Oaxaca, Mexico has become something of a hotspot right now. Oaxaca is one of the most popular regions to visit in all of Mexico and for very good reason. This area is one of the most colorful and culturally important and safest states in Mexico. Oaxaca is also home to the best food in the country.
Oaxaca City was recently voted by Travel and Lesuire readers as the best city in the world and Oaxaca state also has many amazing destinations to visit and activities to do too.
In this comprehensive Oaxaca travel guide, we’ll explore everything you’ll need to know when planning a trip to Oaxaca, Mexico. We’ll look at how to get there, where to stay, how to stay safe, the best things to do, when to visit and much more in our Oaxaca travel blog.
Oaxaca Travel Guide
Contentshide1Oaxaca Travel Guide2About Oaxaca2.1Oaxaca Quick Summary:2.2Where is Oaxaca?2.3Is Oaxaca safe for tourists?3How to get to Oaxaca4Where to stay in Oaxaca4.1Where to stay in Oaxaca City4.2Where to stay in Puerto Escondido5Best things to do in Oaxaca City5.1Mercado 20 de Noviembre5.2Iglesia de Santo Domingo5.3The Zócalo6Best Day Trips from Oaxaca City6.1Monte Albán6.2Hierve el Agua7Where to Eat in Oaxaca City8Oaxaca Nightlife9The Best Time to Visit Oaxaca10Oaxaca Culture and History11Best Oaxaca Events and Festivals12Our Top Recommendations13To finish our Oaxaca Travel Guide13.1More Mexico Travel Blogs:
Let’s start our Oaxaca travel guide with an introduction of the state of Oaxaca, Mexico.
Oaxaca Quick Summary:
Where is it: Southern Mexico
Difficulty Getting There: Average
Time needed: 6 days
Best Time to Visit: April/September
Top Food/Drink: Memelas, Tejate
Our Favourite Gem: Monte Albán
Where is Oaxaca?
Oaxaca is one of the largest states in Mexico and is also one of the most southern in the country. Due to its size and positioning, it’s home to many different terrains such as mountains, rainforest as well as its long Pacific coast.
Is Oaxaca safe for tourists?
Oaxaca is often considered to be one of the safest regions to visit in Mexico. Violent crime against tourists is very rare, although pickpocketing can sometimes be an issue.
As always preparation is key, read some Oaxaca travel guides and blogs to know the safe areas and which to avoid.
In Oaxaca City, be sure to stay within the historic centre as further towards the outskirts can get rough around the edges.
In Puerto Escondido, most areas are safe, with Zicatela and La Punta being the more touristy and safe parts.
How to get to Oaxaca
There are many ways of getting to Oaxaca. If arriving internationally, you’ll first need to fly into Mexico City’s international airport. From here, you can either take a domestic flight to Oaxaca City (around $60 and takes 1 hour), or to Puerto Escondido (around $70 and also around 1-hour flying).
From Mexico City, you can also take a bus to Oaxaca City, which takes around 7 hours.
If you are already in Mexico, you can also get to Oaxaca via the neighbouring regions of Chiapas (San Cristóbal de las Casas), Puebla (Puebla City), Guerrero (Acapulco) and also from Veracruz (Xalapa or Orizaba). Most have daily buses that make the direct journey.
Where to stay in Oaxaca
The state of Oaxaca has so much to explore. The colourful state capital, Oaxaca City, is one of the most colourful cities in Mexico. There’s plenty to see and do within the city and it also makes a great base for day trips out to explore the surrounding area which is full of interesting historical monuments and natural features.
No Oaxaca travel guide would be complete without mentioning the beautiful and unspoilt pacific coast beaches in Oaxaca.
The most popular Oaxaca beaches include Puerto Escondido and Huatulco, both have airports which makes it easy to get there. These beaches are popular with surfers and yogis and offer a more authentic Mexico beach vacation than resorts like Cancun. There’s also the smaller beach towns of Mazunte and Zipolite – Mexico’s only nudist beach.
We recommend that you stay in both Oaxaca City and on one of the beaches for a full taste of all Oaxaca has to offer. You could also see both Oaxaca and Mexico City with this itinerary.
Where to stay in Oaxaca City
One of the best hotels to stay in is Hotel La Casa de Maria, which is perfectly located in the centre. La Noria Centro Histórico is another great hotel that is also close by.
If you want to save money you’ll find some of the best hostels in Mexico are found in Oaxaca City. Try places such as Casa Angel, or Iguana hostel for some of the best budget stays.
Where to stay in Puerto Escondido
Puerto Escondido is home to some of the best beaches in Oaxaca and has numerous places to stay including some fun surf and yoga camps.
Zicatela is where you’ll find one of Mexico’s best surf breaks and a lively nightlife scene. Hotel Arcoiris is almost on the beach and is the best option for a stay in Zicatela. La Punta is another area which is more laid back. The best hotel for a stay here is Casa Kuaa.
Read more here about the different areas and best places to stay in Puerto Escondido.
Best things to do in Oaxaca City
There’s no shortage of great things to do in Oaxaca City, from wandering the colourful streets to visiting the historic churches and vibrant markets. Now let’s explore the very best things to do in Oaxaca City, as well as the top foods and nightlife.
Mercado 20 de Noviembre
This market is hands down the best in Oaxaca (and a strong contender for Mexico) for everything food. Here you’ll find many local stalls selling pretty much everything from local delicacies like Tlayudas to Tacos and beyond. Whilst the overhaul of smells and flavours can be overwhelming for some, it’s definitely worth a visit at least once whilst in Oaxaca.
Iglesia de Santo Domingo
Arguably one of the most stunning churches in the country, Santo Domingo is adorned with gold around its altar, and overall is simply stunning. With over 20 rooms, you can learn about Oaxaca’s pre-Hispanic times which are detailed well through its murals.
The main square of Oaxaca City is where all the action is and simply cannot be missed. Here there’s always something on, whether it’s a parade or some local event. As well as being near all the top nightlife and restaurants, there are also some beautiful buildings and churches nearby too.
Best Day Trips from Oaxaca City
No Oaxaca travel guide would be complete without mentioning some of the amazing day trips you can take from Oaxaca City. The sights just outside the city and definitely some of the best things to do in Oaxaca. The easiest way to visit these places is by taking
These ruins really are spectacular, especially so as they’re located on the edge of a mountain overlooking the surrounding baron landscapes. A mix of Zapotec and Mixtec cultures can be found here, with many sprawling temples and lookout points to explore.
Monte Albán is around half an hour’s drive from Oaxaca City. If you want to learn more about this history to bring the ruins to life we recommend taking this guided tour.
Hierve el Agua
A petrified waterfall that overlooks a row of canyons, it’s safe to say this is a must-stop when in Oaxaca. As well as exploring the site, there’s also a natural infinity pool which is perfect for a quick dip in the hot Mexican Sun.
You can reach this site from Oaxaca City in around 2 hours by car. Or take this tour to combine hiking, swimming and mezcal tasting in one fun day trip.
Where to Eat in Oaxaca City
Oaxaca City is famed for its food, which is without a doubt the best in the country. For those who are backpacking in Mexico or are just looking for an authentic experience, head to Mercado 20 de Noviembre where you can try unique foods made by vendors.
If you’d prefer to be shown straight to the best, and safest, street food stalls this Oaxaca food tour will take your taste buds on an adventure through no less than twenty different local dishes at the markets and street food stalls! It’s a great way to learn about the city and Oaxacan culture through its markets and food.
Oaxaca cooking classes are a popular and fun way of immersing yourself in the local culture and learning how to make some of the uniquely Oaxacan dishes yourself. The best experiences include a guided visit to the market to gather your ingredients before learning how to make traditional Oaxacan recipes in a small friendly group.
Head to Casa Oaxaca for a more upscale experience, where you can try both regional delicacies as well as some of the top National dishes.
Most of the top nightlife in Oaxaca City is located near the Zócalo, in the heart of the city. Whilst you can find other places further afield, these will be more frequented by locals and are in less safe areas.
You’ll want to kick off your night in a mezcal bar, with Oaxaca arguably the best in the country. Mezcalería In Situ is the best, with over 200 different varieties of the good stuff. Los Amantes is another good option. Afterward either head to La Cantinita for a good atmosphere or Txalaparta for a wide range of music styles.
The Best Time to Visit Oaxaca
As already mentioned, the region of Oaxaca is varied and has climates ranging from hot Pacific beaches to cool mountainous towns. Fortunately, there is however both a dry and wet season that is the same in all regions.
The dry season runs from November until April. In Oaxaca City, average temperatures range from 63-72°F, with highs of up to 87°F and lows of down to 48°F. The rainfall here ranges from 0.3-1 inch each throughout each month.
In Puerto Escondido, temperatures are much hotter with averages of between 83-86°F, highs of 95°F and lows of 72°F. The rainfall here and along the coast ranges from 0-0.5 inches each month during the dry season.
The contrasting wet season runs from May up to late October. In Oaxaca City, average temperatures are warmer and range from 67-72°F, with highs of 85°F and lows of 56°F. Rainfall during the wet season averages between 3-6.5 inches for each month.
In Puerto Escondido, temperatures can get very hot, with averages ranging between 85-87°F, with highs of 94°F and lows of 77°F. Rainfall during the wet season in Puerto ranges from 2-7 inches throughout each month.
Oaxaca Culture and History
Oaxaca is one of the most diverse areas of Mexico, home to indigenous tribes such as the Zapotec and Mixtecs which are still alive today despite the arrival of the Aztecs. Much of their artisanal knowledge and handicrafts have been passed down through the generations, making Oaxaca one of the best places to buy novelties.
Best Oaxaca Events and Festivals
We can’t finish our Oaxaca travel guide before letting you know about the events and festivities that Oaxaca is famous for. In early February, the Festival of the Virgin of the Candelaria is celebrated which is one of the biggest cultural festivals in Oaxaca. Here you’ll see large parades throughout the historic centre, and is also a popular time to eat Tamales, which is part of the local custom.
If you want to experience an awesome food festival, then on the 1st of May Oaxaca City hosts its annual Feria de la Tortilla. There are many demonstrations and food-based competitions all over the city and is a great opportunity to try some of the best delicacies from the Oaxaca region and also further afield in Mexico.
Other important and lively festivals (which are also celebrated in Puerto Escondido) include Mexico’s Revolution Day (16th September) and also The Day of the Dead (1st/2nd November).
In Puerto Escondido, you’ll find lively parties and excuses to celebrate pretty much every day of the week! Simply ask the locals or ex-pats and you’ll find where the hotspots are.
Our Top Recommendations
– If heading between Oaxaca City and Puerto Escondido, be sure to look at flight prices as these can be similar to that of the bus (and also many tend to get sick on the bus as it’s constantly swerving along mountainous roads!).
– In Oaxaca City, be sure to stay within the Historic Centre which is the safest area, as well as closest to all of the best sites.
– Visiting in March or April is great as the weather is still within the dry season, and it’ll be cheaper too as it’s not a peak travel season. September is also great and cheap if you don’t mind a shower or two every now and then.
To finish our Oaxaca Travel Guide
And that’s all for our travel guide to Oaxaca.
One of the most diverse areas of Mexico to explore, here there’s everything from tropical Pacific beaches and mountains to incredible Aztec Ruins. The food here is also the best you can try in Mexico.
In this Oaxaca travel guide, we’ve explored the best areas to visit and covered important information such as how to get there, where to stay, what to do and how to stay safe. We’ve also included our top recommendations based on our own time spent here.
If you want to see more of Mexico then how about combining visiting Oaxaca with exploring exciting Mexico City too. See how to do all this with our 2 week offbeat Mexico itinerary.
We hope our Oaxaca travel guide has helped you to plan an amazing trip to Oaxaca!
Seville, or Sevilla, is undoubtedly one of Spain’s most flamboyant, passionate, magical and captivating cities. The sunny Andalusian capital is overflowing with history, culture, beauty and amazing food and makes an amazing city break.
There are so many things to see and do, that you’ll need to spend at least 3 days in Seville to soak it all up. To help you plan your trip, here’s the perfect Seville itinerary with all the tips you need, including the best time to visit, the best places to visit, stay and eat in Seville, Spain and much more.
The Perfect 3 Day Seville Itinerary
Contentshide1The Perfect 3 Day Seville Itinerary1.1Why Visit Seville1.2How Many Days in Seville?1.3When is The Best Time to Visit Seville?1.4Where to Stay in Seville1.5The Best Hotels in Seville2How to Spend 3 Days in Seville: My Perfect 3 Day Seville Itinerary2.1Seville Itinerary Day 12.2Seville Itinerary Day 22.3Seville Itinerary Day 32.4Seville Day Trips and Tours3More Seville Travel Tips4Essential Seville Travel Tips4.1How to Get to Seville4.2Where to Eat in Seville
Why Visit Seville
Seville is nestled on the banks of Guadalquivir River in the Andalusian region of southern Spain. It’s a city of grand monuments, palaces, cathedrals and bustling ancient alleyways with hidden shops and tapas bars tucked inside the walls.
A heady scent of jasmine and citrus fills the air as you walk along streets and plazas towards Seville Cathedral and Real Alcázar, and lush parks offer perfect picnic spots or places to enjoy a stroll or leisurely bike ride.
There are abundant museums, art galleries and bell towers with incredible views to discover, and riverboat rides to enjoy at sunset as the city illuminates.
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Seville is also steeped in traditions – it was the birthplace of Flamenco, and on any given day you can still hear the picking of a nylon string guitar and singing punctuated by intermittent claps from buildings across the river in Triana.By the river at night, on Calle Betis, tapas bars serve raciones of croquetas caseras and jugs of sangria by the litre to locals and tourists as twinkling lights shimmer on the water.
Whether you wish to learn how to dance flamenco, delve into the heritage of New World explorers, discover Moorish architecture, take an Andalusian cooking class or browse at your leisure indulging in tapas and cerveza as you do so, this 3 day Seville itinerary will give plenty of ideas and tips for how to spend an amazing 3 days in Seville!
Seville was my favourite place on our epic Spain and Portugal road trip and I hope this post will give you all the tips you need to love it as much as we did!
How Many Days in Seville?
Ideally you need at least three days for your Seville itinerary to be able to see the major tourist attractions in Seville, such as Giralda Bell Tower, Seville Cathedral and the more recent Metropol Parasol.
To make the most of your time I recommend booking a guided tour or skip the line tickets in advance for the major attractions. With 3 days in Seville you have plenty of time to wander through local barrios (neighbourhoods) delving into local living, you can enjoy guided or solo walks and bike tours and even an authentic Spanish cooking class.
However, if you prefer a more laid-back exploration or wish to discover areas outside Seville, five days to a week will give you enough time to venture to nearby Jerez de la Frontera, (Spain’s sherry capital), see the ’Pueblos Blancos’ – pretty white mountain villages of Andalusia and lounge on white sandy beaches of the Costa de la Luz.
Day trips to Cordoba and Granada are also possible, I’ll include more ideas and tips for day trips from Seville later on in this itinerary.
When is The Best Time to Visit Seville?
Seville can be visited any time of year. If you’re planning a trip to Seville in summer pack plenty of light clothing. This city is HOT in the summer, particularly between the months of July and August when temperatures soar to highs of over 37°C (100°F) or usually a little more.
During these months temperatures can remain in excess of 32°C (90°F) after midnight. It’s not unusual to see city stores placing awnings over shop fronts and spraying water on passers-by to keep them cool as they browse. It’s also wise to choose accommodation with good air-conditioning at these times of the year!
If you’re not a fan of the heat and prefer to explore the city in a more temperate climate then the best time to visit Seville in is Spring, Autumn and Winter as the weather is much more pleasant. March, September and October, give you decent weather, cheaper hotel rates and flights, and winter months between December and February are even cheaper. However, if you’re on a budget, avoid Christmas and the first week in January, as holidays can push prices up quite considerably.
To experience Seville in all of its traditional glory, plan your Seville itinerary for April to coincide with the Seville Feria. This huge annual fair attracts visitors from all around the world. The festivities last for days and involve lots of delicious Andalusian food and drink set inside stalls and tents beside Guadalquivir River. Days blend into nights with live music and dancing and women dressed in full Flamenco attire. It’s a photographer’s dream and gives an authentic glimpse into Andalusian culture you won’t want to miss.
Where to Stay in Seville
When planning a trip to Seville one of the most important decisions that can make or break your trip is where to stay in Seville so it’s worth doing a bit of research into the different neighbourhoods of Seville and accommodation options.
One of the absolute best places to stay in Seville is the luxury Hotel Alfonso XIII. This grand historic hotel is somewhat of a Seville icon and is located next to the Real Alcázar and within easy walking distance of all Seville’s attractions. Staying at Hotel Alfonso XIII immerses you in opulent, traditional Arabic-Andalusian style with arched towers, mosaic archways and internal courtyards, a swimming pool, cocktail bar and dining on the outdoor terrace. Click here to check reviews, rates and availability for Hotel Alfonso XIII.
But don’t worry if your budget doesn’t quite stretch, there is a good range of beautiful Seville hotels for all budgets, from heritage hotels full of character and charm to modern and budget friendly hotels, apartments and hostels. I’ll describe the different neighbourhoods briefly and then give some hotel recommendations for each budget range.
Best Neighbourhoods to Stay in Seville
If you’re travelling to Seville to immerse yourself in local culture, see the sights and sample delicious cuisine, it’s always good to know the best neighbourhoods (or barrios) to stay in, so that you can gain the most from your 3 days in Seville itinerary.
Bustling Santa Cruz is the beating heart of the city and the best place to stay in Seville. Although hotels can be a little more expensive here, it’s a perfect place to spend 3 days in Seville with historic sites, tapas bars, shops and relaxing gardens within a few minutes’ walk of each other.
Another top option is to stay on the banks of Guadalquivir River in El Arenal, a cosmopolitan neighbourhood, bursting with life and a great place to learn about the history of Seville.
If you’re on a budget and are interested in reducing costs, stay a little further outside the historic centre in San Bartolome, an area brimming with leafy plazas and historic churches, or across the river in Triana, a birthplace of the flamenco movement.
Alternatively, Encarnacion Regina is the neighbourhood of Metropole Parasol and Palacio de la Condesa de Lebrija and close to the Museum of Bellas Artes plus, it boasts an abundance of trendy bars and local produce markets.
If you’re looking for some ideas of where to stay for your 3 day Seville Itinerary, the five accommodations I recommend below, cater to every price range, and will hopefully give you some inspiration!
The Best Hotels in Seville
Luxury: EME Catedral Hotel – Best Views in the City Overlooking Seville Cathedral
Located next to Seville Cathedral and Giralda Bell Tower, these 5-star hotel rooms are modern with hints of Old Seville (exposed stone walls and Moorish ceiling reliefs) there’s also free WiFi, a luxurious spa and alfresco dining in La Esquina de Bacalao. Highlights include the rooftop swimming pool and La Terraza EME offering outstanding views of Seville’s finest landmarks making this one of the very best places to stay in Seville.
Check prices, reviews and book here
Mid: Hotel Vincci La Rabida – Beautiful Historic Hotel with Giralda Views
This 4-star hotel overlooks La Giralda and is set inside an historic 18th century mansion, just 450 yards from Seville Cathedral making it my favourite heritage hotel in Seville. With original features, colourful tiles, French balconies and stone archways, the charming hotel with an inside courtyard is a wonderful place to base your Seville itinerary close to many of Seville’s iconic attractions.
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Apartamentos Suites Santa Cruz – Peaceful Location near Real Alcázar & Gardens
Just 100 yards from the Gardens of the Real Alcázar and two minutes’ walk away from the Cathedral of Seville and Giralda Tower on a quiet pedestrian street, these apartments are equipped with everything you need for a comfortable stay. Each unit has a basic kitchen, lounge and free WiFi is offered.
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Budget: TOC Hostel Sevilla – Cheap Accommodation Close to UNESCO World Heritage Site
Located across the street from UNESCO World Heritage Site Archivo de Indias, this charming guest house features private double rooms, family rooms and shared dormitories all with private bathrooms. There’s also a shared lounge with TV, 24 hour reception and tour desk if you wish to explore Seville and the city’s famous cathedral is just 200 yards away. A great place to stay in Seville for budget travellers – not just for backpackers but also for families or friends on a budget.
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Backpacker: La Banda Rooftop Hostel – Fun Hostel with a Rooftop Terrace & Walking Tours
La Banda is the best backpacker hostel in Seville with views of Seville Cathedral from a large rooftop chillout terrace and fun, friendly vibes! It’s a perfect choice if you’re travelling solo or with a group of friends on a budget. The hostel benefits from air conditioned dorms, WiFi, lockable storage for valuables, a communal kitchen so you can save money by cooking your own meals and a 24-hour reception.
Check prices, reviews and book here
So now hopefully you’ve found the perfect place to base yourself for exploring Seville let’s get on with my perfect 3 day Seville Itinerary.
How to Spend 3 Days in Seville: My Perfect 3 Day Seville Itinerary
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Seville Itinerary Day 1
On day one, begin your three days Seville itinerary early in the morning in the heart of the city, exploring UNESCO World Heritage Sites and some of the city’s most famous landmarks – Seville Cathedral and La Giralda, before taking a leisurely 10 minute walk to Real Alcazar (the Royal Palace) in the afternoon and ending this exciting day with a relaxing sunset cruise on the Guadalquivir River.
Visit Seville Cathedral & La Giralda Bell Tower
One of the best ways to see Seville Cathedral is on a guided tour. Not only do you learn about the history and architecture of the world’s largest Gothic cathedral and UNESCO World Heritage Site, you also get to skip the queue and discover the interior before hordes of tourists arrive! However you do it, this is a place you don’t want to miss from your Seville itinerary.
Highlights of the Cathedral include the Main Chapel, Royal Chapel, the Sacristy & Treasury and Patio de los Naranjos – a pretty courtyard with orange trees on the site where a 12th century mosque once stood. Inside you can also see the tomb of explorer Christopher Columbus, the longest nave of any Spanish Cathedral and an impressive Gothic retablo carved with biblical scenes!
All visitors to Seville won’t fail to notice the bell tower that sits aside the Gothic cathedral. This is La Giralda – a minaret of the former Arab mosque (it has a twin in Marrakesh). Its name comes from the weathervane which sits on top which is a symbol of Seville. It has the greatest number of bells – 24, of any cathedral, and can be climbed to an observation platform to achieve magnificent vistas of the city and surrounding Andalusian countryside.
Get your skip the queue tickets here
Explore Santa Cruz Neighbourhood
After visiting La Giralda and Seville Cathedral explore the rest of the historic Santa Cruz neighbourhood – the old Jewish Quarter of the city.
Wander along the labyrinth of narrow cobbled alleyways which open out into orange tree lined squares, stop for a tapas lunch or drinks in Cerveceria Giralda Bar set inside a building that houses the remains of a 12th century hammam.
The tapas bar has recently been restored to showcase ancient tile frescoes, and delicious tapas incorporate Sevillian delicacies such as Iberian sausages and shitake mushrooms stuffed with pico de gallo. You also have the opportunity to sample wines from various regions of Spain including Rioja, Andalusia and Ribera.
Alternatively, take time to browse artisan products in the side streets and see how locals live in the heart of the city.
Before you move away from Barrio Santa Cruz to enjoy afternoon activities, explore Plaza del Triunfo and Archivo de Indias. The latter is one of the most important centres relating to the ‘Age of Discovery’ and houses many interesting documents relating to the first expeditions to the New World.
Walking distance from Seville Cathedral to Barrio Santa Cruz – less than 1 minute.
Visit The Real Alcázar
When you’ve concluded lunch in Santa Cruz and explored Archivo de Indias, stroll to the Real Alcazar and Jardines de Murillo in the afternoon. You can also ‘skip the line’ here and take a guided tour or incorporate it with a ticket combining the earlier tour of Seville Cathedral and La Giralda if you prefer. (Click here to get your tickets)
The beautiful medieval palace is a fusion of Spanish and Moorish architecture that was originally developed as a fort for the governors of Cordoba who lived in Seville. The palace has been home to several monarchs and boasts some of the most beautiful gardens you’ll ever see. The Real Alcazar is another of Seville’s top attractions and something no Seville itinerary would be complete without.
Should you wish to stop for a beverage after your tour, pop into Teteria Al Sultan on Calle San Fernando, just outside the palace. This Moorish tea room in Seville has hookah pipes on the tables and a typical Moroccan ambience serving a variety of flavoured teas and pastries.
Get your skip the queue tickets here
Walking Distance from Archivo de Indias to Real Alcazar – 1 minute.
Enjoy a Guadalquivir River Cruise
In the evening, give your legs a rest and see the city from a different perspective on a Seville river cruise. The river was once a trading route for ships exporting grains, wool, leather, cheese and metals sailing from the interior to the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean.
The 657 kilometre long river flows through the provinces of Jaen, Cordoba and Seville to the Gulf of Cadiz. It’s a popular way to learn about Seville’s economic history, see the city’s major landmarks and give your legs a break from walking for an hour or two!
There are many cruises available ranging from sunset to tapas and flamenco show cruises but whichever one you choose it’s likely to be one of the highlights of your Seville itinerary.
Check out the different options and book your river cruise here
Walking Distance from Real Alcazar to Guadalquivir River – 10-15 minutes (route depending).
Seville Itinerary Day 2
On day 2 of your Seville itinerary combine park life picnics with sightseeing tours, sunset walks along giant wooden structures, followed by delicious tapas in the city’s oldest bar.
Parque Maria Luisa & Plaza Espana
A really fun way to explore Seville in the morning before it gets too hot is by bike, and on a bike tour you can see all of the top sites with a guide in 2.5 – 3 hours. Choose from electric bikes or pedal power through beautiful Maria Luisa Park, cycle along Guadalquivir River passing Real Maestranza and see iconic Plaza Espana, which was constructed for the Ibero-American Exposition in 1929.
At Plaza de Espana allow plenty of time for photographs and admire the semi-circular plaza with Andalusian tiles dedicated to different provinces of Spain. See the Vicente Traver water fountain and if you’re visiting in summer, there are boats that run trips along the canal.
If you stop at a local market before your day out, you can enjoy your picnic at Parque Maria Luisa. This tranquil park is the city’s largest green space and was donated to the public in Seville in 1893.
It’s a lush park with shaded pathways, manicured gardens and water fountains. The Archaeological Museum of Seville is inside the park as is Teatro Lope de Vega, which hosts performances throughout the year.
Check out the different options and book your bike tour here
Stop for Lunch on Route to Casa de Pilatos
Just a few minutes’ walk from the bike drop-off station, is the atmospheric Perro Viejo tapas bar on Calle Arguijo. This charming bar serves the most delicious international fusion tapas in a delightful room with tiled floors and exposed stone walls. Try the tuna ceviche, gyozas and chicken tapas before moving around the corner to Helados La Abuela gelato shop for handmade artisan ice cream!
Walking Distance from Bike Drop Off Point to Perro Viejo Tapas Bar – 4 minutes.
Casa de Pilatos
When you’ve enjoyed lunch, walk to another of Seville’s top attractions. Casa de Pilatos is an ornate Andalusian style palace dating back to the 16th century and it features an impressive example of Italian Renaissance, Mudejar and Gothic architecture.
It has one of the largest Azulejo Spanish tile collections in the world and boasts pretty Italian style courtyards adorned in ochre colours with sculpted trees, tiled fountains and bougainvillea.
Guided tours are available to see the busts of Greek gods and Roman emperors and you’ll gain a glimpse as to how Spanish aristocrats used to live. Get your tickets here.
Walking Distance from Helados La Abuela to Casa de Pilatos – 9 minutes.
See the Metropole Parasol (Las Setas)
Following your visit to Casa de Pilatos, and a spot of retail therapy on route, head for Las Setas or the Metropole Parasol. This is the world’s largest wooden structure. It was designed as an interconnecting walkway that to the onlooker, looks like giant mushrooms – hence the name ‘Las Setas’.
It’s a recent city addition, having just being completed in 2011, but the vistas from the top are simply breath-taking, with 360 degree views over the city – La Giralda, Seville Cathedral and the river in view.
During construction, ancient Roman ruins were discovered. These are now housed in the Antiquarium below – also worth a visit if you have time. Plan your Seville itinerary so you arrive at Metropole Parasol at sunset for incredible vistas.
Walking Distance from Casa de Pilatos to Las Setas is 7 minutes.
Visit Seville’s Oldest Tapas Bar El Rinconcillo
If you’ve never been to Seville before and have never tried traditional tapas, venture to El Rinconcillo for dinner – the city’s oldest bar dating back to 1670. It’s only a short walk from Las Setas (above), therefore an ideal activity for after your sightseeing.
This bar focuses on Sevillian cuisine, with popular delicious tapas typical of Andalusian-Mozarabic food. The best way to enjoy the experience is at the bar. Pull up a stool and feast on homemade croquettes, Iberian ham, clams and local cheese with quince jelly, while also sampling the wine selection stacked on shelves behind the counter…It’s a must-visit on your Seville itinerary.
Walking Distance from Las Setas (Metropole Parasol) to El Rinconcillo – 4 minutes.
Seville Itinerary Day 3
On the last day of your 3 days in Seville, walk to Triana to explore one of the city’s most fascinating neighbourhoods.
Triana lies across the river from the historic centre of Seville and was one of the birthplaces of the flamenco movement. It’s also known for its Andalusian ceramic production and colourful food markets!
Enjoy a morning cooking class, before discovering the history of the Seville ceramics trade in the afternoon, and as the sun sets, enjoy a flamenco class and show!
Take a Spanish Cooking Class in Triana
If you’re a bit of a foodie, there’s no better way to spend a few hours on your final morning in Seville than learning how to cook authentic Andalusian dishes during a Spanish cooking class in Triana.
You begin your tour shopping for fresh ingredients in Triana market, then head to the kitchen to prepare a gourmet Spanish feast. The menu you can make includes: salmorejo (chilled tomato soup), spinach with chickpeas, traditional Paella and a scrumptious dessert! Sit down to enjoy a meal you cooked yourself for lunch and meet new friends in the process.
Book your Spanish cooking class here
Walking Distance from Torre del Oro across the river to Triana Market – 13 minutes.
Visit the Local Ceramics Centre
Following your cooking class, enjoy a short walk to Centro Ceramicas Triana. This district is famed for its painted ceramics, so it’s a great place to learn about the art, its production process and see the permanent collection dating from the 12th to 20th centuries.
Walking Distance from Triana Market Lunch to Centro Ceramicas Triana – 2 minutes.
Learn to Flamenco Dance
Triana was the birthplace of flamenco and you can embrace it by taking a flamenco class late in the afternoon. There are classes in Triana, within walking distance of the ceramics centre which take around an hour. It’s a great activity to undertake prior to seeing a professional show, as you truly begin to appreciate the rich history of the craft. There’s also the Museo del Baile Flamencoa (the flamenco museum) in Seville if you want to learn more about the dance and it’s cultural traditions.
Book your flamenco dance lesson here
Walking Distance from Centros Ceramicas Triana to Flamenco Class – 5 minutes.
See an Authentic Flamenco Show
No stay in Seville would be complete without seeing a lively flamenco show. They are held in several intimate theatres throughout Seville including Los Gallos Tablao Flamenco – the city’s oldest venue.
Set inside an historic house, performances include singing, dancing, and flamenco guitar renditions, in addition to copious amounts of sangria, tapas and cocktails! It’s a great way to round off the evening at the end of your 3 days in Seville.
See more info and book your tickets here.
Walking Distance from Triana Flamenco Class – 25 minutes.
Seville Day Trips and Tours
As the capital of Andalusia, one of my favourite regions of Spain, Seville offers a gateway to exploring so many beautiful places nearby. If you can find time in your Seville itinerary I highly recommend spending some time exploring the surrounding areas.
If you plan to see Seville in 3 days and don’t want to organise your own itinerary or figure out transport then the easiest and quickest way to do this would be a to take an organised day trip or day tour.
If you’re planning to stay in Andalusia a little longer you could rent a car and take an epic Andalusia and Southern Spain road trip!
Here’s some ideas of possible day trips from Seville for some inspiration:
Visit the White Villages and Ronda
Hop aboard a coach on a day trip to Ronda and Andalusia’s famous ‘Pueblos Blancos’. Ronda is a town with a turbulent history with tales of warriors, rebels and bandits. It sits atop beautiful El Tajo gorge with spectacular vistas of the patchwork landscape below.
The town is a veritable labyrinth of winding streets brimming with shops and small open, riad style courtyards with restaurants in the centre. It also has one of the oldest bullrings in Spain which is worth seeing from an architectural perspective.
There’s plenty of time to photograph landscapes, dine and shop, before venturing to the pretty white villages perched on hilltops where birds of prey soar above. Enjoy sipping coffee with locals in the plazas and browsing for handicrafts while gaining a glimpse into how life is for many residents of rural Andalusia.
Distance by car from Seville to Ronda – 133km (1 hour 45 minutes).
See more details about this day trip here.
Take a Trip to Cordoba & La Mezquita
You can also take a day trip to Cordoba and see the amazing mosque-cathedral. On this fascinating day trip from Seville, you’ll learn about the many civilizations that lived in Cordoba throughout the centuries and get the opportunity to visit La Mezquita, or Mosque Cathedral.
The 10th century attraction is a sight to behold with unusual striped columns and arches inside that symbolise the culture of the time. Also inside, there’s a Christian cathedral built later in the 16th century, displaying the city’s changing religious and cultural affiliations across several centuries.
Cordoba is also famed for its flower festival. Each year during the first week of May you can enjoy ‘Los Patios de Cordoba’, when every house in the city decorates its courtyards with colourful flowers.
Afterwards, visit the picturesque village of Carmona with its 15th century watchtower, fragrant orange squares and rich traditions. Head to the top of the Alcazar for fabulous views of the countryside.
See more details about this Cordoba day trip here
Distance by car from Seville to Cordoba – 141km (1hour 40 minutes) and Seville to Carmona – 34 km (37 minutes).
Discover the Magic of Granada & Alhambra Palace
A day trip to visit Granada and the Alhambra is also possible. Granada is one of the most underrated cities in Andalusia. The winding streets of the Albaicin, opening up to large squares with lively tapas bars and shops selling crafts envelop you completely into Andalusian life.
Visiting Alhambra Palace and the Generalife Gardens are highlights of this trip. As you stroll through courtyards, admiring statues, intricate archways and ceiling reliefs you begin to appreciate the work that went into every carving and piece of stone work.
The museum on the south side of Palacio de Carlos V is filled with archaeological findings across several halls and several must-see locations include the Medina, the Alcazaba (great views across Granada), Nasrid Palace (spectacular architecture) and Partal Gardens.
If you plan to stay longer than a day in Granada, you will also have the opportunity to take in Sacromonte in the shadow of the mountains, a place where traditional flamenco dancing and music takes place in rustic cave houses.
Also venture to Mirador San Nicolas, arguably the best viewpoint in Granada. Overlooking Alhambra Palace at sunset as the walls illuminate, gypsies play Spanish guitar, and locals bring wine, many dancing and celebrating life and traditions in this magical corner of Spain.
Also don’t forget to visit Granada’s Calle Navas and begin the ‘Tapas Trail’. Bars in this city give away free tapas every time you purchase a drink and this street has many, it’s the perfect conclusion to the day.
Get more details about the Granada day trip here.
Distance by car from Seville to Granada – 250km (2 hours 40 minutes) and Granada to Sierra Nevada (skiing) – 40km (50 minutes).
Top Tip: If you visit Granada in winter, combine your trip with a ski stay in the nearby mountains of Sierra Nevada. This laid-back ski resort is popular with Spanish visitors and has some amazing runs for beginners, intermediates and more seasoned skiers.
Enjoy the Seaside City of Cadiz & Sherry Capital Jerez
An easy day trip from Seville is to Cadiz and Jerez de la Frontera. Cadiz is a fascinating city of two halves – one side with an old walled town jutting out into the sea with cathedrals, shops, tapas bars and pretty plazas, and the other side with hotels, restaurants along the beach front and long stretches of white sand, where locals and tourists soak up the sun and enjoy the water.
Highlights of Cadiz include the 16th century square of San Juan de Dios, once the historic heart of the city as it was nearest to the port. Here, in days gone by, exotic spices and products arrived from the east and were traded in the square.
Then, there’s the Roman theatre dated from late 1st century BC which was only discovered in the 1980s! Also don’t forget to visit Cadiz Cathedral, recognisable by its golden dome by the sea. Head to the top of Torre de Poniente inside to gain a fantastic panorama of the city and coastline.
Afterwards, before returning to Seville, stop at Jerez de la Frontera, famous for its sherry production. The old ‘Fino’ factories house hundreds of barrels which you can visit and explore on a sherry tasting tour.
Jerez is also famous for its beautiful white horses which you can see performing their mesmerising displays at the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art, one of the most prestigious riding academies in the world.
This exciting and informative trip takes in two very different cities in a day, Cadiz and Jerez de la Frontera, and it has the least travelling time too!
Get more info on the Cadiz day trip here.
Distance by car from Seville to Cadiz – 120km (1 hour 20 minutes) Seville to Jerez – 91 km (1 hour 10 minutes).
Discover the History and Vistas of Arcos de la Frontera
If you prefer to hire a car for your Seville itinerary and travel independently, drive further to the interior and visit offbeat hidden gems like Arcos de la Frontera. This very special town atop a mountainside deep in the heart of Andalusia has a plethora of history to discover and is set above some of the most beautiful scenery in the region.
The road leading to Arcos is peppered with purple jacaranda trees and fields filled with bright yellow sunflowers in springtime, curating a magnificent patchwork landscape of colour that can be seen while enjoying coffee from the Parador at the summit of the town.
From this vantage point you can see for almost 20 miles in each direction on a clear day. The town is home to an historic castle and the two churches of St. Mary and St. Peter.
The towns narrow winding streets lead to myriad viewpoints punctuated with laid-back tapas bars, parasols and tables outside, making the most of the incredible vistas. Arcos is also on the edge of Los Alcornocales Natural Park known for its network of streams, birds of prey and its cork and strawberry trees.
One tip if you plan to visit Arcos de la Frontera – hire a small compact car, it’s really difficult to navigate the narrow streets and reach the car park at the top of the town with anything larger!
Distance by car from Seville to Arcos de la Frontera – 116 km (1 hour 20 minutes).
More Seville Travel Tips
It’s always good to know a little inside information, especially when you’re visiting a new city, so here are a few more Seville travel tips which may be helpful during your stay or when planning your own Seville itinerary.
Real Alcázar is Free to Enter on Mondays
Plan a late Monday visit between 18-19.00 between April and September and entrance is free. If you’re travelling in October, November or December, it’s also free to enter on Monday’s between 16 and 17.00 hours.
Take a Free Guided Walking Tour
There are several companies in Seville offering free walking tours to the main historic sites in Triana and Santa Cruz neighbourhood. If you’re on a budget, they are a fantastic introduction to the city, and although you won’t get into to the structures, you can always visit the ones that interest you the most later in your trip. If you enjoy the tour you should leave a tip for the guide.
There’s also a range of Seville guided tours available which give a fascinating insight into the history and culture of the city. For the best deal I’d recommend getting a combo ticket which gives you a guided tour and skip the line access to the top 3 unmissable Seville attractions – the Seville Cathedral, La Giralda and Real Alcazar. See more details and book your tour here.
Buy a ‘Skip the Queue’ Ticket
If you only have 3 days in Seville then you don’t want to waste time queuing to enter Seville’s top attractions in the searing heat. Fortunately, it’s possible to ‘skip the queue’ in Seville Cathedral and Real Alcázar when you book your tickets in advance online with Get Your Guide.
It may be a little more expensive, but if you’re short on time in the city and want to visit many hotspots as you can, it’s a great option for just a few euros more. You also get the added benefit of an experienced guide who can tell you about the history and stories of each location and enrich your experience.
Get your Skip the Line tickets here
Watch Your Wallet in Busy Areas
It’s the same in most cities, and not unique to Seville, however, if someone comes up to you trying to sell you a flower or sprig of rosemary or lavender in the street, it’s usually a distraction technique as they go for your purse or wallet. Keep an eye out for this in crowded areas and try to wear a money belt and reduce the valuables you carry.
Get to Plaza de España Early
Plaza España is free to visit and open 24/7. If you’re on foot or have rented a bike for a couple of days, arrive super early in the morning to avoid the crowds and explore without the tourists.
Explore the Rooftops of Seville Cathedral
If you wish to see the city from a different perspective, Seville cathedral also offers a night time rooftop tour, which begins at 17.00 hours from Monday to Friday. It affords you the most incredible views of the city at sunset and gives you access to areas that most tourists don’t see.
Bring Your Own Bottle
Reduce your plastic use by bringing a reusable water bottle with you and filling it up before you head out for the day. The water is safe to drink in Seville, however, its recommended to use a bottle that has a built-in filter just in case you have a delicate stomach.
Essential Seville Travel Tips
How to Get to Seville
Getting to Seville is easy. There are regular domestic flights and a few European flights into Seville Airport (SVQ) that sits around 10 kilometres outside the city centre. Some low-cost airlines also fly into Jerez de la Frontera (XRY) around 50 minutes’ drive away. Search on Skyscanner to find the best deals.
Alternatively, if you’re arriving from northern Europe and planning to hire a car, Gibraltar (GIB) is another good option. From other countries around the world, it’s possible to fly into capital Madrid (MAD) and catch the high speed AVE train from Puerto de Atocha to Seville Santa Justa station which takes just over 2.5 hours. Prices can vary depending on how far in advance you book.
The high speed AVE trains can also transport you from Barcelona, Cordoba and Valencia to Seville, if you are planning a two or three-centre holiday.
Buses also operate from all across Spain to Seville or you can opt to hire a car and extend your stay to explore further afield.
Getting from Seville Airport into the City
If you do plan to fly into Seville Airport and want to access the city centre easily a bus stop is located just outside the arrivals lounge and runs services every half hour into Seville. It stops at Santa Justa Railway Station, Avenida Carlos V and Plaza de Armas, west of the city centre.
The journey via bus takes around 30 minutes, depending on traffic and can cost around €4.
Airport transfers by taxi are also available, costing around €23-25 with a journey time of 20 minutes.
Getting Around Seville
There are lots of ways to get around Seville, on foot, by bus, bike, taxi, trams, ridesharing and car.
Seville’s public transport is impressive. It has an extensive bus route that takes you from one area to the other in no time at all. Tickets are reasonably priced if you’re just hopping on for a single trip, however, if you plan to travel throughout the city during your stay, invest in a 1 or 3 day ticket which works out a lot cheaper.
Seville also has a Hop on Hop Off sightseeing bus which offers a convenient way to explore Seville’s attractions at your own pace with a 24- or 48-hour ticket.
Alternatively, hop on the tram. Seville’s modern tram network MetroCentro only has a few stops but does transport you past some of the major tourist sites in the historic centre.
Another great way to see Seville is by bike. They cost anything from around €15-20 euros per day, but you can rent for shorter periods if you simply want to cycle by the river or around a city park or take a guided tour on a traditional pedal bike or electric bike. See your options for bike tours here.
Taxis are not too expensive either, with a starting price of around €2,50-3,00 and additional euros added per kilometre that you travel. They can be a good option if you’re travelling in a group scenario and wish to split the price. Uber is available in Seville, however, it’s no cheaper than taxis or the bus.
If you plan to rent a vehicle, they can be hired at the airport, through your hotel or booked online to collect from a rental office in the city. I recommend Discover Carsas they compare availability and prices from all the major car rental companies to get you the best deal.
Hiring a car is the ideal way to explore the rest of Andalucía and Southern Spain. However, it’s worth noting that for 3 days in Seville, a car is not really necessary, as you’ll be able to walk most places or can rely on public transport for short journeys.
Where to Eat in Seville
Seville has some outstanding restaurants. I mentioned El Rinconcillo earlier, the oldest bar in Seville that serves delicious traditional tapas, however there are other tapas bars in the city which also shouldn’t be overlooked.
Pop along to the river’s edge and explore the food offerings at Mercado Lonja del Barranco. This upscale gourmet market is set inside an 1880s former fish market and serves small dishes and tasty seafood in an elegant food court.
La Brunilda’s menu is brimming with mixed Spanish tapas favourites ranging from croquettes with ham and salmorejo soup, with fusion dishes on the menu too, and Bodequita Romerol near the cathedral offers excellent, reasonably priced montaditos (small sandwiches) and salads.
For special occasions, Canabota is a delightful Michelin star establishment. Chefs cook fresh seafood on the grill in an open kitchen and it has a lively, upscale atmosphere perfect for birthdays, anniversaries and celebrations. If you happen to be staying in, or near Hotel Alfonso XIII, Restaurante San Fernando offers an enchanting dining space in an Andalusian courtyard with biophilia and delicious Spanish cuisine with a modern twist.
For those with a sweet tooth, La Campana on Calle Sierpes is a favourite pastry shop in the heart of the city. Alternatively, if you’re staying near Alfalfa, Ofelia Bakery serve mouth-watering cakes and also organise pastry courses!
We hope you found this Seville Itinerary useful and enjoy your 3 days in Seville as much as we did. For more tips on exploring Spain and Portugal check out our 1 month Spain and Portugal road trip itinerary.
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Why the Canary Islands are the Perfect Yoga Retreat Destination
The sunny Spanish Canary Islands archipelago, located off the west coast of Northern Africa, has long been popular with holiday makers soaking up the best winter sun in Europe, but there’s so much more to discover here and it’s easy to get away from the crowds.
The fantastic beaches, all year round warm weather, dramatic landscapes and variety of outdoor sports and activities mean the Canary Islands are also the perfect destination for a yoga retreat, surf trip or active holiday and there are some amazing yoga retreats in the Canary Islands.
Here’s why you should consider a yoga retreat in the Canary Islands in 2022
When considering a trip to the Canary Islands the first thing to decide is which of the 8 sun soaked islands to explore. These volcanic islands are one of the most biodiverse places in the world. Each Canary Island has unique, dramatic scenery and something different to offer.
Gran Canaria, Tenerife, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura are the most popular islands but also don’t forget about smaller and more offbeat La Palma, La Gomera, El’ Heirro and La Graciosa too. Read more here about how to decide which Canary Island is the best for you.
Offering far more than winter sun, the Canary Islands are also popular for cycling, hiking, climbing, golf, scuba diving and wind surfing. Did you know Tenerife is home to the 2nd largest carnival in the world and Mount Teide – Spain’s highest peak.
The Canaries are full of diversity and surprises and with temperatures between 19 °C and 24 °C year round these islands are really a paradise for outdoor sports and adventures and anytime of the year is a good time to visit.
In the Canary Islands you don’t have to choose between relaxing on the beach, yoga, surfing and hiking – the best retreats in the Canary Islands offer you the chance to combine all these and more into one perfect active retreat holiday! In my opinion, a retreat holiday is the best travel experience – read here why I love retreats so much.
Hiking and Yoga Retreat in Tenerife with Wanderlust Yoga
One of the Canary Island yoga retreats for 2022 I’m most excited about is this hiking and yoga retreat in Tenerife with Wanderlust Yoga. The first 2022 retreat is taking place from the 17th – 22nd February 2022 and another retreat will be held from 2 – 7 October. Don’t forget to mention Global Gallivanting to get 50 Euros discount!
Start blissful days with an energizing, expertly guided 1 hour yoga class at the beach just 15 minutes walk away before enjoying a delicious, healthy breakfast.
There’s plenty of time to explore the surrounding stunning volcanic landscape and national parks on a guided hike before relaxing on the fantastic beaches.
Then round off your day with a relaxing, restorative yoga class and evening activities.
You’ll be staying at Sol y Luna, a beautiful historic mansion surrounded by gardens and banana plantations with views of the sea and mountains in Puerto de La Cruz, Northern Tenerife.
The food is another highlight, refuel with delicious, fresh, daily breakfasts with smoothies, tea and coffee, healthy, plant-based lunches and wholesome, nourishing dinners made with love.
The retreat is inclusive of accommodation, yoga sessions, excursions, food, tea, coffee, filtered water and WiFi. Prices start at €620 and if you mention Global Gallivanting you can get 50 Euros discount!
Wanderlust Yoga Retreats aim to find that perfect balance between adventure and relaxation. By combining the joy of yoga and the meditative nature of hiking to reconnect to nature, body, mind and soul.
Wanderlust Yoga was created by Sarah, who is originally from the UK, and has spent the last few years traveling and teaching yoga in Spain, Latin America and South Africa. She is assisted by Constanze who trained in Bali and India.
They also ran sold out hiking and yoga retreats in Tenerife in 2021 so book well in advance to secure your place! For more info and booking check out the Wanderlust Yoga website. When enquiring mention Global Gallivanting to get 50 Euros discount!
This article was written in collaboration with Wanderlust Yoga Retreats.
Did you know Spain is the most popular country for yoga retreats in Europe. The Canary Islands is also one of the best surf spots in Europe offering year round warm waters and consistent waves. For more Canary Island yoga and surf retreat recommendations check out my favourite surf camps and yoga retreats in the Canary Islands here
My Pick of the 5 Best Surf Camps in The Canary Islands for 2023
The Canary Islands, a Spanish archipelago off the West coast of Africa, have been a popular winter sun holiday destination for decades, with striking landscapes, year-round pleasant weather, beautiful beaches and plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy. It’s also home to some of the best waves and most consistent surf in Europe and there’s a diverse selection of surf camps in the Canary Islands offering and fun and friendly environment in which to learn the ropes or perfect your technique.
Where to find surf camps in the Canary Islands
With eight main islands and 985 miles of coastline to choose from, you’re spoilt for choice surf spots in the Canary Islands. Some of the best surf spots in Europe are found in the Canary Islands including La Izquierda and Billboards, close to the popular resort of Playa de Las Americas in Tenerife and El Confital near Las Palmas, the capital of Gran Canaria. Fuerteventura has the biggest abundance of surf spots and surf camps suitable for all levels from beginners to experienced surfers.
When to surf in the Canary Islands
The Atlantic is known for producing some impressive swells, and in the Canaries the waters maintain a mild temperature even in winter months. Known as Europe’s answer to Hawaii, the Canaries’ boast an ‘Eternal Spring’ climate. The best time to surf in the Canary Islands, and the main surfing season, runs from September to April, with the biggest waves making their appearance between November and February. The water temperature is about 22 °C in summer and 18 °C in winter.
With such an abundance of breaks and surf camps in the Canary Islands it can be hard to choose the best one for your holiday. So, to help narrow down the best experience for you here’s my top 5 favourites.
Before booking your place on a surf camp or holiday, be sure to read the real reviews and testimonials on booksurfcamps.com – it’s like the booking.com for surf camps!
COVID-19 Update: ‘Spain and the Canary Islands are currently for international tourism. Be aware that pandemic-related travel permissions can change at any moment and be dependent on your nationality. Check out the Spanish travel and tourism website for the most up to date information. Make sure you have travel insurance which covers Covid related cancellations.’
Here is my pick of the 5 Best Surf Camps in the Canary Islands
Lanzasurf, Famara, Lanzarote
Known as the Hawaii of Europe, Lanzarote is famed for its surf and is one of the best places for beginner to learn. The village of Famara on the north shore is soaked in eclectic surf ambience.
Join Lanzasurf for a week at their beachfront surf house, with accommodation overlooking the waves you’ll be conquering. After a day on the surf, you’ll soothe and release muscles and mind with Hatha, Kundalini, or Vinyasa yoga.
Surf tuition takes place at Playa de Famara – a dreamy four-mile stretch of soft white sand and turquoise waters. Your hosts are prepared to introduce beginners to the basics, and more seasoned surfers will be guided to hone their techniques.
Between classes, take a trek through the volcanoes of the island, discover the local vineyards on a wine tour, or simply sit back and soak up the atmosphere.
See more details, dates, prices, reviews and book here!
See More: Best Yoga Retreats in The Canary Islands
Oceanside Canaria Surf, Las Palmas, Gran Canaria
Designed as the next step for surfers who have completed a beginners course, this camp is set at the beautiful, award-winning Las Canteras beach on the northwest coast of Gran Canaria.
When taking a break from catching breaks, you’re invited to dabble with the surf school’s other equipment, including paddleboards and body boards. Cycle around the island, brush up on your español with a language class, or treat yourself to a spa session.
Oceanside Canaria works with a number of accommodation providers, from chilled-out surf hostels, to private sea-view studios, so you can create an experience to suit your budget.
Your host and qualified instructor will offer his expertise to help you hone your technique. At the end of the camp, you’ll be ready to take your Quiksilver and Roxy surf level certificate.
See more details, dates, prices, reviews and book here!
Volcano Surf Camp, El Madroñal, Tenerife
For adventure lovers, Volcano Surf Camp on the southwest coast of Tenerife has it all. Daily surf lessons take place at whichever beach has the best breaks that day, and this ‘go with the flow’ vibe applies across the whole experience.
The surf house offers comfortable accommodation with a sociable, laid-back atmosphere. Prepare your meals in the large shared kitchen and enjoy it in the garden or on the terrace. Solo-travellers are guaranteed to come away with new friends.
In addition to personalised surf tuition, there is a wide range of other activities available, including snorkelling, skating, paragliding, and diving. To unwind, wander the beautiful nature of the surrounding area, receive a nourishing massage, or join the evening yoga classes.
See more details, dates, prices, reviews and book here!
See More: Yoga and Surf Camps in Tenerife
Surf & Yoga Fuerteventura, Las Palmas, Fuerteventura
To truly immerse yourself in the surf community of Fuerteventura, a week may not feel long enough. This 14-day vegan surf and yoga retreat not only enables you to upgrade your surf skills, it also invites you to deepen your wellness practices and truly let go of the daily grind. Your instructors will introduce you to daily yoga, meditation, and pranayama, alongside other healing techniques.
In addition to traditional surf tuition, you can try out kitesurfing, paddle boarding, or simply take a dip in the 12-metre pool. Excursions will take you across the island to discover the incredible landscapes and soak up the magic of the atmosphere. To unwind, sway in a hammock in the large, lush garden, or read on your private patio.
Your activities will be fuelled by freshly prepared vegan meals, full of local ingredients, designed to boost your energy and satisfy your senses. Your hosts pour love into every detail of this retreat, to ensure you leave transformed and inspired. They also run popular surf and yoga retreats in Sri Lanka!
See more details, dates, prices, reviews and book here!
See More: The Best Surf Camps in Fuerteventura
WindSurfYoga, Corralejo, Fuerteventura
For an exhilaratiing alternative to traditional board surfing, kitesurfing can take your experience on the waves to new heights. In beautiful Corralejo on the northeast coast of Fuertaventura, these workshops are suitable for absolute beginners and those who seek guidance to improve their techniques.
The WindSurfYoga team aim to connect guests in a sociable, welcoming environment, creating the space to grow, connect, and explore. Group sizes are kept small, so your tuition is personalised according to your level. Your hosts will choose the best beach for practice each day, according to the weather conditions.
Your day starts by preparing your mind and body for an active day with an energising Vinyasa yoga session on the beach. Between surf sessions, excursions include canoeing, hiking, and trips to nearby islands.
In the evening, unwind with a restorative yin yoga class, indulge in an ayurvedic massage, or stargaze from the resort rooftop terrace.
See more details, dates, prices, reviews and book here!
Have you been on any amazing surf camps in the Canary Islands?
Leave your recommendations in the comments below the post and help out other yogis and travellers! 😊
Why the Canary Islands is the perfect destination for a yoga retreat or active holiday
Ibiza, one of Spain’s stunning Balearic islands, is world renowned for its amazing nightlife and gorgeous beaches. But Ibiza also has a quieter, spiritual side and there are some fantastic wellness and yoga retreats in Ibiza.
Ibiza (also known locally as Eivissa) is so much more than just a party island. Away from the bars and clubs of San Antonio you’ll find quaint villages, colourful hippie markets, peaceful beaches, pine-clad hills and some of the most magical yoga and meditation retreats in Europe.
My Guide to the Best Yoga Retreats in Ibiza for 2023
In this article I’ll explain why this island is such a great yoga destination, give you my recommendations for the best yoga retreats in Ibiza and guide you through how to choose to help you find the perfect yoga holiday.
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Why I Love Yoga Holidays in Ibiza
Whether you are looking for a luxury, all inclusive, wellness and detox retreat or a fun, affordable, relaxing beach yoga holiday there’s no shortage of choice in Ibiza!
While the summer months are best for partying and swimming in the Mediterranean sea, Ibiza’s warm and mild year round climate makes it a great place to head to for relaxing yoga holiday pretty much any time of the year.
As well as enjoying the yoga sessions and beaches, no Ibiza yoga holiday would be complete without a visit to the mysterious, monolithic limestone rock formation of Es Vedra. It is said to be the third most magnetic point in the world and has long been referred to as the source of the island’s inexplicable energy which might be what makes Ibiza yoga retreats so special.
My Pick of The 5 Best Yoga Retreats in Ibiza
To make it easier for you to choose and so that you don’t have to search through hundreds of retreats here’s my pick of the best yoga retreats in Ibiza based on personal experience, recommendations from friends and reviews from pervious guests.
Best Relaxing Yoga Retreat – Ibiza Yoga
Best Deep Dive Yoga Retreat – Sunset Mountain Ibiza
Best Vinyasa Yoga Retreat – The Yoga Weeks Finca
Best Private Yoga and Pilates Retreat – Yoga Pilates Ibiza
Best Yoga and Sailing Holiday – Yoga Weeks Boat
Ibiza Yoga, Benirras Beach
If you’re looking for a piece of authentic Ibiza, the first yoga retreat established on the island, Ibiza Yoga, is steeped in magical Ibizan vibes and is still one of the most affordable.
Ibiza Yoga is just four minutes walking distance from the famous Benirras Beach, to the north of the island. This area has been a pilgrimage point for spiritual seekers for decades and is popular for the stunning sunsets and hippie drum circles that happen there.
Varied yoga classes, including Ashtanga, Yin, and Vinyasa, take place on the rooftop terrace, with stunning views across the valleys. Between classes you’ll have plenty of free time to relax on the beach and explore the area with excursions to nearby caves and beaches.
Choose from either Japanese style wooden pagodas or a room in comfortable Villa Rocca for your stay. Freshly prepared vegetarian meals are served each evening, and a self-serve breakfast is available all day.
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Sunset Mountain Ibiza Yoga Retreat, Santa Eulalia
This fabulous all inclusive yoga retreat in Ibiza is held in a charming farmhouse complete with a gorgeous swimming pool and surrounded by nature just outside of Santa Eulalia.
Sunset Mountain Ibiza Yoga Retreat is run by experienced yoga teacher, Lena Tancredi, studied in an ashram in India and will guide through eight amazing days of Hatha and Yin yoga that includes practice, theory and meditation. There’s also fascinating workshops on sound healing, sacred geometry, yoga philosophy, cosmology and much more.
The purpose of this amazing retreat is to help you understand your true nature, to reconnect to yourself and others and remember how to love yourself through the practice of yoga and deep dive immersion in a yogic lifestyle.
The property itself is stunning with plenty of areas to soak up the sunshine, relax with fellow yogis, or by the swimming pool with a good book but it’s the experienced teachers and comprehensive theory lessons that . complement the asana classes that really makes this one of the best yoga retreats in Ibiza.
The Yoga Weeks Finca, San Carlos
Relax, unwind and practice yoga in a small village on the hippie northeast side of Ibiza. The Yoga Weeks Finca takes place in a typical Ibiza Finca (farmhouse) just a few minutes’ away from the stunning, nudist friendly beach of Aguas Blancas.
The finca is a magical place to meet like minded people and practice yoga while being surrounded by soothing nature and eating delicious healthy cuisine cooked by a local chef. You’ll enjoy two vinyasa yoga classes every day while at this seven day Ibiza yoga retreat, as well as sunset relaxation and meditation.
In between classes, you can go to the beach, take a trip to Ibiza Town, explore the nearby colourful hippie markets, relax by the pool or admire the views from the rooftop terrace.
You will also have the choice of different accommodation types to suit all budgets and a delicious daily vegetarian brunch and light buffet supper are included. Massages and other alternative therapies are also available and the evening yoga theory talks take your practice and understanding of yoga to the next level.
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Yoga Pilates Ibiza, Santa Eulària
If your idea of the ideal retreat is a custom itinerary and personalised attention, Opale is ready to welcome you to Yoga Pilates Ibiza where you can get the best of both worlds by practicing both yoga and pilates in one amazing retreat.
Based at an eco-house with sea views, you’re invited to immerse in yogic philosophy, with themed days based on the yoga sutras. Suitable for all levels, you will receive an introduction to different yoga approaches, including Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Yin, and Restorative. Other workshops include pranayama, mindfulness, and pilates, as well as a silent nature walk.
This retreat experience encourages withdrawal from the stresses of daily life. With minimal digital connectivity, this is an opportunity to connect with nature and practice self-reflection making it one of the best yoga retreats in Ibiza.
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Yoga Weeks Boat Retreat
To experience the Balearics from a different perspective, hop aboard The Atlantis as she sails between the sparkling isles of Ibiza and Formentera. Your home for five nights on this unique yoga retreat in Ibiza is a 43ft catamaran, guided across the mediterranean sea by Carlos – captain and yoga teacher.
Each day wake up to the sound of the seas and discover a new destination, with dynamic yoga on the beaches and plenty of time to swim, snorkel, paddleboard and explore. Breakfast and lunch are included, with light and delicious Mediterranean fare to fuel your practices.
Discover new restaurants ashore in the evenings, or dine on deck. The boat accommodates a maximum of eight guests across four cabins, with the option of a private cabin if you’re travelling solo.
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My Favourite Yoga Retreat in Ibiza
If you’re anything like me the amount of choice makes it difficult to pick just one so here’s my top pick.
My favourite yoga retreat in Ibiza is Ibiza Yoga – it was the first yoga retreat on the island and holds onto it’s hippie roots and authentic vibes and is quite affordable. The peaceful location at the north of the island overlooking Benirras Beach is just magical. Practicing yoga on the roof terrace with the stunning views all around is a beautiful experience. Stay in the Japanese pagoda to be really immersed in nature. Book it now!
How to Choose a Yoga Retreat in Ibiza
As you can see, there’s a huge variety and an almost overwhelming amount of choice when it comes to yoga retreats in Ibiza. Most Ibiza retreats offer daily yoga classes and meditation sessions in stunning locations, but can vary a lot in terms of accommodation, facilities, other activities offered and price.
Here’s 10 things to consider when choosing a retreat:
Type of Retreat – Ibiza is a popular place for a detox retreat but there’s many different types of yoga and wellness retreats available. So it’s important so consider your intention to find the one that suits you best. Do you want something cheap, fun and sociable with plenty of free time to relax on the beach, or are you looking for a boutique yoga detox, spa and meditation retreat, or something in between.
Yoga Styles – There are many different styles of yoga from traditional Hatha yoga to dynamic Ashtanga and Vinyasa flow, relaxing restorative and yin yoga and even ariel and acro yoga. Some yoga retreats focus on just one style while others will offer the opportunity to try multiple styles.
Experience Level – Wherever you are in your yoga practice, whether you’re a beginner or a more experienced yogi, checking that the retreat is suitable for your experience level is important to ensuring you have a good experience.
For experienced yogis a retreat aimed at beginners might not be challenging enough for you whereas if you’re a beginner you might find the yoga sessions overwhelming if you end up on a yoga teacher training retreat.
Most yoga teachers can cater for beginners by offering modifications but it’s worth checking what level the retreat is aimed at to ensure you get the most out of the experience, especially if it’s your first yoga retreat.
Location – Even on a small island like Ibiza, there’s a variety of locations on offer, from beach yoga retreats to urban retreats in Ibiza Town, to off beat retreats inland where you’ll be immersed in the nature and local culture.
If you want to avoid the party scene and get a quiet nights sleep avoid staying near San Antonio! The peaceful seaside town of Santa Eulalia, the inland hippie village of San Carlos, or Benirras Beach in the north are all good spots for a relaxing retreat.
Accommodation, Meals and Facilities – Retreat centres vary enormously in terms of accommodation, meals and facilities so make sure you find somewhere that you feel comfortable with.
If you’re opting for an affordable yoga retreat often you’ll stay in shared accommodation in dormitories or even camp with self catering facilities like a shared kitchen. This creates a sociable atmosphere and helps to keep costs down, but may not live up to your dream of a luxurious yoga holiday. If you’re looking for more privacy and comfort then look for luxury retreat centres with facilities like a swimming pool, spa, restaurant and accommodation in a private room.
Food is another important factor to consider, there’s some great detox retreats in Ibiza but most wellness retreats will serve healthy, organic food, but some only offer vegetarian or vegan food and may not serve alcohol so check that the food meets your requirements.
Other Activities – In addition to daily yoga and meditation sessions many Ibiza yoga retreat centres also offer the chance to detox, relax with spa treatments, or try other activities like sound healing, nature walks or boat trips.
Cost – Of course your budget is another important factor to consider. You can find some amazingly affordable yoga retreats nowadays but always check what’s included. Some budget retreats may not include meals and require an extra payment for spa treatments, additional activities and airport transfers so you might find an all inclusive retreats is better value for money.
Reviews – While some retreats may look amazing it’s vital to check real reviews from previous guests so that you can get a better idea of what the retreat is really like. Reviews on a retreat’s own website or social media pages might not tell the whole story so check reviews on an unbiased website like bookyogaretreats or bookretreats before you book.
If you’re still not sure then read this article for more tips on how to choose a yoga retreat.
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Portugal is a beautifully diverse country, both geographically and culturally. From the vibrant cities brimming with rich historical architecture and culture to the spectacular beaches and scenery, Portugal is bound to cast a spell on you.
It’s one of the most loved destinations in Europe and also fast becoming one of the best places to do yoga teacher training abroad. There are so many yoga retreats, surf schools and yoga schools offering yoga teacher training in Portugal. Some schools have even moved over from Asia meaning you don’t need to go so far to get authentic yoga training!
Reasons to do yoga teacher training in Portugal
From charming and historic Lisbon to the sunkissed beaches of the Algarve there are plenty of beautiful places in Portugal to train to become a yoga teacher.
Whether you just want to develop your own yoga practice or whether you want to change your career and become a yoga teacher there are yoga teacher training courses in Portugal to suit all yoga styles and levels of experience – you don’t need to be expert yogi!
People from all walks of life and all levels of experience take yoga teacher training in Portugal and it could lead you to a really healthy and rewarding career for the future. Yoga teacher training is physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally challenging but also life changing and very rewarding.
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How to choose the best yoga teacher training program for you
Doing any yoga teacher training course is a big investment of time and money and it’s even more important that ever to do your research before you book. Always make sure your YTT is Yoga Alliance approved. While most approved schools have similar curriculums, quality can vary so it’s useful to get reviews from previous students before you book your yoga teacher training in Portugal.
I find sites like www.bookyogaretreats.com and www.bookyogateachertraining.com really useful as you can read reviews from people who’ve already been there as well as finding out more about the style of yoga, daily schedule and the instructors.
Make sure that the style of yoga taught matches what you wish to teach in the future. I also recommend going for the course with the longest duration you can as you’ll have more time to relax those aching muscles, absorb all the information you’re learning and explore the location.
For more tips see here for more things to look out for when choosing your YTT.
To help you pick the perfect yoga teacher training in Portugal here are my top recommendations…
My Pick of the 5 Best Portugal Yoga Teacher Training Courses
Bend it like Buddha, Portimao, Algarve
Join the friendly team at Bend it like Buddha Yoga for an amazing 16 day 200-hour Ashtanga and Vinyasa yoga training training in Portugal.
This top-rated YTTC also contains a bonus course on Ayurvedic massage. It all happens just a few minutes away from the gorgeous Praia da Rocha beach at the newly renovated 4-star Flor da Rocha Hotel. 15 nights accommodation is included in a spacious room complete with Wi-Fi, daily housekeeping and a large flat screen TV. Plus, there is a self-service kitchen, large swimming pool, spa, lounge area and pool cafe on site.
Joining this program is your first step in a life-changing journey of health and wellness. Your days will be filled with learning with 2 daily yoga, meditation, and pranayama sessions, teaching practice and comprehensive sessions yoga philosophy, anatomy, physiology and alignment.
You will also be able to try Reiki, Tibetan bowl sound healing, yoga Nidra, intimacy circle and emotional releasing breath work. You’ll also enjoy the delicious, organic, detoxifying meals during the entire retreat. One of the best and unique things about this Portugal yoga teacher training is that you also get an added 8-hour Ayurveda massage course. Click here for more info, dates, prices, reviews and to book.
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Indiv Yoga, Faro, Algarve
Led by founder Charlie Stewart-Brown, this Portugal yoga teacher training blends India with Portugal, ancient with modern while maintaining the integrity of the yoga traditions and philosophy. Indiv Yoga is held in a beautiful, private, sea-side, pool villa just 5 minutes away from Praia do Paraíso beach.
Spend 15 days in paradise learning all about asanas, pranayama, bandhas and kriyas, as well as yoga philosophy and history. The course explores the science behind the body and mind connection and its relation to yoga and meditation in the modern world. You’ll learn how to make yoga accessible for every body. On top of that, you will leave with a knowledge of the business of teaching yoga, and, of course, a 200 hour YTTC.
Days start with morning teas, followed by a Hatha or Vinyasa yoga and meditation class, and end with a relaxing restorative yoga class. In between, you will be learning theory, anatomy and physiology, as well as ethics, philosophy and theory.
Included in the course is 14 nights accommodation in a private room with en-suite bathroom, a visit to the local fishing village and caves, and three vegetarian meals per day, cooking workshop and full use of the kitchen. To book, get info, dates, prices and to read reviews, click here.
Sundari Integral Yoga School, Funchal, Madeira
This 21 day 200 hour Integral yoga teacher training on the beautiful island of Madeira is split into three main parts; practical, theoretical and methodology. The practical part of the course focuses on perfecting 50 Hatha asanas, meditation techniques, relaxation techniques, pranayama and Kriya Yoga.
The theoretical covers anatomy, the chakras, philosophy of Integral yoga system, review of 5 essential yoga texts including the Bhagavad Gita, and yoga for different ages. The methodology is all about how to actually teach and put together a yoga sequence. After 21 days you will leave with a 200 hour YTTC in hand and feel confident and well equipped to teach yoga all over the world.
A highlight of this course is that you’ll often practice yoga outside in the beautiful nature of Madeira. You will be staying in an apartment equipped with a balcony, a lounge area, a TV, a washing machine, private bathroom and large outdoor swimming pool.
Meals are not included, making this one of the most affordable yoga teacher training in Portugal, but each apartment has its own kitchenette and there is also a larger, fully-equipped, communal kitchen onsite. On top of that, there are numerous small restaurants that you can walk to for exploring the local cuisine. Click here for photos, reviews, dates and to book.
School Yoga Institute, Beja, Alentejo
Spend a magical 21 days learning how to teach yoga and so much more at the family-run, eco-sustainable, community-based Orada Retreat Center. Jed Pennell of School Yoga Institute chose this unique location because it’s nestled in 71 hectares of nature and very private.
It’s the perfect place for this very unique yoga teacher training in Portugal, which focuses on Mystical yoga; a spiritual practice. The mystical yoga teacher training curriculum is influenced by Peruvian Shamanism and offers students a unique and spiritually driven course that goes far beyond just a certification.
This unique 200-hour YTTC is described as a life-changing experience that guides you towards clarity and empowerment. The curriculum is influenced around Peruvian Shamanism combined with traditional Hatha and Vinyasa practices.
You will leave with knowledge of yogic theory, healing practices, meditation techniques and anatomy, as well as the traditional Peruvian shamanic medicine wheel , Kirtan bhajan chanting and how to lead cacao and fire ceremonies. To book, check dates, read reviews and see photos, click here.
La Casa Shambala, Monchique, Algave
This 18-day training is led by the world-renowned La Casa Shambala and hosted at a restored Algarve country lodge. Nestled in the mountains, surrounded by orchards and citrus trees, and with a generous mix of countryside and sea views.
As well as training in hatha and vinyasa asana approaches, the 200-hour training has a focus on yogic philosophy, to give trainee teachers a deep foundation from which to build their personal practices.
Fresh, prana-filled dishes are prepared for each meal, to keep the body and mind energised and balanced. Between classes, you can enjoy the facilities of the lodge, including a lush garden, sauna, and natural salt-water swimming pool. Click here to check availability, reviews and prices.
I hope this blog has helped to find your perfect Portugal yoga teacher training course. If you’re still undecided check out my other posts or this article aboutyoga teacher training abroad for more tips and recommendations.
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Lively and charming cities, sun soaked and laid back beaches, world class surf, enthralling history and architecture and stunning landscapes have made Portugal one of the most popular European destinations. Its also one of the most best yoga destinations in Europe and boast the best surfing on the continent. There are so many excellent surf and yoga retreats in Portugal on offer whatever your level of experience.
Reasons to take a yoga retreat in Portugal
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 and near the beautiful beaches of The Algarve.
As Portugal is quite a compact country you can easily combine a yoga holiday with seeing some of the most beautiful sights in Lisbon or even learning how to surf in Portugal’s world class surf reserves.
Portugal’s surf towns like Peniche and Ericeira are also yoga hotspots and the sunsoaked and laidback Algarve is also a great place to take a yoga retreat – many also include surf lessons too.
There’s no shortage of surf camps and 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.
To help you pick your perfect retreat holiday in the sunshine are my recommendations for the best yoga retreats in Portugal
Here is my pick of the 5 Best Yoga Retreats in Portugal
The Salty Pelican, Cascais, Lisbon
The Salty Pelican Yoga and Surf Retreat is located in beautiful Cascais on the Lisbon coastline. Every part of this 4-day retreat is designed to connect guests with the stunning natural surroundings, while also experiencing self-awareness, self-connection, and deep relaxation.
Days start with a sunrise meditation overlooking the Atlantic, followed by an energising yang yoga class. After a varied day of surf or SUP lessons, ayurvedic massage and awareness hikes, the evening is rounded off with a soothing yin yoga class. Guests can fuel up for the day with a breakfast buffet, and healthy smoothies are available all day. To read reviews, check dates or book, click here.
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Moka Surfhouse & Yoga Retreat, Ericeira
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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The Lodge Portugal, Sintra nr Lisbon
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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Moinhos Velhos, Lagos, Algarve
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.
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Shamballah Yoga Retreats, Sintra
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.
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My Pick of the 7 Best Yoga Retreats in the Canary Islands for 2023
These 7 sunny Spanish islands off the west coast of Northern Africa have long been popular with holiday makers soaking up the best winter sun in Europe, but there’s so much more to discover for the more adventurous and active traveller.
The Canary Islands boast not only fantastic beaches and all year round warm weather, but also a rich culture, unique and diverse scenery and plenty of outdoor sports and activities. The islands are popular for cycling, scuba diving, surfing and hiking, and there’s also many excellent surf camps and yoga retreats in the Canary Islands.
The 7 Canary Islands all have unique scenery and something different to offer. Gran Canaria, Tenerife, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura are the most popular but also don’t forget about smaller and more offbeat La Palma, La Gomera and El’ Heirro too.
Check out this article for more on how to chose the best Canary Island for you. Or perhaps, just choose the yoga retreat you like the best and head to that island.
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Like hotels, not all yoga retreats are equal, so it’s important to do some research to make sure your Canary Island yoga retreat is a memorable experience for all the right reasons!
I find www.bookyogaretreats.com, really useful. It’s like the Booking.com for yoga retreats! It’s great to be able to read reviews of the yoga retreats from people who’ve already been there.
To help you pick your perfect retreat holiday in the sunshine are my recommendations for the best yoga retreats in the Canary Islands.
The Best Yoga Retreats in the Canary Islands
Best Yoga Retreat in Fuerteventura – 7 Lemons House
To the north of the beautiful island of Fuerteventura, nestled between two volcanoes, 7 Lemons House welcomes spiritual seekers and surf souls to their beautiful eco property. Fuerteventura is known for being one of the best surf spots in Europe, and this retreat combines adventure on the waves with self-connection on the mat.
In the mornings, you’ll receive personalised surf tuition, tailored to your level. This is followed by vinyasa and hatha yoga, to ease out any tight muscles from your time out surfing. You can also indulge in a therapeutic massage to truly unwind. Between classes you’ll take hikes through volcanos and around the coast, taking in amazing views across the island making this one of the best active retreats in the Canary Islands.
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Best Surf and Yoga Retreat in Lanzarote – Lansurf Surf School & Yoga Camp, Famara
Spend a week in paradise surfing and practicing yoga on the beach on the uniquely stunning Lanzarote island. With at least 4 hours a day of surfing and 1 hour of Hatha, Kundalini or Vinyasa yoga right on the beach you’ll definitely be feeling more invigorated and in touch with nature after this surf and yoga retreat in the Canary Islands!
Packages include accommodation in a surf-house that’s directly facing the beach. Food is not included, but the house is self-catering, complete with a kitchen and everything that you need to prepare your own meals. It’s also a short, easily walk to a variety of nearby local restaurants that serve everything from Spanish tapas to healthy vegan cuisine. You will also have time to relax and enjoy the magnificent natural surroundings.
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Yoga, Pilates and Surf Retreat in Fuerteventura – Surya Retreat, Villaverde
Run by Azulfit, Surya Yoga and Pilates Retreat is enjoyed in a Spanish villa nestled amongst greenery, complete with a lush courtyard, lounging areas with hammocks, large swimming pool and hot tub. It’s the perfect place to relax, rejuvenate and practice yoga while enjoying the views of the beautiful surrounding countryside.
Run by Rachel Blunt, Surya Retreat offers both yoga and pilates everyday, as well as additional Q&A classes, essential oil workshops and meditation. You can even sign up for a nutrition course. In addition to this, brunch and dinner are included at this Canary Island yoga retreat, both of which are prepared with with balanced, plant based ingredients by their in-house chefs. This is one of the best yoga retreats in the Canary Islands for all round fitness.
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Best Yoga Retreat in Gran Canaria – La Tajena
The dramatic volcanic landscapes of Gran Canaria are ripe for exploration and a great setting for inner reflection. This is one of the best yoga retreats in the Canary Islands as it combines guided hikes with daily meditation and yoga practice.
The retreat experience includes yoga dance and restorative yoga sessions, to raise your energy and calm the mind. Group sizes are kept small, to foster a sense of sharing and community. Between workshops, enjoy a siesta in a poolside hammock, or take a moment for self reflection in the meditation garden.
Excursions include visits to local villages, as well as an afternoon in vibrant Las Palmas, capital of the island. Back at base, your hosts will prepare three healthy meals each day, to fuel your adventures.
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Yoga Retreat in Las Palmas – See Yoga, Las Palmas, Gran Canaria
See Yoga is a lovely yoga studio in the colourful city of Las Palmas and just 10 minutes away from the beach. Hatha and Vinyasa yoga classes are taught every morning in the studio, as well as a few evenings per week.
In between classes there are some great activities to do like surfing, massages and workshops. There’s also an included day trip through the volcanic landscapes of Gran Canaria and a tree planting as a way to give back to the island and plenty of free time to do your own thing if you prefer.
One of the great things about this Canary Island yoga retreat is that you can stay in a hostel, a private apartment or a hotel, all with sea views, choosing the option that best suits your budget.
You can also bring a partner even if they don’t want to join the yoga retreat. They’ll even get one free yoga class if they are curious to join. Meals aren’t included though but the location is close to many of Las Palmas’s excellent restaurants which I’m sure you’ll enjoy trying.
The location means it’s super easy to stroll around and explore the charming city of Las Palmas, sample some of the city’s excellent cuisine or go surfing. Afterwards, relax on the hostel’s rooftop deck, the balcony of your private apartment or in your cozy hotel room. This is one of the best yoga retreats in the Canary Islands if you want to incorporate both yoga, beach and city exploration into your holiday.
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Best Yoga Retreat in Tenerife – Yoga en Tenerife
Surrounded by banana fields, 800 metres from the beach, your home for the week is a traditional Canarian mansion with a welcoming family atmosphere. The ideal setting to align body, mind, and spirit, as well as forming a deep connection with nature.
Your itinerary on this Tenerife yoga retreat includes two yoga classes per day, in kundalini, yin, kriya, and thai styles. You’ll also be instructed in ancient yoga philosophy through mantra, pranayama, and healing meditations.
In your free time, you can float in the outdoor pool, join forest hikes, or take a picnic on the beaches. Other activities include fireside dance celebrations, healing sessions, and personalised treatments.
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Windsurfing and Yoga Retreat in Fuerteventura – WindSurfYoga, Corralejo
If you like water sports then the Canary Islands are also a great spot for windsurfing and WindSurfYoga offers wonderful windsurfing and yoga retreats in Fuerteventura suitable for everyone from complete beginners to experienced yogis and windsurfers.
You’ll enjoy an energizing morning Vinyasa yoga class, spend the day on the beach with windsurfing lessons and wind down in the evening with a Yin yoga class. Yoga classes are held on the roof terrace or the beach so you’ll have plenty of time to reconnect with nature and feel energized, relaxed and refreshed after this retreat. WindSurfYoga can also help you organise many other activities like hiking, biking, kite surfing, canoeing, SUP, massage and day trips of the islands.
Accommodation is included in choose between staying in a laid-back Spanish villa in a local village or in a sociable shared room at a local guesthouse in Corralejo close to the beach and main street. Meals are not included but the accommodation has kitchen for guests to use and you can sample the many restaurants nearby.
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Why the Canary Islands are the perfect destination for a yoga retreat
Costa Rica is truly an amazing country and one of the best places to do yoga teacher training abroad. Here you can immerse yourself in your yoga practice surrounded by soothing and healing nature.
The jungles and beaches offer an amazing and diverse range of yoga retreats and, for those who want to go deeper or even change their career, there are some excellent schools offering yoga teacher training in Costa Rica.
Costa Rica is famous for its incredible biodiversity of tropical forests, stunning beaches, magnificent waterfalls, and rich and vibrant history. It is best known as an eco-tourism hot spot and many also come do yoga teacher training in Costa Rica amongst these inspiring and picturesque backdrops.
Tips for choosing a program for yoga teacher training in Costa Rica
Doing a YTT is a transformative experience whether you want a complete career change or just wish to deepen your yoga practice, learn about yogic philosophy, or just take time out to connect more with yourself. You don’t need to be an expert yogi either – people from all walks of life and all levels of experience take yoga teacher training in Costa Rica.
The 200 hour yoga teacher training course in Costa Rica is the most popular program and most courses take place over 20 – 30 days. I’d recommend taking the most time you can for the best experience. A 200 hr YTTC will give you the certification you need to be a registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance and to start teaching yoga.
If you don’t have that much time and are looking for short yoga courses some yoga centers also offer the chance to do a 100 hour yoga teacher training in Costa Rica and come back later to do another 100 hours to complete your training. If you can’t make it to Costa Rica right now some studios offer online yoga teacher training courses nowadays.
For those who want to go deeper there’s also the option of a 300 hour or 500 hour Costa Rica yoga teacher trainings. The 300 hour is a more advanced course taken after the completion of the initial 200 hour course. If you choose a 500 hour YTTC this is a combination of the 200 hour and 300 hour yoga program in succession and takes about 60 days.
Doing any yoga teacher training course is a big investment of both your finances and time so you need to do the research before you book to make sure that the course and style of yoga taught matches your interests, experience and is what you’d want to teach. If you’re not sure which style of yoga to focus on I’d recommend doing a multi style or classical Hatha yoga teacher training. Also, always make sure your YTT is Yoga Alliance approved.
While most Yoga Alliance registered schools have a similar curriculum, quality can vary a lot between schools so its important to get reviews from previous students before you book your yoga teacher training in Costa Rica.
I find sites like www.bookyogaretreats.com and www.bookyogateachertraining.com really useful, it’s like the Booking.com for yoga and you can read reviews from previous students as well as see photos, information about the instructors and daily schedule and you can book directly through the site.
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Yoga teacher training is physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually challenging but also very rewarding and could really change your life. Because of this I’d recommend going for the course with the longest duration you can as you’ll have more time to relax those sore muscles and absorb all the information you’re learning. See here for more things to look out for when choosing your YTT.
If you just want a relaxing yoga retreat then check out my pick of the best yoga retreats in Costa Rica
My Pick of the 5 Best Yoga Teacher Trainings in Costa Rica
GypSea Yoga School, Uvita, Puntarenas
Following ancient yoga teachings, GypSea Yoga School has put together one of the best yoga teacher training in Costa Rica that’s hidden away in a tree house jungle paradise.
There are hiking trails at your doorstep with hidden waterfalls to discover and a cabinet of a garden right on site where you can learn all traditional herbal remedies. You’ll also embark on a special inward journey to discover your highest self and true purpose through ancient yoga teachings, introspection, and self-love and, of course, learn all about teaching yoga.
Spend 17-days practicing a wide variety of yoga styles including Vinyasa, Hatha, Yin, Ashtanga, Kundalini, Iyengar, Nidra and Acro Yoga. You’ll learn all about yoga philosophy, lifestyle and ethics, as well teaching techniques.
16 nights accommodation at a serene property in a small village on the southwest coast of Costa Rica is included. You will also get 3 home-cooked vegetarian meals per day and a hikes through the jungle to see the magnificent waterfalls and trips to the beach.
GypSea Yoga also offer 200 hour yoga teacher trainings in Florida and self paced online yoga teacher trainings as well as special 50 hour modules in Costa Rica covering different subjects like yoga nidra, yoga philosophy and the business of yoga teacher training.
Soma Yoga Institute, Zen Spirit Yoga Resort, San Fransisco de Coyote, Nicoya Peninsula
Could there be any better place to learn all about teaching yoga on a 1400 square foot open air yoga deck overlooking the the pool and Pacific Ocean.
The team at Soma Yoga Institute lead this incredible yoga teacher training in Costa Rica, complete with Ayurveda, philosophy, meditation and chakra studies. You will also learn all about anatomy, alignment principles and pranayama.
After 18-days you will leave with a 200-hour YTTC in vinyasa flow, hatha and restorative yoga. You will also get 17-nights accommodation at the lovely Zen Spirit Yoga Resort, which is on a small hill top overlooking the beautiful Costa de Oro beach.
You’ll stay in a private, quad, triple or double occupancy room, all of which have a large balcony where you can take in the stunning beachfront views. Soma Yoga Institute also offer yoga retreats and teacher trainings in Greece as well as an excellent self paced 200 hour online therapeutic yoga teacher training course.
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Yoga Maya, Uvita
By the famous Whale’s Tail at Marino Ballena National Park, Yoga Maya Uvita welcomes you to bright, modern accommodation.
During this 15-day training, your teachers will prepare you to teach vinyasa and yin yoga, as well as an introduction to the foundations of hatha. You will learn how to create sequences and teach authentically, with instruction in asana alignment, anatomy and physiology.
As well as learning how to teach, you’ll deepen your own practice with immersion in yogic philosophy and lifestyle, including chakras, ayurveda, mantra, meditation and pranayama.
Between workshops, enjoy excursions like guided visits to nearby waterfalls and natural beauty spots and lounge in the deck chairs and hammocks as you reflect on your journey.
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Nexus Institute Yoga & Wellness, Playa Guiones, Nosara
Deepen your personal practice and become a compassionate and skilled yoga teacher at this 21-day yoga teacher training in Costa Rica.
Janel Schullo and Horace Usry have created a safe, sacred and nurturing environment where future yoga teachers can come and learn all about the art of teaching yoga in a beautiful private residence located just a few steps from the Pacific Ocean in Nosara – one of the best and most hip yoga and surf destinations in Costa Rica.
Wake up each morning to the sound of birds chirping before starting your first Vinyasa yoga practice in the spacious canopy-level yoga studio with glorious jungle views. There are also daily sessions on yoga philosophy, anatomy and teaching methods and a restorative yoga class to wind down in the evening and free time in between when you can relax at the pool, go to the beach or explore the area.
Only breakfast is included in this Costa Rica yoga teacher training course, but you can also opt for a catered gourmet vegan meal plan and there are also two fully equipped kitchens for all to use. If you prefer to eat out there are plenty of excellent healthy cafes and restaurants nearby.
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Vida Asana School of Yoga, Playa Hermosa, Jaco
Study the Yoga Sutra and the Bhagavad Gita, and learn how to teach an amazing 90-minute Vinyasa yoga class and how to apply ancient yogic philosophy to modern lives at this incredible yoga teacher training in Costa Rica.
After three weeks, you will leave with a 200-hour YTTC in hand, and all of the knowledge needed to go off into the world and teach yoga, thanks to wonderful teachers Alejandra Torres and Diala Hamed.
Vida Asana is tucked away in the rainforest so you can practice yoga to the sound of the birds chirping and breathe in the fresh rainforest air. Stay in a shared or private room, all of which come with private showers, organic body care products, air conditioning, ceiling fans and a fridge.
Three organic meals are included each and every day, as are airport transfers and all group activities like hiking to ruins, sweat lodge and guided meditations.
I hope this blog has helped to find your ideal Costa Rica yoga teacher training course. If you’re still undecided check out my other posts or this article aboutyoga teacher training abroad for more tips and recommendations.
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With over 10,000 kilometres of azure coastlines, warm weather, unique food, stunning historical architecture and a magical, spiritual culture and traditions it’s no wonder Mexico is fast becoming a world-renowned yoga hot spot and one of the best places to do yoga teacher training overseas.
The jungles and beaches offer an amazing and diverse range of yoga retreats and, for those who want to go deeper or even change their career, there are also some fabulous schools offering yoga teacher training in Mexico.
My Pick of the Best Places for Yoga Teacher Training in Mexico for 2023
But with so many courses on offer how do you pick the best one for you? In this post I’ll guide you through Mexico’s best yoga destinations, how to choose a YTT and give you my recommendations for the best ones to make it easier for you to decide.
Reasons to do Yoga Teacher Training in Mexico
Even though India, Bali and Thailand are still the top destinations for an exotic yoga teacher training experience, Mexico also has all the ingredients for a unique and life changing experience – great weather, tropical vibes, stunning locations and a rich, colourful and spiritual history and culture.
Plus, Mexico is a lot closer for North American’s and most nationalities don’t need a visa for stays of up to 180 days giving you plenty of time to travel and explore the incredible sights of this colourful and enigmatic country once your yoga teacher training in Mexico is completed.
People from all walks of life and all levels of experience take yoga teacher training in Mexico – you don’t need to be an expert yogi! Doing a YTT is a transformative experience whether you want a complete career change or even if you just want to deepen your yoga practice, learn about yogic philosophy and anatomy and simply take time out to find out more about yourself.
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Tips for choosing a yoga school
Doing any yoga teacher training course is a big investment of both your finances and time so you need to do the research before you book to make sure that the course and style of yoga taught there is suitable for what you’d want to teach and always make sure your YTT is Yoga Alliance approved.
I’d also recommend going for the course with the longest duration you can as you’ll have more time to relax those sore muscles and absorb all the information you’re learning. Also see here for more things to look out for when choosing your YTT.
While most schools have a similar curriculum, quality can vary a lot between schools so its important to get reviews from previous students before you book your yoga teacher training in Mexico. I find sites like www.bookyogaretreats.com and www.bookyogateachertraining.com really useful as you can read reviews from previous students as well as see photos, information about the instructors and daily schedule and you can book directly through the site.
Yoga teacher training is physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually challenging but also very rewarding and could really change your life.
If you just want a relaxing yoga retreat then check out my pick of the best yoga retreats in Mexico and my pick of the best yoga retreats in Tulum.
To make it easier to pick your perfect YTTC I did most of the research for you and here are my picks for the 6 best places for yoga teacher training in Mexico.
The Best Programs for Yoga Teacher Training in Mexico
Kootenay Yoga School, Isla Mujeres
On Isla Mujeres, metres from the Caribbean, Kootenay Yoga School welcomes you for a 15 day yoga immersion. With foundations in hatha yoga, your teacher will guide you through a detailed exploration of 45 traditional yoga postures, as well as teachings in the eight limbs of yoga, yoga anatomy, pranayama and meditation.
To prepare you for teaching, you’ll cover sequencing asanas for a class, as well as vinyasa flows, restorative postures, and yoga nidra – giving you a full toolkit of yogic techniques to offer to your students.
To deepen your own journey, you’ll be guided in how to apply yogic practices and principles in daily life. Outside of class time enjoy clifftop walks, paddling in the warm waters, and taking in the stunning sunsets.
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Over 24 days this unique experience prepares you to be a Soma Yoga and Movement Educator. From the perspective of somatics and mobility, you’ll discover how to deepen your own embodied spiritual practice, and how to share this with others. As a trauma-informed training, processes are approached from an angle of anti-oppression and social justice.
Based at a permaculture farm in the middle of Cloud Forest, you’ll be surrounded by mountains and rivers, as you digitally detox and connect with nature’s rhythms. As well as your immersive training, you will experience sweat lodge ceremonies and discover the science of gut health.
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Vida Yoga Center, Oaxaca
Expect stillness, spiritual journeying, and personal transformation during this three-week yoga teacher training. Hosted at Vida Yoga Center in Oaxaca, your beachfront accommodation is calming and comfortable, surrounded by palm trees.
With a focus on ‘conscious hatha’ yoga, you will explore movement and embodiment, while learning how to offer this to your pupils. Your teachers will also introduce you to restorative yoga, kinesiology, and philosophy, to further deepen your practice. You will also discover several approaches to pranayama and meditation.
Aside from training, you will have the opportunity to discover the local area, join a beach bonfire, or relax with a dip in the pool.
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La Casa Shambala, Quintana Roo
30 minutes from the spiritual hub of Tulum, La Casa Shambala team welcomes you to Casa Soham, nestled in the Chemuyil jungle. The wellness house lives and breathes community, spirituality, and tranquility. During your 18-day, intensive experience, you will become rooted in the ancient knowledge of hatha yoga. With a syllabus including anatomy, chakras, sanskrit, vinyasa, sequencing, and alignment, you’ll be confident and prepared to share these teachings with your students.
Start blissful days with rooftop meditations, and finish them with beach sunsets. Between classes, enjoy the on-site pool or relax in the garden. Freshly prepared vegan meals ensure you’re energised throughout your stay.
Ananda Healing Center, San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas
Led by three experienced teachers, the yoga teacher training course at Ananda Healing Center will not only train you to teach yoga, but to also meditate and cleanse your body. You will learn all about asanas, meditation, pranayama and trishtana in a location set in Mexico’s Central Highlands near San Cristóbal de las Casas, one of the most beautiful and well preserved historic towns in Mexico.
At the end of the 32-day program you will leave with a 200-hour Vinyasa YTTC, complete with knowledge about proper alignment, yoga related anatomy, meditation techniques, pranayama and yogic diet. It’s all based on the teachings of Krishnamacharya; known as the father of modern yoga.
Also included is 31 nights of accommodation in a single room of a house, complete with a shared kitchen where you can make all of your meals.
I hope this blog has helped to find your ideal Mexico yoga teacher training course. If you’re still undecided check out my other posts or this article aboutyoga teacher training abroad for more tips and recommendations.
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Did you do your yoga teacher training in Mexico?
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