Expert tip: This is one of the most popular yoga retreats offered in Portugal.
The Lodge Portugal creates a location which gives everyone the possibility to stay individual and practice sports at their level without losing the possibility of being part of a group. They see the high value of the little holiday time people have nowadays. Situated in an outdoor-sports lover's paradise, you find unique variety of outdoor sports to pick from in the same week, even in the same day! The highest possible degree of individuality and flexibility is offered, while at the same time providing the set-up to share your daily highlights with like-minded people. Only a happy mind can spread happiness. Join your sports with the elements!
Airport transfer available:
Lisbon Portela Airport (US$57 per person)
These single rooms consist of a single bed and a private bathroom with shower. Around 10 square meters.
These double rooms consist of one double or two single beds and a private bathroom with shower. Around 14 square meters.
All rooms are equipped with an iPod / MP3 docking station. The rooms are also equipped with a heater which available in October, November, March, and April. For a good night of sleep, all beds are equipped with anti allergy mattresses from Molaflex. In the individual decoration and harmonious furnishing of the rooms, recycled wood was used to keep the environmental impact at a minimum.
No real holidays without a pool! A little dip in the morning to wake up, or dosing away the day floating on an air mattress, a drink from the pool bar in your hand, this saltwater swimming pool will add to the feeling of really being on holiday.
The Lodge offers daily morning and evening yoga classes in an 80-square-meter, semi-open pavilion made of recycled wood.
The fitness area is not a common gym with just weights. It focuses on balance and core training and use elements from functional, cross fit and Trx. You will find various balance boards, slack-lines, swiss and bosu balls.
Relax on a sun lounger in the beautiful garden, lined by colorful flowers and majestic palm trees, giving you a tropical sensation.
Cozy sofas and armchairs made of recycled wood, flat screen TV, DVD, Playstation, books and board games await you in the lounge in the main house.
A fully equipped, shared kitchen is at your disposal.
The surf classes will be arranged according to the levels of participants.
In the beginner classes, you will be safely introduced to the fascinating sport of surfing. The experienced and certified instructors will guide you patiently through your first steps, from handling a surfboard, through catching your first waves, to standing up on the board and riding a wave to the shore. The practical part of the classes will be mixed up with theory units where you learn more about safety rules, the ocean, the waves, surf etiquette and so on.
In the intermediate classes, it aims at the surfer who has previously had 3-5 days of classes or more. You should know the basics like safety rules, how to choose and catch a whitewater wave, and the take-off technique. In the Intermediate classes, the certified instructors will focus on your individual goals. No matter if you want to improve your take-off in the whitewater or are ready for the first attempts in the unbroken or "green" waves, the highly experienced instructors will be there to get you to the next level. Theory units and exercises on the beach like diving or turning techniques will round out the practice in the water.
Private advanced classes
In the private advanced clasess, it aims at the surfer who already has some experience, who feels comfortable on the outside in small to medium sized waves, who knows the priority rules, is able to catch a "green" wave and ride it parallel. From their profound experience in surf teaching, The Lodge thinks that at this level private classes with a maximum of 3 students allow for much better progress, as it becomes so much more important to work on each surfer's individual errors and goals. In order to put your surfing to the next level, the certified and highly experienced instructors will analyze your surfing and sit down with you to define your goals for the duration of your course.
The one-hour evening yoga sessions focus on restoring your energy by relaxing your muscles and calming your mind after an action packed day. The evening yoga class will be held before dinner.
The Lodge is the only place in Europe where you are in a 50 kilometer radius of 129 kilometers of stunning coastlines, 64 surf spots, 376 kilometers bike path, 40 climbing spots, a 100-square-foot yoga and fitness area, spa and countless other sports facilities await. It is located in the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, one of Europe's most diverse and enchanting regions.
The extensive Praia Grande and its little sister the scenic Praia Pequena with its steep cliffs are only a short walk from The Lodge. Great beaches for surfing. Here, you find little restaurants, snack bars as well as a surf shop. Take a short bike ride or a 20-minute walk and you get into Praia das Macas, a nice little beach with a little village that offers restaurants, little grocery stores, bakeries and cafes.
Besides these, more well-known beaches the area also has some more hidden bays on offer, where even on a summer Sunday you will hardly find any people, if you don't mind a little hike down the cliffs. In a radius of 30 kilometers to the south / east (Cascais / Lisbon) and north (Ericeira), you find dozens of more beaches, bays and reefs offering perfect conditions for all kinds of water sports.
The Natural Park of Sintra-Cascais, spreading out from the mountains of Sintra to the beaches of Cascais, represents a unique diversity of landscape and without doubt the most breathtaking region in Portugal. It includes sand dunes, rugged coastline with high cliffs and sandy bays, dense forests and calm lakes, with the majestic Serra de Sintra overlooking it all. The centuries old symbiosis of manmade Sintra and the surrounding nature has gained the whole area the status of UNESCO cultural heritage.
It is in its approx. 145 square kilometers where most of your activities take place, and where you never stop to marvel at the countless historical and natural wonders.
15 minutes inland from The Lodge lies Sintra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This historic town has been a summer residence for the Portuguese Royal families from the 14th to the 20th century and thus there are several impressive royal buildings to visit. Dominating the city's center, you find the Palacio Nacional, with its two famous conic chimneys. On top of the Monte de Pena, you can see the fantastic 19th century Palacio da Pena from as far away as Lisbon. Surrounded by a beautiful and exotic garden, this combination of Neo-Gothic, Neo-Manueline, Neo-Islamic and Neo-Renaissance architecture is a must-see and the view of the surrounding area will blow you away.
The remains of the Castelo dos Mouros, the Castle of the Moors, date back to the 8th century, the period of Arab occupation of the Iberian peninsula. Nowadays, the ruins of the castle invite the visitor to get lost in time and enjoy the majestic view from its ancient walls. Brightly illuminated at night it still seems to protect the city of Sintra.
Further sites not to be missed include the Palacio da Regaleira estate, a romantic palace and chapel surrounded by four hectares of park, featuring fountains, lakes, grottoes and wells and declared UNESCO World Heritage Site, or the Palacio de Monserrate with its laid back park, where you find one of the richest botanical gardens in Portugal.
Cabo da Roca, as part of the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, marks the western most point of mainland Europe. Its impressive cliffs reach up to 140 meters above sea level and the stunning view over the Atlantic ocean gives a real end-of-the-world feeling. 16th century Portuguese poet Luis de Camoes honored Cabo da Roca as the place "where the land ends and the sea begins".
Some hidden beaches and amazing tracks around the cliffs allow for your own little discoveries.
The coastal towns of Cascais and Estoril are culturally and naturally rich and offer innumerous sight-seeing attractions. Great shopping, beaming nightlife and the Casino of Estoril, Europe's largest casino, add to the attractions of these twin cities in the Greater Lisbon subregion.
Colares is a little traditional village a short bike ride from the camp. A nice place to have a coffee and enjoy its quiet charms. In The Lodge Portugals opinion, it is one of the nicest small towns in the area where Portugal is still Portugal.
The Portuguese capital is one of the oldest cities in the world and less than a 40-minutes drive from The Lodge. Rich in architecture and culture, it is also a very vibrant city and a must-see for everybody coming to Portugal. It can be easily reached from the camp for a daytrip. Highlights include the view from the Castelo Sao Jorge on the top of the oldest district Alfama, a stroll through the shopping districts of Baixa and Chiado, a tram ride with the traditional Nr. 28, taking you up and down steep, narrow streets or the modern architecture of the Parque das Nacoes, with the Ocenarium, one of Europe's largest aquariums. And don't miss out on a night in Bairro Alto, a quiet neighbourhood during the day but turning into the center of nightlife after the sun has gone down.
Between Lisbon and Cascais, The Lodge Portugal suggests a stop at Belem, where you can visit the Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, a huge monastery giving impressive proof of Portugal's former wealth and importance during the Age of Discoveries. Built in the 16th century, it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. Close by at the river shore, you find the Torre de Belem, a 16th century watch tower guarding the entrance of the river Tagus. UNESCO World Heritage as well, the Tower of Belem is one of Lisbon's famous landmarks. Once in Belem, don't forget to taste the world famous Pasteis de Belem! Finally, a visit to the top of Cristo Rei, the 80-meter tall Jesus statue on the hills on the south shore of the river, allows for a breathtaking view over Lisbon.
Daily breakfast buffet and lunch package are include in the price.
The Lodge offers two types of breakfast, trying to use regionally grown products as much as possible. The generous breakfast times from 08:00 - 11:00 cater the early bird as well as to the late sleeper.
Standard breakfast is included in the price. Don't get it wrong. What The Lodge calls standard is a rich breakfast buffet that will provide you with all you need for an action packed day. It includes tea and coffee, different juices, yoghurt, various fresh breads, ham and cheese, jam and honey, fruits and cereals.
Lunch pack is an easy way to prepare yourself for a day outdoors. Create your own delicious sandwich at the breakfast buffet and receive your lunchbox containing a bottle of water, fruit and cereal bar.
As much as possible, The Lodge Portugal will buy the ingredients locally, supporting local farmers and avoiding long distance transport. Like this, you will find only the freshest and most tasty products on your plate.
Healthy breakfast. This option will provide you with the special power shakes where only the most nutritious and healthy ingredients are allowed. It includes a shake made out of fruits, various nuts, flakes and sunflower seed, oats and whey powder, a Chia seed honey yogurt booster, and a wheatgrass mango juice.
Feel the warm water massaging your tired muscles, gaining new energy for the next day. Open for everyone on Monday and Thursday between 17:00 - 22:00. On non-Spa days, such as Wednesday and during the weekend, it is accessible with an additional cost until 20:00 only.
Massages are available optional at an extra cost. The masseuse will be at your service, offering different types of massages.
Relax your tired muscles and chill out on the wooden deck till its time for the next round of sweating. Open for everyone on Tuesday and Friday between 17:00 - 22:00. On non-Spa days, such as Wednesday and during the weekend, it is accessible with an additional cost until 20:00 only.
The nearest airport is Lisbon Airport (LIS). From there, The Lodge Portugal can arrange an airport transfer at an extra cost.