Interview with Meet the Guardians of Alentejo
We share the waves of Praia do Malhão with those looking for the best sea on the Alentejo coast to surf. In an inspiring scenery and with the best conditions to practice the sport, we invite you to stay with us, the Guardians of Alentejo, during your vacation.
My parents chose Vila Nova de Milfontes to start their family. They spent their holidays here and when they decided to have children, they moved out.
That’s how I was born in Alentejo and grew up in this land. It was at Praia do Malhão that I discovered surfing and since then I have never stopped.
The Guardians of Alentejo: The story behind
SurfMilfontes opened its doors 17 years ago by the hands of Filipe Queimado and Pedro Piteira, two surf professionals from the region, of whom I was later a student. Initially it started with only local children and worked as a kind of surf club.
Over the years, with the development and growth of tourism in the region, we began to be sought by people from different corners of the world.
Winter here is very special for the practice of the sport, it is when we have the best waves, so we are available all year round.
Today we continue to work with our children through the entire year but it is in the summer that we have more activities and that we end up receiving more people.
We have our wooden stand on the beach just meters from the sea. We are all professionals with experience in teaching and we are also the only surf school accredited by the Portuguese Surf Federation in the municipality of Odemira.
We are privileged for this unique location. We are inserted in the Parque Natural do Sudoeste Alentejano e Costa Vicentina/Southwest Alentejo and Vicentine Coast National Park and the landscape around us could not be more inspiring for surfing.
The sea is one of the most consistent in terms of waves in the region. We always try to adapt according to the needs of each client and their safety.
We always have a maximum of eight people per monitor, which allows giving the necessary attention to each participant and offering a more personalized service.
In addition to surf lessons and equipment rental, we, the Guardians of Alentejo, have a shop and a hostel ready to welcome you in comfort. It’s called the Hike & Surf Lodge in the center of Vila Nova de Milfontes.