A surf and climbing camp for adults in the foothills of Portugal’s magical Serra de Sintra, SaltyWay – Surf Climb Portugal is the perfect getaway for individuals and families looking for an action sports holiday in a stunning natural setting.
Take part in surf lessons on the amazing waves of the Lisbon coast, experience climbing in the mountains of Sintra and Cascais, or combine the two for the ultimate adventure. And in order to compliment your newly honed surf and/or climbing skills, relax and soothe aching muscles, two weekly yoga lessons are included in all packages.
SaltyWay is run by experts in their respective fields, who are friendly and enthusiastic when it comes to sharing their passion for surf, climbing and yoga. Come to this wonderful part of Portugal and enjoy an intimate and personal experience in a laid-back atmosphere with other like-minded people from around the world. Kids are welcome and sitting services can be arranged.
SaltyWay’s traditional rural Portuguese Moradia provides comfortable, quiet nights in cosy rooms. In the evenings, gather around the fire in the large living room to share stories and glasses of exceptional regional wines. The shared kitchen is fully equipped to prepare meals with the wholesome local ingredients you’ll find at the nearby markets in Almoçageme and Praia das Maçãs.
The house sleeps up to 12 guests in 3 rooms, which can be arranged for families or single-sex groups by request. Rooms are clean and equipped with single, double and bunk beds, bed linens and Wi-Fi Internet. The vibe at SaltyWay headquarters is relaxed and social. Guests from different walks of life can be found sharing beers in the large garden, cooking together or heading out on excursions to nearby destinations such as Lisbon, Sintra or Cascais.
The house is beautifully situated off the beaten track, right in the heart of nature in Colares near Lisbon. We enjoy the tranquility of the Serra 24/7, a silent nights’ sleep and early surf wake ups with the birds. We light up a fire in the living room at night and enjoy the cosy atmosphere of this big room with the big windows. The kitchen offer all you need to make a good meal. We enjoy lots of nights in the big Garden with a bonfire going and the tales of the day. What’s more, we are just a short walk (12 minutes) and a breathtaking descent down to Praia Grande, via a set of steps famed for its prehistoric dinosaur footprints. The house is also situated between Almocageme and Praia das Maças. Both are small picturesque Portuguese villages with a range of restaurants, bars, small shops and cheap local markets (a great place to buy your week’s supply of fresh fruit and vegetables).
This package offers the best of both the ‘Surf Course’ and the ‘SURFari’ package. It caters for those with some existing surf experience but who wish to take advantage of the expert advice from our instructors, video analysis, hitch a ride to the best surf spots, yoga lessons and develop their theoretical knowledge of surfing. Clients enrolled on the ‘Step-Up surf package’ benefit from 2 days of advanced surf instruction and a lift to the beach on those days.
The SURFari is geared toward more advanced surfers who wish to enjoy there time and moves in the Ocean but would like to hang with likeminded people in the SaltyWay house. The SURFari includes use of a board and wetsuit, a ride to the best beaches of the day and help in finding the best peak to surf. Plus, you can take advantage of our twice-weekly yoga sessions.
We know that active parents sometimes just need an extra pair of hands so they can enjoy their passion, climbing or surfing. So at Saltyway, that’s exactly what we offer. Children can join in the fun (6 years +) or stay with one of the SaltyWay helpers during the lessons.
From Monday to Friday, our highly qualified, experienced and motivating surf instructor will take you to the surf spots, in the best conditions and with top of the range equipment. Each surf session is taught in a fun, no pressure manner and is adapted to the personal needs of each and every guest. The surf session also goes hand in hand with daily theory lessons that cover wave anatomy, beach safety (currents and rips), reading the waves, forecasting and board design. At SaltyWay we believe “knowledge gives you security and security allows you to have fun!”
This is going to be more than just a week of top roping, this is a comprehensive yet exhilarating 5-day adult (20-50 years) course. Our goal is that you become a self-sufficient climber. Each day, our highly qualified, experienced and contagiously enthusiastic guide will provide you with top of the range equipment and take you to the best climbing and boulder spots in the area, in the mountains or by the sea. Depending on the weather and local temperatures we will always try to climb or boulder at the most suitable times and places.
Our guides know this area like the back of their hands, they literally know every stone and crack in Sintra and Cascais, and will share with you the accompanying history and insight into local flora and fauna. Kids are also welcome to join the climbing sessions or can be entertained at home or at the beach with one of our helpers. Each climbing session is taught in a fun, no pressure manner and goes hand in hand with daily theory lessons that cover climbing safety, spotting for bouldering, communication & belaying, climbing & rope technique, climbing vocabulary, equipment design and leading.
At SaltyWay we believe knowledge gives you security and security allows you to have fun!” So whatever your level we will provide the practical and theoretical know how in order to take you to the next level. We climb in small groups of 4 so as to keep the teaching personal, the vibe intimate and not overcrowd the climbing spots. If you are eager for more and wish to climb during your free time, then we drive with the group to a bouldering sectors near by. Because of safety reason we don’t rent ropes or climbing equipment other than a crash path.
We also offer two yoga sessions a week to compliment your climbing. The yoga will not only improve your balance but it will offer a welcomed relief to sore muscles and a chance to refocus and settle your mind after the adrenaline of each day. It’s all about having fun at Saltyway. Don’t worry if you’re a complete beginner there’s something for you. We will always choose spots to suit your level and comfort zone, we’ve got your back whatever your ability, and that’s a promise!
If you can’t decide whether you wish to surf or climb, then do both! SaltyWay offers the perfect package, with 3 half days surfing and 2 half days climbing. Enjoy the similarities of using your whole body while experiencing the best of both worlds, the ocean and the Serra. This package provides you with a complete immersion in nature and sport.