Casa do Páteo Guesthouse

Casa do Páteo Guesthouse is a place to smell the land, feel the sea, talk to the stars, enjoy the warmth of natural rhythms, and immerse yourself in yoga.

Instructors 3

Mafalda Fonseca

Mafalda is the founder of the project. In 2014, she decided to take a sabbatical period and traveled around the world. At the beginning of 2016, she felt the desire to return home in the middle of mother nature. From this return was born the desire to create a project with deep roots and at the same time inspired by movement and freedom. This place brought to her all this. Here, she could feel the kiss of the breeze, the embrace of the winds, and the freedom to dance in the woods. From here has reborn the connection with the earth that she wants to share with everyone who visits this place.

José Saleiro

José is one of the founding partners of Vertente Natural company (a national reference in nature tourism) and lover of the entire Serra da Arrábida coast. He is a practitioner and guide to various activities of nature tourism. He is a skipper (skipper of the high seas), snorkeling guide, speleologist, international trainer of mountain activity guides, vice-president and national responsible for the maritime-tourist area of the association that represents the sector (APECATE), and strategic adviser in several national protected areas. He loves hiking and climbing, coasteering, and canoeing.

António Rusga

Antonio was born in Lisbon in 1966. He was in the Portuguese navy and trained as a diver. Scuba diving, windsurfing, and adventure racing were his hobbies and sports. For him, Nature Park of Arrábida has been his playground. In 2014, he decided to change the course of his life, so he put his experience and multiple skills to work and join Vertente Natural as an active tourism guide, leading groups to coasteering, kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving, hiking, mountain biking, climbing, caving, and boat tours. He is also an active scuba diving instructor.

Reviews 9

Melanie Künzli

from Switzerland, October 2017

Mafalda is just a hilairous and very inspiring person.


from Germany, September 2017

"Yoga in the woods, kiting the lagoon and enjoying dinners"

We really enjoyed our stay at Casa do Pateo. Mafalda was very warm and welcoming and surprised us everyday with a new delicious vegetarian meal. Small groups for yoga and kitesurfing made us feel like being part of a big family. The nearby lagoon is perfect for beginners and intermediate kitesurfers and our surf teachers gave their best to improve our skills as much as possible. We definately recommend this place.

Marine Haution

from France, August 2017

"Wonderfull retreat"

Very nice and peacefull place.

People are so great and cheerfull.

Mafalda is a very Good cooker.

I've learnt so many things about yoga and other spiritual things.

The kitesurf teacher is really great and patient.

In all, everything was perfect!

Tatiana Paul

from Belgium, June 2018

"A great experience"

I had a very good time at Mafaldas place! Everythins was great: the place, the food, the activities... I came back home with so much posotive energy!!! I would definietly recommand it

Lauriane Izorche

from France, May 2018

"A haven away from home and amazing scuba diving course!"

The house is such a quaint haven, you’ll feel right at home really quickly. It is small enough that it really feels like you’re a guest and not a client in a hotel.

The host, Mafalda, is sweet and caring and hilarious. Always has a story to share.

I was doing the scuba diving certification course (open water) as a beginner, and the team Mafalda works with is amazing. So friendly, passionate and professional. The confined water dives took place in the casa do pateo’s backyard pool, so convenient!

And the yoga with the adorable and hilarious Dami was also really nice, taking place in a tented dome.

Would recommend 100 times!!

Karin Houtman

from Netherlands, May 2018

"Yoga/kitesurf retreat"

Beautiful location to relax and do yoga, super nice people, Mafalda is super sweet and the best cook! Very good spot for the kitesurfing, overall a great week!!

Peter Feller

from United States, August 2017

"Lovely retreat"

For my it was the best love experience in a long time.. it is a very peaceful place, with a lot of little spots in the garden.. nice lovely people and good food every day.. yoga in the dome is pretty cool.. and if there is enough wind, the lagoon is the perfect place to learn kitesurfing!!

I will mis this place!! Big hug to everyone over there!! Com amor.. Peter


from Netherlands, July 2017

"First retrait at Caso do Pateo "

Caso do Pateo is a wonderful place in the middle of the nature. Despite the high temperatures you will find yourself in the middle of the woods, which gives the place a peaceful atmosphere. Given the fact that most people will book a retrait to let go of everyday life, this is rather nice. Next to the place itself, the host (Mafalda) is also very welcoming. She is always up for a conversation or two and cooks great vegetarian meals. If you want to she also can take the time to show you the best coastal areas. In some sense she is both host and guest at the same time. Both the surfing and yoga are great as well. I had some experiencing in surfing and little in yoga. My yoga teachers were Jose and Marsha both were very patient, which was really needed as I am not the most flexible human being around. For the latter part the dome in Mafalda's garden is great. Especially Jose really has a lot of helping attributes which can help you training the more complicated postures. In addition to the classes they love to tell about yoga in general and about their passion for it after class which for someone new to yoga is very nice to hear about. They managed to get me sign up for yoga classes in Rotterdam. Surfing was also good, altough there was not that much wind. The place is perfect for people ranging from beginner to expert as it is situated not on the actual sea (but you can go there as well), so you don't have to surf on waves if you can't. All in all it was a great first retrait

Testimonials 3

Lito Brandão Portugal

Casa do Páteo Guesthouse Facebook page

I love wonder places. I love wonder people even more.

Mafalda welcomed us on this magical hidden refugee.

We went for tourism. We've been given peace, kindness,altruism and joy.

Thank you Mafalda & Sauro. We miss you already.

Andreia and Lito

Karolina Darshan Deep

Casa do Páteo Guesthouse Facebook page

Lovely place! Loved the food and the people! Had a magical experience. Mafalda invited me to come dancing with her and I had the best time!!! Will definitely visit again. Highly recommended!

a traveler

Casa do Páteo Guesthouse Facebook page

It was a very nice place in the middle of nature. It was quiet and perfect to relax and calm down from daily stress. The guesthouse was very nicely decorated whit a lot of homemade stuff. The breakfast which can be taken outside in garden beyond trees was great and the staff was very nice and helpful. All in all, I spent a great time at Casa do Páteo

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