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Moka Surfhouse & Yoga Retreat

Moka Surfhouse & Yoga Retreat is located in the Ericeira's World Surfing Reserve. They offer surf camps and powerful yoga retreats in various accommodations.

Instructors 1

Dorotea Zafferani

Dorotea is a certified RYT 400 Ashtanga Vinyasa and Rocket yoga teacher and her style is strongly influenced by her background in ballet and contemporary dance. In her classes, Dorotea always encourages her students to listen and to bring stillness in their body and mind. At the same time, she never forgets the need for students to play, fall, and step out of their comfort zone. Dorotea's classes are strong, dynamic, energetic, and always incorporate a strong breathing technique. Expect to sweat, play, invert, and enjoy a long savasana at the end!

Reviews 64

Shahed Naji

from Germany, April 2018

"This is by far the best retreat and vacation I ever had. "

The organizational skills of the people there is incredibly impressive. And the location is totally awesome!


from France, September 2017

"Very nice yoga & surf stay !"

Awesome breakfast with cake and fresh fruits, very good yoga classes, friendly staff, sunny weather and adapted surf lessons.

Johanna De Los Santos

from United States, July 2017

"My stay at Moka"

I love the staff!! So helpful, welcoming and sweet!

Melanie El Ouazi

from Switzerland, July 2017

Warm n cozy atmosphere n great staff

Kathy Smith

from Great Britain, June 2017

"From broken to fixed"

I loved everything about mono surf house, the people, the place and the teaching of the yoga and surfing.Everything was of such a high standard and I was not in a great place when I arrived(mentally and physically), came out after 5 nights and was completely different, gained confidence and much much stronger

Sanne Van Oers

from Netherlands, July 2017

"Super leuke surf en yoga vakantie!"

De eigenaren van moka hebben een mooi, gezellig hostel en zijn erg gastvrij en vriendelijk. Denken met je mee over activiteiten en regelen je vervoer naar bv Ericeira of de bus terminal. Ik heb er een geweldige tijd gehad en raad Moka aan iedereen aan!

Véronique Déforel

from Switzerland, June 2017

Le staff est formidable et la nourriture délicieuse !! L'équipe est très serviable, donne de bons conseils.

Michael Kirchmayr

from Austria, June 2017

"Amazing :)"

Wow :) our stay at the Moka Surfhouse was an amazing experience. Absolutely relaxing, lovely people, good vegetarian food, great yoga classes - we just loved it :)

we also had really nice surf classes with great teachers...

We'll definitely come back ?

Thanks to the Moka staff :)

Susy Oliveira

from United States, May 2018

"Good for the soul"

Loved everything! Location was far enough to enjoy the walk/hike down to the beach. Waterfront walk to town is also beautiful. Yoga classes were great/food was freshly made with local ingredients/staff were very friendly and accommodating. Loved everything!

Christina Bachmaier

from Austria, April 2018

"Awesome 8 days of Yoga & Surf"

The atmosphere at Moka is warm and friendly, the staff knows the names of every single guest and it felt like visiting friends.

The buidlings and the yard are lovingly furnished, fully equipped and clean, hammocks and lounge furniture are everywhere.

The included breakfast and dinner were arranged thoughtfully and delicious. Also the free transfers were organized very well.

About my surf & yoga package: I loved it.

Dorotea is an awesome yoga teacher, calm and friendly but sprightly and fun as well (in the free time). I really miss her voice, guiding me into yoga positions.

Carlos and Roberto from the Organic Surf School are extraordinary teachers as well, always giving individual feedback on how to improve, in a friendly and helpful way. And they are fun as well, I really had a great time!

Least but not last: the deep tissue massage by Monika really was amazing!

Moka truely works with selected, excellent and friendly people only.


from Great Britain, April 2018

"Incredible yoga retreat!"

Dorotea was fantastic, as were all the other staff. Everyone was very friendly and helpful. There was a very calm, relaxing environment and we loved our stay. We are looking forward to visiting again.

Maritina Tsembelis

from Great Britain, April 2018

"Amazing experience for a quick solo getaway"

Absolutely loved my experience at Moka - the yoga classes were phenomenal, and it was amazing to see my improvement over the 5 days I was there! Great for a solo female traveler - it very quickly felt like my home away from home. Close to public transport into Sintra - definitely worth a day trip there to see the palaces). All the staff were incredibly helpful, friendly, and attentive to every request or need. The food was delicious as well, and a really great way to meet other people staying in the guesthouse. Couldn't have asked for a better trip - thank you so much for making it the perfect getaway!

Martina Ercoli

from Ireland, December 2017

"Genuine environment, good location, perfect yoga teacher"

yoga, ocean

Inger Johanne Myre

from Norway, November 2017

"Finding peace and camnes for my soul"

I like the moka house was magic, everthing with the yoga, the area around moka house, the village, people the workes there, hores back riding was wonderfull and that experient I got there was fantastic and What a Lovely person. The beach, the food, the people that was visitting the moka house I was so Lucky with them. I was just Perfect everything. And the taxi driver.

Jacinta Edge

from Ireland, November 2017

I went alone not knowing what to expect, but found lovely people and had the most fantastic experience. Everyone at Moka are so friendly and helpful.

The atmosphere left me feeling very relaxed and I didn't want to leave, I will be back!


from Great Britain, October 2017

"Perfect break away to rest and reset"

Stunning setting, welcoming / friendly staff, easily accessible, many activities available.


from Great Britain, October 2017


The house, the staff, the yoga and massage, the guests...yoga and surf blending in together...quiet and mindful yet sociable and laid back. Perfection

Marta Garcia Celma

from Germany, September 2017

"The week of the year!"

Our one week stay was perfect, over perfect if that is possible.

Since the first instance, the conversations with Francesca made our arrival easy and comfortable. During the whole week, their drop-off and pick-up to/from the beach and town allowed us to hang around happily, although we also enjoyed just staying at Moka, reading at the hammocks under the sun!

The building, amenities and whole environment around the house are a delight. It is not just beautiful, it is welcoming. The Moka crew has built up a space in which in just one day you can feel like home, and that is reflected in the great way everyone relates to each other.

The breakfasts and the dinners were just tempting and delicious ... incredible Italian dinners!

In our case, we booked a full yoga retreat - with two daily classes plus an incredible massage. The yoga classes were thoughtful and really well led. For someone with little practice, the first days felt like happy pins-and-needles and by the end of the week, it just felt like better postures, better muscles, and much happier soul. In addition, I adventure to some horse riding, which was actually really cool and with a local feeling. And even when we did not think in joining surfing we are reconsidering it now, as everyone seemed to really enjoy it and to feel a truthful connection with the ocean and all that surfing means.

For two people, embedded in the overpopulated, never stopping, city drama, this week was paradise for our bodies and minds.

Sarah Strickett

from Great Britain, August 2017

"Chilled and relaxed "

I loved my yoga retreat with Dorothea . She was a great yoga instructor and made me feel very relaxed yet energised through my practice with her . I had a nasty ankle injury surfing but still attended sessions and I think it really helped .Dorotea is a fabulous teacher and I would defibately go back next year

Catriona Froydenlund

from France, August 2017

The two couples who run Moka Surfhouse are friendly, helpful, efficient. There is an amazing vibe.

Sindee Ramharack

from Trinidad and Tobago, July 2017

"Experience at Moka surfhouse and yoga retreat"

The staff was extremely efficient and went out of there way to ensure you had a great experience

They yoga instructor was very knowledgeable

Activities were planned so you could participate in as many as you wanted

Visitors from around the globe

Justine Carbery

from Ireland, July 2017

The yoga was great. The staff were very friendly.

Jillian Mcbride

from Great Britain, July 2017

"Lovely place"

The owners & the staff were so kind, warm & hospitable. Dorotea is a really great yoga teacher. The courtyard was also beautiful.

Lauren Sinfield

from Australia, June 2017

"Incredible yoga stay!"

Beautiful people, food, location and amazing yoga practices. Varied styles were offered which were great to try, I would recommend to anyone looking to escape for a week to this incredible place! The hosts went out of their way to make everyone's stay perfect. Thank you Moka!

Hayley Uberti

from Great Britain, June 2017

"A wonderful family run retreat with beautiful yoga teacher!"

Moka is a very relaxed and wonderful place to be. The 2 couples that run the house and activities are genuine, friendly, incredibly helpful people. They have made the place seem like you are at home! Dorotea who runs the yoga classes is amazing, she teaches a range of styles and is very passionate about what she teaches. She makes any level of yogi feel welcome and has the ability to make modifications for those that need it. She creates a very calming and positive environment to practice yoga. She is also does the massages, the best I have ever had!

This place isn't luxury, and not what I wanted, it is simple, clean and a chance to meet some of the nicest people. They provide a shuttle to the beach everyday, approx 10mins drive away. A super market is 30seconds away and a few restaurants. I highly recommend the organised dinner and breakfast is simple but generous!

I would love to return!!! The staff are all wonderful and friendly!

Sofia Suleiman

from Great Britain, May 2017

"Moka Surfhouse!"

The place is full of really friendly people, they made you feel at home. Activities like surfing and yoga were fun!

Christina Skouros

from Great Britain, May 2017

"The perfect Portugese retreat! "

We came here for a week just for the yoga. It was the best holiday and felt so relaxed all week. Everyone is so lovely and the food...WOW! Breakfast every morning too with fresh juice, fruit and home made cake. The yoga was challenging but felt really flexible and strong by the end of the week. Lovely mountain and beach walks nearby, just perfect you must go! We will be back :)

Nicole Felicitas

from Canada, May 2017

"Amazing and rejuvenating - PERFECT."

The owners and staff of Moka House have created a very special place. A place that was quiet and relaxing, but still provided a fun and playful atmosphere.

The accommodations are simple, clean, and comfortable. There's a little whimsy and romance in each room of the house. The outdoor living spaces are unique. welcoming, and calming, each providing a space to enjoy the outdoors and time to yourself if that's what you need.

The meals were also simple and delicious. The continental breakfasts with a daily breakfast box was definitely one of my favourites. I looked forward to it every morning. The homemade suppers were also good. The servings are large that I always ended up having extra for the next day. This was a great value to me.

The yoga schedule was great! It provided a nice mix of different yoga practices. Dorortea is an experienced yogi with a cheerful smile and a great spirit. She was flexible with the schedule and didn't mind doing a different practice if asked.

The owners are GREAT people. One of them was always at the house during business hours and all of them are friendly people. Spending time with them and getting to know them was wonderful. The same can be said for the rest of the in-house staff. David and Alice were super friendly, approachable, helpful, and also a pleasure to get to know.

Though it's not in Ericeira, Moka House provides a daily transfer to and from town. It's only 10 minutes away! There is also a city bus that you can take and the bus stop is a 3 min walk from the house! It's EASY and ACCESSIBLE so you're able to go back and forth to the main village.

I HIGHLY recommend going to Moka for yoga and surf. It's an AMAZING place! I would go there again, for sure.

Maria Lunney

from Republic of Italy, April 2017

"A special jewel in the hills of Ericeira"

Moka is a very special place tucked up in the hills of Ericeira.  From the moment that I was picked up at the stop in town to the final good byes, I am so grateful for the time that I spent there.  Highlights start with the incredible warmth of the entire staff, every single one of them.  Then there was the daily yoga, multiple chit chats in their lovely courtyard, walks to/along the beach, the soothing waves of the ocean, dinners al fresco in the setting of the Portuguese villa that the super talented Moka team created and continue to develop.  For someone who was heading out solo (a little hesitantly) on a quest for sun, some activity and the possibilities of meeting new people, I sure did score.  I can't wait to return. Thank you for the amazing getaway. Wishing you the very best if the season. Thank you!

Hakima Kebir

from France, May 2018

"Très bon séjour surf yoga"

L accueil, la disponibilité, la gentillesse et la bienveillance

Frederique Van Breugel

from United States, May 2018

"Great experience"

- delicious food

- good accommodation

- nice people & great service

Highly recommended!

Myriam Colas

from France, April 2018

"Perfect first yoga experience "

The yoga classes with the introduction of the various styles and a professional conscientious teacher Dorothea. Namaste

The general free and peaceful atmosphere, the place is great, the interns very nice, the massage wonderful, the hammocks, the beach not too far, the really nice encounters with the other guests...almost perfection..;))) thank you all for your lovely and happy faces. I surely want to come back!

Nathalie Caron

from Canada, November 2017

"Séjour mémorable "

Endroit super accueillant

Gens extraordinaires, attentionnés

Décor superbe

Proximité des services

Navette gratuite

Aurélie Mindel

from Switzerland, October 2017

- The place is really nice to chill out ! The chairs under the tree, the balcony for the sunset, the hamocks for a nap, the living room to watch movies.

- The yoga class was more intense that I thougt so it was good and enough. The teacher is good !

- The supermarket which is very close and not too small.

- The staff offers transfer by car to the beach and to Ericeira twice a day. And they give many informations about the area.

- There was a good atmosphere :)

Michaela Scheller

from Germany, October 2017

"Very relaxing holiday"

Especially the people and the owners kindness and hospitality


from Germany, September 2017

"Schöner Urlaub, aber noch Luft nach oben"

Die Atmosphäre vor Ort ist entspannt und das Gelände ist wirklich sehr schön. Auch die Mischung aus Yoga und Surfen ist super. Die Anbieter achten sehr darauf, dass das Moka House sauber und gemütlich ist. Auch die Gäste sind fast alle super aufgeschlossen, offen und toll. Es ist leicht, neue Leute kennenzulernen. Auch die Mehrbettzimmer sind - obwohl klein - schön eingerichtet. Die Yogastunden sind vielleicht nicht super persönlich gehalten, aber sehr profesionell, fordernd und intensiv. Leute, die Yoga regelmäßig machen, kommen hier in jedem Fall auf ihre Kosten :) Die Surfschule, mit der das Moka House zusammenarbeitet, ist auch super. Der Shuttle zum Strand funktioniert einwandfrei, der Lehrer motiviert und unterstützt (besonders) Anfänger, sodass man schnell Erfolgserlebnisse hat! Von der sportlichen und menschlichen Seite kann ich das Moka House also sehr empfehlen.

Ksenia Tolkacheva

from Russia, September 2017

Everything was great. The team is really nice and the place is wonderful! It feels like being at friends house and not in a hotel. The dinners are delicious and yoga classes are really well organised. Surf is worth trying as well. I will definitely come back.

Ebru Kececi

from France, July 2017

"Lieu idéal pour les fans de surf, yoga et nature"

Les hôtes et hôtesses étaient très accueillant-e-s, très gentil-le-s. Avant le voyage Moka house était réactif à mes messages. Arrivée sur place, l'un des propriétaires Furio a pris le temps de m'expliquer le fonctionnement de l'établissement, les divers lieux, etc. Une personne bienveillante. Les cours de yoga se sont bien déroulés, les différentes formes de yoga proposées permettaient d'avoir une pratique éclectique et diversifiée, on ne s'ennuie pas. Une bonne entente avec le personnel, avec les voyageur-ses, un petit havre de paix. Je reviendrai c'est certain.

Cécile Beltran

from Réunion, July 2017

Supers cours de yoga avec Dorotea.

Très bonne ambiance

Mélanie Jea

from France, July 2017

"Top ! "

Thanks Mokahouse for this great stay ! Adorable people, peaceful yoga and beautiful beaches, evething was great and relaxing ! :)


from Germany, July 2017

"Entspannung pur "

Die Atmosphäre im Moka Surfhouse ist so freundlich und entspannt, dass man von Anfang an das Gefühl von "Urlaub" bekommt. Die Besitzer sind unglaublich nett, zugewandt und hilfsbereit. Das Essen ist super lecker, Yoga und Massage waren auch toll.

Melissa Ounis

from France, June 2017

"Amazing week at Moka Surfhouse "

Everything was great! It feels just like home and is the perfect place to relax. The staff is amazing. The yoga class were really great and very diverse. The surf lessons were really good. The breakfast and diners were excellent. I met amazing people and have been able to take a real break. Thanks so much to the Mokasurfhouse family ! I will surely come back !

Testimonials 5

Simon United Kingdom

TripAdvisor website

Moka is an awesome place to stay. As others have said, the staff are excellent and cool people, making you feel at home and the atmosphere is very open with plenty of space to chill. The fact that it is a little bit isolated on a beautiful country hill (maybe one hour walk from the center of Ericeira along very nice coastal path) makes it a really social hostel as people share rides, do events, go surfing etc. all together which involves everyone that is around and dead easy to meet others. The film nights, Italian dinners, barbecues, surf lessons and especially the yoga (be prepared to sweat!) were all excellent. Special thanks to management, can't wait to come back.


TripAdvisor website

Highlight of my trip to Portugal. Moka is a beautiful house (with big communal terrace, garden and balcony) not too far from the breathtaking coastline of Ericeira (Sao Juliao beach!). Staff are excellent. They all make you feel at home from the start and all is very well organised: From pick up from the bus station, to surf and yoga classes, to Italian dinners. Definitely recommend!

a traveler Italy

TripAdvisor website

Staff and guests help to create the right mood. The house is well maintained and clean, there are good coaches during the surf lessons for beginners. The limited number of guests allows you to relax and meet everyone. I suggest to follow also the yoga lessons, especially for people like me who never tried this kind of activity because it is well structured for beginners. Don't lose the welcome dinner with barbecue of fish/meat!!


TripAdvisor website

Back again in Moka Surfhouse, together with my brother and a friend. The news was all around the house. From this season you can enjoy practicing skate directly in the front yard, and yoga classes have been increased in order to train your body for the surf time. As from the first year the staff is amazing and warm, every guest suddenly feels at home, rooms, kitchen and bathrooms always clean and tidy.

Susie Power

Moka Surf House Facebook page

The best holiday in a long time. Brilliant yoga and surfing time with really friendly kind people. I look forward to going back.

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