The Best Yoga Retreats in Spain's Sierra Nevada
Find inner peace in Spain's Sierra Nevada | © Matthew Ragan / Flickr
The rugged mountains and lush valleys of southern Spain’s Sierra Nevada natural park provide the perfect setting for meditation. Read on for our pick of the best yoga retreats in this beautiful part of Andalusia.
Shine Yoga’s Sierra Nevada retreats take place in a 400-year-old house in one of the remotest of the Alpujarra villages. There could hardly be a more tranquil or beautiful setting for meditation, especially as both the indoor and outdoor yoga spaces look out over the mountains. Styles practised include vinyasa, yin, hatha and restorative, and the classes also feature “wisdom, music meditation [and] poetry”.
Located in the pretty village of Pinos Puente, just west of the Sierra Nevada, Lucia Yoga’s Granada retreat offers courses for groups of up to 40 people. Guests are accommodated in an elegant townhouse with an outdoor pool, attractive gardens and a terrace with mountain views, and are offered day trips to nearby Granada (including a visit to the Alhambra). Lucia also runs retreats in the spectacular Grazalema natural park and near Málaga.
Almond Hill House
Almond Hill House offers catered and self-catered, week-long yoga retreats in a gorgeous 200-year-old farmhouse in the Alpujarras. The most recent catered retreats have been provided by UK company SonoYoga, with experienced tutor Sharon leading the workshops and her husband Richard handling cheffing duties. Other activities available to Almond Hill House guests include horse riding, skiing, rock climbing and cycling.
“Facilitated with love”, Armonia Alpujarras is the yoga retreat for those who truly want to escape the pressures of the modern world. Various types of course are available at the spectacularly-appointed Alpujarras retreat, from six-day family yoga holidays to five-day “Yoga and Cooking” packages. The latter encourage guests to view cooking as a form of meditation, and include three delicious veggie meals a day.
Lago de las 7 Estrellas
This Granada-based studio offers classes at a retreat near the spectacular Béznar lake, situated on the south-western tip of the Sierra Nevada. Exploring “Energy, sexuality and self-knowledge”, the weekend courses at Lago de las 7 Estrellas employ techniques and philosophy from Chinese medicine, Indian dance and music and a variety of martial arts. Guests can also attend lectures, concerts and exhibitions focusing on the same themes.
These recommendations were updated on August 28, 2018 to keep your travel plans fresh.