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
Raquel 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 group will meet again in the late afternoon for a more relaxing and restorative practice. 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.
I loved my week in Almeria. 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
The retreat was amazing, one of the best experiences I have had on a yoga retreat. Raquel is such a wise teacher and she has taught me so much about myself I will use it well. I will be booking more in the future.Gillian
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. 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.
I absolutely loved the holiday...one of my best trips ever! Raquel was amazing! I loved the yoga, it was challenging yet I got into the rhythm of it, especially the use of mantras. Raquel was so generous spirited, giving us extra time with the mind-mapping and helping a group of us have an amazing time...Rosanne
The trip was amazing. Raquel is a fantastic and very dedicated teacher. Her classes were extremely well thought out and I know they have deepened my practice. She was thorough and thoughtful. She was also careful to ensure we understood the poses and took time to work with us where we needed particular guidance. I learnt a lot from her and will look-out for other sessions she does with YOAS.Sara
Thank you so much, this was my second trip with Yoga on a Shoestring and was fantastic (again). I have to say Raquel is an amazing teacher. She helped with the intention setting which was very insightful and a great thing to do. She was very organised, approachable, helpful, fun, insightful and more! Words don't do the trip justice. Great setting, fabulous people, amazing venue, first class yoga teacher and unbeatable experience.Gail
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A peaceful week of yoga and sunshine in Almeria, Spain, 16 - 23 May 2020
Cost per person:
Double or twin room en-suite - £850
Single occupancy room en-suite - £995
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 and Thomas Cook fly to Almeria:-
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.
Arrival at the venue is from 2pm. If you arrive earlier in the day you can visit the local town of Nijar for a wander and lunch.