Greece is the perfect place for a yoga retreat. Here are some reasons why:
With its gorgeous beaches, delicious food, warm sunshine and charming towns full of character, you can’t beat Greece as the perfect summer destination and a fantastic place to explore on a yoga retreat. From the well-known islands of Mykonos and Santorini, to the more remote islands off the beaten path, there’s a yoga retreat for every taste.
It all depends on whether your goal is to get away from the hustle and bustle and find a quiet secluded place far away from everything, or perhaps you want to be pampered and spoiled at a luxury 5* hotel and not have to worry about a thing.
Some islands have international airports and are easy to get to, while others require a bit more planning and perhaps a boat transfer after your flight. But whichever you choose, you will surely fall in love with life on the Greek islands, and a yoga retreat is the perfect way to discover this magical place.
4 reasons to go on a yoga retreat in Greece this summer:
1. Beautiful beaches and hidden coves
Greece is a beach-lover’s paradise! The Greek islands are famous for their gorgeous beaches, from small secluded bays to large golden beaches with crystal clear waters.
Some of the bigger islands have over 20 or 30 beaches, so you could easily see a different one every day. You could also rent a sailing boat for the day or jump on a guided boat tour and let the locals take you to the hidden coves only accessible by sea.
The color of the water is a deep blue-green with different shades depending on the surrounding landscape. And you’ll be sure to find clean sea on all the islands, despite the increased tourism and boats coming through, Greece has still managed to maintain clean beaches and clean water for wonderful swims.
2. Warm sunny weather from May to October
Greece is warm and sunny from late April until well into October. And in some of the southern islands, you can find people swimming in the sea in November! We think the best months for a yoga retreat in Greece are May-June and September-October, avoiding the high season months in between. May and June are already very warm and sunny, perfect for a swim in the sea and to practice yoga outdoors. And the weather stays warm until September and October, when the beaches are not too crowded and many of the summer tourists have left. The shoulder season months are when you can really begin to appreciate the islands and their beauty. This is when we prefer to go.
3. Delicious Greek cuisine and wines
A yoga retreat in Greece wouldn’t be complete without trying the wonderful local Greek dishes. There’s so much variety – from traditional family-run tavernas, high-end restaurants, and street-side souvlaki joints for a great snack. The food is healthy and delicious, and the ingredients are super fresh – pure olive oil, fresh local vegetables and salads, grilled fish and meat, olives, cheeses, and slow-cooked oven dishes. Greece also has some very good wines, both from the mainland and from the islands – Santorini for example has some world-renown wineries with superb whites and reds.
4. Charming towns and a wonderful way of life
What makes the Greek islands really special in addition to gorgeous beaches, are the many charming towns, and the wonderful way of life of the locals. In contrast to some other resort areas in Europe where you may stay in your resort for the duration of your trip, in Greece you’ll often find an authentic town near your hotel where you can wander around, feel the real Greek culture and experience local life. Mykonos town for example, Oia and Imerovigli towns in Santorini, as well as Chania in Crete are all absolutely beautiful, with pedestrian streets, seaside cafés and magnificent sunsets – the perfect places to sit and watch life go by.
Treat yourself to a week of pure bliss on a yoga retreat in Greece with Yoga Escapes:
The team here at Yoga Escapes has planned several yoga retreats in Greece in 2017 on two of our favorite Greek islands: Mykonos and Crete. We’ve chosen gorgeous 5* hotels on the beach and superb yoga teachers, and have taken care of all the details, so you don’t have to worry about a thing.
We’ll practice yoga twice a day by the sea, with plenty of free time to explore the islands, get a massage, or just relax on our private beach. Our groups are international with people from all around the world, you can eat and drink what you like, and there’s always a bit of fun and adventure. And two of us from Yoga Escapes join every yoga retreat to make sure everything runs smoothly and to show you the nicest corners of the islands.
Mykonos and Crete offer so much to see and do – explore either island on one of our yoga retreats this summer – we’ll show you the beauty of these places!
Our 2018 luxury yoga retreats in Greece:
19–26 May 2018
26 May–2 June 2018
2–9 June 2018
8–15 September 2018
15–22 September 2018
Yoga on an outdoor terrace with beautiful views out to sea, 5* hotel on one of the island’s most stunning beaches, a fantastic high-end spa, Mykonos town and its white-washed pedestrian streets, and amazing sunsets near the famous windmills.
28 September – 5 October 2018
5* adults-only hotel and spa on a quite peaceful beach, yoga twice a day just steps from the sea, delicious traditional Greek food at the lovely tavernas in Chania town, and day trips to gorgeous beaches and hiking trails.
Yoga Escapes organizes luxury yoga retreats in beautiful places around the world, offering a mix of Vinyasa and restorative Yin yoga classes. Contact the Yoga Escapes team for info on upcoming yoga holidays.