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The surf school Special Surf 78 is a consolidated surf school, well known and respected in Peniche, Portugal, for the high quality of their work and for their adaptive surf experience. 

The school was created and is managed by the two brothers Edgar and Nuno, local surfers born and raised in Peniche. They are Phisical Education teachers who are also surf coaches, certified by the Portuguese Surf Federation. 

Located in the beach bar Bocaxica Surf in the middle of the bay of Peniche, in the Cova de Alfarroba beach, it is definitively in the best place in Peniche for surfing (39°21’33.9″N 9°21’49.1″W), mainly for beginners and intermedium level, but also advanced.

The Special Surf 78 school was created to propose surf to people with disabilities (learning and mobility), in an inclusive environment. The teachers have a degree in special needs teaching and they created this project to promote information on adapted surf and share knowledge in the surf courses of the Portuguese Surfing Federation.

This is a surf school for all, prepared to receive everybody! Edgar and Nuno make sure that everybody learns to surf with the correct pedagogical and technical support in a relaxed environment. The inclusive sessions (surf therapy) take place every weekend during the morning for 8/9 months a year, with a dedicated technical team. The school also rents surf equipment. Visit their website for all the information and prices for the lessons.

If you want to organise a reasonably priced holiday in Peniche and learn surf (or convince a loved one to do so!) you can choose one of the local hotels that are indicated in their website. If you need, contact us at Destination Everywhere and we can find you and book a hotel on the spot at the best price and according to your needs, or help you plan a Portuguese accessible tour.

Accessibility info

The accessibility level of wide parts of Portugal in general are not always optimal, due to the geomorphological aspects, with historical cities built on different levels, like Lisbon and Porto, and sometimes narrow streets with even narrower sidewalks, but in 2019 Portugal has been awarded the ‘Accessible Tourist Destination 2019’ prize from the UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), becoming the first country to be granted the title. We can certainly say that it is worth going there to check.

There has been special attention to making heritage sites accessible and there is a huge number of accessible beaches too, well equipped with accessible paths, toilets and showers, and beach chairs.

Travellers with special needs who have reviewed Portuguese destinations also note one element: the locals are often very helpful if they see someone in difficulty, so sometimes architectural barriers can be overcome thanks to that specific human factor that makes a destination special.
You can get more information, also on public transport, in the Visit Portugal website:

Visit Portugal- Information on accessibility


The Lisbon airport is quite accessible and passengers with reduced mobility can use the assistance service, “MyWay “.
It includes mechanical mobility facilitators, as well as skilled professionals who will provide full assistance and comfort during your passage through the airport.
You must request this service from your airline or travel agent upon booking your trip, or up to 48 hours before the published time for the departure of the flight.

Lisbon Airport – information on accessibility

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