Lively and charming cities, sun soaked and laid back beaches, enthralling history and architecture and stunning landscapes makes Portugal a perennially popular destination. Its also one of the most best places in Europe to join a yoga retreat or learn how to surf and there are countless excellent yoga retreats in Portugal on offer whatever your level of experience.
There’s a diverse range of yoga retreats in Portugal to choose from, from luxurious detox and fitness retreats, to lively beachside surf and yoga camps, to spiritual eco communities hidden in the countryside. Portugal also happens to be one of the warmest European countries, adding to its charm and popularity as a yoga destination all year round.
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Some of the best Portugal yoga retreats are located near the stunning Sintra-Cascais Natural Park and Sintra UNESCO world heritage site. As Portugal is quite a compact country you can easily combine a yoga holiday with seeing some of the most beautiful sights in Portugal or even learning how to surf on Portugal’s world class surf reserves.
There’s no shortage of yoga retreats in Portugal but it’s more important than ever to do your research and check reviews before you book. I find www.bookyogaretreats.com really useful, as not only can you see all the information about yoga retreats in Portugal in one place but you can also read real reviews from people who’ve already been there.
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 the Portugal
Here is my pick of the 5 Best Yoga Retreats in Portugal
The Lodge Portugal was created by a group of people to combine all of the things that they love and learned from their travels. One of those things is yoga, and after taking 3 long years to find the perfect location, their yoga retreats are held here and led by the devoted teacher Ines.
These eight day yoga retreats in Portugal offer daily morning and evening Vinyasa yoga classes in a spacious, semi-open pavilion so that participants can soak up the stunning landscapes surrounding them while they practice. You will also get two sauna and two Jacuzzi sessions, as well as use of the saltwater pool, fitness area, communal kitchen and lovely large tropical gardens.
You will be staying in the charming, rustic chic Lodge, in a comfortable single or double room equipped with iPod/MP3 docking station and anti-allergic mattresses. Plus, all furnishings are built from recycled wood. A delicious breakfast and lunch are included, and for dinner you can explore the local eateries in the scenic Praia Pequena or the historic town of Sintra.
The Lodge’s location, in the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, is unbeatable. It’s one of Europe’s most diverse and enchanting regions and gives easy access to great climbing spots, cycling paths and surf beaches as well as the UNESCO world heritage site of Sintra and buzzing Lisbon. The Lodge is also only a short walk from Praia Grande beach. The problem will be how to fit it all in! Click here get more info, see dates, prices, read reviews and to book.
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For 25 years Moinhos Velhos Detox Yoga Retreat has held some of the best yoga retreats in Portugal complete with a detox juice fasting program that benefits the body, mind and spirit. Moinhos Velhos has even been listed as one of the ten best detox retreats in the world by The Times.
These eight day detox retreats are located in a secluded valley away from the touristy areas of the Algarve but there’s a included day trip to the beach or Lagos town each week so you won’t miss out but have the opportunity to detox in the perfect setting for unwinding, recharging and cleansing.
The original concept was inspired by the pioneering work on cleansing and detoxification by Bernard Jensen, Swami Sivananda and Dr. Gerson. The daily morning yoga class follows the interesting Sivananda style and you’ll wind down each evening with a meditation session. There’s also plenty of free time to explore the nearby beaches and countryside or simply relax on your private patio, in the library or by the saltwater swimming pool in the spacious and lush retreat center.
Meals aren’t served as this is a detox and juicing retreat but you won’t go hungry with the range of fresh fruit and vegetable juices provided, as well as vegetable broth mixed with herbs, vitamins and minerals. There is also a range of spa, massage and healing treatments available to help with the elimination of toxins and the balancing of your entire system. To read reviews, check dates or book, click here.
Spend six days practicing Hatha yoga while soaking up the amazing views of the coast and of Sintra’s National Park. Enjoy twice daily yoga, pilates and meditation sessions to restore, heal and harmonise both body and mind at this spectacular Portugal yoga retreat.
You’ll stay in a magnificent villa complete with gardens, terrace, swimming pool, jacuzzi, mini gym and spacious yoga shala just steps away from Praia da Aguda and 10 minutes on foot to Azenhas do Mar. With the spectacular wild coastal scenery and views, Sintra’s National Park is ideal for long walks of exploration and reconnecting with nature. Surfing, hiking and horse riding can also be arranged and visiting the colourful UNESCO world heritage site of Sintra can’t be missed.
Vegetarian and vegan meals are included and made using organic, locally sourced and seasonal fruits and vegetables. You also get an aroma touch massage and the opportunity to try forest therapy, sound journeys, guided walks and more at this spectacular yoga retreat in Portugal. Click here for dates, reviews, info or to book.
Located just outside the popular Ericeira surf area, Moka Surfhouse & Yoga Retreat offers amazing yoga retreats in Portugal where you practice yoga in a Mongolian yurt! It truly is a tranquil, relaxing place to deepen or begin your yoga practice with like minded people, while listening to the birds chirping and smelling the surrounding gardens in the air.
During this eight day retreat you will enjoy two yoga sessions a day, seven healthy breakfasts and six delicious vegetarian dinners. Morning yoga classes are dynamic and energizing, based on a mix of Rocket, Ashtanga, and Vinyasa flow and evening yoga classes are a mix of slow flow and Yin yoga focused on deep stretch and relaxation. You will also get the chance to try yoga Nidra and meditation and go deeper with alignment and anatomy workshops.
Seven nights accommodation in the Portuguese villa that boasts a large terrace overlooking the sea are included. A highlight is the large courtyard in the garden and swinging in a hammock among the fruit trees. Daily transfers to and from Ericeira and the beach and bike use are also included. To book, get more info, read reviews or check dates, click here.
This retreat is located in the Ericeira World Surfing Reserve so why not a try a surf lesson too or even opt for a surf and yoga retreat package.
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Relax and deepen your yoga practice while being close to the beach, seaside promenade, the town centre and the stunning Sintra-Cascais Natural Park. House of Zen is a tranquil place to enjoy a yoga retreat in Portugal, with classes being held in a yoga studio on a terrace surrounded by stunning scenery. It’s a fantastic retreat for those that want a short break to practice yoga, work on their tan, enjoy the beach and explore Sintra-Cascais Natural Park.
At this four day yoga retreat you will enjoy five Hatha yoga classes either in the studio or on the terrace. Accommodations are in a tranquil guesthouse within just minutes away from the beach and Cascais town centre. Stay in either the two-bedroom apartment or in one of their spacious rooms, complete with kitchenette. Breakfast is included and for lunch and dinner there are many excellent local cafes and restaurants to explore. Massage and other therapies are also available on request. Click here for more details, dates and to book.
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