A SaltyWay climbing holiday is a 5-day course from Monday to Friday. Each day is divided into half a day of climbing and climbing theory, and half a day of free time. Yoga sessions will also take place on two of these days.
Since we are committed to taking you climbing in the most suitable conditions, the day’s schedule is flexible and may change accordingly. For example, the half-day of climbing and theory may take place either in the morning or afternoon.
We can suggest an endless list of fun and fascinating things to do in the area, but since each group is different we let you decide what you would most like to do.
In the past the following activities have been particularly popular:
By the same token, you may wish to just chill out on your own with a book, either way, there is no pressure and the decision is all yours.
Dramatically situated below the walls of this ancient mountain top castle, Castelo dos Mouros offers incredible views of the Sintra hills and the surrounding palaces. It is a granite slab climbing spot with more than 50 routes ranging from grades 4a (easy) to 8b (difficult). The approach to the crag is a short 10-minute walk through the mystical woods of Sintra.
The enchanting Peninha forest and its majestic moss covered granite boulders look like something out of The Lord of the Rings, and like the movie, they have a truly magical feel about them. With so many boulders and grades ranging from 4a (easy) to 8a (difficult), there is something for everyone. It is not only a joy to climb but also a great spot to do some slack lining and relax with a picnic. A top tip if you are there around sundown, head to the nearby Peninha convent to take in a mind blowing panoramic sunset. Here you find more informations: Boulder Guide for Sintra
About a 20 minute drive from the house is Guia the birthplace of sports climbing in Portugal. Guia is 150 metres of vertical / overhanging limestone cliffs offering 50 or more routes ranging from grades 3c (easy) to 7c (difficult). You climb just metres from the glistening blue sea of Cascais bay. It’s almost impossible to resist a dip in the sea at the end of the day. Not far from the sector is the seaside town of Cascais that offers great restaurants, bars, shopping, artisan street markets and cultural exhibitions.
The weather is perfect in spring, summer and still awesome in autumn and winter. From March to November you can expect reliably dry, sunny weather with temperatures around 20 – 25°C, rising to 25-35°C during the summer months. Even in winter, it rarely drops below 15°C. If on the other hand it gets too hot in the summer, we can always find a shady spot for climbing and a cool splash in the ocean after the session.
If you wish to maximise your time on the rock, we recommend you take a few weeks before the trip to get in shape. In our experience, those clients that come along physically and mentally prepared tend to progress more quickly. We’re not suggesting Ironman fitness but setting yourself a realistic and fun training schedule that focuses on strength and flexibility. This could be a combination of:
If you are not as physically fit as you’d like, please don’t worry. You will still have a great week and learn a lot.
We will take care of all the climbing equipment, but recommend you also bring along the following items: