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Yoga & Wellness in Andalusia

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Day 1

(Individual Flights from U.S. to Spain)

Day 2

Independent arrivals at a southern Spain airport

  • Arrival and check in at private retreat spot in rural Andalusia
  • Rest, orientation & unpacking
  • Welcome Dinner

Day 3

Hiking the Land

  •  Discover a landscape of extraordinary beauty on the walkway of the Caminito del Rey
  •  Encounter a footbridge over 3 kilometers in length, built on the walls of the Gaitanes Gorge (Desfiladero de los Gaitanes).
  •  Experience one of the most beautiful natural enclaves in the province at a canyon excavated by the River Guadalhorce.
  •  During some stretches, the incredible route reaches heights of up to 105 meters.
  •  Although the best-known stretch of the route is the footbridge, the total journey of the Caminito del Rey is 7.7 kilometers.
  •  You have to arrive at the start of the path by foot to follow the linear path in a single direction descending from north to south.
  •  A local guide who will accompany you throughout the tour, and hear anecdotes and learn all the curiosities surrounding the incredible location and construction of the walkway.
  •  After the hike, journey to nearby white-washed village of Álora, situated just 12 km (35 minutes) south of El Chorro (location of Caminito del Rey).
  •  From a distance, it is a typical pueblo blanco; a whitewashed village nestled between three rocky spurs topped by the ruins of a magnificent castle which has an interesting history.
  •  Alora’s castle was first built by the Phoenicians and subsequently expanded under Roman rule.
  •  In the 5th century the castle was virtually destroyed by the Visigoths, only to be rebuilt under the Moors; remnants of this era still remain, namely the decorative steel door and the traditional Arab mirador.
  •  The group will enjoy a lovely, typical lunch featuring local ingredients.
  •  Some delicious local dishes include sopa porota, based on a garlic broth with croutons and a revuelto of scrambled eggs with spring onions and vegetables
  • Dinner at private retreat spot

Day 4

Day Trip to Málaga with Catamaran Sailing

  • Breakfast at private retreat spot
  • Today, the group will spend the day in the nearby city of Málaga with an expert local guide.
  • Loaded with history and brimming with a youthful vigor that proudly acknowledges its multi-layered past, the city that gave the world Picasso has transformed itself in spectacular fashion in the last decade, with half a dozen new art galleries, a radically rethought port area and a nascent art district called Soho.
  • Not that Málaga was ever lacking in energy: the Spanish-to-the-core bar scene could put bags under eyes of an insomniac madrileño, while the food culture encompasses both Michelin stars and tastefully tatty fish shacks.
  • Our expert guide will take the group on a walking tour of the city, beginning with a panoramic view of the city from atop the Gibralfaro Castle dating back to the 10th century.
  • The smallish city center is surrounded by, to the north, Plaza de la Merced, the principal square of the city.
  • To the east sitting high on the hill is the Alcazaba de Málaga, further down the slope towards the centre is the Catedral de Málaga.
  • To the south is the tree lined Alameda Principal and to the west the River Guadalmedina.
  • The main shopping part of town, and also where you will find most banks, is clustered around Calle Marqués de Larios.
  • The principal monuments are generally based around Calle San Agustín and Calle Alcazabilla.
  • As a stop on the walking tour, the group will visit the Picasso Museum.
  • Museo Picasso Málaga was created in response to Pablo Picasso’s own desire for his work to be present in the city where he was born in 1881.
  • The museum was created thanks to Christine and Bernard Ruiz-Picasso, the artist’s daughter-in-law and grandson, whose donations constitute the core of the Collection.
  • There are 233 works in the MPM Collection. This group of works covers Picasso’s revolutionary innovations, as well as the wide range of styles, materials and techniques he mastered.
  • From his earliest academic studies, to his personal take on the Classics; from the overlapping perspectives of Cubism, to his experiments in ceramics, and from his re-workings of the Old Masters, to his late paintings in the 1970s.
  • Lunch will be at a local beach restaurant (“chiringuito”), where the group can dip their toes in the Mediterranean and walk La Malagueta beach.
  • After lunch, the group will embark on a private sailing excursion (1 hour duration around the bay of Málaga on a luxury catamaran, before making the journey back to the private retreat spot for dinner.

Day 5

Day Trip to Granada and the Alhambra

  • Breakfast at private retreat spot
  • Today the group will take a day trip to explore nearby Granada, starting with an exclusive tour with a local, expert guide of the majestic Alhambra.
  • Head inside this UNESCO World Heritage site and embark on your guided exploration of the complex and its richly ornamented chambers; hear tales of extravagant emperors in the Nasrid Palaces; note the contrasting Renaissance style of the Palace of Charles V; and then stroll amid the botanical beauty of the Generalife Gardens, verdant gardens replete with exotic flowers and distinctive water features. Moorish Spain truly comes alive at the Alhambra.
  • Lunch will be at the Parador.  In the dining room and terrace of the restaurant at the Parador de Granada, guests can enjoy spectacular views of the Generalife Gardens while savoring dishes such as remojón granadino (cod and orange salad), baby broad beans with ham, piononos de Santa Fe (sponge cake rolls topped with cream), or refreshing Andalusian gazpacho.
  • The large windows are a perfect viewpoint overlooking the archaeological remains of the Turkish bath of the Nasrid palace, and from the terrace, guests enjoy the scenic view of the Sacromonte and Albaicín neighborhoods.
  • The afternoon will be free for the group to partake in spa services at the nearby Hammam Al-Andalus.  Spain Savvy will be happy to arrange for these services “a la carte” for the retreat participants.  Participants wishing to explore the city of Granada instead can do so on their own at the advice of their local guide.
  • Options for sightseeing include the Royal Chapel (burial ground of the Catholic Kings Ferdinand and Isabella), Lorca’s summer home Huerta de San Vicente, the Alcaicería (souk, featuring authentic teterías) and the Albayzín district.
  • Evening return to private retreat spot for dinner

Day 6

Day trip to Córdoba

  • Breakfast at private retreat spot before departing for Córdoba
  • Upon arrival, the group will visit the mesmerizing multi-arched Mezquita, one of the world’s greatest Islamic buildings – a symbol of the worldly, sophisticated culture that flourished here more than a millennium ago when Córdoba was capital of Islamic Spain and western Europe’s biggest, most cultured city.  With a lot to see and do, and excellent restaurants and bars, it merits far more than the fleeting visit many travelers give it.  Córdoba’s real charms unfold as you explore the winding, stone-paved lanes of the medieval city to the west, north and east of the gaudy touristic area immediately around the Mezquita, wandering between wrought-iron balconies and lamps, potted plants, overhanging trees, golden-stone buildings and verdant interior patios, emerging every few minutes on yet another quaint little hidden plaza.
  • Your private guide will give you an in-depth tour of the Mosque and will also take you in to the Jewish Quarter and to see the flowering patios in the original zoco.
  • We also recommend taking a side visit to the Casa de la Memoria for a real lesson on Jewish history in Spain.
  • Group lunch will be at a local restaurant on a flowering patio and featuring some of Córdoba’s more traditional dishes, inspired on Sephardic dishes and including the famous salmorejo.
  • The group will have some free time for independent exploration before returning to the private retreat spot for dinner.

Day 7

Flamenco Yoga Workshop

  • Breakfast at private retreat spot
  • BIOGRAPHY OF FLAMENCOYOGA INSTRUCTOR:

Olga Jimeno trained as a yoga teacher at the Sadhana School and has been working for almost two decades on this unique fusion between flamenco and yoga, teaching “FlamencoYoga” courses at a national and international level.  Olga has loved flamenco since she was a child, but it was when she was living in Mexico at the age of 24 when she first felt the therapeutic effect of flamenco.  She started doing yoga and teaching Sevillanas and rumbas at a school in Oaxaca (Mexico) a place she describes has having  “the same light in the sky” as her hometown, Seville (Spain).  When she returned to Seville, she began to dance for several years at the Alicia Márquez academy, while continuing to take yoga classes with Juan Carlos Márquez.  She sparked an interested in energy healing work, and began training in her first Reiki courses.  Olga began to fuse flamenco and yoga almost without realizing it and this fusion arises from her own physical and emotional needs.
“There was an especially important day in my life: It was a difficult time in which my heart was blocked and I could not cry. That day, after dancing to the beat of a soleá my body, as intuition, was placed in the position of yoga which we call “folded leaf” (“hoja plegada”) From there a healing cry was born and the sensation of having discovered a ‘magic formula’ that would allow me to always express my emotions.”

Olga has taken FlamencoYoga to different places, including Barcelona, San Sebastian, Seville, Gran Canaria, Portugal and Italy and she is thrilled to bring it to the Retreat Journeys group in Andalusia.  Olga speaks English, and holds a B2 (high intermediate) First Cambridge (FCE) language certificate.

Day 8

Cooking Class at Finca La Rosilla

  • Breakfast at private retreat spot before departing for Finca La Rosilla
  • Rustic traditional Finca La Rosilla, sits on its own mountainside with views to die for, amongst almond and olive groves, and benefits by being hidden in a dell which affords its own micro climate. The climate and location allow residents to enjoy local and home-grown produce all year round, team this with local delicacies from Andalusia and it’s pure foodie heaven. The pace of life feels like a bygone era. Ancient traditions in farming and agriculture are still going strong. Peace and tranquillity guaranteed. Lynsey Drake is a passionate cook who loves to entertain, create and showcase all that this area has to offer, through lifestyle and food, cooking and culture. Leaving behind a corporate world of Travel and Event Management, she relocated with her husband, three children and dog Spencer to the breath-taking Montes de Malaga in Andalusia, to a tiny hamlet called ‘Solano‘ meaning East Wind, years ago. In search of a new challenge and adventure that would fuel her passion for food, wine and culture, ‘the good life’ and to live the dream. Lynsey will teach the group the fundamentals of the Mediterranean diet and the group will partake in a hands-on cooking class featuring some of the local prize dishes such as gazpacho and ajoblanco. Menu to be determined but will focus on healthy and clean eating, using only fresh local ingredients.
  • Early evening return to private retreat spot for dinner

Day 9

Independent departures from southern Spain airport

  • Breakfast at private retreat spot followed by check-out and private group transfer to nearby airport

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