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Give yourself the gift of well being in a nature and hiking yoga retreat in Andalucia, Southern Spain, where the Parque Natural Sierra de Grazalema rises from quiet rural byways like an apparition, and the natural world takes over. Practice a variety of yoga styles with different instructors immersed in the peace of nature. Enjoy fresh vegetarian meals cooked for you daily. If you are looking for a mountain and yoga vacation, this is the place for you.
The estate is four kilometers from El Gastor town, known as the balcony of the white villages of Cadiz, due to its altitude. The property is 250,000 square meters of land protected by automated security gates. There are five clusters of small apartments or country homes that are separated from each other by large distances to ensure privacy.
The apartments are equipped with firewood chimneys, air conditioning, fully equipped kitchens with microwave, conventional oven, ceramic hob, refrigerator, washing machine, and LED television. Each apartment has its own private pool with incredible views of the mountains.
At arrival on Sunday, you will be picked up at 15:30 from Ronda train station. You will depart on Friday at 12:00.
Patricia Villegas is the co-founder and head yoga instructor. She is Spanish, vegetarian, yoga lover, and psychologist specialized in Sivananda Hatha yoga and Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga (Mysore) and Saraswati's student, the daughter of Pattabhi Jois. Through her professional website, she mixes eastern yoga practices and western psychology around the world.
Javier Luque is a vegan master chef and Kundalini yoga Instructor. Being a vegan and raw vegan chef, he is passionate about food from the garden to the table. He is a Kundalini yoga teacher recognized by KRI (Kundalini Yoga Research Institute), yoga for kids through stories, and Naad yoga enthusiast. He has been taking workshops on nutrition and cooking for nine years throughout Andalucia and Spain.
Andalusia is a land of contrasts. It has the mountains with the most precipitation in Spain, the Sierra of Grazalema in Cadiz, and the only desert in Europe, the Tabernas desert in Almeria, where the least amount of rain is recorded. For this retreat, you will be staying in the middle of the mountains, in fully equipped and charming rural homes.
The surrounding areas include El Gastor, the entrance to the Grazalema forest and named by BBC Travel the best place to hike in Andalusia.
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Three daily delicious vegetarian or vegan organic meals per day are included. On the days dedicated to personal excursions and free time, snack-style dinners will be provided. Dinner is included on Sunday and on Saturday, breakfast and lunch are included. Special diets, food allergies, and intolerance can be catered to.
For those who prefer bike riding, the Va Verde de la Sierra is one of the best trails in Europe, where you can enjoy some of the best bird sight-seeing on the continent. You can also enjoy beautiful horseback riding trails. If you are a real adventurer, you can join in mountain climbing, canyoning, rappelling, kayaking, aero-delta, and other expeditions.
If you are an experienced hiker and you want to delve into one of the most amazing routes of the Grazalema nature reserve, Garganta Verde is the best choice. You will submerge yourself in a deep canyon full of stalagmites and stalactites that form a beautiful kaleidoscope of lights and shadows.
The outskirts of El Gastor have various hiking trails suitable for beginners and to the most advanced levels. You can choose from hiking trails that last a few hours to all-day trails.
You can book hiking tours, horseback riding excursions, canoeing, and other adventure sports directly at the hotel at your own expense.
You can indulge in any kind of relaxing massage, including Shiatsu and Thai.
Please book your flight to arrive at Cadiz-Jerez Airport (XRY). Airport transfers are available upon request.
Pick up at 15:30 from Ronda train station.