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THE SALTY WAY HOUSE

The Saltyway house, a typical Portuguese ‘Moradia’, is perfectly located between the waves and the mountains. Whether you’re here to surf or climb you will be right in the heart of the action. We recently renovated the House and Garden and created a place to fell home, to relax and to get together with friends.

THE LOCATION

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).

THE ROOMS

The house comfortably accommodates 10-12 guests, is a blend of typical Portuguese style furnishings with a cosy and intimate surf vibe. Our 3 rooms are for 2 or 6 persons, are clean, functional, furnished in a modest Portuguese style, have Wifi access, towels & linen. We have double, single or bunk beds, and can provide girls only rooms if required. We can also accommodate our rooms for families.

THE GARDEN

We are fortunate enough to have a good-sized garden and chill out area with BBQ facilities and an outside shower. It’s the perfect spot for BBQs, sunset beers, sunbathing, afternoon yoga or chilling out in a hammock with a book.

SELF CATERING

A key ingredient to our activity holidays is the ‘togetherness’ of the group. We believe living together builds an unbreakable bond during and even after the holiday. We encourage communal shopping and cooking, and provide a modern kitchen and living areas that are equipped accordingly. In fact, over the years the best evenings have definitely been when the group cook together and share a few glasses of local wine and tales from the day’s adventures.

THE VIBE

The type of people you meet on these trips want adventure, enjoy the outdoor life style and sunsets, travel and learn/improve their surfing or climbing – a recipe of interests that make for a great group vibe. The vibe here is relaxed, and welcoming to everyone of any age.

GETTING AROUND

We organise some pick up’s and drop off’s during the week to the villages or other places of interest, though the dramatic scenery makes for an enchanting walk as well. A Taxi costs between 6€ to 8€ to go from one village or restaurant to another. At Saltyway we also provide a few bicycles to help you get around.

IN THE AREA

Praia Grande & Praia das Maças

Your going to be blown away and captivated by the golden sands, the crystal clear Atlantic waters, the towering cliffs and night time silence that Praia Grande has to offer. But don’t despair, if you’re missing a little hustle and bustle, we are not far from Praia das Maças.  Praia das Maças is a small seaside village that has a supermarket, a weekly organic market, several souvenir shops and a variety of fine restaurants and lively bars. It is also famed for its 18th century red tram that takes you on a scenic 45-minute journey to the historical and culturally rich town of Sintra.

 

Almoçageme

Almoçageme is a quaint farming and fishing village which lays claim to the best chocolate cake in the area and a great weekend market selling local organic produce at affordable prices. A short walk from the centre you’ll find Praia d’Adraga which is considered one of the 20 best European beaches by the UK’s Sunday Times newspaper. This idyllic craggy cove is also home to an excellent seafood restaurant …the fish soup is a must!

 

Sintra

Sintra, a UNESCO World heritage site, is a fairy tale town famed for its 19th romantic architecture. A long time sanctuary for the nobility and elite of Portugal, its mountainous and forested terrain is dotted with exquisite palaces, extravagant villas and decorative gardens. Just a short journey from the Saltyway house this enchanting town proves popular among culture vultures and foodies. Top tip, bring along a camera for the breathtaking views and a couple of Euros for a ‘Queijada’, a deliciously typical cake of Sintra.

 

Lisbon

The sun shines approximately 239 days a year in Lisbon, making it the sunniest capital in Europe. The city enjoys a Mediterranean climate and is known for its unique light, sweet pastries, white cobblestones, Fado music, café culture and yellow trams. Situated on seven hills, Lisbon is renowned for its ‘Miradouros’ strategically built look out points that give breath taking views across the cities pastel coloured buildings, iconic ‘25 de Abril’ suspension bridge and the river Tejo.

 

Getting there

On arrival at Lisbon airport, take the Airport bus for about 3,50€ to “Rossio” bus station in central Lisbon. Areobus

Walk from Rossio Airport bus stop to Rossio train station.  Take a train (they leave every 30 minutes) to Sintra train station, the last stop on the line (train timetable).

Once on the train, drop us a message to the SaltyWay Camp mobil: 00351919910106 to say you’re on your way and we will come to collect you.

On arrival at the station, get out on the top end of the station and turn left at the exit. Turn left again and you will find us waiting for you in Rua Dr. Vasco Vidal. This street runs parallel with the train tracks.