Top 5 painting vacations for solo travelers

Pablo Picasso once said, “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” If your soul feels laden and in need of a spring clean, you’ll find artistic inspiration in our top five painting vacations for solo travelers. From Moroccan escapes that break free from single supplements to women-only creative retreats in Scotland, these vacations offer me-time that you, and your soul, will appreciate.

Keep reading to discover our best painting vacations for solo travelers.

1. Go single supplement-free in Morocco

Generous hospitality is a cornerstone of the traditional Berber culture found in the kasbahs which dot Morocco’s valleys, mountains and deserts. You’ll never be far from a sweet mint tea, proffered with a warm smile, and with no single supplement to pay this artistic adventure in the Atlas Mountains is uniquely geared towards solo travelers. Both beginners and more experienced artists are welcome.
Best time to go: March and October
Our top selling trip: Painting vacation in Morocco
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2. Connect with nature in Crete

It’s not just the art that will nourish the soul in Crete – you’ll be painting in a landscape so pristine that it’s part of the Europe-wide programme, Natura 2000, to keep it that way. And you’ll share the wild coastline and tiny tavernas with a small group of new friends, relaxing and sharing insights to make connections both to the landscape through art, and to each other.

Best time to go: May to September
Our top trip: Painting vacation in Crete
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3. Enjoy a women-only retreat in Scotland

Mindfulness and creativity combine in this unique women-only retreat in Orkney. A painting vacation in this remote corner of Scotland – a quiet place ruled by the temperaments of the waves and the Atlantic weather – offers you an opportunity for total immersion into nature. Among its towering sea cliffs and Celtic-Norse heritage, you’ll slow down, experiment creatively and learn to express yourself through paint, photography and collage.

When to go: November
Our top trip: Orkney art and photography retreat
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4. Be tutored in southern Spain

Professional tutors guide you into the heart of rural Spain, where the clear Andalusian light reflects off Moorish mountain villages and illuminates colourful summer flowers. Don’t worry about traveling solo here. You’ll be part of a small group of like-minded artists – beginners or otherwise – on a painting vacation that is as much about art as it is about relaxation, fun and friends.
Best time to go: May to September
Our top trip: Painting vacation in Andalucia
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5. Cook & paint in Italy

Feast your eyes on the rolling Umbrian hills… and feast more generally on some classic home-cooked Italian fare. Your brushstrokes will find inspiration in the birthplace of Pietro Perugino – the Renaissance master who taught Raphael to paint – while cooking classes and visits to local produce markets will ensure all your senses, and not just your pencils, are sharpened.

Best time to go: May to July
Our top trip: Umbria cooking and painting vacation, Italy
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Written by Sarah Faith
Photo credits: [Page banner: Eddy Klaus] [Morocco: Pauline FIGUET] [Scotland: d kah] [Spain: Jean-Baptiste D.]