Stop saying that Summer is over! Kids are finally back in school, beaches are at long last quiet, it’s time to plan a yoga holiday, friendos! I know many of you (including myself) often look towards South East Asia or South America for a retreat, but when the budget is tight and the time is short, there’s no need to go too far afield, as there are amazing options for a yoga retreat in Europe. And while some countries may seem more appropriate than others for a relaxing holiday because of their proximity to beaches or nature, I’ve found that there are fantastic options literally everywhere!
Below is what’s on my radar for the best yoga retreats in Europe.
Best Yoga Retreat in Europe: My Recommendations
Lagos, Algarve, Portugal
Located along the beautiful Algarve Coast of Portugal, this seven-day retreat with The Jewel of Yoga offers everything you need to relax and unwind. Daily yoga classes and pranayama are paired with free time for you to hit the beach, hang by the pool, walk in the national park, go surfing or treat yourself with a relaxing massage. You can also rent a car to visit the surrounding coastal area.
The intimate accommodation is five minutes away from famous surfing beaches and beautiful trekking areas. Pair that with fresh organic meals, comfortable facilities and a relaxing environment, and you’ve got yourself a wonderful holiday you’ll remember for ever.
Costa Blanca, Spain
Kilometres upon kilometres of sandy beaches and beautiful cliffs will be the backdrop of your holiday at Sun Salute Retreats in Costa Blanca, Spain. What more can you ask for? A yoga retreat that’s located a mere few footsteps from the beach? You got it all, at Sun Salute Retreats. Here, you can combine various activities and create your very own schedule, and the prices are really fair. Discover the Spanish culture, sample the local cuisine, relax on the beach, go scuba diving, go cycling, discover local markets, and of course do plenty of yoga! One of the best yoga Retreats in Europe, Sun Salute is a really amazing way to combine your European travel with a yoga retreat and do a bit of everything. The Sun Salute crew is an inspiring community that promotes the wellbeing of the spirit and body through natural healing and fitness. Cosy accommodation, vegan-friendly local cuisine. Sold.
Forino, Campania, Italy
Experience the rugged terrains and pastel-toned villages of nearby Amalfi Coast as you join this yoga and culinary retreat with Styleoga in Campania, Italy. Alongside daily yoga and meditation, the retreat includes cooking classes and several excursions to local villages, farmers market, and wine cellars. Antonia and Luigi are passionate yogis who have been travelling around the world in search of alternative ways to improve their lives for over 10 years. Join them for a few days of great yoga and amazing food, alongside breathtaking views of nature, drenched in extra virgin olive oil!
Littleton, Wiltshire, England
Looking for Yoga retreats UK options? England will always have a special place in my heart. And Wiltshire is a great reminder of all the wonderful lush green nature there is in England. With an abundance of verdant landscapes and prehistoric majesties, Wiltshire is a place that tantalizes all senses. At Jiva Healing, you can feel inspired in this impressive 17th-century watermill set in a ten-acre property of woodland and meadows. I can’t really think of a more relaxing and rejuvenating setting and one of the best yoga retreats Europe has to offer. What’s even cooler is that the mill is run entirely on renewable energy. Be inspired by the healthy cooking and nutrition classes, alongside daily yoga and meditation. Your afternoons are free to explore the surrounding area. One of many great Yoga retreats UK options!
Fykiada organises exclusive retreats on the Greek islands in high-end locations with world-acclaimed teachers. From cosmopolitan Mykonos to the otherworldly scenery of Koufonisia and the authentic island of Kythnos, each retreat is one of a kind and tailored to the needs of the group. What makes the retreats even more special, is the fact that Fykiada Retreats is run by two girls, Anna & Eranthi, who are island experts and take care of every single detail. From a selection of stunning seaside locations to stylish interiors, conscious welcome gifts and local touches, everything promises that you’ll be taken excellent care of.
The food served at Fykiada Retreats represents the best of Greek nature and culture and is personalised to suit guests’ preferences and food allergies. Vegan and gluten-free options are always part of their menu, as well as twists on local recipes.
Activities at Fykiada include sea-kayaking to hidden beaches, hiking to ancient temples, private sailing to sacred islands, food workshops, dinner to local tavernas and live music are always part of the special experience that it’s offered.
Fykiada Retreats collaborates with industry experts and international yoga teachers who provide high-quality learning and teaching experience.
Hvar Island, Croatia
There’s little else that screams holiday time other than a yoga retreat on a Croatian island! Recenter yourself and find inner peace with the holistic yoga program at Suncokret Body and Soul Retreats. Set in the cute village of Dol Sveta Ana on Ivar Island, on a backdrop of lush greenery, Suncokret is one of my top yoga retreat Europe 2019 options for the Summer. The program includes daily yoga practice with the wonderful Evening Marie, nature walks, organic and nutritious meals, meditation and a lot of downtimes to let you explore and recharge.
Located in the east valley of Dol in Hvar island, Dol Sveta Ana will charm you with fragrant lavender plantations, stone cottages, and farmland. Croatia is always a good idea when it comes to a Europe yoga retreat!
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