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Enjoy an adventure in this award winning destination with jaw dropping views of rugged coastline and ocean. Visit waterfalls, vineyards, beaches or stay by the pool and chill.
Time to enjoy a yoga holiday in Madeira this July and August 2023.
Far off the coast of North Africa lies an island full of raw, natural beauty and adventures. Welcome, to Madeira!
Madeira may be small in size but it makes up for it by everything else being on a grand scale. To begin, it boasts Europe’s highest sea cliffs, and over 1300 hiking trails and even shows off the world’s largest firework display annually. This volcanic island really is a sight to behold.
Pioneers of slow tourism, Madeira is an island that protects and conserves its natural assets with care both on land and at sea. In fact, two-thirds of Madeira’s 741km2 is classified as a nature reserve. Furthermore, the natural heritage of the Madeira archipelago makes it a prime ecological destination.
For our yoga holiday in Madeira this summer, we will be staying in one of the oldest Quintas on the island. Perched high above the bay of Funchal with sweeping views across the city and out to sea it feels like home from the moment you arrive.
A vast estate, the property is a working farm with a vineyard and a long, fascinating history! The beautiful gardens offer the perfect sanctuary to escape to with a book as well as a large pool, tennis courts and ponds. This is not a remote location, we are only a 15-minute walk into the city even though feel fully secluded by the estate.
Honestly, there are so many adventures to be had in Madeira, that we struggled to create an itinerary that squeezes it all in! However, we have created a yoga adventure that blends the best this incredible island has to offer. Hikes through the stunning trails of the levadas, cultural highlights, ocean swims and time to explore the dramatic coastline.
30th July – 6th August 2023
6th – 13th August 2023
13th – 20th August 2023
Twin/ Double Rooms – On all of our retreats, twin or doubles rooms mean two people sharing. If you book one space, you will be sharing with another guest.
TRAVEL INSURANCE: Please buy a travel insurance policy that works for you for any unforeseen circumstances and with a covid policy.
Over the 13 years that AY has been organising our bespoke retreats, we have always made sure that we work with exceptional yoga teachers who are dedicated to their practice and live and breathe yoga, so you can feel safe in the knowledge that you will be inspired, relaxed and tensions dissolved by the end of your retreat with us.
The yoga classes on your Madeira yoga holiday will be suitable for all levels and abilities. We love having to introduce total beginners to yoga!
We hope to make the most of the amazing climate and gardens of the Quinta and do as many classes as possible outside under the shade of the trees. There is also a beautiful indoor yoga space perfect for restorative and meditation sessions.
Our morning yoga classes will be a blend of grounding Hatha, strong flows and creative movements to energise you for the day ahead. Evening sessions will be a blissful end to the day with restorative, yin and meditation.
We provide yoga mats on this yoga holiday and we recommend you bring anything else you think you would like to use.
Exclusive use of stunning Quinta with views and gardens
Large outdoor swimming pool with views over Funchal Bay
Breakfast and dinner by our amazing AY chef
Twice daily yoga classes
Guided hikes with a local mountain guide
Boat trip to explore the coastline and see dolphins
Divine sea swims
The island is known for its wonderful fresh produce that grows from the nutrient-rich volcanic soils of the island.
We will be making the most of the sub-tropical climate and the abundant organic local produce to create our plant-based meals for you to enjoy.
As you are probably aware, Madeira is also famed for two of lifes’ most wonderful gifts – wine and cake! Of course, it would be rude not to, especially as our Quinta is home to a vineyard and you can experience from grape to glass from the garden!
Our post-yoga brunch will fuel your days’ adventures and evening meals will showcase the skills of our chefs and produce of the island.
As we will be out and about during the days, lunches will be from local cafes, markets and restaurants while we are out. On hike days where this is not possible, we will provide you with a delicious packed lunch.
This yoga holiday Madeira is suitable for anyone that is looking for a fun, activity-based yoga adventure in a community environment. It doesn't matter if you are a beginner to both yoga or the activities on offer, we love introducing people to new experiences! The yoga will be suitable for all levels and experiences to complement the activities on offer.
This magical, subtropical island has more hidden treasures than could ever be explored in just one trip. Sitting far out into the Atlantic off the coast of North-West Africa, Madeira is a Portuguese territory boasting some of Europe’s most impressive landscapes. A dream location for both ocean and mountain lovers alike.
Our days on your Madeira yoga holiday will be the perfect blend of adventure and relaxation. The hikes in Madeira are challenging – this is a volcanic island so you can expect walks that have both ascents and descents. However, we take everything at a gentle pace so we can take in the beauty of where we are and the company we are in.
Tea and nibbles served in the terrace
Morning Yoga in the garden
Delicious vegan/veggie brunch to fuel the days adventures
10 am - Day 1
Walk into Funchal to explore and enjoy some wine tasting
10 am - Day 2
Guided hike through the Levada trails - don't forget to bring your swim suit for a cool off in the waterfalls
10 am - Day 3
Trip to the stunning North of the island to enjoy a sea swim and time at the beach
10 - am Day 4
Guided hike along the coastal paths, taking in the incredible views
10 am- Day 5
Day to relax at home, explore the city, go for a sea swim
10 am - Day 6
Back home to relax, unwind and enjoy a swim in the outdoor pool
Restorative yoga class in the beautiful garden studio
Two course vegan dinner
Relax in the sitting room, music room our our on the terrace watching the lights of the city and the stars
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