About The Finca
This stunning yoga venue is on the edge of the Cabo de Gata in Almeria, Spain, offering peace and isolation with a spectacular mountain backdrop.
Almeria is Spain's sunniest region and one of the least visited. Its proximity to North Africa means that the area is semi-desert, dry and dramatic, with imposing mountains and dazzling sea.
The venue is on the edge of one of Europe's most remote and beautiful natural parks, the Cabo de Gata, one of the last unspoiled stretches of Spanish coastline. It's an amazing landscape of perfect half-moon bays, hidden coves, bizarre volcanic rock formations, and spectacular flora and fauna - a wonderful wild coastline.
The venue is in a peaceful, isolated location, but within walking distance of the lovely traditional local village of Nijar, which can be seen across the valley at the foot of the spectacular mountain backdrop. It is only half an hour from Almeria airport, served by several affordable airlines.
The daily programme
Liz will offer two yoga classes each day. The morning class will gently open the body and attune the mind to the breath and slowly move and build into a deeper exploration of the poses. The classes will be suitable for all levels and yoga experience. There will be one yoga free day.
There will be time set aside in the day to explore and take in the stunning beauty of the surroundings, relax by the pool or head off to the beach. We will meet again in the late afternoon for a more gentle and restorative practice.
Things to do
Several sandy, secluded and unspoiled beaches can be found within approximately 30 minutes drive from the venue, inside one of Spain’s largest National Parks, the Cabo de Gata. Parasols and a picnic can be provided for a day out swimming and sunbathing.
There are several scenic walks straight from the Finca, of varying lengths, including up to the mountain village of Huebro via the Ruta del Agua, around 1.5 hours each way, following the spring-fed river past more than twenty small water mills, to the pool at the source of the water, where you can have a refreshing swim! So bring some trainers or walking shoes.
The city of Almeria is half an hour from Nijar. The 10th century Alcazabar is a fortified complex within Almeria city and is the largest Muslim fortress in Spain. The cathedral is also impressive. The pretty, local village of Nijar is within walking distance and offers a variety of craft shops and picturesque places to sit and have a drink al fresco. There is also a tennis court in Nijar, and a nearby hotel offers horse-riding.
The venue consists of the main house, which won awards in the 80's for its striking modernist design. It sits in the semi-desert landscape amid lush gardens, its architecture echoing ancient Mediterranean civilizations. Its striking natural swimming pool is fed by spring water and filtered by reed beds. It has long been a stylish, bohemian family home, also an exotic venue for photo shoots. It is now being adapted to cater for yoga groups.
The outlying cortijo or farm has been converted in the original local style into charming accommodation, located a couple of hundred yards from the main house. The cortijo has its own swimming pool and a covered outdoor yoga space.
It was a great week. Liz is brilliant, very supportive, informative, inspiring and patient with pupils of all levels.Neil
I loved my week in Almeria - everything about the retreat was fabulous, the yoga - Liz was amazing as always! Tina looked after our every need always a smile on her face. The Finca was a delight and the food was utterly wonderful. We were looked after so well from the minute we arrived, the transfers and excursions went ahead smoothly, I could easily have stayed a month! I will definitely be back again...I promise! I will be recommending Yoga on a Shoestring to all my friends.Linda
I had a great time. Liz is a superb teacher: passionate, knowledgeable and fully committed to helping everyone move forward with their yoga practice. We loved her!Helen
I had a truly wonderful time. Liz a fantastic teacher. The yoga gave me food for thought about my own practice and opened up a new perspective for me. Many thanks for running such great holidays. Until the next time.Sibylle
We had a really lovely week. Liz was wonderful. We felt incredibly fortunate to share the week with beautiful souls - the group formed a close bond. The week took us slowly and very deeply into our practice with particular focus on breath and meditation. Most of us felt we had undone years of training through this opportunity to live and love from our core. A very special week, thank you.Jo
I have just returned from an amazing retreat in Almeria. From the moment we landed in Spain we were looked after perfectly, we were collected from the airport and driven to a small corner of paradise. Our teacher Liz Warrington was wonderful - her passionate, inspirational and enthusiastic manner was exceptional. Thank you Liz, the yoga sessions were a delight, the effect on my mind and body was profound. The Finca was stunning and the hospitality incredible - thank you Tina. The food was absolutely superb, my thanks to Jess and the team. If you are looking for an extra special retreat, I cannot recommend Almeria highly enough - I will return.
The week in Almeria with Liz was absolutely magical. Liz is a wonderful, nurturing teacher who made us all feel very special. The Finca itself was amazing like a place out of another time. The food was delicious and a feast for the eyes too. It was a very special week. Thank you so much for organising it.Rani
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A peaceful week of yoga and sunshine in Almeria, Spain, 11 - 18 August 2018
Cost per person:
Double or twin room en-suite - £845 per person
Single occupancy room en-suite - £995
Small single occupancy room en-suite - £845
Three vegetarian meals each day
Daily meditation and yoga classes (apart from one yoga free day)
Dinner out at a local restaurant one evening
Optional day-trip and other excursions
Almeria airport is the closest and just 30 minutes away by taxi.
Easyjet & Thomas Cook fly to Almeria on these dates.
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Transfers are not included in the price but we will arrange these for you and group people together where possible. Generally the cost is between €30 - €50 per person for a two-way transfer, depending on numbers.