5 Must See Yoga Retreats in Europe
Dreaming of the perfect yoga retreat but don’t fancy traveling on a long-haul flight to Bali or Nepal? Well, you don’t have to. Europe has some of the finest yoga retreats in the world. From the scorching deserts of Spain, the untamed beauty of the Cliffs of Moher and the Instagramable shores of Santorini, you can unwind and find your inner peace without the jetlag. My Baggage takes a look at 5 of the best European yoga retreats.
Monte Bay Retreat, Montenegro
Haven’t heard of Montenegro? Don’t worry! This little gem in the Baltics isn’t as well discovered as its Croatian neighbor, but that just means guaranteed peace to practice your downward dog. Known as the pearl of the Mediterranean, think breath-taking coastline, medieval towns and towering green mountains and lush forests.
Monte Bay Retreat is in Perast, a medieval town in the heart of Lovcen National Park. This wellness retreat offers all guests a detox program developed by the hotel’s founder Sasa Ilic. The aim of your stay is to alleviate stress and help relax and calm your soul.
Guests have a 24-hour concierge service and can access body massage and facial treatments at any time throughout their stay. The detox program includes a guided juice fast and raw food immersion diet. The dietary aspects are combined with daily vinyasa yoga sessions completed with a guided meditation.
Caveland Santorini, Greece
Santorini is the ultimate destination for a yoga retreat. The island eludes peace and tranquillity and you’ll be sure to find your inner zen at Caveland.
Cleveland offers a unique location in a secluded area of the island, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea and a local village. Guests stay in the historic caves, which have been lived in for over 3,000 years. The area is secluded and intimate. A standard three-day retreat revolves around six sessions of hatha yoga in their idyllic courtyard, three vegetarian breakfasts, a welcome dinner and a private wine tasting tour. You also are entitled to one massage, to end the perfect relaxing long weekend.
Yoga, Hiking & Midnight Sun Retreat, Swedish Lapland
Be prepared to connect with the great outdoors and experience the best lifestyle Scandinavia has to offer. Think all things huge and imagine pristine forests, still lakes and lush mountain backdrops. There’s nowhere greater to perfect your craft in the great outdoors.
The Yoga, Hiking and Midnight Sun Retreat are located in Swedish Lapland. Ideally suited for those who are looking for a slice of adventure as well as an opportunity to hone their yoga skills. You can enjoy two outdoor yoga workshops a day staying at the Mountain Station, complete with full bed and board.
But this isn’t just yoga, you will also be able to combine your trip with hikes in the national forest. The first trek will be from Klappen to Helags Fjällstation. This 14-mile hike will let you take in the sights of lakes, mountains and unique flora and fauna. You also have the opportunity to hike the mountains of Helagsmassiven or choose a trek of your choosing. You can also go on an arctic safari to catch a glimpse of the arctic fox in its natural habitat!
Cliffs of Moher Retreat, Ireland
Find inner peace within the rugged landscape of Ireland’s west coast. The Cliffs of Moher Retreat is in Liscanor Bay, just a few fields away from Ireland’s most famous cliffs in County Clare.
Set on 10 acres of land, Cliffs of Moher Retreat offers visitors a comprehensive yoga immersion course, or you can combine your holiday with yoga and hiking. The venue offers a communal area for guests, a therapy room, a hammam spa room, a sauna and an outdoor hot tub.
The yoga room faces out onto the wild Atlantic Ocean and has glass paneling so that throughout your practice you can see the waves breaking out in the bay. You can enjoy the best the Irish countryside has to offer, with plenty of walks nearby and hiking options available for when you want to get out into the great outdoors. Just remember to always bring a raincoat!
Huzur Vadisi Yoga Retreats Almeria, Spain
Am I in Spain or is it Arizona? Set in Spain’s sunniest region, Huzur Vadisi Yoga Retreat offers guests a rural experience in a rugged semi-desert location. Located in the Cabo de Gata National Park, this unspoiled stretch of coastline provides you with a much-needed escape from the daily grind.
There is a wide range of retreats available for all abilities. From flow yoga, wild yoga, basic yoga to yoga and meditation. You can also combine your trip with yoga, snowboarding and skiing break available during the winter months.
When you’re not perfecting your poses, you can relax and unwind on the beach, discover hidden coves and enjoy some well-deserved tapas in the local Spanish village of Nijar which is within walking distance. The area is also famous as being a backdrop for many of Sergio Leone’s spaghetti westerns, some sets remain and there is the one you can visit, complete with old town saloon and staged gunfights!