Ever considered booking a yoga retreat in Greece?
Greece is undoubtedly one of my favourite countries to go on holiday to. The allure of the crystal-clear waters, whitewashed villages, gorgeous Greek islands and incredible food, may be what attracts so many visitors in search of sunshine and relaxation. Not to mention how incredibly romantic Greece is as a honeymoon destination!
In saying this, Greece is perhaps not the first place you’d think of when planning for a yoga retreat and getaway in Europe. That’s why I decided to put together this post, listing some of the best Greek yoga retreats you should consider for your next visit to stunning Greece!
Reasons to go on a Greece Yoga Retreat
There’s no better way to find your zen than through a yoga retreat. The Greek Islands are the perfect place to disconnect from the world and tune in to your body. Plus, you’ll be able to indulge in the warm sun, incredible beaches and delicious food.
- The white-sand beaches with secluded coves and hidden caves provide the perfect place to practice a little mindfulness. And the Greek islands, such as Crete have plenty of exquisite beaches and coastlines for you to choose from. There’s nothing quite like relaxing into Savasana while listening to the sounds of the ocean.
- While you’re on a yoga holiday in Greece, you’ll be able to taste some of the country’s most incredible dishes. There’s a large variety of delicious (and healthy) food to suit every palate.
- During your yoga retreat, you’ll be able to explore the nearby charming towns. Walking or cycling around them is a great way to experience Greek culture and local life.
- You’ll also be able to connect with fellow yogis while you’re practicing your sun salutations. Interesting people from all over the world choose to retreat to Greece for a little relaxation.
Best Time for a Yoga Retreat in Greece
The best time to go on a yoga retreat in Greece is from May to October. These sunny months are ideal for outdoor yoga, swimming in the warm ocean and restoring balance to the body and mind. And some retreats offer hikes or day trips that are best suited for warmer weather.
I’ve written a comprehensive guide outline what you can expect from the weather when visiting Greece in October!
Top 3 Yoga Retreats, Greece
From bustling Athens with so much to see and do, to the picturesque Santorini, this country not only has plenty to explore, but it is also a stunning destination for yoga retreats. Greece has so much on offer for yogis searching for some time to recharge. Not only will you be able to do downward facing dog underneath the Mediterranean sun, but you’ll also be able to explore the Greek way of life.
Whether you’re looking to enhance your practice, improve your health or just escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life, Greece’s island yoga retreats provide the perfect place to unwind.
Silver Island Yoga in Greece
If you’re looking for some tranquility, Silver Island Yoga Retreat is on a private island that offers a unique off-the-grid experience. This retreat lasts for seven days, providing yoga in the morning and evening while allowing you to spend the rest of the day relaxing and exploring.
Silver Island is a gorgeous sunny sanctuary with plenty of secluded beaches and hidden coves that are perfect for peaceful meditation. During this 7-day yoga retreat, you’ll be able to reconnect with yourself and your body while soaking up the gorgeous Greece sun.
At Silver Island, delicious and healthy vegetarian foods will be provided for you daily. They even serve locally produced, organic vegan wines at dinner if you’d like a glass.
You’ll also be able to explore the oceans on kayaks or dive beneath the surface with complimentary snorkeling gear. All in all, this yoga retreat is the perfect place to practice a little self-care while reconnecting with your life’s purpose.
Just Relax Yoga Holidays Corfu Island
If you’re looking for a relaxing yoga and meditation retreat in Greece, Corfu Island is a great option. And Just Relax Yoga is one of the most incredible places to do your sun salutations, offering a truly unforgettable experience on a magnificent island.
This Greek island not only offers incredible beaches, but its capital “Kastropolis”, or “castle city”, has plenty of history and castles for you to explore.
When you’re not practicing yoga, you’ll be free to explore the island. The retreat has bicycles that you can use to visit all corners of the island.
You’ll be able to experience some incredible Greek cuisine, including a vegetarian welcome dinner on your first night in Corfu. On the other nights, you’ll be able to choose from a variety of traditional buffet food. For breakfast, you’ll be able to help yourself to a selection of fruits, teas, coffees, yoghurt, cereals, bread, eggs and more.
While you’re on the yoga retreat, you’ll have the chance to visit one of two incredible Greek Locations. If the weather permits, you’ll go to Cape Drastis, where a boat will take you to a peninsula for a unique yoga session. Or you’ll go on a tour to Pantokrator mountain where you can view Corfu from the highest peak.
8-Day Yoga Holiday in Kos
Yoga on Kos is one of the best yoga retreats in Greece and allows yogis the opportunity to relax and rejuvenate on a gorgeous island. Kos offers plenty of other opportunities like hiking, cycling and swimming.
When you’re not on your yoga mat, you’ll be able to experience some of Kos’ most beautiful beaches and relax in natural hot springs while you’re on the island. There’s even an optional boat trip to the nearby islands of Kalymnos, Pserimos and Plati. This trip does cost extra, but it’s an enjoyable way to spend your time off.
One of the best things about this retreat is that it offers a variety of yoga styles during your stay. You’ll be able to reap the rewards of both yin and yang yoga while reconnecting with your body. Morning yoga will be more active, with either an Ashtanga or Hatha session, while the evening yoga will provide a relaxing Yin or Restorative yoga class.
After your yoga sessions, you’ll be rewarded with delicious Greek food. The retreat also caters for both vegetarian and vegan guests.
The rooms have their own bathroom, balcony and Wi-Fi access. You’ll also be able to spend time in the lush garden, filled with plenty of places to catch up on some reading. And if you’re in the mood for a little pampering, the retreat offers massages – at extra cost.
Towards the end of the retreat, you’ll be able to hike to the top of a hill where you’ll be able to indulge in some sunset meditation at the Asklepion. This was once the sacred place of Hippocrates and provides an unforgettable meditation experience.