The Salty Pelican

Cascais, Portugal

The Salty Pelican Yoga & Surf Retreat in Cascais Portugal, is the perfect place to just be happy and feel at home through sunrise beach yoga, stand up paddle boarding, SUP, climbing & hiking.

Surf Camps 2

Speaks English

from US$544

Really Good 8.8/10

Based on 56 reviews
from US$544
Price for:

8 days / 7 nights

Really Good 8.8/10

Based on 56 reviews

Speaks English

from US$544

Really Good 8.8/10

Based on 56 reviews
from US$544
Price for:

8 days / 7 nights

Really Good 8.8/10

Based on 56 reviews

Instructors 7


Alex is a qualified surf coach with the Portuguese Surf Federation. He is also a qualified swimming coach. With Alex, you are in safe hands. He is very understanding and patient and will make sure you have a smile on your face, in and out of the water.


Ida, the in-house yogi goddess from Finland, will help develop muscular strength, stamina, flexibility, balance, and breathing. Ida will bring balance to your body and mind during your morning practice by the sea, so that you build your bodies to be light and strong for the day. She teaches both Ying and Yang yoga along with meditation sessions.


Pro surfer and amazing surfer, Wellington is great for advanced classes and also great with beginners. A must to watch when he is free surfing. Great to have him and his skills and knowledge at The Salty Pelican.


Born in England and went to high school in Portugal, at heart, Gabby is a true South African and the beach has always been a great part of her life. She will make sure you are not only progressing with surfing, but that you have a smile on your face the whole time.


Monika is one of the co-founders of The Salty Pelican and she is also the hostel "mum". She is always happy no matter how bad the day may seem. Monika will always find a way to make you smile and cheer you up. Not only that, she is also a qualified masseuse with over 10 years experience and available everyday to help you relax with a beautiful Ayurveda massage.


Tina is from Germany and she organizes all the SUP activities. She will help you learn to paddle, take you on sunset paddle tours or relax with some SUP-Yoga sessions. The good vibe extends from The Salty Pelican to the beach, its one team with a shared vision on what we offer to our guests to make sure that their overall experience is unique.


Anna is from the UK, and she will take care of some the yoga classes and SUP yoga classes out on the water. She teaches both Vinyasa and Yin yoga styles.

Reviews 4

  • Ksenia Russia

    BookYogaRetreats website

    I made the challenging decision to travel by myself recently. When I saw the offer of a one week package of 'Surf & Yoga' I got excited and knew it was exactly what I needed! So before I could change my mind, I booked the hostel and plane tickets. At the same time I had some doubts as I have never surfed and never stayed at a hostel before. But when I first stepped out on Monte Estoril station and took a breath of salty ocean breeze I knew I made the right choice! At Salty Pelican I was warmly welcomed by Tiago who showed me around and suggested to join the evening BBQ that takes place in a cosy inner patio. Food and sangria was a great combination for connecting with people and that night I met a super crew of girls, who became more than just friends.

    We had yoga classes twice a day; strengthening in the morning and relaxing in the evening. Ida, the yoga teacher, is a true angel. Beautiful from the inside and outside! She adds the essential spiritual part to her class making it more than just body gymnastics. The surf trainers are so much fun and they make sure you enjoy every wave even if you don't succeed in standing up on the board (the way I did for the first three days but it didn't stop me from laughing all the time). The whole Salty Pelican family is so amazing! They make sure you feel at home and a big smile never leaves your face! Gareth, Monica and Tiago - this one is for you!

    I stayed at the Cod Father room, on the upper bed, which didn't cause any inconvenience, even after Portugal wine. The bed is terribly comfortable! One tip - take the ear plugs (I didn't have them, but I'm not easily bothered when I want to sleep). There are 6 showers, and the two on the upper floor have a picturesque view also.

    I'm so happy and grateful for this experience! One of my best vacations! This place has some unique spirit definitely for its attraction and concentration of so many marvelous people!

    Thank you for you support! Namaste! <3

  • Ricarda Germany

    BookYogaRetreats website

    I had a really wonderful week and would have liked to have stayed longer. The hostel is newly renovated, lovingly decorated and very clean. The crew is friendly, helpful and strives to ensure guests a great holiday. The generally very familiar atmosphere completes the comfort factor as of yet. Since I teach yoga, I was particularly interested in the courses there, and completely blown away by Ida that "Own", yoga teacher from Finland, which has its hours incredibly lovingly, individually and creatively designed and inspired me a lot. Depending on wind and weather the courses are held on the beach or in the garden; morning rather powerfully dynamic and afternoon very meditative and relaxed.

    Cascais is also a nice, cozy town with beautiful beaches and great restaurants - for vegetarians (here especially recommended: House of Wonders).

  • Ruth Patterson

    BookYogaRetreats website

    Gorgeous hostel -small and friendly. I booked for a yoga and SUP package and it was amazing value. I went to the two yoga sessions a day with lovey teacher Ida. Dynamic yoga on beach in morning and stretching yin yoga at end of day in hostel garden, I walked down to Cascais to do daily Sup lessons in harbour with Tina - it was my first time paddle boarding and I loved every minute. Hostel has all new extremely comfy beds, AMAZING showers, lovely breakfast and garden to chill. Tiago, Monika and Gareth are friendly and welcoming and determined you will have a good time and feel at home. Well designed kitchen and communal eating space and people cooked and ate together.Hostel barbecue is great value too and a chance to socialise. Really hard to find any downsides except Cascais can be a bit windy - (which is why the surf is good) - so take a warmer top for evenings. Ten minute walk from Monte Estoril station, fifteen minutes from centre of Cascais for shopping. Book it!

  • Tracey United States

    BookYogaRetreats website

    I had a fantastic stay at The Salty Pelican! The staff is friendly and knowledgable. The hostel itself is new and very clean. There are activities for people at the hostel to participate in together if they choose. I did surfing and yoga all week along with the BBQs and loved it all. It really was a social hostel where you could enjoy what the area has to offer with others or do your own thing. I highly recommend it!

Testimonials 46

  • Rehana

    May 30, 2017. TripAdvisor

    This was my first holiday abroad by myself, and I was really nervous as I am relatively shy. I didn't know what to expect, when I started my trip, and a lot of things were different to what I imagined, but I had the best time on a vacation. Since I was travelling alone and booked a shared room, it was the best way to feel like being part of the community from the first moment on. I stayed a 5 nights to do some Yoga and learn so much but I got a lot more. Ida was so understanding and it doesn’t matter if your beginner or have done yoga for many years she will meet your needs. my yoga improved so much during my stay than probably in all the time I have been practising. From the process of booking to throughout the whole journey was made so easy, would like to say big thank you Gareth as I was struggling to find flight was understanding to add another night, would also like to say thank you to Monika for lovely welcome and getting me involved in activities knowing it was my first adventure would highly recommend the medication hike was amazing. The rooms are beautiful, clean and very comfortable. Although I was travelling alone for the first time in my life, and felt out my comfort zone, I never felt alone or lonely. I met so many nice and interesting people and everybody else felt the same hospitality as I did. I will for sure come back some day, you will always have a piece of my heart xxx

  • Stori

    May 30, 2017. TripAdvisor

    The Salty Pelican feels less like a hostel and more like a home. The staff is warm and welcoming and the small size of the hostel lends itself perfectly for community. There are activities everyday in which to participate, the sunset meditation hike is a must! It is so easy to make friends and family that after a few days you forget you have to leave! I highly recommend the salty pelican, not to mention the showers are fantastic!

  • Anita Germany

    May 21, 2017. TripAdvisor

    I had a great time here! The house was remarkably clean, there were lots of fun options for activities, and it was easy to hop onto the group activities or do your own thing. All the staff is super nice; they even shipped something to me free of charge after I had left it there :) Definitely recommend if you're looking for a restorative vacation.

  • Lyndsey United Kingdom

    May 12, 2017. TripAdvisor

    I stayed three nights in May 2017 and had a great time, the staff and guests are so friendly and welcoming, it's easy to meet people as the organised activities (including food nights) create immediate common ground. Yoga was fantastic with both instructors and a fantastic massage! One of the cleanest hostels I've ever stayed in with guests very respectful of each other and the staff. Upstairs bathrooms were huge and great showers! Good size dorms with comfortable beds. It's a pretty chilled place, yoga and surfing has people up early and busy all day so evenings are relaxed. Nice gardens if you get some sun too!

  • Cheryl

    May 10, 2017. TripAdvisor

    This place is just great!! People are friendly and so kind, you will find friends immediately here :) You can't feel more relaxed then after the yoga class with ida! And go surfing!!! It is soooo worth it!

  • Sarah United Kingdom

    May 9, 2017. TripAdvisor

    Wow, where do I start with explaining how great The Salty Pelican is??? From the moment you walk in the door the team (Monika, Thiago, Ida, Gareth, Magnus & co - you are so great!) make you feel so welcome! They are so personable and friendly and willing to help you with anything and everything. The building and garden are absolutely beautiful and the facilities are really nice and maintained to a high standard. The price of the packages offers you amazing value for money - the teaching of the different activities (I did yoga, paddle boarding, hiking and meditation) is top quality, offer a really personal experience and leave you feeling so restored and relaxed. I also had a massage whilst I was there and I felt so relaxed I had to take a nap after. It was amazing. With the Salty team you also feel like you are experiencing the area from a different perspective, not just the usual tourist trail - the highlight for me was the meditation hike to Praia da Ursa. This beach is a true gem. One of the most beautiful I've ever seen. Overall, my experience at The Salty Pelican was fantastic. I really didn't want to leave and I can't wait to go back!!! Até mais tarde Salty!!

  • Anastasia

    May 8, 2017. TripAdvisor

    Wonderful cozy house where you really feel like home, amazing location, great people, brilliant team, beautiful words are enough to describe all the charm of Salty Pelican! If you want to enjoy daily yoga practice (on the beach or in beautiful park), surf or other activities, meet interesting people, relax and just feel HAPPY, this is a place to be.Thank you guys for this incredible week full of laugh and joy! Hope to see you all soon.

  • Caroline

    April 24, 2017. TripAdvisor.

    I really enjoyed my stay in the salty pelican, I felt this place like a home and people there like family. I did like the yoga classes with Ida who was a really lovely teacher, and most of all the 7am morning lessons at the beach with the sunrise. The hiking and the cruise were also awesome! I'll be back for sure ;) Thanks again!

  • a traveller Washington

    April 18, 2017. TripAdvisor

    I loved it here. The staff truly know how to make it feel like a home. Most people at the hostel are there to do the hostel related activities so you make a lot of friends quickly! It's a super great vibe throughout the whole place. I love it i wanna go back and vinyasa on the pier and yin in the park! The yoga teachers are amazing, passionate, open resources to learn more about yoga. Get the massage, Monica has magic hands. I'm excited to laugh with you all again!

  • Laura

    April 13, 2017. TripAdvisor

    It was more than I've could imagine. Nice and beautiful people. So warm and so much love for what they are doing. Thank you so much for the great week.

    Had a good balance between rest and activities. Yoga in the morning, afternoon free to do all kind of things and afternoon yoga. There were great breakfasts and diners.

    Nothing else than good words. Love this place and I will be back. Maybe in Sri Lanka

  • a traveller Germany

    April 9, 2017. TripAdvisor

    I had a lovely time at the Salty Pelican - the hospitality which one experiences is exceptional and as I had been staying for a whole week after a few days it truly felt like coming home when heading back to the hostel after a day. The activities offered at the Salty Pelican are all lots of fun and the teachers in all courses really great. I found the other guests to be very friendly as well and I assume that the hostel, with its focus on Yoga, does attract the "right" people when looking for a very sociable accomodation. The facilities were clean and comfortable. I had no problems or negative eperiences.

  • Lauren United Kingdom

    April 8, 2017. TripAdvisor

    Me and my friend went to the hostel for 3 nights. We were originally going to do the yoga package but when we found out you could pay for activities as you go we decided it was a better option I.e yoga €15 a session and paddle boarding and surfing around €30 a session. With option of hikes and rock climbing too!

    I had never done yoga before so wasn't sure what to expect. There were morning and afternoon classes. The morning ones are usually spent by the beach and afternoon in the park. We did 1 morning and 2 afternoon. By the last session I did I felt like I had really connected to yoga and will be keeping it up at home! The instructors were both great teacher and really got me engaged into yoga! The morning sessions tend to be about physical strength while afternoon about mediation. We also did paddle board yoga which was lots of fun! Although I couldn't do a lot of the yoga poses on the paddle board!

    The hostel itself is in a great location. 10 minute walk to the beach, 30 minute walk into the local town Cascais. I liked the fact the hostel was hidden a little meaning you got to take in portugals culture a bit more. It has a nice front garden with beanbag chairs for sunbathing and reading and then a back table area for eating and chilling in the evening. It has a kitchen so you can buy your own food and cook but they also offer different food nights which you can pay for! Although I thought they were a bit pricey.

    The reason why I'm not giving it 5* is because I don't think staying in a hostel is really for me and the only down side was the noise. I was on the middle floor which was near the kitchen and staff office. On the day of arrival I'd been up since 1:30am and was really tired and wanted to sleep. The problem was there was a lot of shouting outside the room which meant it took a while to sleep! 3 nights was enough of sleeping in a hostel it's a personal choice whether you could do it for longer!

  • Carlos

    April 4, 2017. TripAdvisor

    I spent nearly a month at the "Salty" and let me tell you, it's Shan-Gri-la! The location is prime, near Cascais and close to Carcavelos for all surf and beach loving peoples. Also near to Sintra for all hicking loving peoples. The rooms, cleanliness and staff are BEYOND 5 stars, walk in as a friend, and you will walk out as a family member. Once a Pelican, always a Pelican. Try it, you will love it! Surf and Yoga lovers will have their work cut out for them with top-notch, friendly teachers and those who just want to know Lisbon, well... You came to the right place! A loving atmosphere, a welcoming staff, a beautiful house at one of the most beautiful locations in Portugal. This is your spot, even if surf and yoga are not your thing, you will be welcomed like a brother or sister, free to enjoy yourself and bring beautiful memories with you.

  • a traveller Latvia

    April 3, 2017. TripAdvisor

    I was there in early spring (March), but it was summer for me as I am from North of Europe were spring was still far away :) So for me this place was like a paradise on earth were to get away from winters depression. Surfing, yoga and hiking was perfect - all the teachers are very professional and sweet. Massage was the best in my life :) And I really appreciate the work that owners of this place do - they do everything themselves and really care about each guest. Location was nice and quiet, but also there was Cascais city center 10 minutes away with very nice small streets, restaurants, cafes and bars. I have been also in Porto and Faro region before but this location I like most of all.

    I love this place and definitely will come back next year. And don't be afraid to go there alone - you will meet some very nice new friends there ;)

  • Lisa

    March 30, 2017. TripAdvisor

    I had such a wonderful stay at the Salty Pelican. As a young solo female traveller I was anxious about safety but this place is in a quiet, chilled location with keys to get in the front gate and front door so very secure. The staff are so friendly and make you feel instantly at home. After 4 days, it felt like I'd been even here eve weeks! Other guests were very respectfully of people going to bed early as a we start the day early with yoga. The yoga was a perfect mix of dynamic yang yoga in the mornings as the sun rose over the sea with calm and meditative Yin yoga in the afternoons to stretch and relax your muscles.

    Thank you Monika, Gareth, Ida, Tiago, Sonja and Atena!

  • Sophie United Kingdom

    March 30, 2017. TripAdvisor

    the rooms were spacious and clean, the entire hostel was beautifully made up and perfectly clean all the time. great location, just up the hill overlooking the seaside, we were only here for 4 days but will definitely come back. we didn't buy a package deal as they were too expensive, but its easy to opt in cheaply for one or two yoga sessions once here, at 15 euros each. definitely recommend!

  • Ian

    March 23, 2017. TripAdvisor

    Myself and my Fiancee just spent an unbelievable week in the Salty Pelican and we met some amazing people , it is a beautiful place run by amazing people Monika and Gareth,we went for a week of yoga which was done by the wonderful Ida every morning and evening classes were done with the sun setting in the park which was brilliant,we would go back in a heartbeat because the food and the house is unbelievable and we had such a great time and highly recommend it.

  • Jessica United Kingdom

    March 15, 2017. TripAdvisor

    First solo trip away fantastic welcome all staff extremely friendly. On the first evening after a long day travelling I was treated to an excellent BBQ by Gareth. Ida is an excellent yoga instructor and Monica makes you feel really at home. Such a fun trip. The setting and building are both beautiful and impeccably clean. I love how chilled out it is and how you can completely tailor the trip to suit. Cannot recommend enough will definitely return for longer to make better use of the activities they offer. Only open a year or so the team have really done a magnificent job.

  • Jennifer Netherlands

    February 28, 2017

    So my friend and I booked a surf and yoga week at the Salty Pelican. And as with going to a new restaurant you never know how your dish will be served. But all the right ingredients were there: our lovely yoga teacher Ida totally in tune with the group and everytime just the perfect class, super bubbly and warm Monika taking care of everything together with Gareth a great couple, our amazingly patient and friendly surf teachers Wellington and Bernardo all happening in the beautiful Cascais and at the center of everything, our relaxing and comfortable home for a week: Salty Pelican.

    Add a big pinch of really wonderful roomies and joy is all around.

  • a traveller

    February 24, 2017. TripAdvisor

    Have your own best experience in this wonderful house full of yoga and cool surfing people from all over the world. It's the perfect place to have a relaxed friendship holiday. I love this place and the people and will come back !!!

  • Julie France

    February 16, 2017. TripAdvisor

    Where should I start ? The wonderful welcome from Monika and her contagious cheerfulness. The fact that I didn't no a thing about Yoga and thanks to Ida I loved it and try to keep practicing it back home. Everything was perfect and I met awesome people. I hope I will come back soon to enjoy every moment at this place. Thanks to the team for this week !

  • Lucie

    February 11, 2017. TripAdvisor

    Very friendly hostel that has just been renovated. Tasty all you can eat breakfast. The rooms are clean and tidy with new furniture. We stayed 5 days doing surf and yoga at the Salty Pelican. We had never done surf neither yoga before but it was an amazing experience. Ida, the yoga instructor, was very experienced, helpful and patient. The surf instructors were very kind and did their best to help us stand on the board. Even if we had a rainy week, it was an unforgettable experience and we will definitely come back!

  • a traveller Belgium

    February 11, 2017. TripAdvisor8

    The Salty pelican is a house filled with the best hosts ,best yoga, best surf, best massages and a fridge filled with the best beers! What more do you want?! Just go to this salty paradise and check it out yourself!

  • Alessandra Switzerland

    February 8, 2017. TripAdvisor

    Amazing People - Amazing Facilities - Amazing Location. This Hostel is suitable for anyone! Whether you are a couple, a group of friends or a solo traveller, you will get everything you're looking for and most definitely even more! The staff is "with the people" so there is always someone around if you need any help. I'm a big fan of the positive vibes, the luxurious bathrooms and the breakfast which includes soy milk - yaay!

  • a traveller Scotland

    January 22, 2017. TripAdvisor

    From the minute I arrived, I felt at home! The Salty Pelican is made up of friendly, caring staff who go out of their way to make you feel welcome and comfortable. The hostel is clean and has everything you need. Tiago, you are a star. I was hoping for a relaxing, enjoyable holiday with great yoga at a friendly place. This ticked all the boxes. Thank you to you and Anna and all the other wonderful Salty Pelican's I met on holiday. I shall return!!

  • Amy

    December 31, 2016. TripAdvisor

    Yes, the physical space is well designed. Yes, the light and air and water seem to relieve all matters of modern worry. Yes, the beds are comfy and clean. Yes, the shower may be a place you will never want to leave. But, it is the people of the Salty Pelican that make a stay here something beyond flowery description. The guests are fascinating, one and all, each with a story well told around the communal tables. Every person I met was genuinely passionate about life and adventure. Maybe it's the yoga or the surfing that attracts this manner of human, but I believe it has more to do with the staff. They are filled with an easy going joy every day. Their smiles are never forced. Their concern for their guests, never feigned. I miss them already and wish the world had more Salty Pelicans. Go. And make sure Tiago cooks too many clams for dinner, and whine until his Mom makes 7 different kinds of magical desserts.

  • a traveller Vietnam

    December 21, 2016. TripAdvisor

    Stayed for one week surf and yoga package in the Love Room (double room). It was a really amazing week and I didn't want to leave at the end of it. I'd never done anything quite like this before, so wasn't sure quite what to expect. I'd now do the same again tomorrow if I could. Massive thank you to Tiago, Anna and Ida who work at the hostel. I loved the yoga and massage sessions with Anna - wish I could have taken her home with me! :) Everything else was just perfect, too. Thank you all so, so much!

  • Rachel United Kingdom

    December 18, 2016. TripAdvisor

    A magical week spent here on the yoga and massage package. The staff are amazing, so friendly and helpful. The hostel has such a great and welcoming feel to it. It is in a beautiful old house and is really nicely decorated and furnished. The yoga and massage was just fantastic - Anna and Ida the resident yogis are wonderful people. Yoga by the sea was simply brilliant.

    It's a 5 min walk to the nearest shops or a 20 min walk into Cascais. Perfectly located, you can walk wherever you need to and the train connections to Lisbon are so easy. You can also hire bikes to cycle along the coast which is fab. I cannot recommend this place enough, I had such a special week here which I will always remember. It was the perfect as I was able to have a relaxing yoga holiday without feeling isolated. Perfect.

  • a traveller United Kingdom

    December 4, 2016. TripAdvisor

    We chose to do our surfing holiday with Salty Pelican due to the excellent reviews. After staying here, there is very very little at fault- it is by far the best Hostel I have ever stayed in. On entry, we were welcomed warmly by the lovely Monika who showed us round and to our room. Tiago was always super helpful and knows all the good places to go and see and eat in around Estoril/Cascais, which he showed us on a map. From the first moment we stepped foot here, it felt like a second home. The hostel is so chilled out and has a lovely garden to contribute to that atmosphere. It's in a beautiful traditional Portuguese house, with high ceilings inside and decorative tiles outside. They have a fridge full of drinks which you can buy or put on your tab to pay at the end- quite snazzy for a hostel ;) you can also do this for most other extras such as towels, activities, etc. The best part of this hostel is that they organise so many activities for you to do. You'll never be left with nothing to do. Surfing is on every day, and you can sign up to it the night before, which is really handy depending on how you feel. We had already bought a surf package so we went every day and had a really great time! It's really good for first-timers/beginners. Other activities include SUP, yoga and sometimes a sunset cruise with bbq ;) Our room was really great (we stayed in the Love room). Bright and airy with big windows and our own private balcony! Perfect for hanging our wet clothes to dry. The other best thing about this hostel (it's hard to only have one best thing when you're as awesome as Salty Pelican) is the enormous bathrooms on the top floor. They are really big and the shower is soooo nice. Better than most hotels I've been to and cleaned every day. I did not want to leave at the end of my stay, and now I want to come back. Thank you Gareth, Tiago and Monika for making our stay so wonderful :))))

  • Jonas W.

    TripAdvisor website

    My time there was so amazing, relaxing, breathtaking and emotional, that I found a place to rest my soul. This is a place which is run by magnificent owners Thiago, Garreth, Monika. The owners have an in-house yogi goddess, Ida (namaste from the bottom of my soul), and many volunteers and other helpers who all make the place the best hostel I ever stayed in. Go there for as long as you can, make sure to do the yoga and other social activities, and feel how your soul is much lighter when you leave. Question is not if I'll be back, but when and how often.

  • Jenni

    TripAdvisor website

    The Salty Pelican is an amazing hostel. It was my first time in a hostel. The Salty Pelican staff took my fear and changed it into beautiful moments. Thank you for this. Everything was great - the room, bathrooms, staff, yoga, and surfing. I am already planning when I can come back to visit them.

  • A traveler United Kingdom

    TripAdvisor website

    I had no idea when I booked this stay that I would have such an amazing time. Being in my late 40s, I thought I'd do yoga in the morning, surf, yoga, and then sleep. How wrong could I be! I made new friends and laughed so much. The rooms were colourful, clean, and tidy. The food is delicious - especially during clam night. The staff are wonderful. They go to lengths to make sure you feel at home and organize activities for you. Ida, the yoga teacher, is brilliant. Her sessions are well thought out easy to follow. I learnt so much about yoga from Ida. I would not hesitate to go back to this special hostel.

  • Rozza United Kingdom

    TripAdvisor website

    Stayed at The Salty Pelican for 3 nights, 5 guys aged 18 and 19 in a 6 bed dorm room. Facilities were great with a well equipped kitchen and spacious bathrooms including a massive shower on the top floor.You could stretch your arms out and not touch the walls of the shower!Breakfast served until 10:30 AM with a good selection selection of cereal, toast, yoghurt and fruit. Beds were comfy if a little difficult to get up to the top bunk for a tall guy and storage space under beds was useful as a safe (if you bring a padlock). Nice lounge area with board games, jenga, etc. plus beautiful outdoor seating area and grass area for yoga. Did not use the surfing part of the hostel - bus to beach and lessons- as instead went to Cascais beach every day which was large enough and had good places for drinks in the sun. Beware that beach football and bat & ball are illegal on the beach! Best part about the hostel was the Sunday evening BBQ for 12 euro which comprised of plenty of barbecued chicken drumsticks plus a perfectly cooked sole, potatoes, salad and beer or sangria. Great value! Make sure you know where you are going as directions from Estoril to the hostel are required, 3-4 minutes uphill. Cascais town has plenty of bars and restaurants to enjoy and we particularly liked John Bull bar for cheap drinks and to watch the European Championship and also Bordallos burger restaurant which was great value and tasted awesome. Also pedalos are good value on the beach.

  • a traveler United Kingdom

    TripAdvisor website

    Great hostel located in Cascais just outside of Lisbon. The staff are all extremely friendly and helpful and will go the extra length to ensure your stay is enjoyable. The hostel itself is great, a traditional Portuguese building, light and airy with plenty of communal space, and the showers in particular are fantastic. After returning home I realised I had left a mobile phone at the hostel, I contacted them and they happily posted the phone to my home address. Highly recommended.

  • a traveler Canada

    TripAdvisor website

    My friend and I came to The Salty Pelican for a yoga and surf retreat. It was our first time surfing. I loved doing yoga everyday especially beach yoga on the pier where the views were breathtaking. The rooms were clean and funky, the staff were like old friends, and the barbecue nights are a great way to socialise with the rest of the guests. The actual house is beautiful, and Cascais is absolutely lovely. Great stay, fantastic all around. We didn't want to leave. Definitely would love to come back again!

  • Liz Cascais

    TripAdvisor website

    I booked a surf + yoga retreat with The Salty Pelican and man was it the best week ever! Gareth, Monica and Tiago are amazing night hosts. They are all truly interested, helpful and accommodating. The breakfast each morning was delicious, the yoga was amazing and very professional, the surf lessons was so much fun (we were all total beginners!). The hostel itself is a beautiful, old house but renovated. Big rooms, big bathrooms and very clean! The common area was also great, with a well equipped kitchen. The barbecue nights on Thursday and Sunday were my favorite. We had fresh fish and sangria. Just to note, it's a bit of an uphill walk to get there but it's very close to the train station. Cascais beaches are stunning, and the town is beautiful. A very chilled area, not much night life. I recommend this hostel to anyone (old and young!). P.S. The place looks exactly as the photos.

  • Christina Portugal

    TripAdvisor website

    I stayed in the Salty Pelican for 4 nights in March and I absolutely LOVED IT! I stayed in the 4 bedroom, it has more than enough space for 4 people, the room was very clean, specially for such an antique house. bathrooms are unbelievable, buffet breakfast was delicious, fresh bread and lots of different sliced fruits and vegetables… everything was great and I especially liked how friendly and kind the staff is…… they truly provide the hostel experience! It's the third time I’ve stayed in hostels in Cascais, first time at the Salty Pelican and so far its definitely my favourite!! SEA you soon!

  • Peter Belgium

    TripAdvisor website

    Beautiful old nicely renovated Portuguese house. The place is well located. Extremely friendly and helpfull staff. Rooms are clean and you get à nice breakfast. It s really a good value for your money.

  • Chris Austria

    TripAdvisor website

    Quiet, relaxing, it was wonderful, that's all I can say. All high points. A little treasure at the sea of Portugal, really close to the airport in Lisbon. Spend your own nights there, you will fall in love with the Salty Pelican and its crews.

  • a traveler United Kingdom

    TripAdvisor website

    I spent 3 nights at the Salty Pelican and had an awesome experience! The hostel is in a beautifully restored classic Portuguese home and has modern decor, large light rooms and is very clean. There was a BBQ on Thurs night on the patio which all the guest went to and it was cool to meet everyone. Cascais is a really pretty town and there's plenty of stuff to do/see nearby. The hostel also organised yoga and surf lessons which were awesome, and gave recommendations for day trips/restaurants. Thanks for the best hostel experience, I'll be visiting again very soon!

  • Line Denmark

    TripAdvisor website

    Absolutely one of the best hostels I've ever stayed! The Salty Pelican is a great basis for exploring the Lisbon coastline; luxurious and modern decor, GREAT breakfast and an exceptional nice and warm atmosphere. I stayed in The Salty Pelican for three nights, and I can't wait to come back! Well done Gare, Monika and Tiago - you are the best! Até logo!

  • Marie Germany

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    We spend two nights in The Salty Pelican and it's literally the best hostel we've ever stayed in! Sounds a bit over the top but we can't say it in any other way. First of all the hostel itself is a beautifully renovated house which is decorated welcoming and trendy at the same time. Rooms are simple but stylish and the beds are really comfortable. You're going to love the relaxed outdoor area and bathrooms which definitely have hotel standard - bathtub and hugh showers included. Next up is the awesome service which offers you everything from a huge variety of drinks, an all-you-can-eat barbecue once a week, a great free breakfast to lots of activities like yoga and surf lessons. We've tried surfing ourselves and we can just recommend trying it too it's totally suitable for beginners as we are beginners ourselves, the instructors are great and it's just lots fun over all. Last but definitely not least we have to talk about the hosts themselves. Monica, Gareth and Tiago are amazing people and extremely thoughtful and kind hosts which are always concerned about your personal well-being. You just feel like living in a shared flat instead of a hostel if you're willing to connect with them and the other guests which for us is the most important quality of a hostel. So if you are up for a home away from home, lovely new people which might even get friends in the end and a more than enjoyable location the Salty Pelican is the place to choose! If there would be a chance of just moving into this hostel forever we would definitely do so! ;) Thank you for the amazing time and keep on doing what you're doing!

  • Graciete

    TripAdvisor website

    I had such a great time in that weekend. We had a lovely and cozy dinner with my friends and the staff was amazing very helpful and very kind. The rooms are very good and I loved the colors and the decoration all the furniture is new and you must have to see those bathroom BEST bathrooms I have ever seen in my life. In the morning we had a great breakfast and you can relax and take some sun outside in the couchs. I'm in love with that hostel very friendly, amazing staff, very cool ambient, very close to the beach and awesome prices.

  • Eva Ganso Europe

    The Salty Pelican Facebook page

    One of the best locations to visit, relax, shop, and enjoy life. Recommend it to everyone that is looking for fun, good times, beautiful views, an amazing social environment, and memories to treasure and share for a life time.

  • Bruno Fernandes Europe

    The Salty Pelican Facebook page

    The best place to enjoy a unique and genuine experience of Cascais, Lisbon, and Portugal!

  • Tiago Coutinho United States

    The Salty Pelican Facebook page

    Awesome! Great fun guaranteed! The staffs are really friendly and the location is great.

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