8 Days Deluxe Massage and Yoga Retreat in Cascais, Portugal

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

8 Days Deluxe Massage and Yoga Retreat in Cascais, Portugal

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

Yoga Retreat 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 meditation, wellness, yoga, and good people.


  • 12 yoga classes
  • Daily meditation classes
  • Sunrise Yang Yoga by seaside
  • Afternoon relaxing Yin Yoga classes in the nature park
  • 2x 45 minute relaxing Ayurveda Massages
  • Fruit infused water and herbal tea available all day
  • Free time to explore Sintra National Park
  • All yoga mats & equipment provided
  • Delicious healthy breakfast daily
  • 7 nights cozy accommodation
  • Just 400m from the beach
  • 25min from Lisbon airport
  • 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 one of the SUP 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 beautiful time you will have just relaxing with our yoga and massage programs, the retreat also 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 patio 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, surf lessons, 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
  • 10:00 Free time / Relax at the beach
  • 15:00 Relaxing Ayurveda Massage
  • 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. Monika our in-house masseuse will pamper your body with a relaxing deep tissue massage.

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.

There are only 3 scheduled massages during your 8 day package, giving you plenty of time to relax during the day, swim, go for a surf lesson, 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Tina

    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

    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

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 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

Included in the package is one relaxing Ayurveda Massage of 45 minutes and two 20 minutes Ayurveda Massages.

  • 2x 45min relaxing Ayurveda massages
  • 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 & equipment provided
  • Airport transfers
  • Barbecues
  • Evening meals
  • Sunset boat cruises
  • Surf lessons
  • SUP lessons
  • Awareness meditation hike

Driving directions from Lisbon

  • If you’re arriving by car, the fastest way to arrive in Cascais is by taking highway A5, you have to pay a toll of approximately 1.30 EUR.
  • You also can take the N6 (Via Av. 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.

Arrival by train

If you are coming from Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS), take the red metro line towards Sao Sebastio 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 above ground Cais do Sodre 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.

Arrival by taxi

From the Monte Estoril train station, you can take a taxi for about 4 EUR or walk the short 550-meter distance to the retreat.

  • 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.

Verified BookYogaRetreats.com reviews

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    Review by Anonymous

    Entspannter Urlaub in ein liebevoll gestalteten Haus

    CONS Cons: Wenig Platz im.Kühlschrank

    PROS Pros: Das Haus, die Massagen, die Menschen, das Yoga draußen

    2017-Aug-10 05:26:36

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    Review by Anonymous

    2017-Jul-03 10:05:11

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    Review by Julia Pizzolato from Switzerland

    2017-May-06 14:07:27

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    Review by Lisa Murkin from Great Britain

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

    CONS Cons: - The yoga despite being widely described as daily yoga classes wasn't the case. In the small print it says there will be one day without yoga but doesn't specify when. Previous retreats would allow that to be the day you travel otherwise tell you in advance. The excuse it's for their flexibility isn't good enough. A number of guests on short stays therefore missed out on some great yoga opportunities. Seeing as Ida is the only yoga teacher, it's understandable she needs a day off with 18 salty pelican classes a week plus other commitments. But there should be another yoga instructor for when she is unavailable. Also given Salty Pelican describe themselves as a Yoga hostel, they should offer more yoga classes & types as having spoken to a number of other guests there was a lot of disappointment. Plus the yoga classes were oversubscribed... when 23 people were crammed into a small yoga studio it was one of the worst classes I've ever had. Private yoga classes could be an offering as well to further the supposed yoga retreat experience. Plus one of the days the afternoon yoga was cancelled and the morning one extended - There are so many different tick boxes for each day of possible activities, it made it such a stressful experience ensuring signing up for the right thing at the right time. There was no clear schedule of start & finish times, and was generally a bit disorganised. - All the surf/SUP/ Climbing activities are outsourced and no cheaper than going directly to the providers, so as a guest it was just an additional middle layer complicating things. All the surf/sup classes were just an hour, whereas when you're learning to surf you typically want a couple of hours. - Having 4 showers between upwards of 30 guests isn't really ideal and they're usually crowded. - Prices for extras were a bit steep given the relatively low cost area, eg airport transfers at 45eur double the price of an uber. The meals were more expensive than local restaurants. Prices also fluctuated eg 30- or 35eur for a Sintra tour. All little factors than don't help the experience. Similarly, the 1 long + 2 short massages were booked in for 2 long massages which was fine but only explained why when asked which caused confusion initially. - Breakfasts advertised as including freshly baked rolls, local honey, selection of cereals & muesli's, boiled eggs, local farm cheese, sliced vegetables, fruits and cold meats. Realistically were cheap supermarket white bread, ham, cheese, basic cereals and fruit, not quite the fresh farm food as described. - Due to the size of the hostel, there was no structure or personalised recommendations of how best to spend your days. The staff were all polite but didn't have impact on my stay. I had a nice week but by the end it felt awkward/unusual I was there a week given the fast turn over of the other guests. - It is such a beautiful location, why do they not offer a beach yoga photography session to capture some of the memories. Overall, it's a great concept having a yoga & surf hostel but in reality it was just a very ordinary hostel which happened to be by the beach. If I was just looking for a bed in Portugal then it's great but it does not belong on a yoga retreat website. If anyone is genuinely interested in yoga do not go here, go to Prana Casa in the Algarve instead.

    PROS Pros: 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.

    Organizer response: Hello Lisa lets make this clear to everyone why you have written this very detailed review about every aspect of our business. You asked for a refund at check-in for your unused yoga classes as you had booked an early flight and you couldn't make your last yoga class. Once you realised that was against our policies, you then threatened to write a bad review if you did not get a refund. Unfortunately we do not react to verbal threats to our staff. However I did correspond with you in regards to the matter and made all our policies clear to you. To clear it up... our listings advertise 12 yoga classes included in the package and there is also no yoga one day of the week which is usually Mondays. All our listings clearly advertise this and also once again after their initial inquiry. No one misses out on yoga unless you choose to not take part in yoga, like yourself ;-) We believe 12 yoga classes over your week stay is more than enough and you will find a lot of alternative retreats that do not offer this amount of yoga for the price we advertise. You are correct, when it rains we use a yoga studio... the studio fits 25 people and we have been using that studio for 2 years without complaint. We usually have over 300 days of sunshine a year and we are mostly down by the beautiful seaside. We are sorry it rained one day while you are here but we cannot control that... but if we cancelled yoga because of the rain, Im sure you would write a bad review also. We are sorry you were stressed and you cannot follow a simple sign up sheet for activities... could you imagine the chaos if we didn't have a sign up sheet ;-) Thank you for confirming the excellent vibe at The Salty Pelican... as you mentioned our guests had a lot in common and helped create a chilled out and friendly atmosphere. We are also very happy you think Ida, our yoga teacher, is such a positive ball of energy and such a genuine person. That is why The Salty Pelican is so great... Thank you for highlighting our strengths. But I hope you feel a little better now venting your frustration about not getting a refund and we wish you all the best with your future travels.

    2017-May-01 20:28:36

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    Review by Jane Sidey from Great Britain

    Outstanding staff

    PROS Pros: 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.

    2017-Apr-27 07:41:01

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    Review by Carmen Bustamante Garrido from Germany

    Immer wieder gerne!

    CONS Cons: Mir fällt nix ein!

    PROS 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.

    2017-Apr-13 09:40:42

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    Review by Jade Simard from Canada

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

    2017-Apr-11 11:19:29

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    Review by Heike Lohse Lohse from Germany

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

    CONS Cons: Nichts negatives

    PROS 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.

    2017-Apr-03 06:56:01

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    Review by Anonymous

    CONS Cons: Etwas viel Kommen und Gehen in den Zimmern. Evtl. möglich auch Start und Ende festzulegen? Manchmal zu lange Wartezeiten beim Surfen. An manchen Tagen zu wenige Surflehrer und zu große Gruppe.

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

    2017-Sep-21 22:24:53

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    Review by Anonymous

    CONS Cons: Did not so much like mixed dorms (men+women) and was a Little bit disapointed with the location of the hostel since they call them selves beach hostel and it was around 15 min from the beach. But I got used to the Walking and really liked the Place as a whole

    PROS Pros: 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

    2017-Sep-19 11:49:07

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    Review by Wilma Flintzberg from Sweden

    A perfect combination for relax and activites.

    CONS Cons: The activities are a bit expensive and you can find similar activites cheaper from other actors, but the service you get compensate for the cost.

    PROS Pros: 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.

    2017-Sep-16 10:38:47

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    Review by Aline Strouvens from France

    Amazing retreat, it's a must do !

    CONS Cons: Nothing !

    PROS Pros: 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.

    2017-Sep-12 07:28:20

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    Review by Anonymous

    Awesome stay

    CONS Cons: The only thing I didn't really like was the food - breakfast was pretty basic (would be nice to have eggs, vegetables, cottage cheese i.e.) and the BBQ (the vegetarian version) was very pricey for not much. The food experience could be better but everything else was amazing <3

    PROS Pros: 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.

    2017-Sep-07 07:53:12

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    Review by Georgia Galloway from Great Britain

    An amazing place!

    2017-Aug-31 17:11:03

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    Review by Anonymous


    2017-Aug-29 12:22:43

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    Review by Anonymous

    2017-Aug-25 23:02:04

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    Review by Hagen Reiners from Great Britain

    2017-Aug-25 05:25:12

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    Review by Vesna Borojevic from Sweden

    Great experience!

    CONS Cons: I didn't enjoy the surfing lessons. I didn't get enough instructions and it felt a bit disorganised.

    PROS Pros: 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.

    2017-Aug-23 08:32:21

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    Review by Claudio Cicoira from Republic of Italy

    Great holiday!!

    PROS Pros: 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!

    2017-Aug-16 14:11:29

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    Review by Anonymous

    CONS Cons: Gemeinschaftsbad und Toiletten auch bei 2 Bett-Zimmer (steht nirgendwo explizit, dass es kein eigenes Bad gibt!). Zt. längere Wartezeiten für Bad /Toilette. Dass man das Geschirr selbst abwaschen mußte nach dem Frühstück. Frühstück nicht so umfangreich wie ad Homepage beschrieben. Und auch keine Eier oder frisch gebackene Brötchen. Frühstück sehr einfach. Der Weg vom Hostel zum Strand, etc. relativ weit und mühsam.

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

    2017-Aug-13 20:28:19

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    Review by Ines Morales Wyden from Switzerland

    Perfekt zum abschalten

    2017-Aug-09 08:49:16

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    Review by Anonymous

    CONS Cons: Le pain mie à toaster pour le déjeuner, un pain meilleur pour la santé serait le bienvenu. La distance trop longue à faire pied pour l'ensemble des activités et pour arriver à cascais (50 min à pied fois 2).

    PROS Pros: 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.

    2017-Aug-02 14:25:35

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    Review by Melanie Richard from Canada

    Superbe expérience!

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

    2017-Aug-01 14:12:51

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    Review by Anonymous

    Nice place with wonderful atmosphere

    CONS Cons: Breakfast is unsatisfying. Ingredients seem to be of cheap quality and there were too few options.

    PROS Pros: 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.

    2017-Aug-01 13:11:13

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    Review by Anonymous

    Amazing atmosphere

    PROS Pros: 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

    2017-Jul-31 12:42:40

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    Review by George Tudor Florea from Hungary

    The perfect setting for a relaxed and meaningful journey

    CONS Cons: Eggs should be given for breakfast. It would be great to add sailing trips, and a trip to Lisbon.

    PROS Pros: 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!

    2017-Jul-24 17:09:29

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    Review by Anonymous

    CONS Cons: I wasn't impressed by the yoga teacher as she didn't walk through the class to correct people's postures and missed to complete all postures on both sides of the body. Nice people, but there are other yoga retreats in this price category offering better quality of classes. For that price I would definitely expect more.

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

    2017-Jul-23 16:07:20

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    Review by Deirdre Curtis from Ireland

    First timers Yoga and Surfing Holiday

    CONS Cons: In the hostel I would have liked a little variation on the breakfasts, but it did the job.

    PROS Pros: 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.

    2017-Jul-19 10:42:13

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    Review by Elaine Holmes from Ireland

    2017-Jul-04 01:11:57

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    Review by Farah Abushwesha from Great Britain

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

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

    2017-Jul-02 08:14:46

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    Review by Anonymous

    Sehr schöner Urlaub mit netten Leuten u toller Atmosphäre

    CONS Cons: Die Surfstunden waren nicht wie erwartet 2 Std sondern nur eine Stunde im Wasser, wenn überhaupt. Dies sollte besser beschrieben werden, auch dass der Fokus bei Beginnern liegt.

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

    2017-Jun-27 12:03:00

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    Review by Patrick Gill from Ireland

    My 3 day Yoga and mindfulness retreat at the Salty Pelican

    CONS Cons: The promotional wording for the hostel was greatly exaggerated, giving the impression of much wider ranging meditation and yoga stay. There was no meditation program at all. The basic program was two yoga sessions each day, everything else was charged for at very high rates.

    PROS Pros: Location was good....a few minutes walk from the sea.

    Organizer response: Hello Patrick thank you for taking the time to write a review... Our listings are very clear and states very clearly what is included... To clear up any confusion here is our information we list for the package on this website. What's included 1 relaxing 45-minute Ayurveda massage 4 yoga classes Meditation classes 3 nights accommodation Healthy breakfast buffet daily Free WiFi Fruit infused water and herbal teas available all day Free time to enjoy the best beaches and surf spots All yoga mats & equipment provided And here is a sample of our daily routine here.... All our guests are welcome to join other activities during there stay. Any activity not included in the package are an extra cost of course. Also meditation is included before every afternoon yoga session and all our guests tend to love this part of the day. Daily program 07:00 Wake up 07:15 Walk to the beach 07:30 Yang Yoga 09:00 Healthy breakfast buffet 10:30 Surf lessons, SUP Yoga, SUP lesson/tours all depart down to the beach 10:30 Free time to relax or explore 15:30 Relaxing Ayurveda massage 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 in our garden We try to fairly advertise everything, so its clear for every guest to understand what to expect when they arrive. Sorry that you had another impression before your arrival. Thank you and happy travels.

    2017-Jun-24 07:52:14

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    Review by Anonymous

    2017-Jun-22 19:17:06

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    Review by Mia Barnett from Portugal


    2017-Jun-22 18:27:04

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    Review by Michelle Bakker from Netherlands

    Ontspannen in een authentiek en rustig plaatsje

    CONS Cons: Een kamer delen met zeven anderen blijft altijd een uitdaging. Yoga om 7.00 zou ook om 08.30 mogen zodat je eerst kan ontbijten

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

    2017-Jun-07 07:58:37

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    Review by Anonymous

    2017-May-28 08:38:17

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    Review by Emily Blaney from Great Britain

    2017-May-25 20:19:08

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    Review by Francesca Pang from Great Britain


    CONS Cons: Having to leave....

    PROS Pros: 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!

    2017-May-21 17:25:57

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    Review by Enrica Trevisan from Great Britain

    4 days yoga retreat- Portugal

    PROS Pros: 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!

    2017-May-21 13:09:28

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    Review by Eleonora Ferrero from Great Britain

    2017-May-19 07:10:53

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    Review by Emily Jeffreys from Great Britain

    Long weekend bubble of bliss

    CONS Cons: During my experience there was a film crew was shooting for new promo material. Though I don't mind this it notice should've been given prior to arrival.

    PROS Pros: 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.

    2017-May-10 07:51:48

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    Review by Sarah Horan from Switzerland

    Une belle semaine très sportive

    CONS Cons: Le fait que la maison n'est pas si proche de la mer. Il fallait marcher 20 minutes pour aller faire le yoga au bord de l'eau et 25 minutes pour aller à Cascais.

    PROS Pros: 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.

    2017-May-09 06:13:15

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    Review by Emily Roche from Ireland

    CONS Cons: I think if I was informed more about having money ready. For example I went to Sintra on the Monday and that worked out more expensive than was informed to us. Also we were told we were getting collected at the hostel when actually we had to get the bus. Luckily we all had change.Same for the cruise, we weren't told about having to pay for the taxi. Just little things really but just to take the stress off

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

    2017-May-02 09:37:14

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    Review by Chantal Schneider from Switzerland

    CONS Cons: Nichts

    PROS Pros: 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.

    2017-May-01 20:59:33

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    Review by Rachel Wise from Great Britain

    2017-Apr-26 11:33:23

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    Review by Bridget Van Zundert from Netherlands

    What a wonderful time!!

    CONS Cons: The level of the yoga classes could be a bit more advanced for my taste.

    PROS Pros: 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!!

    2017-Apr-25 20:16:49

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    Review by Alexandra Pearson from Great Britain


    CONS Cons: Further from beach than realised.

    PROS Pros: Friendly, spotlessly clean, fun.

    2017-Apr-24 21:21:48

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    Review by Naveera Ghulamhussain from Great Britain

    Best decision ever!

    PROS 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

    2017-Apr-22 19:25:07

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    Review by Jannie Dressler from Denmark

    2017-Apr-22 10:38:16

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    Review by Anika Rosski from Germany

    Great hostel - great yoga teacher - great place

    PROS 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!

    2017-Apr-12 16:26:33

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    Review by Ellen Lecompte from Belgium

    Amazing home away from home

    CONS 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 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.

    2017-Apr-12 12:41:27

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    Review by Sophia Stieger from Germany

    2017-Apr-11 17:30:39

  • Review by Ksenia from Russia
    10 out of 10

    "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
    9 out of 10

    "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
    10 out of 10

    "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 United States
    10 out of 10

    "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 Rehana

    "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"

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  • Review by Stori

    "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!"

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  • Review by Anita from Germany

    "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."

    May 21, 2017. TripAdvisor, edited

  • Review by Lyndsey from United Kingdom

    "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!"

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  • Review by Cheryl

    "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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  • Review by Sarah from United Kingdom

    "Wow, where do I start with explaining how great The Salty Pelican is??? From the moment you walk in the door the team (Monika, Thiago, Ida, Gareth, Magnus & co - you are so great!) make you feel so welcome! They are so personable and friendly and willing to help you with anything and everything. The building and garden are absolutely beautiful and the facilities are really nice and maintained to a high standard. The price of the packages offers you amazing value for money - the teaching of the different activities (I did yoga, paddle boarding, hiking and meditation) is top quality, offer a really personal experience and leave you feeling so restored and relaxed. I also had a massage whilst I was there and I felt so relaxed I had to take a nap after. It was amazing. With the Salty team you also feel like you are experiencing the area from a different perspective, not just the usual tourist trail - the highlight for me was the meditation hike to Praia da Ursa. This beach is a true gem. One of the most beautiful I've ever seen. Overall, my experience at The Salty Pelican was fantastic. I really didn't want to leave and I can't wait to go back!!! Até mais tarde Salty!!"

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  • Review by Anastasia

    "Wonderful cozy house where you really feel like home, amazing location, great people, brilliant team, beautiful nature..no words are enough to describe all the charm of Salty Pelican! If you want to enjoy daily yoga practice (on the beach or in beautiful park), surf or other activities, meet interesting people, relax and just feel HAPPY, this is a place to be.Thank you guys for this incredible week full of laugh and joy! Hope to see you all soon."

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  • Review by Caroline

    "I really enjoyed my stay in the salty pelican, I felt this place like a home and people there like family. I did like the yoga classes with Ida who was a really lovely teacher, and most of all the 7am morning lessons at the beach with the sunrise. The hiking and the cruise were also awesome! I'll be back for sure ;) Thanks again!"

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  • Review by a traveller from Washington

    "I loved it here. The staff truly know how to make it feel like a home. Most people at the hostel are there to do the hostel related activities so you make a lot of friends quickly! It's a super great vibe throughout the whole place. I love it i wanna go back and vinyasa on the pier and yin in the park! The yoga teachers are amazing, passionate, open resources to learn more about yoga. Get the massage, Monica has magic hands. I'm excited to laugh with you all again!"

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  • Review by Laura

    "It was more than I've could imagine. Nice and beautiful people. So warm and so much love for what they are doing. Thank you so much for the great week. "

    "Had a good balance between rest and activities. Yoga in the morning, afternoon free to do all kind of things and afternoon yoga. There were great breakfasts and diners. "

    "Nothing else than good words. Love this place and I will be back. Maybe in Sri Lanka"

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  • Review by a traveller from Germany

    "I had a lovely time at the Salty Pelican - the hospitality which one experiences is exceptional and as I had been staying for a whole week after a few days it truly felt like coming home when heading back to the hostel after a day. The activities offered at the Salty Pelican are all lots of fun and the teachers in all courses really great. I found the other guests to be very friendly as well and I assume that the hostel, with its focus on Yoga, does attract the "right" people when looking for a very sociable accomodation. The facilities were clean and comfortable. I had no problems or negative eperiences."

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  • Review by Lauren from United Kingdom

    "Me and my friend went to the hostel for 3 nights. We were originally going to do the yoga package but when we found out you could pay for activities as you go we decided it was a better option I.e yoga €15 a session and paddle boarding and surfing around €30 a session. With option of hikes and rock climbing too!"

    "I had never done yoga before so wasn't sure what to expect. There were morning and afternoon classes. The morning ones are usually spent by the beach and afternoon in the park. We did 1 morning and 2 afternoon. By the last session I did I felt like I had really connected to yoga and will be keeping it up at home! The instructors were both great teacher and really got me engaged into yoga! The morning sessions tend to be about physical strength while afternoon about mediation. We also did paddle board yoga which was lots of fun! Although I couldn't do a lot of the yoga poses on the paddle board!"

    "The hostel itself is in a great location. 10 minute walk to the beach, 30 minute walk into the local town Cascais. I liked the fact the hostel was hidden a little meaning you got to take in portugals culture a bit more. It has a nice front garden with beanbag chairs for sunbathing and reading and then a back table area for eating and chilling in the evening. It has a kitchen so you can buy your own food and cook but they also offer different food nights which you can pay for! Although I thought they were a bit pricey."

    "The reason why I'm not giving it 5* is because I don't think staying in a hostel is really for me and the only down side was the noise. I was on the middle floor which was near the kitchen and staff office. On the day of arrival I'd been up since 1:30am and was really tired and wanted to sleep. The problem was there was a lot of shouting outside the room which meant it took a while to sleep! 3 nights was enough of sleeping in a hostel it's a personal choice whether you could do it for longer!"

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  • Review by Carlos

    "I spent nearly a month at the "Salty" and let me tell you, it's Shan-Gri-la! The location is prime, near Cascais and close to Carcavelos for all surf and beach loving peoples. Also near to Sintra for all hicking loving peoples. The rooms, cleanliness and staff are BEYOND 5 stars, walk in as a friend, and you will walk out as a family member. Once a Pelican, always a Pelican. Try it, you will love it! Surf and Yoga lovers will have their work cut out for them with top-notch, friendly teachers and those who just want to know Lisbon, well... You came to the right place! A loving atmosphere, a welcoming staff, a beautiful house at one of the most beautiful locations in Portugal. This is your spot, even if surf and yoga are not your thing, you will be welcomed like a brother or sister, free to enjoy yourself and bring beautiful memories with you."

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  • Review by a traveller from Latvia

    "I was there in early spring (March), but it was summer for me as I am from North of Europe were spring was still far away :) So for me this place was like a paradise on earth were to get away from winters depression. Surfing, yoga and hiking was perfect - all the teachers are very professional and sweet. Massage was the best in my life :) And I really appreciate the work that owners of this place do - they do everything themselves and really care about each guest. Location was nice and quiet, but also there was Cascais city center 10 minutes away with very nice small streets, restaurants, cafes and bars. I have been also in Porto and Faro region before but this location I like most of all."

    "I love this place and definitely will come back next year. And don't be afraid to go there alone - you will meet some very nice new friends there ;)"

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  • Review by Lisa

    "I had such a wonderful stay at the Salty Pelican. As a young solo female traveller I was anxious about safety but this place is in a quiet, chilled location with keys to get in the front gate and front door so very secure. The staff are so friendly and make you feel instantly at home. After 4 days, it felt like I'd been even here eve weeks! Other guests were very respectfully of people going to bed early as a we start the day early with yoga. The yoga was a perfect mix of dynamic yang yoga in the mornings as the sun rose over the sea with calm and meditative Yin yoga in the afternoons to stretch and relax your muscles. "

    "Thank you Monika, Gareth, Ida, Tiago, Sonja and Atena!"

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  • Review by Sophie from United Kingdom

    "the rooms were spacious and clean, the entire hostel was beautifully made up and perfectly clean all the time. great location, just up the hill overlooking the seaside, we were only here for 4 days but will definitely come back. we didn't buy a package deal as they were too expensive, but its easy to opt in cheaply for one or two yoga sessions once here, at 15 euros each. definitely recommend!"

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  • Review by Ian

    "Myself and my Fiancee just spent an unbelievable week in the Salty Pelican and we met some amazing people , it is a beautiful place run by amazing people Monika and Gareth,we went for a week of yoga which was done by the wonderful Ida every morning and evening classes were done with the sun setting in the park which was brilliant,we would go back in a heartbeat because the food and the house is unbelievable and we had such a great time and highly recommend it."

    March 23, 2017. TripAdvisor, edited

  • Review by Jessica from United Kingdom

    "First solo trip away fantastic welcome all staff extremely friendly. On the first evening after a long day travelling I was treated to an excellent BBQ by Gareth. Ida is an excellent yoga instructor and Monica makes you feel really at home. Such a fun trip. The setting and building are both beautiful and impeccably clean. I love how chilled out it is and how you can completely tailor the trip to suit. Cannot recommend enough will definitely return for longer to make better use of the activities they offer. Only open a year or so the team have really done a magnificent job."

    March 15, 2017. TripAdvisor, edited

  • Review by Jennifer from Netherlands

    "So my friend and I booked a surf and yoga week at the Salty Pelican. And as with going to a new restaurant you never know how your dish will be served. But all the right ingredients were there: our lovely yoga teacher Ida totally in tune with the group and everytime just the perfect class, super bubbly and warm Monika taking care of everything together with Gareth a great couple, our amazingly patient and friendly surf teachers Wellington and Bernardo all happening in the beautiful Cascais and at the center of everything, our relaxing and comfortable home for a week: Salty Pelican."

    "Add a big pinch of really wonderful roomies and joy is all around."

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  • Review by a traveller
    10 out of 10

    "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 !!!"

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  • Review by Julie from France
    10 out of 10

    "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
    10 out of 10

    "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
    10 out of 10

    "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!"

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  • Review by Alessandra from Switzerland
    10 out of 10

    "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
    10 out of 10

    "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!!"

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  • Review by Amy
    10 out of 10

    "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 Vietnam
    10 out of 10

    "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 United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "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 United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "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.
    10 out of 10

    "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
    10 out of 10

    "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 United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "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 United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "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 United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "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 Canada
    10 out of 10

    "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
    10 out of 10

    "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 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 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 Austria
    10 out of 10

    "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 United Kingdom

    "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 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 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
    10 out of 10

    "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
    10 out of 10

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

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  • Review by Tiago Coutinho from United States
    10 out of 10

    "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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