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8 Days Breathtaking Surf and Yoga Retreat in Cascais, Portugal

  • The Salty Pelican, Rua Madrid 6 2765-419 Estoril, Cascais, Portugal


Surf, Yoga, and Meditation Holiday Portugal

Imagine waking up to the sound of the sea breeze moving through the trees. Meditating at sunrise right by the seaside, practicing yoga and hearing nothing but the sounds of crashing waves, sunset awareness hikes with meditation on a beautiful secluded national park beach. It’s just such a great combination in so many ways. Relaxing and feeling balanced is a big part of The Salty Pelican retreat for those who are interested. Yang Yoga is the perfect way to prepare your bodies for the day ahead. Whether it’s through strength, flexibility, or simply just breathing better. Learning how to breathe properly is really important and your bodies will feel more in tune and balanced. While afternoon Yin yoga will bring beautiful balance within your energy systems and a unique sense of calmness you will feel both physically and mentally. Enjoy the special treat and relish the beauty of the magnificent Ursa beach, as Isabella leads you on a nature hike with awareness and meditation exercises, followed by a sunset picnic on one of the most magical beaches in Portugal. Exploring Portugal's beautiful nature, relax & sleep in a laid back beach retreat, eat well to restore, revive, and feel amazing. The friendly, highly experienced team will help you develop your own yoga practice, take you to the most magical beaches, and create the perfect experience. It will be the perfect week of learning to surf, sun, yoga, and good people.


  • 12 yoga classes
  • 5 days of surf lessons
  • Daily meditation classes
  • Sunrise Yang Yoga by seaside
  • Afternoon relaxing Yin Yoga classes in the nature park
  • Fruit infused water and herbal tea available all day
  • Free time to explore Sintra National Park
  • All surfing & yoga equipment provided
  • Delicious buffet-style breakfast daily
  • 7 nights cozy accommodation
  • Just 400m from the beach
  • 25min from Lisbon airport

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • Intermediate

  • Advanced

  • 7 days with instruction
  • Finnish, German, Portuguese, Spanish, English
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The retreat just went through a complete renovation from top to bottom, so you'll find everything new, comfortable, modern, secure, and clean with comfy new beds, personal lockers, fully equipped guest’s kitchen, laundry facilities, luggage storage, a herb garden, and new super clean bathrooms.

The Salty Pelican has been converted into a stunning traveler's meeting point, featuring a cozy lounge, an awesome chill-out barbecue terrace, and peaceful gardens. So whether you’re up early to go check out the beach or stretch out those achy muscles with our sunrise beach yoga, joining our learn to surf classes, or you’re just after a few lazy craft beers on the terrace before hitting the town, all your needs will be taken care of.

The accommodation includes a comfy bed in a spacious room with shared bathrooms and a delicious breakfast with fresh fruits, yogurt, juices, cereals, fresh bread, fruit infused water and lots more. Besides the awesome time you will have learning stand up paddle boarding, the retreat offers all the comforts of a home.

The retreat has a beautiful garden to relax about all day in, with comfy XL bean bags, hammocks and a large nation with free BBQ facilities. If The Salty Pelicans all-day menu of delicious homemade toasted prosciutto, poached egg & hummus wraps and healthy vegetarian options doesn’t tempt you, they also have a big kitchen for you to cook up a storm in. To explore Cascais, you can rent either a bicycle or long board skateboard from the reception. The retreat also offers female-only accommodation in a four bed dormitory where available.

Important note: Check-ins arriving after 12am are only accepted with prior notice by email or phone call. Reception closes at 12am without prior notice.

Whether you are seeking a wellness break or a more active vacation, you will find the perfect balance at The Salty Pelican Yoga Retreat. You can pick and choose your extra activities. Additional wellness treatments and activities like Ayurveda massages, SUP Yoga, awareness hikes with meditation, mountain biking, rock climbing trips, sunset cruises or even wine tasting & tapas nights. Create memories of a lifetime and let The Salty Pelican be one of them!

The yoga classes

Yoga is for everyone, you don't need to have any prior experience. For sunrise we take you down by the seaside for our morning Yang Yoga followed in the late afternoon with our gentle practice of Yin Yoga which focuses on increasing your inner peace, harmony, love and joy. Practicing Yang & Yin yoga will help to harmonize the nervous system, increase your sense of balance with the body & mind and strengthen your lymphatic system.

Traditionally the Yin evening classes are more soft, slow, restorative to integrate with the days surfing activities and prepare the body for a great rest over night. Let yourself emerge into a nice flow of your yoga practice. Enjoy breathing, relax your body, muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints and also your mind.

Daily program

  • 07:00 Wake up
  • 07:15 Walk to the beach
  • 07:30 Yang Yoga
  • 09:00 Healthy breakfast buffet
  • 10:30 Surf van departs
  • 11:00 Surf lesson
  • 12:30 Lunch at the beach
  • 13:00 Free time
  • 17:00 Meditation in peaceful nature park
  • 17:30 Yin Yoga class in the nature park
  • 19:00 Seafood or vegetarian BBQ or other activity


On the first morning, a schedule is open to make your massage reservations.

SUP Yoga, Meditation awareness hike, and relaxation

Every Thursday afternoon around at 18:00 depending on the time of year, there will be an awareness hike down to the beautiful remote beach of Praia da Ursa. Here we will do meditation right on the sand with a beautiful sunset with small snacks and wine to finish. Every Monday & Wednesday mornings we have our SUP ( stand up paddle board ) Yoga classes right on the water... Attendance to both of these activities is highly recommended.

Surf lessons are only on 5 days of your 8 day package, giving you plenty of time to relax during the day, swim, have a massage, explore Sintra National Park, walk around the Cascais beaches or even discover the narrow streets and hidden restaurants of Lisbon city in a day. Lisbon is just a short 30 minute train ride away (2,50 EUR ) and the magical Sintra is just 20 minutes away. It really is the perfect spot here at The Salty Pelican.

Nightly activities:

Every night we try and get all our guests together to socialize over a good meal and some nice Portuguese wine. From traditional steamed clams, seafood BBQs with delicious stuffed sea bass to our famous sunset BBQ & wine cruises out on the amazing Cacais bay...you are going love every moment here at The Salty pelican.

  • Alex

    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

    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.

  • Wellington

    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.

  • Gabby

    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

    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.

  • Anna

    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.

The Salty Pelican yoga & surf retreat sits snuggled between the sun-dappled shores of the Cascais Bay and the Sintra's dramatic mountain range. Cascais is renowned for its glorious stretch of white sandy beaches which are simply stunning, beautiful palaces, cosmopolitan vibrancy, and as Lisbon’s most sophisticated beach destination. With over 300 days of sun per year, you will spend most of your time outdoors, even during winter.

The whole coastline offers a seemingly endless amount of dramatic and ever-changing scenery, culminating in the extraordinary town of Sintra, the end-of-summer getaway for royals over 100 years ago and now an official World Heritage site. Truly one of the most unusual and magical places to experience in Europe, the centerpieces are undoubtedly the Pena palace and park, which many say was the inspiration for Cinderella’s castle in Disney’s “Magic Kingdom”, the mystical and symbolic Quinta da Regaleira palace with its tunnels, magical grottos, fountains, and gothic architecture, and right at Sintra’s highest point, the Moorish castle offering outstanding views across the mountains and down to the Atlantic.

Marvel at the unspoiled sand dunes and untamed waves at Guincho Beach - part of the beautiful Sintra Cascais National Park - with its high waves that attract surfers and kite surfers from all over the world as having some of the best waves in Europe. Exploring Cascais is a voyage of discovery. On the one hand, there is the original historic area that has a distinct nautical air about it - with its cobbled winding streets leading down to the cozy harbour where the day’s fresh catch is still sold by local fishermen in the nearby square.

Don’t miss the Seixas palace, a magnificent 19th century palace overlooking the sea, or the municipal museum so close to the sea that waves often reach the steps at high tide. Have a light lunch at the restaurant and café in the charming Santa Marta lighthouse museum and check out the Atlantic views.

Nearby places

  • Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS) - 20 minutes
  • Monte Estoril train station, 750 meters
  • Boating nearby
  • Cliff jumping
  • Diving nearby
  • Hiking
  • Horse riding
  • Kayaking
  • Kite surfing
  • Massage
  • Rock climbing
  • Stand up paddle board tours/lessons
  • SUP Yoga
  • Sunset cruises
  • Sailing nearby
  • Shopping nearby
  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Stargazing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Bar
  • Barbecue facilities
  • Beach nearby
  • Café nearby
  • Concierge desk
  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Hammock
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Restaurant
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
  • Bicycle rental
  • Board rental
  • Free Wi-Fi / computer
  • Hair dryer
  • Laptop rental
  • Laundry
  • Local market

The retreat includes daily buffet-style breakfast with fresh baked bread, cheeses, hams, freshly cut fruits, vegetable slices, delicious teas, fruit infused water and yogurts. You can also enjoy our twice weekly seafood BBQ, Clams & Wine night, Sushi nights, tapas & wine tasting and sunset BBQ cruises. You will also find a delicious menu serving ridiculously good tasting cocktails, craft beers, cider, wines, sangria and some healthy snacks at an additional cost.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following dietary requirements are served and/or catered for:

  • Gluten Free
  • Seafood
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
(If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation)

The Salty Pelican retreat sits snuggled between the sun-dappled shores of the Cascais bay and Sintra's dramatic mountain range. To relax, you can always grab a beer from the bar, grill up some grub at the hostel barbecue area, or lay back and chill-out in one of the hammocks in the beautiful garden with some mighty good tunes.


Cascais is renowned for its glorious stretch of white sandy beaches which are simply stunning, beautiful palaces, cosmopolitan vibrancy and as Lisbons most sophisticated beach destination. You can take a stroll on the seaside promenade and discover many beachfront cafes where you can absorb the clean swathes of golden sand with the wide stretch of the Atlantic sweeping around the bay to Cascais.


Exploring Cascais is a voyage of discovery. On the one hand there is the original historic area that has a distinct nautical air about it - with its cobbled winding streets leading down to the cozy harbor where the days fresh catch is still sold by local fishermen in the nearby square.

Guincho beach

Marvel at the unspoilt sand dunes and untamed waves at Guincho beach - part of the beautiful Sintra Cascais National park - with its high waves that attract surfers and kitesurfers from all over the world as having some of the best waves in Europe.

Municipal museum

The museum is so close to the sea that waves often reach the steps at high tide. Have a light lunch at the restaurant or cafe in the charming Santa Marta Lighthouse Museum while checking out its Atlantic views.

Hidden beach of Praia da Ursa

This is an incredible "secret" beach which you can take a beautiful hike down to catch an amazing sunset in Sintra National Park.

Moorish Castle

Right at Sintras highest point, the Moorish Castle offers outstanding views across the mountains and down to the Atlantic.


Cascais is also a magnet for night owls, providing an eclectic range of evening entertainment that offers everything from pubs, cafes, restaurants, glitzy cocktail lounges, to cozy craft beer bars, and to late night clubbing.

Pena Palace and Park

Many say was the inspiration for Cinderella’s castle in Disney’s magic kingdom.

Quinta da Regaleira Palace

Imagine a place with secret passages, stepping stones, hidden caves and grottos, a library that looks like you're floating in air, beautiful chapel and residence - all while being located in one of the most beautiful parks. That would be Quinta da Regaleira, an architectural marvel built at the direction of Portugal's first millionaire and to his exacting specifications. Its really one of the most magical and enchanting places you can visit whilst you're in Cascais. The bus right near The Salty Pelican takes you there in just a 25 minute bus ride.

Visiting Lisbon and Belem

Lisbon city centre is just an easy 25 minute ( 2.50 EUR ) train ride away from The Salty Pelican. Its a great day trip to add to your week here and you can hop off the train at Belem halfway and try one of the Portugal's most famous pastel de Belem, a traditional Portuguese custard tart, a treat not to be missed. Belem is also full of sights and scenery to check-out before heading into Lisbon. It's a great little pit-stop.


The whole coastline offers a seemingly endless amount of dramatic and ever-changing scenery, culminating in the extraordinary town of Sintra, the end-of-summer getaway for royals over 100 years ago, and now an official World Heritage Site.

Biking and mountain biking

Cascais has an amazing coastline and its an easy fun way to explore by bike, with self-guided trips or organized trips for all levels of ability. You can ride through the amazing scenery of Sintra National Park with its spectacular views over the Atlantic Ocean and dense forests. Visit archaeological sites, fantastic beaches, and unspoiled villages as you pedal along some of the nicest routes in Europe. The more adventurous choose to ride a mountain bike downhill from the top of Sintra National Park all the way down to The Atlantic and finish with a wine and sunset right on the beach.


Nearby the retreat you have an abundant amount of beautiful beaches, salt water swimming pools and hidden coves all within very short walking distances.

Other activities:

  • Enjoy a Ayurveda or Thai massage at The Salty Pelican
  • Enjoy peaceful walks or bike rides along the beautiful seaside promenade
  • Explore the Cascais region: Boca do Inferno, Guincho, Cabo da Roca, Sintra or Lisbon
  • Chill-out, relax in our quiet garden with a book and some sunshine
  • Try you hand at some of the amazing daily activities from awareness hiking, SUP, rock climbing, SUP yoga, wine tasting and sunset cruises
  • Take it easy and just lie on one of the many beaches all day, that are all within a very short walk away.
  • Taste great Portuguese tapas in our garden with some wine tasting

Monika, the in-house masseuse, will pamper your body with a relaxing deep tissue Ayurveda massage. Trained and a practitioner in Austrian high-end hotels and other parts of the globe, her vast experience over 13 years will allow you to fully appreciate her relaxing Ayurveda massage in a long lasting way.

  • 5 days of surf lessons including transport
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 12 yoga sessions
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Daily breakfast buffet
  • Free WiFi
  • Fruit infused water and herbal teas available all day
  • Free time to enjoy the best beaches and surf spots
  • All yoga & surf equipment provided
  • Insurance
  • Airport transfers
  • Barbecues
  • Evening meals
  • Surf photography (30 EUR per person)
  • Sunset boat cruises

Driving directions from Lisbon

  • If you’re arriving by car, the fastest way to arrive in Cascais is by taking highway A5 and you have to pay a toll of approximately 1.30 EUR.
  • You can also take the N6 (Via Avenida Marginal) along the more scenic coastal drive to Cascais.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request. The Salty Pelican can book you a private airport transfer for 45 EUR per car one-way.

Arrival by train

If you are coming from Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS), take the red metro line towards Sao Sebastiao and get off at the Alameda station. Here you must change to the green line that will take you directly to the Cais do Sodre train station (end of the line). The approximate journey time is 20 minutes and the ticket price is around 1.40 EUR.

From Lisbon’s city center, starting from the aboveground Cais do Sodr train station, take the train that connects Lisbon to Cascais and get off at Monte Estoril Station (second last stop). Sit on the left side of the train for the best views. The approximate journey time is 30 minutes and the ticket price is 2.15 EUR. From the Monte Estoril train station, you can take a taxi for about 4 EUR or walk the short 750-meters distance to the hostel.

  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 7 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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  • A
    Review by Anika Rosski from Germany

    Great hostel - great yoga teacher - great place

    PROS 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!

    10 Value for money
    10 Accommodation & facilities
    10 Food
    7.5 Location
    7.5 Quality of activity
    10 Overall impression

    2017-Apr-12 16:26:33

  • S
    Review by Sophia Stieger from Germany
    10 Value for money
    10 Accommodation & facilities
    7.5 Food
    7.5 Location
    7.5 Quality of activity
    7.5 Overall impression

    2017-Apr-11 17:30:39

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    Review by Naveera Ghulamhussain from United Kingdom

    Best decision ever!

    PROS 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

    10 Value for money
    10 Accommodation & facilities
    10 Food
    10 Location
    10 Quality of activity
    10 Overall impression

    2017-Apr-22 19:25:07

  • J
    Review by Jannie Dressler from Denmark
    10 Value for money
    10 Accommodation & facilities
    10 Food
    10 Location
    10 Quality of activity
    10 Overall impression

    2017-Apr-22 10:38:16

  • C
    Review by Carmen Bustamante Garrido from Germany

    Immer wieder gerne!

    CONS Mir fällt nix ein!

    PROS 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.

    7.5 Value for money
    7.5 Accommodation & facilities
    7.5 Food
    7.5 Location
    10 Quality of activity
    10 Overall impression

    2017-Apr-13 09:40:42

  • E
    Review by Ellen Lecompte from Belgium

    Amazing home away from home

    CONS 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.

    PROS 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 hugs....it 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.

    10 Value for money
    10 Accommodation & facilities
    10 Food
    10 Location
    10 Quality of activity
    10 Overall impression

    2017-Apr-12 12:41:27

  • J
    Review by Jade Simard from Canada

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

    7.5 Value for money
    7.5 Accommodation & facilities
    7.5 Food
    10 Location
    10 Quality of activity
    7.5 Overall impression

    2017-Apr-11 11:19:29

  • H
    Review by Heike Lohse Lohse from Germany

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

    CONS Nichts negatives

    PROS 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.

    7.5 Value for money
    7.5 Accommodation & facilities
    0 Food
    7.5 Location
    10 Quality of activity
    10 Overall impression

    2017-Apr-03 06:56:01

  • Review by Ksenia from Moscow, Russia

    "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"

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  • Review by Ricarda from Germany

    "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)."

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  • Review by Ruth Patterson

    "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!"

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  • Review by Tracey from Chicago, USA

    "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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  • Review by a traveller

    "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 !!!"

    February 24, 2017. TripAdvisor, edited

  • Review by Julie from Paris, France

    "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 !"

    February 16, 2017. TripAdvisor, edited

  • Review by Lucie

    "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!"

    February 11, 2017. TripAdvisor, edited

  • Review by a traveller from Belgium

    "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!"

    February 11, 2017. TripAdvisor8, edited

  • Review by Alessandra from Switzerland

    "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!"

    February 8, 2017. TripAdvisor, edited

  • Review by a traveller from Scotland

    "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!!"

    January 22, 2017. TripAdvisor, edited

  • Review by Amy

    "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."

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  • Review by a traveller from Hanoi, Vietnam

    "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!"

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  • Review by Rachel from Sheffield, United Kingdom

    "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."

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  • Review by a traveller from London, UK

    "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 :))))"

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  • Review by Jonas W.

    "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."

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  • Review by Jenni

    "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."

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  • Review by A traveler from London, United Kingdom

    "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."

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  • Review by Rozza from Berkhamsted, United Kingdom

    "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."

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  • Review by a traveler from London, United Kingdom

    "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."

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  • Review by a traveler from Toronto, Canada

    "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!"

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  • Review by Liz from Cascais

    "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."

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  • Review by Christina from Lisbon, Portugal

    "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!"

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  • Review by Peter from Brussels, Belgium

    "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."

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  • Review by Chris from Kitzbuhel, Austria

    "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."

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  • Review by a traveler from London, UK

    "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!"

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  • Review by Line from Copenhagen, Denmark

    "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!"

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  • Review by Marie from Goettingen, Germany

    "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!"

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  • Review by Graciete

    "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."

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  • Review by Eva Ganso from Europe

    "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."

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  • Review by Bruno Fernandes from Europe

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

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  • Review by Tiago Coutinho from South Dakota, USA

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

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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.

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  • December 24, 2017 - January 1, 2018
  • March 26 - April 9, 2018

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