Also known as Hellas, Greece dates back to 270,000 BC and is considered the cradle of Western civilization. It’s a mesmerising nation of ancient history and culture, stunning historical sights and gorgeous islands and is one of the best places to take a yoga retreat in Europe. There are some really amazing and unique yoga retreats in Greece to suit all levels of yogis where you can practice yoga while soaking up the sun and some of the most spectacular scenery and history in Europe.
Not only is Greece one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, its also a fantastic place to practice yoga, and don’t worry about the crowds – there’s plenty of places to find peace and spirituality in this endlessly fascinating ancient land. Most of the best yoga retreats in Greece are situated in the South, particularly on the stunning, sun soaked, islands. You can even practice yoga on a yacht while island hopping for a really unique yoga retreat experience!
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There’s no shortage of yoga retreats in Greece but it’s more important than ever to research retreats and check reviews before you book. I find www.bookyogaretreats.com really useful, as you can read real reviews of the retreats from people who’ve already been there as well as seeing all the information about the style of yoga taught, instructors and accommodation in one place.
Covid Update: Be aware that the situation in Europe could change at any time so double check current situation, entry requirements and re-entry requirements for your home country when you return. I find this regularly updated article by Wanderlust Magazine about which countries are open for tourism really useful.
It’s also more important than ever to have good travel insurance that covers coronavirus – mine is with SafteyWing. All these yoga retreats have also implemented enhanced hygiene and distancing measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus. (Note that the photos in the article were taken before Covid-19)
To help you pick your perfect retreat holiday in the sunshine are my recommendations for the best yoga retreats in Greece
5 Best Yoga Retreats in Greece
Spend a blissful week in the serene, offbeat, traditional Greek village of Mavrovouni a hidden gem of the Peloponnese region. You’ll be practicing Hatha yoga, Yoga Nidra (yogic sleep) and mindfulness meditation. This relaxing yoga retreat in Greece offers you the opportunity to have a break from modern life, connect deeper to yourself, relieve your mind of everyday chaos and build lifelong friendships.
You will enjoy six morning yoga classes and four evening classes held on the rooftop overlooking the village and its magnificent surroundings on this eight day retreat. Accommodations are included at Ellas Retreat which is located just 10-minutes away from the beach, making it the a perfect setting for deep relaxation. Studio rooms all have a lounge and kitchenette area. A tasty brunch made with love and local, organic ingredients is served daily. Some dinners are also included and you’ll also have the opportunity to sample the local tavernas. Click here to book, check dates, read reviews and get more info.
This is probably the most unique yoga retreat in Greece, as it takes place on a yacht and you’ll get to explore many exciting locations! The yacht leaves every Saturday from historic Athens’ Alimos Marina and sails to the beautiful Cycladic Islands. You will not only get to visit three or four Greek islands, but you will also be able to practice yoga on each of the islands that you visit. You also get free use of the yacht’s SUP board, sea scooter and kayak.
The yacht takes small groups of four to eight people along with the skipper and yoga teacher. You’ll be staying on the yacht in cabins and breakfast and lunch is included. For dinner, you will enjoy sampling the local tavernas at the port stops. Together, you spend six amazing days sailing around the Aegean Sea, swimming at unspoiled beaches, tasting traditional local cuisine and practicing Hatha yoga twice every day. For sun, sea and yoga lovers, this is the best yoga retreat in Greece! To read reviews, get more info or to book, click here.
Join Sky Retreats team of three highly experienced yoga instructors for an unforgettable wellness and yoga retreat in Greece. This fabulous eight day yoga retreat takes place on the stunning island of Santorini, consistently rated as one of the most beautiful islands in the world, which is the perfect location for revitalizing and relaxing your body, mind and soul. Sky Retreat is more than a yoga retreat, it is an inspiring experience of wellness, culture and community.
As well as soaking up the beauty of Santorini, you will enjoy two classes per day (yoga and/or pilates) and participate in meditation sessions, and all props are included, even a yoga mat! You will be staying at the luxurious Pelagos Hotel and can choose to stay in a private bungalow or shared bungalow for two people, both of which come equipped with a kitchenette. The boutique hotel also has a swimming pool with lounge chairs, a massage room and its very own organic vegetable garden. The yoga hall is also amazing, being a large tented space that allows the natural Santorini air to blow through.
This is an all inclusive, luxury yoga retreat that also includes a delicious daily brunch, 4-5 course vegetarian dinner, airport transfers, a hiking excursion to the village of Oia and other excursions to explore the island. To check prices, read reviews and to book, click here.
Running all year from Saturday to Sunday, this amazing multi style yoga retreat in Greece is located on the island of Corfu and takes place in a beautiful Corfiot villa just a stone’s throw away from quiet Almyros Beach. You will be practicing yoga twice a day in the property’s outdoor shala while soaking up the sweeping views of the mountains. There’s a variety of yoga styles taught including restorative, yin, vinyasa, ashtanga and hatha. Another highlight is the evening yoga session on a peninsula, only accessible by boat, while watching the sunset over the sea. There’s also a 20 minute welcome massage included to help you relax into the retreat.
There are only five rooms at this intimate yoga retreat, each of which has a private balcony that offers panoramic mountain or sea views. You also get a hearty breakfast every morning after your first yoga session, and a healthy Greek buffet dinner five of the seven nights you will be at this retreat. Wednesday is an off day, where you are free to do whatever you’d like, giving you the opportunity to explore this magnificent island and it’s historic Old City and sample the traditional, local cuisine. Click here to read reviews, get more info and to book
Kos is famous for its abundance of sandy beaches, so it makes sense that one of the 5 best yoga retreats in Greece is located on this magnificent island. You will no doubt go home feeling relaxed and rejuvenated after spending eight days with the people from Yoga on Kos practicing yoga, eating healthy food and enjoying the spectacular views and Greek island life.
You will start each day with a refreshing fresh juice and a morning Hatha or Vinyasa yoga session, followed by a healthy breakfast. The rest of the day you are free to do what you would like; meaning you can visit some beaches, explore the island or get a massage. In the evening, you will enjoy a relaxing Yin or Restorative yoga session before dinner. Also included are two group hikes, a visit to natural hot spring and sunset meditation at Hippocrates Altis, which is a sacred place of Hippocrates.
You will stay at the Zenzoí lifestyle hotel, just a 5-minute walk to the beautiful Aegean sea and 1.5 km from Kos town. Vegetarian and Vegan breakfast and dinners are included and for lunch you can enjoy exploring the local tavernas. Click here to read reviews, check dates and prices and to book.