quiet she could stay there for days without seeing another soul, secret beaches that aren't indicated on the map where one can sit back and watch the waves.


Veerle Helsen dismisses the classic tourist image of Spain and Portugal and writes about a completely different world: untouched, fierce and free, with little beach bars serving the very fish they caught earlier that day, and roads wrapping themselves around cliffs and dunes, sheltered by pine trees and maintaining the view of sandcastles on the beach. While she drove, her drone was beside her on the passenger seat and her surf board was on the roof.

Locations include: the coastal regions of Algarve, Alentejo, Lisbon, Beira, Minho, Douro, Galicia, Asturias, Cantabria and Pais Vasco. Cities included are Lagos, Lisbon, Ericeira, Peniche, Coimbra, Porto, Viana do Castelo, Pontevedra, Santiago de Compostela, Coruna, Santander, Bilbao, San Sebastian.

  • Technical Specifications: 8.25 in x 10.25 in