Best yoga vacations & retreats in Europe

Loosen your limbs and free your mind on a yoga retreat in some of Europe’s most beautiful landscapes. Want to do your sun salutations on the beach? Greece, Spain and Portugal will oblige. Or, if you’re more into mountains, how about a chalet in the Austrian Alps or a farmhouse in Montenegro? Although based in Europe, these vacations respect and reflect the roots of yoga. Alongside daily yoga practice and meditation, you’ll get the chance to rest and relax in your own time – or join hiking, wild swimming, surfing or intensive language sessions. Read on to find out our top 10 yoga vacations and retreats in Europe.

1. Yoga & fitness in Spain

For a vacation that will kick-start a healthy regime, combine yoga with a week of fitness training on the northern Costa Blanca. You’ll do daily yoga, Pilates and circuit training and take hikes into the surrounding hills. Nutrition workshops will help you transition to healthy eating back home. You’ll be put up in a swish apartment complex complete with a gym and lagoon pool.
When to go: March to November
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2. Yoga & walking in Austria

Picture this: you wake up at dawn and head outside for gentle yoga and stretching as the sun rises behind the mountains. Then it’s back inside to eat a healthy organic breakfast and prepare for a hike through Alpine scenery. This is how every day begins on a yoga and walking vacation in the East Tyrol Mountains. Healthy plant-based food and nights spent in a beautifully designed mountain house round out the picture.

When to go: June to September
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3. Yoga in Greece

For a yoga retreat that’s high on relaxation, head for the Pelion peninsula. You’ll stay in a gorgeous waterfront house with views over the Pagasetic Gulf, and yoga sessions will take place on a wooden platform surrounded by olive groves. Free time can be spent swimming, snorkelling or chilling out in the gardens. Wholesome vegetarian meals will keep you nourished.

When to go: June to September
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4. Walking & yoga vacations in the South of France

Combine French cultural immersion with twice-daily yoga at a pretty guesthouse high in the hills behind the French Riviera. In your free time you can potter about the medieval village of Saint-Jeannet and hike in the hills or along the Cagnes River, where you’re encouraged to try gourmet treats such as the local cheese and bread.
When to go: April to November
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5. Yoga in Portugal

For the ultimate healing sanctuary, head to the forested slopes of the Serra de Estrela Mountains. The natural environment is therapy in itself, but a series of classes and workshops will help revitalise you even further. Think forest bathing therapy, mud baths and tailored health consultations. And of course, there are daily yoga workshops, both in the studio and in the wild.

When to go: March to October
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6. Yoga & sailing in Greece

There are few better ways to explore the gorgeous Greek islands than by boat, especially when that boat doubles as your own mobile yoga retreat. Enjoy sun salutations on deck as the sun rises over the crystal-clear Ionian Sea, and swim and snorkel in hidden bays, explore ancient fishing villages and go on island hikes between yoga practices.
When to go: June to August
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7. Yoga retreat & surfing on the Algarve

Surf, bodyboard or just frolic in the waves at some of the Algarve’s most beautiful Atlantic beaches – and contemplate your connection with nature during daily yoga sessions. Nights are spent at a peaceful eco retreat and farm a short bike ride or walk away from sandy Odeceixe Beach. Healthy organic meals cooked using herbs and vegetables from the gardens are included.

When to go: April to October
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8. Learn Spanish & yoga in the Picos de Europa

Re-energise your mind as well as your body on a Spanish and yoga vacation in the Spanish mountains. Daily intensive Spanish lessons, yoga and Pilates classes are included, but the rest of the time is yours to enjoy. You’ll be on the doorstep of the Picos de Europa as well as on the route of the legendary Camino de Santiago, so regular walks are a given.

When to go: May to September
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9. Yoga vacation in Montenegro

Spend a week at a farmhouse in Montenegro’s Lake Skadar National Park, brushing up on your poses and eating tasty vegetarian meals. There’s an airy yoga studio for classes, but many take place outside: in a meadow, perhaps, or at the stone corn circle of a medieval village. After morning practice and breakfast, you’re free to chill out at the farmhouse, though most people opt for an outdoorsy adventure such as wild swimming, hiking or kayaking.
When to go: May to September
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10. Concentrate on your chakras in Greece

This well-rounded yoga retreat takes a week out to concentrate on each of the seven chakras, starting from the root and moving up to the crown. Your daily yoga sessions will have asanas – or postures – and meditations that work with the chakra you’re focusing on that day. Each morning starts with practice on the sea-view terrace, before a tasty and nutritious breakfast under the olive trees.

When to go: July
Our top selling trip: Yoga and chakra healing vacation
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Written by Nana Luckham
Photo credits: [Page banner: Eneko Urunuela] [Yoga & fitness in Spain: Erik Brockdorff] [South of France: Tobi 87] [Sailing in Greece: Christian De Stradis] [Lake Skadar, Montenegro: Philipp Wasserscheidt]