Spanish getaways have been a popular short break choice for Europeans and others for a long time now. And there is good reason for this. The weather, beaches, food and relaxed atmosphere account for most.
Wherever you go you will find a pervasive holiday ambience which will always support you in completely immersing yourself in an enjoyable getaway. Everything is on offer here – fitness, meditation, yoga, pilates, spa, detox, all types of retreats takes place in Spain.
So if you have the time then book a retreat, maybe grab a friend or two and make your way to some nourishing rejuvenation on a long weekend getaway to Spain, or week-long retreat. Flights within Europe are cheap and convenient so it’s not too much trouble to travel here.
There are the Balearic islands off the east coast of Spain – popular destinations of Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza, and Formentera. Or there are the all-year round Canary islands near Africa, mainly Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria and Lanzarote.
You can opt for a holiday on the mainland in urban Barcelona or maybe around Malaga, or consider Andalusia (a region in the south of peninsular Spain). You can always decide to follow the popular trail to one of Spain’s many beautiful sun-scorched islands.
1. 6 Day Yoga and Hiking Holiday Alicante in Spain
From $1250 ; Dates- Multiple months of the year
Morning yoga sessions focus on simple flowing sequences to stretch muscles and open joints whilst synchronising your breath with movement so that your practice becomes like a calming moving meditation.
Evening classes are more restorative where you will hold postures a little longer using the breath to move deeper within and reconnect with your inner peace.
The first walk is an easy 13k guided route through quiet lanes and country tracks close to the hotel. You’ll pass country houses, crops of oranges, lemons, olives, figs and avocados before heading towards the sea and back to the hotel.
The second is a 4-5 hour hike on a mountain – the second highest peak on the coast. But don’t worry, you’ll not be climbing to the top. Instead you’ll be walking around the mountain to enjoy the full 360-degree views across the neighbouring mountains and down to the sea.
There’s also a chance to do a 3rd self guided hike along the coast with maps provided by the team. All walks are of course optional.
When not hiking or doing yoga, the team has a few other optional activities you can join– there’s a guided bike ride, Spanish cookery workshop or, you can lay back and let the fantastic therapists pamper you with their soothing treatments and massages.
This retreat program includes -5-night accommodation, 7 x 90-minute morning and evening yoga sessions, meditation workshop with caring, experienced teachers, guided 13k ‘coast and country’ walk on your first morning, guided hike in the mountains with a picnic lunch, hearty buffet breakfasts, wholesome vegetarian evening suppers on all but 2 evenings, and daily herbal teas & fresh fruits to help you slowly awaken.
Plus well-being gifts to help you unwind and the services of an experienced retreat host who is constantly on hand to ensure you don’t have to lift a finger.
All guests coming on their own are given their own ensuite double room.
More info – Yoga Breaks Spain
2. 8 Days at Boutique Wellness and Yoga Retreat
From $2950 ; Dates- All Year Round
The program involves daily yoga classes in either the indoor studio or outdoor yoga pavilion. The teachers offer a variety of practices including Hatha, Vinyasa flow, Pranayama breathing meditation.
Group classes are limited in size to ensure each participant gets personalised attention and reinforcement both on and off the Yoga mat.
Whether you are a beginner, intermediate or expert, this Yoga Retreat is especially created for those who want a short break from the stresses of the world and to reconnect with their inner self.
Yoga helps to stretch and tone your body muscles. Strong muscles protect us from conditions like arthritis and backpain. Daily Yoga helps improve posture and you will soon feel you walk taller and sit up straighter. Yoga prevents cartilage and joint breakdown as it helps take your joints through a full range of motions.
Yoga poses require movement backwards and forwards, with many twists which help to keep the spinal disks supple. Gentle Yoga positions fuel the metabolic system and help burn fat leading to weight loss. Daily Yoga also strengthens the mind body connection which is important to deal with emotions that are related to issues such as using food to suppress feelings.
More info – ShantiSom WellBeing Retreat
3. 7 Night Fuerteventura Yoga Retreat
From $660 ; Dates- All Year Round
Morning sessions will wake you up gently, create space in the joints for the day too come.
The afternoon sessions are to cool down the body, using the warmed up muscles for stretching, and the fresh sunset air for breathing, detoxing and calming the body. Complete the class with a lovely yoga nidra in savanasa to find total surrender and tranquility in body and mind.
In between classes the program is free for you to see and do what you like- follow your heart and do what feels right, this is time for you.
Classes are suitable for beginners, intermediates and advanced who are looking to dive deeper into their own yoga practice.
Enjoy a full week diving into yoga, yourself and a good time in a new location, away from the hassles of daily life!
This package includes your accommodation, twice daily yoga lessons, daily breakfast, and a one hour massage.
More Info – Azulfit
There is sure to be something that peaks your interest in this beautiful and diverse country. Many make the journey over to Spain for some sun, fun, yoga and adventure. Located on the Mediterranean there are retreat centers everywhere around here and in neighbouring countries, giving you the opportunity to spend some time focusing on yourself.
If not Spain then maybe check out what Italy has to offer you.
Wherever you end up going you are sure to have a great time on a short break to get some ‘R&R’ in. Enjoy.
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