4-Day Surf, Yoga and Meditation Retreat in Cascais, Portugal

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If you’re a lover of the ocean and all things soothing for the soul, then this retreat should be right up your alley. Located in the seaside town of Cascais, surfers and yogis have an endless supply of amazing waves, food and meditation spots. Start your day with relaxing meditation and Yang yoga on the beach, followed by a wholesome buffet breakfast and a thrilling surf lesson. Dry off and laze on the glorious Guincho beach before soaking up the last rays of the day with a sunset hike in Sintra National Park. What a way to recharge! 

Overview

Suitable for beginner, intermediate, and advanced practitioners
A surf lesson including transport
Daily meditation
Unlimited premium surfboard/SUP rental
All surfing & yoga equipment provided
Awareness sunset hike with beach meditation at the most magical beach in Portugal (additional cost)
Morning Yoga by the seaside
Free time to explore Sintra National Park & Lisbon
Delicious buffet-style breakfast daily
Instruction in English
Organiser also speaks Finnish, German, Portuguese, and Spanish
Imagine waking up to the sound of the sea breeze moving through the trees. Meditating at sunrise right by the seaside, practising 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 body 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 body 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.
Prices are based on a 4-day, 3-night  stay, vary by season and are indicative only. Please enquire for details
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Program

Whether you are seeking a wellness break or a more active vacation, you will find the perfect balance at The Salty Pelican Yoga Retreat. You can pick and choose your extra activities. Additional wellness treatments and activities like Ayurveda massages, SUP Yoga, awareness hikes with meditation, learn to surf lessons, 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 practise of Yin Yoga which focuses on increasing your inner peace, harmony, love and joy. Practising 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, and restorative to integrate with the day's surfing activities and prepare the body for a great rest overnight. Let yourself emerge into a nice flow of your yoga practice. Enjoy breathing, and relax your body, muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints and also your mind. 

Sample daily program 
  • 07:00 Wake up 
  • 07:15 Walk to the beach 
  • 07:30 Meditation followed by Yang Yoga class 
  • 09:00 Healthy breakfast buffet 
  • 10:00 Free time to explore or relax on the many beaches nearby 
  • 15:30 45 minute relaxing Ayurveda Massage 
  • 17:30 Meditation followed by Yin Yoga class in the nature park 
  • 19:00 Seafood or vegetarian BBQ or other activity 

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

Meditation Awareness Hike: 
Every Thursday afternoon around 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, small snacks and wine to finish. 

SUP Yoga: 
Every Monday & Wednesday morning we have our SUP ( stand up paddleboard ) Yoga classes right on the water... Attendance to both of these activities is highly recommended. This activity is an extra charge. -Explore Cascais, Sintra National Park or Lisbon: 

Explore magical 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, and seafood BBQs with delicious stuffed sea bass to our famous sunset BBQ & wine cruises out on the amazing Cascais bay… you are going to love every moment here at The Salty pelican.

Optional activities
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.

Beaches
Cascais is renowned for its glorious stretch of white sandy beaches which are simply stunning, beautiful palaces, cosmopolitan vibrancy and Lisbon's 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.

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 cosy harbour where the day's 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.

Nightlife
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 cosy 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 the air, a 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. It's 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. It's a great day trip to add to your week here and you can hop off the train at Belem halfway and try one of 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.

Sintra
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 it's 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.

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

Other activities:
  • Enjoy an 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 your 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

Accommodation

Beach setting
Shopping
Bar
Garden
Luggage room / storage
Board rental
Dry cleaning
Laundry
Patio
Library
Table tennis
Barbeque facilities
Lounge
Bicycle rental
Conference room
Free Wi-Fi
Tour assistance
Kitchen

Check-in

14:00

Check-out

11:00

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

The accommodation includes a comfy bed in a spacious room with shared bathrooms and a delicious breakfast. Besides the awesome time, you will have learning to surf, the retreat offers all the comforts of a home. 

The retreat has a beautiful garden to relax about all day in, with comfy XL bean bags, hammocks and a large nation with free BBQ facilities. If The Salty Pelican's all-day menu of delicious healthy smoothies 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 longboard skateboard from the reception. The retreat also offers female-only accommodation in a four-bed dormitory where available. 

Important note: Check-ins arriving after 10 pm are only accepted with prior notice by email or phone call. Reception closes at 10 pm without prior notice.

Shared dorm
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Shared dorm
Shared room | Shared bathroom | $315
Shared villa
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Food

The retreat includes a daily buffet-style breakfast with freshly baked bread, jams, cheeses, hams, freshly cut fruits, vegetable slices, delicious teas, coffee, fruit-infused water, natural yoghurt and freshly baked pastries. You can also enjoy our twice weekly seafood BBQ and our delicious Portuguese tapas & wine nights. You will also find a menu serving delicious healthy detox smoothies, white & red wines, ciders, sangria, local craft beers and some healthy snacks at an additional cost. 

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:
  • Gluten-Free
  • Other dietary requirements on request
 If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate them to the organiser when making a reservation 

Location

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 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 centrepieces 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 cosy 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 Towns

How to get there

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.

Nearest airports
LIS Lisbon Portela Airport
Transfer not provided
25 km
Nearest train stations
Monte Estoril
1km
Estoril
1km
Cascais
1km

Instructors

Ida
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
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
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
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
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 Hatha and Yin yoga styles. 

What's included?

  • 5 days of surf lessons including transport
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • UNLIMITED yoga classes
  • UNLIMITED premium surfboard/SUP rental
  • Daily meditation
  • Daily breakfast buffet
  • Free WiFi
  • Free time to enjoy the best beaches and surf spots
  • All yoga & surf equipment provided
  • Lemongrass & bergamot shower shampoo dispensers
  • Free organic herbal teas available all day

What's not included?

  • Airfare
  • Daily lunch and dinners
  • Tours
  • Awareness meditation hike
  • SUP lessons
  • Extra Surf lessons

Cancellation policy

Cancellation

Cancel up to 1 day in advance for a 86% refund

Changes

You may not change your dates after booking

Covid

No refund if you test positive for Covid
Full refund if you cannot travel due to Covid restrictions
Full refund if the retreat does not take place due to Covid restrictions
Prices are based on a 4-day, 3-night  stay, vary by season and are indicative only. Please enquire for details
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