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Salty Days

Rua Fontes Pereira de Melo 248, Vila Nova de Gaia - Porto, Portugal
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Salty Days
Reviews (4)
5 out of 5

Salty Days Lodge is a relaxed and friendly place where you can feel totally at home. The endless west coast beaches are a 5 minute walk. Here it’s the perfect location to combine peaceful time by the sea with activity and adventure.

Free WiFi throughout the property, 2 private rooms (double/twin), 2 dorms (3 bunks each) and 3 private Double Bungalows. Shared bathrooms and a spacious shared living room and kitchen, also a really great garden! Choose to chill around the house or take off and explore.

Dinner can be prepared if guests want to join together for a meal (great value, delicious dishes) or suit yourself and cook, or go out to eat.
It’s your holiday and Salty Days Lodge have that always at the front of the mind!

Free daily transfer bus along the coast and Douro river, past marina and into the city. Pick up time arranged at time of drop off.
If you prefer to go alone, it’s just 10 minutes by car or 30 minutes on the bus to the Historical Centre.

Local staff speak English, Portuguese and Spanish, and want to make sure you enjoy your stay to the max. If you need advice on what to do and where to go we’re always around and happy to help. We can arrange Surf, SUP, Kayak, river tours, bike rentals to explore the many cycle routes, and scooter rentals to go further afield.

You’ll feel very welcome here!

Location

5 minutes walk far from the beach and 10 minutes drive from Gaia Historical Center, take a sightseeing trip to the city, visit the marina, the river or nearby fisherman’s village, or stroll along the beach and eat tasty local food at the ‘tascas’ to cosy local restaurant/bars. Don’t miss out the classic local gastronomy, especially the well to known Porto ‘sandwich’, the Francesinha.

Take hikes, visit the Port Wine Cellars to there are many amazing spots near for you to discover to whether you want a cultural experience, to be outdoors in the nature, or in the ocean.

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4 REVIEWS
     

Summary

Accommodation
     
Surf Lessons
     
Review from Victor
Victor
Singapore, Singapore
January 2019
Travelled solo

How did you like the accommodation?

     

Great place to stay, albeit a little remote in winter. Nice quiet area with a lovely dog. Pretty chill place


How were the surf lessons?

     

Great lessons, instructor was super patient

Review from Andrei
Andrei
Barcelona, Spain
September 2018
Travelled solo

How did you like the accommodation?

     

Salty's is a fantastic place to stay. Really, the photos don't do it justice. This was a sentiment a lot of the other guests had as well in that it was one of those rare places where real life beat the online presentation.

The hostel is very clean and has a very homey feeling. The dorms and nice and comfy, there are enough bathrooms for everyone, and the free breakfast is pretty great too! Each guest gets a locker for their personal belongings. The garden is amazing, with many hammocks to chill in, a nice outside bit with a barbecue, and a really nice pool to relax by and dip in for a swim. The garden is also where Salty the dog, the shy yet playful hostel mascot, lives.

The area is super quiet, given it's outside of Porto and that makes for a tranquil stay. The ocean is a 5 minute walk away, with quite a few bars and restaurants in the area (even though you might need to walk for a bit). Sunsets at the hostel are fantastic.


How were the surf lessons?

     

I did 8 days of the surf explore and really enjoyed it overall. Mario and Pedro were good at guiding and giving advice on how to improve, as well as being really cool people to chat and have a laugh with. In the last few days, Pedro really helped me push myself to the next level and stand on the board consistently.

The beaches we generally went to were good for beginners and had options for more advanced people. Espinho, the lighthouse beach and Matosinhos were fantastic when conditions were right! It did happen that we went to a couple of places where the surf was too hard for beginners and I wish the instructors would have taken note of this earlier and tried to help more as it could become very frustrating to get hit by waves and not catch any.

The equipment was also generally in good condition: both surf boards and wetsuits were good quality even if maybe worn around the edges.

Overall very happy with my surf as I achieved my target of consistently popping up and caching green waves, and also felt very fit after the whole experience!

Review from Louise
Louise
York, United Kingdom
January 2018
Travelled solo

How did you like the accommodation?

     

Good value for money, clean, great being able to use large kitchen. Huge well tended to log fire. Big gardens in quiet location. The owner, Bruno was welcoming and helpful throughout the stay. Great while traveling alone as other solo travelers were there during my stay. Loved the walks along the beach fronts with lovely places to stop and eat in.


How were the surf lessons?

     

They were fantastic, this was the purpose of my stay. The instructor, Mario, was a very good teacher, knowledgeable, gave detailed feedback on how to improve whilst having fun.

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Review from Kayo
Kayo
London, United Kingdom
November 2017
Travelled solo

How did you like the accommodation?

     

It was very new, nice and clean.
The room, bathroom, living room, kitchen are all nice.
Huge garden where they are building a swimming pool and jacuzzi, which would be amazing!
Bangalow looks great and fun too.

Although around the lodge, there are not many restaurants and shops (10-20mins walk, then there are the restaurants and cafe etc), you can cook in the kitchen.
Also, between the lessons, the instructor took us for nice lunch to eat traditional Portuguese food, so eating in for dinner was great.

I felt like I was at home:)


How were the surf lessons?

     

The surf lessons were great!
The instructor taught me very well so I improved a lot in such a short time.
All the instructions were clear and very useful and my instructor was a very nice person!
He took a few video so I could understand what went bad or well.
I will def come back again to do surfing.

The beaches were very nice too, not too busy in Nov.

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Number of people: 22
Bath Towels
Heating
Kitchen
Parking (free)
TV
WIFI (free)
Daily housekeeping
Dryer
Free shuttle bus to town centre
Laundry
Outdoor Swimming Pool
Pets allowed
Surfboard hire
Surfboard Storage Area
Westuit storage area
Wetsuit hire
BBQ Facilities
Breakfast (included)
Dinner (additional)
Honesty Bar
Bicycle rental
Canoeing
Golf course
Hiking
Kitesurfing
Mountain biking
SUP
Surf school
Volleyball
Yoga

Extras:

Airport shuttle charge 20€
Laundry non fixed charge
Pets are allowed - in private rooms only, extra charge 5€ per day
Surf Lessons & other activities on Request

Salty Dorm 1
Room Type: Shared - Mixed
Sleeps: 6

The mixed dormitory is comfortable and clean. It sleeps 6 persons, with 3 bunk beds.
Individual lockers and reading lights.
Heated in winter, fans in summer.
Towels & linen provided.
BREAKFAST INCLUDED.

Salty Dorm 2
Room Type: Shared - Mixed
Sleeps: 6

The mixed dormitory is comfortable and clean. It sleeps 6 persons, with 3 bunk beds.
Individual lockers and reading lights.
Heated in winter, fans in summer.
Towels & linen provided.
BREAKFAST INCLUDED.

Salty Private
Room Type: Private
Sleeps: 2

Spacious and comfortable private room with shared bathroom. Sleeps 2 with twin beds to can be put together as a double.
Heated in winter, fan in summer.
Towels & linen provided.
BREAKFAST INCLUDED.

Salty Private Ocean View
Room Type: Private
Sleeps: 2

Spacious and comfortable private room with west to facing ocean view window, shared bathroom. Sleeps 2 with twin beds to can be put together as a double.
Heated in winter, fan in summer.
Towels & linen provided.
BREAKFAST INCLUDED.

Salty Bungalow 1
Room Type: Private
Sleeps: 2

Spacious and comfortable private room with private bathroom. Sleeps 2 with twin beds to can be put together as a double.
Heated in winter, fan in summer.
Towels & linen provided.
BREAKFAST INCLUDED.

Private bathroom, kitchen, lounge & bar
Free WiFi | Great garden | BBQ area
Free daily transfer bus along the beach to river, marina and downtown Porto

Salty Bungalow 2
Room Type: Private
Sleeps: 2

Spacious and comfortable private room with private bathroom. Sleeps 2 with twin beds to can be put together as a double.
Heated in winter, fan in summer.
Towels & linen provided.
BREAKFAST INCLUDED.

Private bathroom, kitchen, lounge & bar
Free WiFi | Great garden | BBQ area
Free daily transfer bus along the beach to river, marina and downtown Porto

Salty Bungalow 3
Room Type: Private
Sleeps: 2

Spacious and comfortable private room with private bathroom. Sleeps 2 with twin beds to can be put together as a double.
Heated in winter, fan in summer.
Towels & linen provided.
BREAKFAST INCLUDED.

Private bathroom, kitchen, lounge & bar
Free WiFi | Great garden | BBQ area
Free daily transfer bus along the beach to river, marina and downtown Porto

You can never get lost

When you book you will receive our confirmation email with full travel directions of how to get to us.

We provide Airport Transfers from and to Aeroporto Francisco Sá Carneiro and they can be booked in the booking steps.

  • Price for 1-4 people: €60
  • Price for more than 4: €80
  • - Nearest Airport: Aeroporto Francisco Sá Carneiro
  • - Distance from Airport in kms: 24
  • - Time from Airport in a car: 25
  • - There is a train from the airport
  • - There is a bus from the airport

Come Surf With Us

Surf Lessons can be added in the booking steps if they are not already included in a package.

Instructors

Pedro Marinho

Mario Barroso

André Silva

Do you know how beautiful the surroundings and surf spots of Porto are? Have you any idea how perfectly clean and beautiful our sandy beaches are? Stay one week with us to combine surfing with seeing all the hidden places of Porto. Or if you only have time for a quick surf trip, come for a 3 day break – it’s enough to let us show you some of our favourite hidden places!

Main Surf Beach: Canide Norte beach

Surf Lessons we offer:

Kids Surf Lessons

Beginner Surf Lessons

Intermediate Surf Lessons

Advanced Surf Lessons

FOR ALL LEVELS:
Surf Explore Day: a really unique day for you, which combines 2 surf sessions and a visit to the Douro Natural Park.

• 2 Surf Lessons (1,5 hours each)
• Equipment - Surfboard & wetsuit
• Visit to the Douro River Mouth Natural Reserve
• Transfers from city centre to beach and back
• Insurance

We pick you up in the morning and take you back mid-afternoon.

6+ days: 40/day

Surf Guide


Rocky Point

Level: Advanced

Point break works in High Tide. Shallow water with rocks

Sereia Praia Canide Norte

Level: All Levels

Open beach break. Hold up until 1.5mts sise swell.

Espinho Surf Destination

Level: All Levels

Sandy bottom with hugh ocean wall.Works from half meter to solid 4 meters swell.

Surf conditions in Porto:

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Rain

Wetsuits

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Air Temp (°C)

JAN/FEB

14°

MAR/APR

18°

MAY/JUN

24°

JUL/AUG

28°

SEP/OCT

22°

NOV/DEC

16°

The best time to surf Porto is between Spring through to Autumn. It's main surf beach is Matosinhos beach, the best surf spot in Porto for beginner and intermediates. Its a long 1km sandy beach with a few different points on it. The set up is a mix of beach break and reef break and parts of it are sheltered so it handles larger swell. Easy to get to and consistent.

Next to Matosinhos is International Beach. A lovely spot that begins where the city park ends. Its also a great learner spot, and a great place to hang out both during day and at night. Further north is Leca, a very consistent beach break protected by the harbour.

In and around the city there are small little beaches all worth exploring, particularly for the more advanced surfers wanting to discover the best Porto surf breaks.

There are more surf breaks further south including Barra do Porto and Miramar and then 20km south of Porto are the towns of Esphino and Esmoriz. Its arguably the North's most famous surf area and the beaches have a real nice surf culture. The area's 3 main beaches are Silvade, beach, Blue beach and Baia beach. A mix of sandy beach breaks and reef spots that suit beginner and advanced. Hang around and score some long barreling right & left handers all to yourself.

Come Surf Porto with us...

PAYMENT

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  • Your balance is due at check in.

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  • Up to 7 days before arrival date full refund of deposit. 6 days or less and no-shows deposit non-refundable.

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