Highway To Swell Motel

Highway to Swell Motel is a family-run hostel in Baleal, Peniche, Portugal. Things are simple here – as life should be in general. We kind of built this place for ourselves. We live here every day and not just a few months during summer. It is our home that we share.

Highway to Swell Motel, the most charming accommodation in Peniche and Baleal, offers double, twin and 3 bed rooms, as well as a big green garden with mini skate bowl, hammock, palm trees, flowers and fruits. Our rooms are tiny but sweet. We refused to spend loads of money on expensive “vintage shabby chic” furniture – we repair old stuff and build new beds, chairs, tables and shelves out of driftwood and things we find at the beach.

In our kitchen all cups, plates, forks and knives do not fit together. The bedclothes are from the 60s and have strange patterns. Our pool is for skateboarding and not for swimming. We don’t have a “Lounge” or “Chilling Area” – our guests laze in the garden or swing on the hammock among palm trees, flowers, fruits and vegetables. This is how we like it. And we feel happy if you like it too.

Many people come to our Hostel in Peniche for surfing. Some already surf for years, some are improving and others are learning it here. Most of them go mountainboarding, skateboarding or snowboarding at home. There are even people who go roller skating or horse riding but what we all have in common is the desire to gather in a place, with people who love to be in the water. No matter how good or bad we surf.

You’re still reading, unbelievably, in a nutshell:
As you already know we are not a classic hostel, we don’t have a reception and no 24/7 service but the following attractions: Wi-Fi, washing machine, professional BBQ 1987, yoga mats, Pilates weeks, living room with fireplace, kitchen for self-catering, pleasant outdoor shower, 1A table tennis table. Mini skate pool, skateboards and for those who need: cable TV.

On request, we also organize surfboards, wetsuits and surf classes or surf training.

From 105 € per week but also bookable on a daily basis!
No party hostel, average age is +30 years.


“ Highway To Swell Motel. I love your name !! ” (Joel Parkinson)


“ Staying at Highway To Swell Motel means no shoes,
no stress and living the days as if time was switched off. ” (tom, 31)