The Salty Pelican

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.

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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 220


from Netherlands, September 2018

"Would fly back immediately"

Salty is an amazing place. This trip offers the best combination of doing something good for your body, while having fun at the same time. The instructors, staff and other guests are super friendly and will make you feel right at home.


from United States, September 2018

"Fantastic time in Cascais"

The staff and their professionalism made this stay a week to remember and repeat. Everyone is in the right mindset to make the experience a memorable one. The facilities are clean and the activities are well organized and fun. Ida and Sandra are wonderful yoga instructors. A special thanks to Tina and Pedro for your patience and humour during SUP lessons.

Can’t wait to visit your new location in Sri Lanka... all the best in the new adventure and hope to see you soon!

Nikola Přibylová

from Czechia, September 2018

"Just a perfect retreat!"

Everything :-)

This place, people, yoga by the pier, garden, meditation hike to the secret beach with the most amazing view, breakfasts, massage, surfing lessons, BBQ & tapas night, wine package (missing my WINE CLUB already :-)) .. I just don't get what is up with this place, but it just takes you in and you feel like home!! I really didn't want to leave! 8 days just weren't enough :-) ..

Everyone at Salty Pelican - Monica, Gareth, Zanda, Ida, Sonya and Thiago - are so welcoming, helpful and they just make a perfect team!

I am definitely coming back! Can't wait for Sri Lanka next year!!

Jessica Beech

from Great Britain, July 2018


The hospitality and warmth you receive upon arrival was amazing. The yoga teacher Ida is obviously so knowledgeable but is also so charming and warm. The surfing was incredibly fun, and pushed me to my limits!

Helen Knight

from Great Britain, July 2018

"The best holiday ever "

The people. The people make your holiday and everyone at the Salty Pelican was amazing. From the staff to the other guests I will remember them all forever.

Siona Llewellyn

from Netherlands, July 2018

"Great hostel and classes!"

Great place to switch off and relax! The yoga lessons are great!

Kaitlin Haws

from United States, May 2018

"Not necessarily a "Yoga Retreat""

The staff and accommodations were lovely... the SUP instructor - Tina was fantastic. The breakfast buffet was great and the BBQ and tapas nights were amazing and such a good deal for a reasonable meal with incredible food.

Laura Hoare

from Great Britain, October 2017

"Relaxing retreat set in a beautiful part of Portugal "

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.

Kira Jantzen

from Denmark, October 2017

"I'll be back"

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.

Jessica Small

from Great Britain, October 2017

"Wonderful week at the Salty Pelican"

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.

Laurann O Reilly

from Ireland, September 2017

"The perfect retreat "

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

Ellen Lecompte

from Belgium, April 2017

"Amazing home away from home"

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.

Julia Schmid

from Switzerland, September 2018

"Auf jeden Fall wiederholenswert"

Viele Aktivitäten, gutes Essen, sehr zuvorkommendes Personal & saubere Zimmer.


from Great Britain, August 2018

"sehr erholsame Woche"

Die Yogalektionen absolut top. Der ca 15min Spaziergang hinunter zum Pier für die Morgenlektion weckt gerade genug auf um noch entspannt in die Session zu starten. Lektionen waren immer sehr gut zusammengestellt und die Lehrer gingen auf einzelne Schüler ein, korrigierten die Haltung, usw. Die Lektionen am Abend sind ruhiger gehalten und schliessen den Tag perfekt ab.

Die Stimmung im Hostel und im Team ist super, offen und einladend. Ich war wie viele andere alleine dort und fühlte mich nie einsam oder nicht dazu gehörend. Die BBQ- und Tapas-Nights tragen natürlich dazu bei, dass man Leute kennenlernt und sind sehr zu empfehlen.

Esther Kretschmer

from Germany, August 2018

"Unglaublich erholt"

Alles Top: Die lockere Atmosphäre, die Kurse, die Möglichkeiten für Unternehmungen, das BBQ und Tapas, Sauberkeit und Ausstattung, Personal war freundlich und zugewandt und Kursleiter sehr professionell.

Sandrine Rey

from France, June 2018

"Hostel with great atmosphere ! Good value for money"

Sunrise yoga lessons on the pier, paddle lessons in the beautifull bay of Cascais, sup yoga, atmosphere of the hostel.

Kornelia Frank

from Germany, May 2018

Man fühlt sich wirklich wie zu Hause. Die Einrichtung ist sehr hübsch und einladend.

Emilie Decrequy

from United States, October 2017

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


from Switzerland, August 2017

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.


from Germany, July 2017

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

Sarah Horan

from Switzerland, May 2017

"Une belle semaine très sportive "

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.


from Ireland, November 2018

"Lovely place, friendly staff and well run! "

Breakfast was really nice! The chilled friendly vibe!


from United States, October 2018

"Amazing break in Cascais - a little piece of heaven! "

What a wonderful experience. Salty Pelican is the perfect place for a sun filled getaway. Excellent accommodation, friendly staff, enlightening yoga and fun filled days of surfing. Excellent place to spend my first ever solo holiday 🎉

Sara Farthing

from United States, October 2018

"Not a retreat, more hostel style."

The yoga classes I did attend were outstanding. Both instructors guided a wonderful 1 hour session.

Shane Fagan

from Ireland, October 2018

"Overall wonderful "

The staff were great, the facilities were great and the activities were everything I had hoped if not more!

The whole hostel has a great relaxed atmosphere that makes getting to know the other travelers really easy.

Warm and friendly vibe throughout - I loved the yoga and the instructors and I had the most fun learning to surf for the first time.


from Great Britain, October 2018

Great breakfast, lovely communal areas, great location. Amazing bathrooms. Comfy beds. Great massage included - this saved the trip. Yoga with Sonia was really lovely.

Emily Campbell

from Great Britain, October 2018

"Amazing stay! "

The people, the Yoga and the surfing were great.

Samanta Adomaviciute

from Great Britain, October 2018

"Amazing retreat with balanced activities "

The atmosphere and vibe was amazing! Owners of the place and other people that worked there were very nice! An incredible place where everyone is super friendly and helpful! Also there is a variety of things to do next to yoga and surfing such as BBQ dinners, hikes etc. All the people that I have met were very friendly and respectful of each other’s privacy considering the way the rooms are set up. I would definitely recommend this place to anyone that would like to surf, do some yoga and meet new and interesting people. I am definitely planning to come back and improve my surfing skills!


from United States, September 2018

"4 days of yoga, sun, sea 😁"

I loved the open friendliness of the staff at the Salty Pelican, it really made a difference. Big shout out to Ida! Her lovely personality in yoga classes was a great start to the day.

My first solo holiday, perfect choice.

Great location, amazing beaches.

Great quality food on tapas night.

Generally an amazing place to have a break. Definitely going back :)

Imogen Povey

from Great Britain, September 2018

Everything! I couldn't fault anything from start to finish.. I arrived slightly apprehensive having never done anything like this before, but the people and surroundings are so welcoming that I felt comfortable almost instantly. All the instructors (Yoga and surf) are fantastic and it was good to try their different styles. I've come home feeling more relaxed, happy and in control. I'll definitely be back, perhaps Sri Lanka in 2019! Thanks again xx

Robert Douglas

from Ireland, September 2018

"Exceeded all expectations."

Great place. Great people. Great activites. Really easy to get to. What more can I say?

Niloofar Roshani

from United States, August 2018

"Pretty nice time at Salty Pelican"

I really enjoyed my stay at Salty Pelican. It was more like a nice hostel with some activity packages, not a retreat! But they are really nice people.

Kennerly Singson

from Great Britain, August 2018

"Excelent experience at the Pelican"

I enjoyed very much the hike and meditation! All staff were very friendly, the accommodation and location were very good.

Most of all the people I met made this experience unforgetable. Thank you Salty Pelican!!

Maria Vandenburg

from United States, August 2018

"You'll love the Salty Pelican."

It's hard to actually find one thing I didn't like about this place. The staff is amazing, the place is beautiful, the people with me on this particular journey incredibly friendly. There aren't words to describe morning yoga on the beach - or just taking a bit of time out to slow down, breathe and take everything in. I loved everything about it, and am inspired to hopefully someday provide something similar to the world.

Janine Boije Af Gennas

from Sweden, August 2018

"Amazingly fun yoga and surf retreat"

The amazing vibe and warm welcome - I instantly felt at home and part of the tribe! The range of activities was broad and you could add on whatever you were interested in. Excellent value for money. The bunks were comfy and the lounge areas really nice. Always felt very safe.

Eduardo Vidal

from Great Britain, August 2018

"Friendly place"

Friendly and very helpful staff.

Great atmosphere and general facilities.

Jen Woolridge

from Great Britain, July 2018

Great place, friendly people - great food etc. Cascais is beautiful and there is no better place to start your day with a yoga class next to the ocean. The Salty Pelican is a affordable retreat - they offer something for everyone with an excellent assortment of activities.

Theresa Alexandra

from United States, July 2018

"Wonderful vacation!"

The Salty Pelican is a beautiful place to vacation. I especially appreciated Monika and the other staff members. They went above and beyond to help answer questions and provide a fun uplifting atmosphere. The other guests were kind and open. Even though I came alone, I made lots of friends. I would recommend this place and return again:)

Sarita Björn-bentzen

from Norway, July 2018


I loved surfing, the people, the hike, the house. It really was an excellent experience.

Alison Mcclemont

from Great Britain, July 2018

"Great short and sweet break! "

Atmosphere, yoga accommodation - all great, much much better than I assumed based on price!

Mina Kaur

from Great Britain, June 2018

"Lovely short break"

Had a lovely short break (4 Day Short and Sweet yoga package) and this place really became a home away from home. Met some lovely people throughout the trip, both staff (special thanks to Tiago and Monika especially) and guests and loved the close proximity to the beach (10 mins down the hill) and just chilling in the sunny garden. The BBQ and Tapas nights were good value and the food was delicious and healthy too.

Corey Barrow

from Denmark, June 2018

"Wonderful stay"

The owners were very welcoming & intent on providing great service in every aspect of their business.

Sid Robertson

from Spain, June 2018

Had such a wonderful time at the salty pelican! The staff were so kind, the bbq was incredible and the hostel was the best I’ve stayed at.

Ian Ryan

from Ireland, June 2018

"This is a great idea.. ! "

I loved the friendly atmosphere, it was my first time doing a yoga and surf retreat, also my first time going on my own. At first, I was hesitant and a bit nervous but this was soon forgotten about once I dropped my bags and walked around the house. Whether you are there to get away from a busy lifestyle and want to be on your own or if you want some company, it is all available to you.

The yoga is wonderful on the pier and the surf in Portugal is excellent...! The masseuse (angel hands) is absolutely amazing..! I will definitely be returning back to the Salty Pelican! Thank you to all the staff... !

Nina Hasle

from Norway, June 2018

"Good vibes only and a vitamin boost for your mind and body"

A lovely, friendly happy place, the perfect cute escape from reality if you normally are spending most of your time in your office.

Staff are amazing, smiling, friendly and helpful. You get the feeling that everyone are a Salty Family.

Breakfast is fresh, the house is spacious, nice located in a private villa area. Great tapas night and we were lucky to attend the twice yearly big bbq party.

Yoga teachers are lovely, and both morning and afternoon sessions are great. Very easy yoga though, you dont need to be an experienced yogis.

Surf sessions at Guincho beach are awesome, teachers are helpful, keeping you safe and they're all super nice and cool.

I highly recommend visiting Salty Pelican in Cascais.

- Greetings from Norway

Ana Rodriguez

from United States, June 2018

"Amazing experience!"

Gary and Tiago were extra nice, fun, cool, etc! I was traveling alone and it was easy to meet new, exciting people! I really enjoyed the surfing lesson too and the abundance of things to do in the area. I brought my mountain bike and found incredible trails!

Julie Storey

from Great Britain, May 2018

"A great solo break"

Lovely people

Helen Baxter

from United States, May 2018

"Don't Let The Word "Hostel" Scare You"

The overwhelming welcome from everyone, staff and guests alike; genuine, friendliness and inclusion be you man, woman or child.

Lucy Zakrzewska

from Great Britain, May 2018

"Excellent getaway"

Great few days away to relax and reset.

Ida is a very special instructor and has an amazing energy. Thoroughly enjoyed her classes and private meditation.

All the staff were really friendly and were always there to offer advice and make suggestions. Would highly recommend and would definitely go back again!

Renee Saliba

from Great Britain, April 2018

"Such a great experience. Everyone is so friendly!"

They have really set the tone for a super friendly, easy going and safe environment. Every body that works there is very accommodating and really wants to make sure you have a great time. Food was great! Dorm rooms are well presented, comfortable and very socialable. Common areas are well kept and provide great areas to chill either in the sun or hidden away inside. Washrooms are clean and tidy and actually quite beautiful. I had the short and sweet package - I received daily yoga classes which were very relaxing and set in beautiful location and also received a 1 hour massage, a perfect relaxing treat. I would definitely go back again.

Patrick Dundas

from Ireland, April 2018

"Perfect...and I'll leave it at that 🙂"

Friendly and professional.

Ridhi Majithia

from Great Britain, April 2018

"Great place and lovey experience "

Everyone was really nice and I was traveling alone but the tapas and bbq night was great to help me meet new people. The house is really nice, clean and modern. The staff were really lovely and the extras such as massage was great. The yoga classes were very good especially sunrise yoga on the pier, the afternoon yin yoga was also very relaxing in the park in the afternoon.

Francine Assmann

from Brazil, April 2018

"Very friendly staff but we found it overpriced"

The staff was very friendly, breakfast very good, yoga classes at the beach enjoyable and really good massage!

Tracy Argent

from Great Britain, April 2018

"A great place to do, chill and just be "

I loved the amazing welcome, the house and the people - staff and visitors - who are all super friendly, intetresting and full of positive energy. The yoga with Ida was absolutely brilliant. A great place to do, chill and just be.

Mary Gilton

from Ireland, April 2018

Location is fantastic, Hostel is homely and inviting, Staff were excellent at attention to detail .


from Great Britain, March 2018

Friendly staff

Barbara Epp

from United States, March 2018

"Friendly, clean, sensible rules, attractive and quiet. "

Morning yoga very good; nice breakfast; friendly helpful staff and guests.


from Great Britain, March 2018

"It was good and met great people"

Everyone was friendly and the yoga was great!

Rachel Ballam

from Great Britain, March 2018

"Wonderful, highly recommended"


Cristina Simoes

from Portugal, March 2018

the dream team was excellent


from United States, March 2018

"A dream in February"

the sun, the short distance to the beach, the niceness and familiarity of the staff, the awesome yoga instructor

Fiona Kirwan

from United States, February 2018

"Love this place"

Everything was amazing - the staff, accommodation, location, food, yoga. All 10/10.

Sarah Murray

from Great Britain, February 2018

"Such a calming and warm group of people!"

Loved everything about my stay from the people to the activities and everything in between.

The yoga with Ida was bliss and was perfectly balanced to cater for everyone from novices to experienced yogi's.

The surf was so well organised too but even with the best instructors in the word I don't think I will ever become a surfer! :)

The tapas night was also great (food was so delicious) and I finished my stay with the most blissful and incredible massage!!! Definitely best massage I have ever had :)

Everyone was a dream and I recommend everybody to grab this experience with both hands even if just for a few nights!

Thanks for everything team!


from United States, February 2018

"Short and sweet yoga classes for a getaway trip"

The bathrooms!

Fiona Dolan

from Ireland, February 2018

"A real find"

Everything about this place is just wonderful

Pheena Kenny

from Ireland, February 2018

"S.P. rocks."

The house; its just so cool. The bbq; tops. The staff; very nice. The message; Wow!

Brunella Ferraro

from Italy, January 2018

"Welcoming Place and wonderful yoga"

Wonderful yoga lessons with Ida, in the morning more energetic ( yang) and then in the afternoon more relaxing but this very engaging.

Hostel was very clean and welcoming, baths in upper floor are really big and it is a pleasure to use it:)

Breakfast has fresh fruits, milk, coffee, tea, cornflakes and pasteis de nata, BBQ can be booking outside the yoga package, fresh fish and vegetables is served.

You also have one massage included in the package, Monica is really great in doing massages:)

Lorraine Doyle

from Great Britain, January 2018

"Very relaxing stay"

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!


from Great Britain, January 2018

"A Short, Sweet But Very Relaxing Stay."

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!

Yawei Liu

from Denmark, January 2018

location, yoga, message.

Abdelaziz Ghis

from Great Britain, November 2017

"Amazing place with beautiful people!"

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

Mary Jane

from Belgium, November 2017

"Short but nice."

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

Sophie Adam

from Great Britain, October 2017

"Amazing, exactly what we were looking for "

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

Megan Visser

from Great Britain, October 2017

"Wonderful short stay!"

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

Great atmosphere!

Clair Cusack

from Great Britain, October 2017

"A fabulous relaxing get away"

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

Olivia Knight

from Great Britain, October 2017

"4 day stay at salty pelican "

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

Sami Nik

from Canada, October 2017

"Magical 7 Days in Portugal "

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.

Sam Bailey

from Great Britain, October 2017

"Just the relaxing getaway I needed"

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!

Chloe Dykins

from Great Britain, October 2017

"Just beautiful"

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!


from Sweden, September 2017

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

Wilma Flintzberg

from Sweden, September 2017

"A perfect combination for relax and activites."

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.


from Ireland, September 2017

"Awesome stay"

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.

Vesna Borojevic

from Sweden, August 2017

"Great experience!"

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.

Claudio Cicoira

from Italy, August 2017

"Great holiday!!"

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!

Teddy Florea

from Hungary, July 2017

"The perfect setting for a relaxed and meaningful journey"

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!

Deirdre Curtis

from Ireland, July 2017

"First timers Yoga and Surfing Holiday"

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.

Farah Abushwesha

from Great Britain, July 2017

"Excellent, vibrant, clean, happy place. Lots of options"

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

Patriick Gill

from Ireland, June 2017

"My 3 day Yoga and mindfulness retreat at the Salty Pelican"

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

Francesca Pang

from Great Britain, May 2017


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!

Enrica Trevisan

from Great Britain, May 2017

"4 days yoga retreat- Portugal "

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

from Great Britain, May 2017

"Long weekend bubble of bliss"

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.

Emily Roche

from Ireland, May 2017

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

Lisa Murkin

from Great Britain, May 2017

"Nothing deluxe or yoga retreat like, just a nice but ordinary hostel"

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.

Jane Sidey

from Great Britain, April 2017

"Outstanding staff"

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.

Alexandra Pearson

from Great Britain, April 2017


Friendly, spotlessly clean, fun.

Naveera Ghulamhussain

from Great Britain, April 2017

"Best decision ever!"

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


from Sweden, October 2018

"Perfekter Yoga-Trip"

Die Yoga Stunden und das zusätzliche Angebot war super. Vor allem die Mahe zum Strand ist traumhaft.


from Netherlands, October 2018

"Everything I hoped for"

Very nice atmosphere, very relaxed, good lessons, beautiful suroundings. Loved it. Mixed audience which was lovely. The BBQ and Tapas diner. The single room in the other villa is very comfortable.


from Germany, October 2018

Das immer freundliche, flexible und hilfsbereite Team. Abholung am Flughafen trotz deutlicher Verspätung um 1:30 hat sehr gut geklappt. Organisation der Activities sehr gut und sehr flexibel bei Änderungswünschen.


from Switzerland, October 2018

"Une semaine de belles rencontres et expériences"

La maison est magnifique, on y est très bien accueilli et tout est fait pour créer des liens avec les gens! Le personnel est au petit soin, toujours présent et d’une grande gentillesse. Il fait bon vivre au salty pelican. Il s’agit plus d’un camp d’activités où l’on peut faire du yoga que d’une véritable retraite.


from Germany, September 2018

Nette Mitarbeiter, schöne Bäder, nah an Lissabon. Die Wanderung zum geheimen Strand war sehr schön!

Laure Salies

from Spain, September 2018

"Salty Pelican is a very beautiful and relaxing experience"

People of Salty Pelican are very welcoming, tey make you feel like at home; the breakfast is very good, the level of yoga classes excellent with wonderful monitors (Ida and Sonia) and great ayurveda massages. Cascais is the best place for relaxing holidays: it's very calm (maybe because it's a very rich city?) with beautiful beaches where you can do a lot of activities. I recommend Salty Pelican adn Cascais!

Laura Steiner

from Austria, September 2018


from France, August 2018

"Great stay great atmosphere and nice people"

The location and the building are nice, it is clean, everything is well organized and staff super welcoming and helpful !

David Poier

from France, August 2018

"A great place to have a wonderful stay"

I was looking for a place to have a 3 days stay and discover new things. The Salty Pelican retreat was the perfect place for this. Both yoga and surf teachers are very good to learn these activities as a total beginner. I really wish I could have stayed longer.

Oxana Bytschenko

from Germany, August 2018

"Amazing place where the world meets"

Contact with a lot of people but you can still spend some time alone if you want. We had a fantastic group with different ages and backgrounds, had funny evenings and went out for dancing. Yoga at the beach in the morning and in the garden of Salty was amazing: not very challenging but quiet and relaxing. The surfing was the best: cool teachers (they went out with us at night), big waves and a lot of adrenalin.

Natalia Pomar

from Spain, August 2018

"Un lugar ideal para conocer gente "

La gente del lugar. La casa en general es bonita y las actividades.

Lisa Oberndorfer

from Austria, July 2018

"Home abroad"

The Salty Pelican is among the best experiences I ever had. On the minute you get there you feel at home and the whole place is filled with love, good vibes and even though I travelled alone, I never felt alone a single second. The Mix between Yoga, Surf, Beach and chill was perfect and I wish I'd stayed more than just those 4 days. Will be back for sure.

Stephanie Suter

from Switzerland, July 2018

"Yoga and Surf"

Staff 👍

People 👍

Clara Alarcón

from Spain, July 2018

"It is an amazing experience"

I went on my own and I came back with many new friends and very good memories. I enjoyed all the yoga and surf classes, very well organized and with amazing and inspiring monitors. At the BBQ night and the tapas night the environment was so friendly and the food really good. The breakfast with many healthy options. The bathrooms are spacy and comfortable. I would love to repeat this retreat again and I recommend it. Thank you!

Klaus Radke

from Germany, July 2018


siehe meine sehr positive Bewertung bei Trip Advisor

Valerie Marichal

from Belgium, July 2018

"Één van onze beste vakanties!💕"

Ik vond gewoon alles super!

Alejandra Cerezo

from Switzerland, July 2018

"Five worderfull days at The Salty Pelican"

The hostal by it self is really nice. But the people there make it special.

Met lot of new people.

Yoga instructors are great.

The Salty Pelican is the perfect destination for yoga, surf and/or beach lovers.

I totally recommend it and i will for sure come back next year.


Emilie Vanmeerbeeck

from Belgium, May 2018

"First but not last stay there!"

La parfaite organisation, timing toujours respectés,

L'éventail d'activités proposé sans aucune pression

La bonne humeur qui règne en permanence sur le visage des responsables/profs toujours disponibles

Anna Frühauf

from Germany, May 2018

"Yoga Himmel "

Ein Paradies für alle die runter kommen und den Alltagstress hinter sich lassen möchten!

Charlotte Brault

from United States, May 2018

"Super expérience au Salty Pelican"

Tout était super! l'endroit, les activités et les hôtes, Monica et Gareth, qui sont au petit soin. C'est un petit endroit de paradis, nous ne voulions pas partir :)

Christine Ehrat

from United States, April 2018


Die Yoga Stunden waren perfekt sehr nette Stuff sehr schöne Unterkunft! Alles war Perfekt! Würde sofort wieder dahin gehen!

Tanja Kolar

from Austria, April 2018

"Wunderschönes Zu-Sich-Finden in traumhafter Umgebung"

Sehr freundliches und bemühtes Personal, wo jedeR seine/ihre Aufgabe findet. Gut mit den Gästen in Kontakt und sehr motivierend. Es wird auf jedes Detail geachtet damit man sich als Gast wohl fühlt. Wäre sehr gerne länger geblieben und es war sicher nicht mein letztes Mal.

Laura Fernandez Polo

from Spain, March 2018

"Awesome experience "

I love that we had healthy choices in the breakfast buffet.

There was no rush. If you wanted to do yoga or surf you could join the class but if you didn’t, you could skip it, no problem at all.

All the staff is amazing, every one inspires you in a different way, and they are all time mixed with the guests.

The place is fantastic too, and Cascais is full of friendly local people.

Frauke Blondeau

from United States, March 2018

"Gemütliche familiäre Atmosphäre- yoga + Massage top"

Treffpunkt kunterbunter vor allem Frauen aus vielen Ländern- Herzlichkeit wird groß geschrieben- der Yoga Unterricht mit Ida mega positiv auch für Anfänger- das Frühstück mega - tolle Auswahl immer genug da obwohl der Hunger nach dem Yoga bei allen gross ist - ein wunderschönes Erlebnis-

Augueux Celine

from France, March 2018

"merci pour vos sourires et votre bonne humeur"

Les cours de Yoga d'IDA! Merci!

Vos sourires à tous

le petit déjeuner

les massages de monika et de charlie

votre accueil


from United States, March 2018

"Yoga und Surfen - die perfekte Kombination"

Das Salty Pelican ist ein schönes Hostel mit einem sehr guten Programm. Es liegt ein wenig höher, so das man auf den 800 Metern zum Meer oder zurück immer bisschen zu gehen hat. Die Regionalbahn nach Lissabon ist ausgezeichnet! Sie führt die ganze Zeit am Wasser entlang und man erreicht Lissabon kinderleicht. Die Stadt ist wunderschön und immer eine Reise Wert. Danke an das Team vom Salty Pelican für die schöne Zeit!!

Renate Brand

from Netherlands, March 2018

Leuke mensen, heerlijke yoga, geweldige massagen, fantastisch warme mensen van de salty pelican

Susan Zwijnenberg

from Netherlands, March 2018

"Een waanzinnige ervaring"

Ida is geweldig en een lief, mooi mens! Ze legde het duidelijk uit en als beginner voelde ik me echt op mijn gemak. Ze heeft me geënthousiasmeerd in haar soort yoga.

Jorge Ronda Villegas

from Spain, February 2018

"The best place to introduce yourself into the yoga world "

The activity was amazing along with the priceless spot and (lucky me!) the weather


from Germany, February 2018

"Great Short and Sweet Retreat ;)"

The Yoga Lessons were Really good

Claire Boutoille

from Morocco, February 2018

I enjoyed being surrounded by friendly foreign yoga mates. I also enjoyed the nice bathrooms with modern showers . The quality of the massage given by Monika was excellent!


from Germany, February 2018

"Perfect short trip "

Great Yoga Sessions, very nice people and staff!

Martina Löw

from Switzerland, February 2018


a really inspiring mood

Chantal Van Der Linden

from Netherlands, January 2018

"Perfect start of the year!"

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.

Manuela Heinemann

from Germany, December 2017

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

Olga Goubenko

from Belgium, November 2017

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!

Delphine Raynal

from France, November 2017

"vacances et yoga plutôt que retraite de yoga"

L'endroit est vraiment chouette, très bonne ambiance.


from France, November 2017

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.

Kathy Rahmig

from Germany, November 2017

"Wohlfühlatmosphere "

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!

Elisabeth Krepsa

from Austria, October 2017

"Ganz gut"

Sehr familiär.. Sehr bemüht , sehr freundlich :)


from Germany, September 2017

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

Aline Strouvens

from France, September 2017

"Amazing retreat, it's a must do ! "

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.


from Austria, August 2017

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


from Germany, August 2017

"Entspannter Urlaub in ein liebevoll gestalteten Haus"

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

Melanie Richard

from Canada, August 2017

"Superbe expérience! "

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


from Switzerland, August 2017

"Nice place with wonderful atmosphere"

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.


from Germany, July 2017

"Amazing atmosphere"

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


from Germany, June 2017

"Sehr schöner Urlaub mit netten Leuten u toller Atmosphäre "

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

Michelle Bakker

from Netherlands, June 2017

"Ontspannen in een authentiek en rustig plaatsje "

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

Chantal Schneider

from Switzerland, May 2017

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.

Bridget Van Zundert

from Netherlands, April 2017

"What a wonderful time!!"

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!!

Carmen Bustamante Garrido

from Germany, April 2017

"Immer wieder gerne!"

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.

Anika Rosski

from Germany, April 2017

"Great hostel - great yoga teacher - great place"

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!

Jade Simard

from Canada, April 2017

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

Heike Lohse Lohse

from Germany, April 2017

"Perfekter Mix aus Entspannung, professionel angeleiteter körperlicher Anstrengung , Gemeinschaftsgefühl und Urlaubserlebnissen. "

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.

Testimonials 5


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


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!


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!

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