Breathtaking 8-Day Surf and Yoga Retreat in Peniche, Portugal

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Few places can pull off the beach getaway like Peniche. Renowned for its turquoise waters and epic waves, it's a paradise for ocean enthusiasts. Here, yogis can take a break from the everyday and immerse themselves in pure relaxation and adventure along the serene Portuguese coastline. A typical day starts with morning yoga and a delicious buffet-style breakfast followed by refreshing surf lessons, and to end it off, relaxing Yin yoga and meditation. You’ll also have plenty of free time to explore the Berlengas Islands and the stone-walled town of Obidos. 
Suitable for beginner and intermediate practitioners
Surf lessons
Morning Yoga by the seaside
Unlimited premium surfboard rental
All surfing & yoga equipment provided
Daily meditation
Afternoon relaxing Yin Yoga
Free time to explore Berlengas Islands & Obidos
Delicious buffet-style breakfast daily
Imagine waking up to the sound of the sea breeze moving through the trees. Meditating in the morning with a sea view, practicing yoga and hearing nothing but the sounds of sea, guided meditation hikes on a national park island. 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. Hatha Flow 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. Looking for an authentic Portuguese experience, then join our guided meditation visit to the Unesco heritage medieval town of Obidos, there’s no excuse not to see one of the loveliest towns 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 learning how to practicing yoga, surf, sun... good people... good times and good vibes! 

Accommodation

Beach setting
Caters for gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan diets
Shopping
Bar
Garden
Lounge
Bicycle rental
Conference room
Free Wi-Fi
Library
Patio
Table tennis
Barbeque facilities
Kitchen
Luggage room / storage
Board rental
Dry cleaning
Laundry
Tour assistance
You’ve probably heard all about Lisbon as a digital yogi destination, but what about Europe's westernmost city, Peniche which has also been dubbed Portugal’s surf capital? Just 50 minutes northwest of Lisbon International Airport is Peniche, a charming fishing town and surfing paradise ideal for surfers of every ability. It’s such the perfect spot to seamlessly blend your yoga practice with a fully immersive experience that connects you with the elements of nature through yoga, surf, hiking and adventure…!

This picturesque and laid-back surfer town of unspoilt sand dunes, sandy beach breaks and beachfront restaurants, will steal your heart and maybe that’s the magic of this place…. Just in front of our property, you can directly access the beach in a few steps to catch some sun, swim in the protected bay or paddle onto some nice beginner waves.... If you are dreaming about white sandy beaches and clear blue waters in peaceful surroundings – this might be it! Located just opposite The Salty Pelican, you will find a few cosy restaurants snuggled between the sand and the sea, creating a more upbeat ambience that is famed for their tasty food & gorgeous sea views. Aside from the beautiful beach and delicious food, with the whole coastline offering a seemingly endless amount of surf-able waves and ever-changing scenery, it’s also the perfect beach to learn how to surf. Finish your days on our rooftop terrace with new friends, feel the warm ocean breeze with a sangria in hand and await that magical sunset! 

Exploring Peniche is a voyage of discovery… On the one hand, there is the endless amounts of sandy beaches with a great variety of waves,… Then there’s the joy of discovering the back streets of the town centre where you’ll find hidden whitewashed houses, vegan cafes, lively bars, grilled sardines, specialist coffee shops, cool bars, fusion restaurants, and surfers from all over the world and lively surf shops.

Our proximity to Lisbon, Portugal’s enchanting capital city, is just an easy day trip away..... Portugal’s hilly, coastal capital city. Spend a day or half-day exploring the city, rooftop cafes with wonderful views and end the day in the abundant amount of cosy cool bars, clubs and restaurants that litter the city.

​​In the Unesco heritage medieval town of Obidos, just a short 20 minute trip from The Salty Pelican, there’s no excuse not to see one of the loveliest towns in Portugal. A town and castle perched on a hill, that has kept its beautiful historic centre with traditional shops, walk along the city wall with magnificent views and local ginja tastings.… Peniche is a perfect destination for your next yoga and surf holiday.

The venue
The Salty Pelican Yoga & Surf Retreat in Portugal was designed and built very recently.. So you'll find everything new, comfortable, modern, secure and clean. Our retreat has a combination of deluxe spacious shared rooms, private double rooms & shared twin rooms for up to 40 persons. Most rooms have a private terrace overlooking the garden or sea views and all rooms have a private ensuite bathroom.

We offer many great design features at our retreat, including a sea view rooftop terrace with outdoor lounging & dining area to hang about and unwind all day, an indoor communal dining area, a yoga deck, rooftop all-day food & drinks menu, indoor yoga shala, cinema room, wellness menu offering massages and body treatments, tourist & tours information desk, laundry room, FREE WiFi, delicious FREE buffet breakfast daily, Unlimited premium FLOWT surfboard range rental, clean fresh linen and much more.  

Our fluent English speaking staff are always ready to answer all your questions. When you want to experience the local culture, we have all the information you will need to visit Peniche and the best surrounding area sites, including a FREE local map at check-in. While you're here you can give surfing a go, as we have a diverse collection of surfboards for guest use and qualified surf instructors if you prefer a lesson to start. 

Our daily yoga & meditation programs are running daily except on Mondays... and be sure to check our wellness centre list of treatments, body scrubs and massages on your arrival. We have established a diverse range of activities which includes our Seafood & Grilled Vegetarian BBQ nights, Portuguese Tapas & Wine nights, Obidos guided tour with meditation and a wine lovers vineyard tour and tastings. We guarantee you’ll have a great day every day and really appreciate this experience in Peniche...

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.


Food
The retreat includes daily buffet-style breakfast with freshly baked bread, jams, cheeses, hams, freshly cut fruits, vegetable slices, delicious organic teas, coffee, fruit-infused water, natural yoghurt, and freshly baked pastries, and homemade hummus, chia seed puddings and much more. You can also enjoy our twice weekly seafood BBQ and our delicious Portuguese tapas & wine nights. You will also find an all-day menu serving delicious & healthy Portuguese infusion food along with white & red wines, ciders, sangrias, local craft beers, cocktails, including some quick rooftop snacks.

 If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate them to the organiser when making a reservation 
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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, island tours, awareness hikes with meditation, rock climbing trips, group dinner nights and winery tours & tastings can be booked after your arrival. 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. We start in the morning with our Hatha Flow yoga with sea views, followed in the late afternoon with our gentle practise of Yin Yoga which focuses on increasing your inner peace, harmony, love and joy. Practising Hatha Flow & Yin yoga will help to harmonise 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 
  • 07:30 Hatha flow yoga & meditation
  • 09:00 Healthy breakfast buffet 
  • 10:30 Surf van departs 
  • 11:00 Surf lesson 
  • 12:30 Lunch at the beach 
  • 13:00 Free time 
  • 17:30 Yin Yoga & meditation
  • 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 and relaxation 
Every Monday & Thursday afternoon around 14:00 depending on the time of year, there will be a guided meditation tour to the Unesco heritage medieval town of Obidos. After we will practice meditation in a quiet area, with small snacks and ginja tastings to finish.... this activity is highly recommended. 

Surf lessons are only on 5 days of your 8-day package, giving you plenty of time to relax during the day, swim, have a massage, explore Berlengas National Park Islands which is just a short boat ride away, walk around the Peniche beaches or even discover the narrow streets and hidden restaurants of Peniche and Baleal old towns. Lisbon city is also just 50 minutes away. It really is the perfect spot here at The Salty Pelican. 

Nightly activities
Every evening we try and get all our guests together on our amazing sunset sea view terrace to socialise over a good meal and some nice Portuguese wine, while we enjoy the sun dipping below the horizon. From seafood/vegetarian BBQs with delicious stuffed sea bass to our famous sunset tapas & wine nights and our all-day menu of delicious drinks and food...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 Peniche and the Unesco town of Obidos. To relax, you can always grab a refreshing drink from the bar, or lay back and chill out in one of the rooftop sun loungers with an amazing sea view deck, catch some sun while you read a book with some mighty good views.

Beaches
Peniche is renowned for its glorious stretch of white sandy coves which are simply stunning and for its amazing sandy surf beaches. 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 past Peniche.

Peniche
Exploring Peniche 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.

Baleal beach
Marvel at the unspoilt sand dunes and untamed waves at Baleal beach - with its perfect waves that attract surfers from all over the world for having some of the best beginner waves in Europe. It's directly opposite our property

Berlengas Islands
This is Portugal's "best-kept secret" island which you can take a beautiful short boat ride too.

Obidos Unesco Heritage Town
Looking for an authentic Portuguese experience, visit the Unesco heritage medieval town of Obidos, there’s no excuse not to see one of the loveliest towns in Portugal. With its whitewashed houses, narrow cobbled streets, castle, fortified walls and local ginja tastings. This activity is an optional extra but well worth a visit! 

Nightlife
Peniche is also a magnet for night owls, providing an eclectic range of evening entertainment that offers everything from pubs, cafes, restaurants, and glitzy cocktail lounges, to cosy beach bars and to late-night clubbing. We are located just a few minutes' walk from all of the above. 

Visiting Lisbon and Belem
Lisbon city centre is just an easy 50 minute Uber ride away or an 85-minute bus ride. It's a great day trip to add to your week here and you can visit Belem also and try one of Portugal's most famous pastel de Belem, a traditional Portuguese custard tart, a treat not to be missed. 

Swimming
Opposite our retreat, you have an abundant amount of beautiful beaches and protected coves for swimming all just a few steps away from our property. 

Other activities:
  • Enjoy an Ayurveda massage at The Salty Pelican
  • Enjoy peaceful walks or bike rides along the beautiful seaside
  • Chill out, relax on our sea view rooftop terrace with a book and some sunshine
  • Try your hand at some of the amazing daily activities from awareness hiking, SUP, rock climbing and wine tasting tours.
  • 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 on our sea view terrace with some wine. 

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. 
Alex
Alex
Alex is a qualified surf coach with the Portuguese Surf Federation. He is also a qualified swimming coach. With Alex, you are in safe hands. He is very understanding and patient and will make sure you have a smile on your face, in and out of the water.
Wellington
Wellington
Pro surfer and amazing surfer, Wellington is great for advanced classes and also great with beginners. A must to watch when he is free surfing. Great to have him and his skills and knowledge at The Salty Pelican.
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. 

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 an 8-day, 7-night stay, vary by season and are indicative only. Please enquire for details
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