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 3

Speaks English

from US$556

Really Good 8/10

Based on 90 reviews
from US$556
Price for:

8 days / 7 nights

Really Good 8/10

Based on 90 reviews

Speaks English

from US$556

Really Good 8/10

Based on 90 reviews
from US$556
Price for:

8 days / 7 nights

Really Good 8/10

Based on 90 reviews

4 Days Relaxing Surf & Yoga Holiday in Cascais, Portugal

Available from February till November

Speaks English

from US$281

Really Good 8/10

Based on 90 reviews
from US$281
Price for:

4 days / 3 nights

Really Good 8/10

Based on 90 reviews

Instructors 8


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.


Isabella is from Germany and she will be your climbing and hiking guide in Cascais. She also practices meditation which will be incorporated into an awareness hike every week.

Reviews 90

  • Lorraine Doyle Great Britain

    January 2018, BookSurfCamps

    Salty Pelican was just lovely, it felt like a real community of people coming together to share a similar passion/interest. I really like the way there were other activities as well as yoga. I would recommend the mediation hike to anyone. There is also a lot to do around Cascais. Had an amazing stay!

  • Anonymous

    January 2018, BookSurfCamps

    The Salty Pelican provides a warm, relaxed and family feeling atmosphere...

    From my initial welcome by Monika at reception, the uplifting & restorative daily yoga sessions with Ida, Gareth's delicious BBQ night and Monika's soothing massage; everyone took the time to ensure that I was enjoying and getting the best from my stay with them.

    Lots of insider information about the local area and places to eat.

    This affordable retreat also provided the opportunity to meet other likeminded souls staying there.

    I reckon I'll be returning some time soon!

  • Chantal Van Der Linden Netherlands

    January 2018, BookSurfCamps

    It was a very joyfull way of starting my New Year. Great Yoga, nice surfing, very warm and friendly staf and also a great group of people from really all over the world in all ages and mostly single travelers.

    Sleeping in a dorm has the disadvantages of people snorring. Maybe a special snorring room can be made?

  • Yawei Liu Denmark

    January 2018, BookSurfCamps

    location, yoga, message.


  • Manuela Heinemann Germany

    December 2017, BookSurfCamps

    Alles in allem mehr als perfekt... wir kommen wieder

  • Abdelaziz Ghis Great Britain

    November 2017, BookSurfCamps

    I loved the vibes in the Salty Pelican! Everyone is super friendly and you get to meet a lot of like-minded people. Ida, Monika, Gareth and everyone else have been amazing. The SUP and Yoga classes were the perfect way to spend the holiday. There is always something going on but also not too much that you feel like you're rushing all the time. Everything takes it's time and isn't rushed. The food has been fresh and healthy

  • Olga Goubenko Belgium

    November 2017, BookSurfCamps

    It was a great stay at the Salty Pelican! The staff is incredibly nice as well as the people encountered there. It almost felt like a family after a week :)

    The yoga classes given by Ida were of great quality and inspired me a lot!

  • Mary Jane Belgium

    November 2017, BookSurfCamps

    Communal feeling, upbeat staff. Cosy and spiritual place. Fabulous weather and sea breeze.

    The narrow sidewalks in town, the popcorn smell and the corny signs of do's and don'ts in the hostel..

  • Delphine Raynal France

    November 2017, BookSurfCamps

    L'endroit est vraiment chouette, très bonne ambiance.

    Ce n'est pas vraiment une retraite de yoga, mais plutôt un lieu de vacances dans lequel on peut faire du yoga. Toutes les activités supplémentaires sont facturées et relativement chères.

  • Anonymous

    November 2017, BookSurfCamps

    Les cours de Yoga sont de très bonne qualités grâce à Ida qui vit pleinement son activité, elle ne propose jamais deux fois le même cours, il y a toujours de nouveaux mouvements et ses explications sont très claires.

    Sur le site, il est écrit que le centre est à 400 mètres de la plage...ce qui est vrai mais à vol d'oiseau car à pied c'est à 10 minutes en descente/montée car dans les hauteurs. Le petit déjeuner est un peu décevant car toujours les mêmes choses proposés et pas vraiment de qualité et rien fait maison!

  • Kathy Rahmig Germany

    November 2017, BookSurfCamps

    Die Atmosphäre war einfach sensationell. Man hat sich direkt wohl gefühlt.

    Auch der Yoga Unterricht war sehr schön. Die Massage war absolute Weltklasse!

    Alles in allem werde ich bestimmt wieder kommen!

  • Laura Hoare Great Britain

    October 2017, BookSurfCamps

    The sunrise yoga was held at an amazing location when the weather allowed. All the instructors were really good at their jobs, encouraging and friendly. All the Staff were friendly and made you feel welcome and at home.

    For two nights they had a rather large group booked in approx 40 people who were rather disrespectful and were not there for the yoga/retreat side so were partying, drinking, running around and very very loud till 3-4am both nights they stayed. Repeatedly told to be quiet but didn’t take any notice and were generally rather rude. Not the type of people I expected to encounter at what was sold as a relaxing yoga retreat. Ruined my overall experience of what should have been a perfect relaxing holiday.

  • Sophie Adam Great Britain

    October 2017, BookSurfCamps

    I have a severe neck insury and was supported and encouraged at every step. I didn’t feel that my injury held me back and I found everyone very non-judgmental

    As we stayed in the separate house we had to go to the house to see any notifications for change of time of activities

  • Megan Visser Great Britain

    October 2017, BookSurfCamps

    Everyone was lovely, the yoga was good, the place is beautiful.

    Great atmosphere!

  • Elisabeth Krepsa Austria

    October 2017, BookSurfCamps

    Sehr familiär.. Sehr bemüht , sehr freundlich :)

    Das Frühstück war sehr Basic, für vegane Yogis welche kein Brot essen absolut unzureichend.

    Das Wort Deluxe beschreibt für mich etwas besonderes, dies konnte ich im Doppelzimmer mit Bad am Gang eher nicht finden.. dennoch sehr nett insgesamt

  • Clair Cusack Great Britain

    October 2017, BookSurfCamps

    The cool vibe, the amazing vibrant house, lovely happy staff, perfectly paced yoga, excellent massage & fab weather.

    Ive learnt that dorm living is not for me, so ill go for my own room next time as i like my sleep.

  • Olivia Knight Great Britain

    October 2017, BookSurfCamps

    Very good vibes, lots of single travellers but mixed well.

    Yoga in the morning was very long (7am-9am), put me off going

  • Kira Jantzen Denmark

    October 2017, BookSurfCamps

    I could not have had a better holiday. Gareth, Monika and the team are an incredible group of people who have created this little slice of heaven in Cascais. The location is perfect, just 10 minutes walk to the water, and features a beautifully soft sandy beach, which is even relaxing on busy days.

    I booked the stand-up paddle-boarding and yoga package. Pedro was my instructor for SUP and he made it so easy to learn. I was comfortable paddling around on my own by the end of the first day! The yoga was also superb - a rigorous morning session to start the day, and a peaceful evening session to wind down.

    The activities at the Salty Pelican also encourage you to socialise with your fellow travelers. They put on BBQs, tapas nights, hikes and even had live musicians serenading us into the night. The staff join in too, and by the third day it felt like a home away from home.

    I would recommend Salty Pelican 100%, and will definitely be returning next year. Thanks guys.

  • Emilie Decrequy United States

    October 2017, BookSurfCamps

    Tout! Un endroit incroyable, des activités géniales et des personnes incroyables ;)

  • Sami Nikzad Canada

    October 2017, BookSurfCamps

    Staff are amazing at Salty Pelican and everyone is super friendly and chill. Activities are very well organized and super fun. Yoga on the beach and at the park was dreamy. Both yoga teachers, Ida and Athena were great and very knowledgeable. Saying goodbye to them wasn’t easy after practicing with them for one week. I tried both surfing and paddle boarding and instructors are very knowledgeable and caring. Great experience overall.

    The house wasn’t renovated or clean as described on the website. The beach and the town are definitely not steps away which was ok for me because I love walking. But if you’re not fit and don’t enjoy walking on hilly streets you’ll find it very difficult to get anywhere from Salty Pelican by walking. I’m fit and I love walking so for me the location was actually a plus. The house is in a very quiet neighborhood with not much going on nearby unless you walk at least 20-30 minutes to get to town.

  • Sam Bailey Great Britain

    October 2017, BookSurfCamps

    Gareth and Monica were so warm and accomodating and the whole place had good vibes and community atmosphere. Everyone was warm and welcoming. My private room was picture perfect, just the tranquil space I needed - and a sea view. Yoga at sunrise on the water was heavenly and best start to the day. And the outdoor chill and dining area is so lovely, great for breakfast, entertainment and hanging out and meeting people. I also love how close the location is to all the main beaches in Estoril and cascais and the range of activities you can do. The accomodation itself is super clean, modern, new and full of lovely life quotes to inspire you and remind you of the wonderful laid back beach lifestyle. I thoroughly enjoyed my time and left so relaxed and zen!

    There was nothing I didn't like.

  • Jessica Small Great Britain

    October 2017, BookSurfCamps

    I felt relaxed and happy at the hostel. The staff look after you and keep the place clean making sure everything runs smoothly. They organise evening BBQs, tapas nights and pizza nights in the garden encouraging everyone to socialise. I loved the Stand up paddle boarding and the meditation hike was a highlight for me. We went to the beautiful Portuguese coastline at sunset walking to a beach at the most western part of Europe. We focused on mindfunless and nature. It was a lovely spiritual experience. I travelled there on my own and made so many friends from different countries. From the first day I did not feel alone. I could have happily stayed for longer.

    My room was an 8 bed dorm. There was only space for 1 draw each to put our stuff in. It would be better with slighty less beds (maybe 6) and some more space for hanging clothes and storing your stuff.

  • Chloe Dykins Great Britain

    October 2017, BookSurfCamps

    A friendly haven in a gorgeous area! Me and my boyfriend absolutely loved the place and the yoga and surfing was brill!! Lots of activities to sign up to!

    The one criticisism would be a screen for mosqitos as we were badly bitten and maybe an air con option but it was unusually hot.

  • Laurann O'reilly Ireland

    September 2017, BookSurfCamps

    The most amazing people, activities, location, weather. So impressed, highly recommend ?

  • Anonymous

    September 2017, BookSurfCamps

    Super nettes Team und familiäre Atmosphäre! Habe mich sehr willkommen bei euch gefühlt. Tolles Angebot an Aktivitäten. Mein Highlight waren die Yogastunden bei Ida! :)

    Etwas viel Kommen und Gehen in den Zimmern. Evtl. möglich auch Start und Ende festzulegen? Manchmal zu lange Wartezeiten beim Surfen. An manchen Tagen zu wenige Surflehrer und zu große Gruppe.

  • Anonymous

    September 2017, BookSurfCamps

    I liked the staff at The Salty Pelican, I liked Monte Estoril, I liked the ambience at the hostel, I liked the yoga classes and the surf/sup classes. I very much enjoyed so much high quality fun for a limited amout of money

    Did not so much like mixed dorms (men+women) and was a Little bit disapointed

    with the location of the hostel since they call them selves beach hostel and it was around 15 min from the beach. But I got used to the Walking and really liked the Place as a whole

  • Wilma Flintzberg Sweden

    September 2017, BookSurfCamps

    I liked the welcoming atmosphere from both staff and other visitors. There was a lot of different activities offering and you don't have to do a lot more than to be in time.

    The activities are a bit expensive and you can find similar activites cheaper from other actors, but the service you get compensate for the cost.

  • Aline Strouvens France

    September 2017, BookSurfCamps

    I would definitely recommend the salty pelican yoga retreat ! The yoga classes and teachers are really good, the place is wonderful and resourcing, the staff is helpful and caring! I had the best time and I am definitly going back.

    Nothing !

  • Anonymous

    September 2017, BookSurfCamps

    I loved the yoga and SUP classes, very relaxing with a gorgeous view. The meditation hike was unbelievably beautiful. All the instructors for all the activities were great! Monika's massage was heaven. The hostel is not next to the beach, but a 15min walk - either way it was an amazing stay and I loved every minute of it.

    The only thing I didn't really like was the food - breakfast was pretty basic (would be nice to have eggs, vegetables, cottage cheese i.e.) and the BBQ (the vegetarian version) was very pricey for not much. The food experience could be better but everything else was amazing <3

  • Vesna Borojevic Sweden

    August 2017, BookSurfCamps

    The atmosphere at the Salty Pelican is friendly and everybody is helpful. The staff was very understanding and gave good advice and tips about what to do in Estoril & Cascais. The activities were well planned and organised! The yoga sessions were particularly good.

    I didn't enjoy the surfing lessons. I didn't get enough instructions and it felt a bit disorganised.

  • Claudio Cicoira Republic of Italy

    August 2017, BookSurfCamps

    Wonderful atmosphere, friendly staff, awesome place, nice people...I really enjoyed my week at the salty pelican and I'd definitely stay again in the future!

  • Anonymous

    August 2017, BookSurfCamps

    Die Lehrer, die Atmosphäre, Sauberkeit, Stimmung, freundliche, sehr bemühte Gastgeber!

    Gemeinschaftsbad und Toiletten auch bei 2 Bett-Zimmer (steht nirgendwo explizit, dass es kein eigenes Bad gibt!). Zt. längere Wartezeiten für Bad /Toilette.

    Dass man das Geschirr selbst abwaschen mußte nach dem Frühstück.

    Frühstück nicht so umfangreich wie ad Homepage beschrieben. Und auch keine Eier oder frisch gebackene Brötchen. Frühstück sehr einfach.

    Der Weg vom Hostel zum Strand, etc. relativ weit und mühsam.

  • Anonymous

    August 2017, BookSurfCamps

    Das Haus, die Massagen, die Menschen, das Yoga draußen

    Wenig Platz im.Kühlschrank

  • Anonymous

    August 2017, BookSurfCamps

    Cascais, l'accueil des responsables, l'humeur et l'ambiance détendue de l'équipe, la qualité des cours de yoga, la maison annexe où se trouvait notre chambre, notre chambre, la terrasse, les conseils pour les excursions.

    Le pain mie à toaster pour le déjeuner, un pain meilleur pour la santé serait le bienvenu.

    La distance trop longue à faire pied pour l'ensemble des activités et pour arriver à cascais (50 min à pied fois 2).

  • Melanie Richard Canada

    August 2017, BookSurfCamps

    J'ai adoré les ateliers de Yin yoga en soirée, la marche méditative et le surf.

  • Anonymous

    August 2017, BookSurfCamps

    Ida's yoga classes were outstanding. The people at the hostel and the guests were really nice and fun. The place is beautiful. Overall it was a very relaxing and recreative experience.

    Breakfast is unsatisfying. Ingredients seem to be of cheap quality and there were too few options.

  • Anonymous

    July 2017, BookSurfCamps

    I felt like at home. The house, the workers and the guest create a very good atmpsphere so you can really relax and heal your soul

  • George Tudor Florea Hungary

    July 2017, BookSurfCamps

    Everything from the place, the instructors, especially Ida and Iza have been outstanding, The group was great and became very close in the end. We have spent a perfect week: thanks Gareth, Monika and Thiago!

    Eggs should be given for breakfast. It would be great to add sailing trips, and a trip to Lisbon.

  • Anonymous

    July 2017, BookSurfCamps

    Nicely decorated building and friendly staff, location in good walking distance to beach.

    I wasn't impressed by the yoga teacher as she didn't walk through the class to correct people's postures and missed to complete all postures on both sides of the body. Nice people, but there are other yoga retreats in this price category offering better quality of classes. For that price I would definitely expect more.

  • Deirdre Curtis Ireland

    July 2017, BookSurfCamps

    The flexible attitude and fun nature of the Hostel owners.

    Able to try out all activities, surf, paddle, yoga and much more.

    Yoga/paddle and surf teachers were patient, professional, friendly and encouraging.

    The comfortable and spotless beds, bathrooms and hot showers.

    Caiscas is a beautiful areas with plenty to see and do.

    Great choice of food its fresh, tasty and not expensive, something for all budgets. Will go back.

    In the hostel I would have liked a little variation on the breakfasts, but it did the job.

  • Farah Abushwesha Great Britain

    July 2017, BookSurfCamps

    So many options, friendly people, information on hand. You could be a participant and also private of you wished.

  • Anonymous

    June 2017, BookSurfCamps

    Die Yoga-Klassen waren super und haben all meine Erwartungen übertroffen. Die gesuchte Entspannung habe ich gefunden!

    Die Surfstunden waren nicht wie erwartet 2 Std sondern nur eine Stunde im Wasser, wenn überhaupt. Dies sollte besser beschrieben werden, auch dass der Fokus bei Beginnern liegt.

  • Patrick Gill Ireland

    June 2017, BookSurfCamps

    Location was good....a few minutes walk from the sea.

    The promotional wording for the hostel was greatly exaggerated, giving the impression of much wider ranging meditation and yoga stay. There was no meditation program at all. The basic program was two yoga sessions each day, everything else was charged for at very high rates.

  • Michelle Bakker Netherlands

    June 2017, BookSurfCamps

    Fijne sfeer in het hostel en het plaatsje, half uurtje van lissabon met de trei , kwartier lopen van het strand

    Een kamer delen met zeven anderen blijft altijd een uitdaging. Yoga om 7.00 zou ook om 08.30 mogen zodat je eerst kan ontbijten

  • Francesca Pang Great Britain

    May 2017, BookSurfCamps

    The hostel and the range of activities on offer were superb. The yoga sessions were exceptional, and it was such a positive experience to practice on the stunning pier into the Atlantic ocean. Ida- the teacher is wonderful and really helps each individual progress in a very short amount of time. The hostel environment is warm, friendly and a home from home. There is not one thing that they could improve upon!

    Having to leave....

  • Enrica Trevisan Great Britain

    May 2017, BookSurfCamps

    I had an amazing time, the Salty Pelican staff was very nice and friendly, accomodation very good to be an hostel , plus great activities/teachers and perfect location!

  • Emily Jeffreys Great Britain

    May 2017, BookSurfCamps

    The atmosphere was incredible among the guests, and all the staff were incredibly helpful, friendly, and made effort to socialise with those staying. The yoga teaching was inspiring and a great for all levels, and the surf school allied with the hostel with are the best I've been to: superbly attentive and had beginners standing on their first session! There were plenty of activity options too and pricing very reasonable.

    During my experience there was a film crew was shooting for new promo material. Though I don't mind this it notice should've been given prior to arrival.

  • Sarah Horan Switzerland

    May 2017, BookSurfCamps

    La gentillesse des organisateurs, la belle maison ou on ne se sent jamais trop serré même lorsqu'elle est pleine, et les cours étaient à la hauteur de mes attentes.

    Le fait que la maison n'est pas si proche de la mer. Il fallait marcher 20 minutes pour aller faire le yoga au bord de l'eau et 25 minutes pour aller à Cascais.

  • Emily Roche Ireland

    May 2017, BookSurfCamps

    Everything!! Didn't have to try and plan too much myself, I just joined in what was already there.

    I think if I was informed more about having money ready. For example I went to Sintra on the Monday and that worked out more expensive than was informed to us. Also we were told we were getting collected at the hostel when actually we had to get the bus. Luckily we all had change.Same for the cruise, we weren't told about having to pay for the taxi. Just little things really but just to take the stress off

  • Chantal Schneider Switzerland

    May 2017, BookSurfCamps

    Das Yoga war sehr gut, das Surfen bietete einen guten Ausgleich.

    Es sind auch weitere andere Aktivitäten, dazu buchbar, wie Klettern oder eine meditations Wanderung.


  • Lisa Murkin Great Britain

    May 2017, BookSurfCamps

    The location was good - 10 mins walk to the beach/ train station and 25mins to Cascais town, so there was beautiful scenery but also a good choice of reasonably priced bars & restaurants. By calling it a Yoga & Surf hostel most of the guests had a lot in common and helped create a chilled out and friendly atmosphere. Ida, the yoga teacher, is such a positive ball of energy and such a genuine person.

    - The yoga despite being widely described as daily yoga classes wasn't the case. In the small print it says there will be one day without yoga but doesn't specify when. Previous retreats would allow that to be the day you travel otherwise tell you in advance. The excuse it's for their flexibility isn't good enough. A number of guests on short stays therefore missed out on some great yoga opportunities. Seeing as Ida is the only yoga teacher, it's understandable she needs a day off with 18 salty pelican classes a week plus other commitments. But there should be another yoga instructor for when she is unavailable. Also given Salty Pelican describe themselves as a Yoga hostel, they should offer more yoga classes & types as having spoken to a number of other guests there was a lot of disappointment. Plus the yoga classes were oversubscribed... when 23 people were crammed into a small yoga studio it was one of the worst classes I've ever had. Private yoga classes could be an offering as well to further the supposed yoga retreat experience. Plus one of the days the afternoon yoga was cancelled and the morning one extended

    - There are so many different tick boxes for each day of possible activities, it made it such a stressful experience ensuring signing up for the right thing at the right time. There was no clear schedule of start & finish times, and was generally a bit disorganised.

    - All the surf/SUP/ Climbing activities are outsourced and no cheaper than going directly to the providers, so as a guest it was just an additional middle layer complicating things. All the surf/sup classes were just an hour, whereas when you're learning to surf you typically want a couple of hours.

    - Having 4 showers between upwards of 30 guests isn't really ideal and they're usually crowded.

    - Prices for extras were a bit steep given the relatively low cost area, eg airport transfers at 45eur double the price of an uber. The meals were more expensive than local restaurants. Prices also fluctuated eg 30- or 35eur for a Sintra tour. All little factors than don't help the experience. Similarly, the 1 long + 2 short massages were booked in for 2 long massages which was fine but only explained why when asked which caused confusion initially.

    - Breakfasts advertised as including freshly baked rolls, local honey, selection of cereals & muesli's, boiled eggs, local farm cheese, sliced vegetables, fruits and cold meats. Realistically were cheap supermarket white bread, ham, cheese, basic cereals and fruit, not quite the fresh farm food as described.

    - Due to the size of the hostel, there was no structure or personalised recommendations of how best to spend your days. The staff were all polite but didn't have impact on my stay. I had a nice week but by the end it felt awkward/unusual I was there a week given the fast turn over of the other guests.

    - It is such a beautiful location, why do they not offer a beach yoga photography session to capture some of the memories.

    Overall, it's a great concept having a yoga & surf hostel but in reality it was just a very ordinary hostel which happened to be by the beach. If I was just looking for a bed in Portugal then it's great but it does not belong on a yoga retreat website. If anyone is genuinely interested in yoga do not go here, go to Prana Casa in the Algarve instead.

  • Jane Sidey Great Britain

    April 2017, BookSurfCamps

    A beautiful house where one feels nurtured. Magnificent Monica is also a great masseuse and Ida, the yoga teacher, is super - superlative!

    The warmth and care extended was extraordinary so I join the other reviewers in a big applause for this enterprise.

  • Bridget Van Zundert Netherlands

    April 2017, BookSurfCamps

    I loved the atmosphere, the great accommodation, the wonderful help by the staff, the garden, and just everything about the place. I really had an excellent time!!

    The level of the yoga classes could be a bit more advanced for my taste.

  • Alexandra Pearson Great Britain

    April 2017, BookSurfCamps

    Friendly, spotlessly clean, fun.

    Further from beach than realised.

  • Naveera Ghulamhussain Great Britain

    April 2017, BookSurfCamps

    I was there for the 3 nights and 4 days package, and I really wish I had stayed longer. Everyone at Salty Pelican was so warm, kind and went out of their way to make sure that you had the best experience ever. Monika, Tiago and Idda are loveliest people I have ever met, and the love they have for what they do is evident. Their hearts are filled with love, kindness and joy! I had the best time. Everything was just perfect, and I can not wait to be back here again! I met the most loveliest people, food was delicious, and my stay at the salty pelican will definitely be one of my fondest memories

  • Carmen Bustamante Garrido Germany

    April 2017, BookSurfCamps

    Das Ambiente war sehr schön. Super, freundliches und immer zur Hilfe bereites Personal. Sehr schönes Hostel und super gemütliches Aufenthalt. Tolles Publikum, es passt alles für ein schönen Urlaub mit Yoga oder Surf - Einheiten und man hat die Gelegenheit auch viel zu erkunden und auch am Strand das Wasser und die Sonne zu genießen.

    Mir fällt nix ein!

  • Anika Rosski Germany

    April 2017, BookSurfCamps

    My stay at the Salty Pelican was amazing. The hostel is very clean and comfortable. The garden is very cozy as well as the bbq area. The way to the hostel is easy once you know it. I would definitely recommend taking a cab from the train station to the hostel, especially with luggage. It is about 4 Euro.

    The yoga teachers were great. I didn't like the surfing so much but that is probably very subjective. The message at the hostel was great. Try it!

    All in all a perfect place to calm down, enjoy yoga with many other travelers (most of them travel by themselves, as well as I did). The yoga is perfect for all levels (beginner, intermediate or advanced).

    Just book your stay at the salty pelican! You wont regret it!

  • Ellen Lecompte Belgium

    April 2017, BookSurfCamps

    I like how the hostel is such a beautiful, peaceful, quiet and heartwarming place with a great yogi spirit.

    If you are a party animal, then this is definitely not your place, but for many it will be a home away from home...

    Monika, Gareth, Thiago, Ida, Atena and Sonya were the most lovely crew ever. Everyone tried their very best to please the guests and make everyone happy.

    The positive energy, the heartwarming smiles and was a great experience! <3 Obrigada!

    I also loved the climbing with Isa and the stand up paddle boarding with Tina. They are both very lovely.

    Their was nothing about the hostel and the staff I disliked. They couldn't have done a better job.

    Having been at about 20 surf schools around the world already, I am pretty skeptical about surf guiding. The surf school they work with could do a better job at guiding. I had two classes, but none of the guides have helped or guided me. Surf conditions were terrible at Guincho when I was there. A good surf school would head towards another beach with better (and safer) conditions. I understand that it's not easy to just go to another beach, but maybe they could cancel the class when that happens and schedule in two hours of class on another, better day. If you are a complete beginner, you will probably have a lot of fun, regardless.

  • Jade Simard Canada

    April 2017, BookSurfCamps

    Le jardin, l'ouverture des gens, la vibe.

  • Heike Lohse Lohse Germany

    April 2017, BookSurfCamps

    Die familiäre Atmosphäre - man fühlt sich schnell Zuhause und in einer Gemeinschaft aufgenommen. Das regelmäßige Yogatraining aber auch die tolle Gegend die Lust auf Entdeckungen macht.

    Nichts negatives

  • 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!

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  • 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

    TripAdvisor website

    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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