7 Nights Yoga Holiday in Madeira

Enjoy an adventure in this award-winning destination with jaw-dropping views of the rugged coastline and ocean. You will stay active with hikes, waterfalls, swimming, take a boat trip, explore Funchal and of course yoga! This activity yoga holiday is packed with adventure but still leaves you time to relax by the pool and reenergise. 

Join us on our 7 nights hiking yoga holiday in Madeira all year round for an active wellness escape, with hikes in the levadas, along the dramatic and stunning coastline and above the clouds.

Madeira has become very popular with tiktokers who showcase the amazing hikes that are aplenty on this small Island off the coast of North Africa. And it’s true: the hikes and landscape are breathtaking, full of raw, natural beauty and adventures. If you’re a sunrise chaser like we are, then this is a must-see on your trip to Madeira.

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 741 km2 is classified as a nature reserve. Furthermore, the natural heritage of the Madeira archipelago makes it a prime ecological destination.

For your seven-night yoga hiking retreat in Madeira, you will stay 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 when 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 with a book and a large pool, tennis courts and ponds. This is not a remote location, you are only a 15-minute walk into the city even though it feels fully secluded by the estate.

On this Madeira yoga holiday, your days are full yet relaxed. Two hikes are included in the price and entry to the lido in Funchal. We highly recommend (weather dependent) booking the sunrise hike as an optional extra. If you have other hikes you would like to do, we can help arrange them for you with a local guide. You can explore the Botanical gardens or try the cable car and sledge down! The boat trip shows off beautiful views of Madeira, and you may even spot dolphins. It is a great place for hiking and being active, and Madeira can also be surprisingly affordable, with delicious food and wonderful people.

For 2024, Madeira yoga holidays are available in September, October, November, and the new year. For 2025, we have Madeira yoga holidays in February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, and the new year. In July, Madeira showcases its warm embrace as temperatures range between 22°C and 26°C, and in December/January, daytime temperatures can be 18°C – 21°C.

  • Location

    Location
    Funchal, Madeira

  • Season

    Season
    All year round

  • Duration

    Duration
    7 nights

  • Group size

    Group size
    12

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation
    Traditional Portuguese Quinta

  • Meeting Point

    Meeting Point
    The venue

  • Yoga level

    Yoga level
    All levels

  • Activity level

    Activity level
    All Levels

  • Food

    Food
    Veggie/Plant-Based

  • Carbon Footprint

    Carbon Footprint
    315Kgs

From £1249
Female
Male
Couples

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Twin/ Double Rooms – On all of our retreats, twin or double rooms mean two people sharing. If you book one space, you will share it with another guest.

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Your days on your 7-night hiking yoga holiday in Madeira will be the perfect blend of adventure and relaxation.

Check-in is from 4 pm and check-out is at 10.00am on the last day. The venue has strict check-in and check-out times that we ask can be honoured. If you arrive earlier on the first day there is a baggage drop at the airport where you can leave your bags and collect them and get a taxi to the venue for 4pm.

The hiking in Madeira is like no other, with lush greenery, crashing waves, and stunning views. 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 gently to enjoy the beauty of where we are and the company we are in.

A day on retreat in Madeira (Subject to change)

7 am

Tea and nibbles served in the terrace

7.30 am

Morning Yoga in the shala

9 am

Delicious vegan/veggie brunch to fuel the days adventures

10 am - Day 1

Walk into Funchal to explore the local area

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

Day at the Lido in Funchal

10 - am Day 4

Guided hike along the coastal paths, taking in the incredible views

10 am- Day 5

Optional boat trip

10 am- Day 6

Day off to relax, explore more

4 pm

Back home to relax, unwind and enjoy a swim in the outdoor pool

5pm

Evening yoga in the shala

7pm

2 course vegan eveing meal

See what is included in your hiking yoga holiday in Madeira with us!
What's included
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Traditional Madeira Quinta with lots of outdoor space and room options

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Outdoor pool and dining area, games room and tennis court

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Exclusive access to the Quinta a short walk in funchal

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Energising morning yoga classes

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Restorative evening yoga classes

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Delicious plant based brunch after yoga with our AY chef

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Delicious plant based evening meal after yoga with our AY chef

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Lunch if staying at the Quinta

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Orientation walk in Funchal on first day

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2 Guided hikes with qualified guides and packed lunches

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Transport included for 2 hikes

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Entry to lido

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Yoga mats

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Amazing AY team to look after your every need

What's not included
  • Flights, travel insurance, airport transfers
  • Lunches out
  • Extra taxis outside of arranged trips
  • Any other yoga equipment you like to use
  • Extra excursions eg. Boat trip, sunrise hike
Accommodation in Madeira

Your home for our Madeira yoga holidays is a stunning traditional Quinta full of history, charm and plenty of space!

Perched high on the hills overlooking Funchal and out to sea, it is the perfect base to be able to explore everything that this diverse island has to offer. The relaxed but bustling city of Funchal is only a 15-minute walk and the infamous Botanical Gardens are a 7-minute taxi ride away.

The vast property has all manner of rooms to relax in. Alongside sitting rooms, there is a library and terrace with stunning views across Funchal. Outside you can enjoy the large pool, pool room with billiards, table tennis and a piano to play on.

Madeira is famous for its flowers and our expansive gardens are a prime example. Filled with perfect spots to escape to with a book or, head to the pool to relax on a lounger.

There are 9 unique bedrooms within the Quinta boasting plenty of space and character. With a traditional feel, they are simple but exceptionally clean and comfortable each with views across the gardens or out to sea. Each room has a private bathroom with showers.

There is a mix of private doubles and twin rooms available, mostly en-suite with two single rooms with a shared bathroom with each other.

Madeira is easily accessible from a number of UK airports and various airlines. The flight time is roughly 4 hours.

Flights

Please book any flight which arrives after 13:30.

Arriving in the city of Funchal. Please be aware that there is no group transfer included in the cost of this retreat however we are very happy to assist with taxis and taxi shares. We set up a WhatsApp group prior to the start of the retreat which will allow you to organise taxi shares to and from the airport.

For departure, you will be required to leave the property no later than 10:00. Please book any return flight after 12:30.

Please be aware that entry to the property will not be possible until 16:00 at the earliest. 

Spacious master suite single en-suite room with sea views:
July Price: £1695
September Price: £1749
October/November Price: £1699

Single en-suite with terrace and sea views:
July Price: £1695
September Price: £1749
October/November Price: £1699

Single en-suite with garden views:
July Price: £1595
September Price: £1649
October/November Price: £1649

Single room with a double bed and a shared bathroom with 1 other person:
July Price: £1495
September Price: £1599
October/November Price: £1499

Single room with a single bed and a shared bathroom with 1 other person:
July Price: £1445
September/October/November Price: £1449

Twin room with en-suite and sea views:
July Price: £1395pp
September Price: £1499pp
October/November Price: £1449pp

small twin en-suite:
July Price: £1245pp
September Price: £1349pp
October/November Price: £1299pp

A twin room is two single beds for two people sharing

The venue is only a 25-minute car ride away! A Whatsapp group is set up approximately 2 weeks before so you will be able to meet your fellow guests and arrange taxi shares. A taxi to the venue should be around €20.
The venue is based in the main town of Funchal and there are stunning views of the city and the Atlantic ocean from the terrace.
It is one of the old Portuguese Finca's in Madeira. It is a vast estate situated in Funchal and has a vineyard, vast gardens and it has 10 bedrooms all decoratd in a traditional style in keeping with its roots.
Yes, there will be free time to explore Madeira. Our yogis will have plenty of time to explore the areas and have time to relax.. Our schedule is optional for all our guests, so feel free to do as much or as little as you want. You have 2 designated free days to add in a boat trip or sunrise hike or simply relax
Yes, Yoga mats are provided.
We welcome all levels of yoga on our Madeira yoga holidays. Our teachers are qualified and experienced to be able to create classes that have variations for all levels.
There are a few to share at the venue and we recommend bringing a hairdryer if you like.
Check-in is from 4pm on the arrival day and check-out is before 10.00am. If your flight arrives before you can go into Funchal and explore or why not fly in the day before and enjoy the sights. The venue is strict about the arrival time, so if you do arrive earlier, you can leave your bags at a storage place at the airport and enjoy a day exploring. We share this information with you once you have booked.
Yes! Most of our guests travel solo, or with a friend or family member. It's a great way to meet like-minded people and find yoga travel buddies!
We cater for all ages and like to think we are really inclusive. Age ranges from 20 to 70! The age group is 30 - 55 years old…but ALL welcome!
- walking gear, boots, shorts, t-shirts, jumpers, waterproofs
- Hat, suncream, back pack, water bottle, sunglasses
- Warmer layers for the cooler early mornings and evenings
- Comfy clothes for yoga and lounging around the gardens and pool!
- swim suit for pool or sea swimming
- A good book
With all meals included in the price, you only need money for treats like coffee and cake! Or if you are out then a lunch or two. If you would like to do the boat trip and an extra hike like the sunrise one we suggest having around €100 - €200. Madeira is affordable, a coffee is €2.50, for example
Madeira has a micro climate and being off the coast of Africa it is warm all year round. In July, for example, Madeira temperatures range between 22°C and 26°C, so it is the perfect temperature for hiking and in January from 17°C - 21°C

This hiking yoga holiday in 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.

Suitability : Level
  • All ages
  • Beginners
  • Intermediate
  • Men & Women
Sustainability

We are working towards reducing our carbon footprint, and here are some ways we, as a company, are doing this.

We are a 88% vegan company, 10% vegetarian and 2% fish or meat (only when staying in boutique hotels that offer these options). This makes up a huge percentage of carbon emissions that we avoid so easily because our food is still delicious, balanced and even more creative. So, thanks to you all for enjoying our healthy (mostly) plant-based meals.

The difference: Most travel companies struggle to reduce their travellers’ meat and dairy consumption, which accounts for a large portion of their carbon emissions.

We stay primarily in one location for the duration of the retreat. We have started staying in a few locations on our long haul, but it is limited to 2 or 3 locations over an 8 – 10 night period. Staying in one place means low carbon emissions because we aren’t burning fuel to get around.

The difference: Other adventure travel companies move around every two days, using alot of petrol in vehicles for sometimes only 1 or 2 people.

Our activities are low-impact—yoga, hiking, surfing, skiing/boarding, whitewater rafting, SUP, and kayaking are all very low-carbon activities, in fact, zero-carbon (except skiing/snowboarding due to the ski lifts, which is also low). These activities are included in the price we measure. The carbon may increase with travel to and from these activities in vehicles.

The difference: Other travel companies can include high-carbon activities in the price, such as jet skiing, quad biking, and jeep driving, which increases their carbon footprint.

We run more than half of our retreats and holidays in the UK; these are very low-carbon holidays.

We currently don’t measure our guests’ travel as part of our carbon output because our guests don’t only come from the UK, so it is hard for us to predict this. We also don’t include travel in the holiday price, which is not part of our calculations. We know that we provide these holidays, so we are looking to include this carbon measurement in the future so we are investigating how we can reduce this.

The carbon measurements at the top of the page with the icons are per person for the whole retreat.

Ultra-low-carbon holidays

These holidays are below 200 kg per person, and our UK retreats are below 100 or even 70 kg, so these are great adventures for low carbon breaks.

Ski holidays are actually low in carbon!

In France, many ski resorts are turning to green energy to power the lifts. If you eat low in meat and dairy while you’re there and hire your ski equipment, this makes your trip as low-carbon as possible.

How can you help?

There are ways that you can help reduce your carbon when coming on our retreats and holidays:

Travel by train, try slow travel across Europe and the UK.
If travelling abroad to Europe or further afield, choose carbon capture schemes, check out Ecologi. Offsetting is not the best thing to do these days, but try carbon capture where you pay for carbon to be absorbed into the environment.
Car share UK – we recommend when guests travel by train to arrive and depart at the same time to taxi share – which helps keep costs and carbon emissions down. Why not consider car share, too? Most guests who drive come alone or with a friend; we have WhatsApp groups that, if you like, you can see who is driving from your area and enjoy getting to know each other on the way to the retreats, and save on your carbon emissions at the same time!

We are by no means saints when it comes to producing carbon, as a travel company we know this is very difficult to reduce. We are working to reduce our carbon output each year by measuring it and then creating plans to reduce it. We are reviewing all our venues and asking them how they can improve their carbon reduction as we don’t own any of our venues but we would like to work with them to help in any way we can. We want to be transparent with this, so please get in touch for more information. As we change things, we will update the website.

Click on the date to reveal The Retreat Team

Yoga Teacher Hanna Brunt

Retreat Chef Magda Zuber

Yoga Teacher Charlotte Hopson

Retreat Chef Carla Florim

Yoga Teacher Hannah Saunders

Retreat Chef Carla Florim

Yoga Teacher Rosie Markwick

Retreat Chef Francesca Paz

Yoga Teacher Rosie Markwick

Retreat Chef Francesca Paz

Yoga Teacher Charlotte Hopson

Retreat Chef Chloe Webb

Yoga Teacher Natalia Spano

Retreat Chef Chloe Webb

Beautiful Madeira

Madeira, a subtropical island located in the Atlantic off the coast of North-West Africa, offers a treasure trove of hidden gems waiting to be explored. With its breathtaking landscapes, this Portuguese territory is a dream destination for ocean and mountain enthusiasts. Whether you’re seeking adventure or relaxation, Madeira offers something for everyone, making it an ideal location for a wellness retreat or walking holiday.

For those seeking a yoga retreat, Madeira offers the perfect getaway. Immerse yourself in the island’s natural beauty and practice yoga amidst the stunning scenery. With numerous yoga retreats available, you can find the perfect program to suit your needs. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced yogi, Madeira is the ideal place to rejuvenate your mind and body.

Experience the ultimate in relaxation with a wellness retreat in Madeira. With its tranquil atmosphere and natural beauty, this island is the perfect place to unwind and rejuvenate. From luxurious spa treatments to meditation and yoga classes, there are plenty of options for those seeking a wellness escape. So why not treat yourself to a wellness retreat in Madeira and return home feeling refreshed and rejuvenated?

Here are out 9 top reasons to visit Madeira, Portugal

About the yoga

The yoga classes on your yoga holiday in Madeira will be suitable for all levels and abilities.

We have a beautiful indoor yoga space perfect for dynamic, restorative and meditation sessions.  The gardens are spacious enough to enjoy some classes outside, weather permitting.

Our morning yoga classes will blend grounding Hatha and Vinyasa, 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, meditation and yoga nidra.

Yoga mats are provided on this yoga holiday.

If you use any other equipment, please bring it with you. For restorative yoga, we recommend bringing a light shawl or blanket, and pillows from the venue can support you in postures.

Highlights

  • Exclusive use of Quinta with panoramic views of Funchal and gardens

  • Large outdoor swimming pool with views over Funchal Bay

  • Breakfast, some lunches and dinner by our amazing AY chef

  • Twice daily yoga classes

  • Guided hikes with a local mountain guide

  • Divine sea swims

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About the Food

The island is known for its wonderful fresh produce that grows from the island’s nutrient-rich volcanic soils.

We are a Vegetarian / plant-based company and take great pride in creating incredible food on our retreats.

Our breakfasts are a mixture of savoury and sweet, with eggs, yoghurt, bread and butter, milk, coffee/tea, and warm and cold plant-based options.

Lunch will either be at the venue or a packed lunch on hike days, and dinner is more plant-based. Our chefs create diverse and imaginative menus that highlight local produce’s seasonality. We can cater to all dietary requirements.

As you are probably aware, Madeira is also famed for two of life’s 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 grape to glass from the garden.

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 we will provide you with a delicious packed lunch.

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