More than just a yoga & surf retreat in Portugal… At The Salty Pelican you will find a variety of deluxe shared rooms and superior double rooms for up to 40 guests along with a cosy lounge, outdoor yoga deck and swimming pool, both with stunning panoramic sea views, beanbag and sun lounger chill-out area to kick-up your feet after a long day at the beach, indoor yoga shala, cinema room, premium FLOWT surfboard range, tourist information desk, laundry room, guest kitchen, free wifi, delicious breakfast buffet and much more. The retreat is newly built, so you'll find everything new, comfortable, modern, secure and clean. We give you comfort and quality for the lowest price we possibly can at this great location, right above the centre of Ericeira with magnificent sea views for days. Steps away from our yoga & surf retreat you will find everything you need, from a supermarket to restaurants, tapas bars, vegan cafes, bakeries, beach front cafes, bank and the beach. You can spend your days at the awesome beaches that surround Ericeira and your nights in the majestic old town where bars and restaurants spill out onto the cobbled streets. You can also easily get high above it all and enjoy the beautiful surrounding nature and fairy-tale castles of the Sintra National Park. So whether your after peace of mind, beautiful beaches or that lively city life... we have located at the perfect spot for you to enjoy. You will find the atmosphere here at The Salty Pelican is lively, friendly and has staff that actually cares about you.
" The Salty Pelican Yoga & Surf Retreat in Portugal, offers safe and secure, social accommodation at a price that won't break your travel budget "
Be sure to check our many weekly activities when you arrive. We have established a diverse range of daily activities which includes grilled seafood BBQ nights, Portuguese Tapas & Wine nights, SUP Yoga and Sunset Meditation hikes... So kick back on your beanbag, pour yourself a glass of wine or beer and really appreciate this experience in the heart of Ericeira... we guarantee you’ll have a great night every night! We also have an all day bar selling locally crafted beers, sangria, red and white Portuguese wines. Alternatively you can use the shared guest kitchen, where you can prepare your own food.
The Salty Pelican yoga & surf retreat was started 6 years ago in Cascais, Portugal by 3 friends who spent the last 20 years collectively backpacking and working their way around the world. We have created our yoga & surf retreats based on inspirations we have found along our journey and added them with a touch of our own.
The Salty Pelican founders first came to Sri Lanka in 2017 and fell in love with the people, the island vibes and the balmy tropical weather straight away. Fresh off the plane from Portugal… just a few hours later we found ourselves in a tuk tuk bouncing down a muddy dirt road rife with potholes and puddles. Weaving through the narrow roads on a sweaty tropical day, we slowly began to see the dense jungle clearing to get our first real glimpse of the magical hidden horseshoe bay of Hiriketiya. It’s everything and much more than we had ever anticipated… the turquoise blue bay is picture perfect with a nice gentle rollers hitting the point with a few lone surfers amongst it and a warm sea breeze whistling through the coconut palms. Paradise… it feels like we have arrived and looking around the feeling looks mutual… without any real hesitation we collectively decided, and almost without words, that this would be where The Salty Pelican will settle it’s new nest outside of Europe.
Within the short weeks we stayed in Hiriketiya, we already had our eyes on a beautiful plot of land and negotiated to finalise the purchase upon our arrival back in Portugal. This dream now had legs and we felt ourselves slowly beginning to run. Over the course of 2018 and 2019 we worked closely with an architectural design team to design our dream retreat, followed by the intense shortened construction period. It would take us less than 14 months for the entire process from the initial designs concepts with our architect to the retreats completion on christmas day 2019. An outstanding accomplishment for all involved.… Anyone can set a goal, but being consistent, showing up day-in and day-out, even with relentless monsoonal rain, is what really separated the success for this project.
In 2020… Just weeks after the grand opening in Sri Lanka…. realising The Salty Pelican had some great momentum, we decided to jump straight into opening the next project in the beautiful sleepy seaside fishing town of Ericeira on Portugal’s sunny west coast. Although the Covid-19 pandemic would eventually have the final say and push back our ambitious opening plans considerably later till Easter 2021. Everything eventually fell into place slowly and the biggest lesson we learnt from 2020, was to just to have a little more patience.
We strive to promote real value for money services for all our guests and continually try to develop the quality of life during your stay with us. We offer an innovative programme of attractive activities and events for our guests and strive to stand out as a real alternative when compared to other forms of accommodation in the area. We have travelled to many places & retreats around the world and understand what you are looking for in a yoga and surf retreat.
" We try to balance a lively atmosphere with comfort and a good night's sleep. "
Ultimately our goal is to create a great environment for you to hang out, meet people or just relax after a long day.
" We love Ericeira, we love Portugal and we want you to fall in love with it too "