Yoga in Tavira

EASTERN ALGARVE, PORTUGAL

Code: EAKYO

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Activity types:

  • Hotel plus
  • Indoors
From £749.00 - 7 nights

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Holiday overview

New at HF Holidays

In yoga we stretch, balance and concentrate in various poses with the aim of strengthening the weak areas and loosening the tight and tense areas in our body. Breathing techniques enhance energy levels and can benefit our emotional state, while meditation and relaxation techniques calm and replenish us. Afternoons are free to explore the island, relax in the pool or treat yourself at the spa.

Holiday highlights

  • Experienced tutors to offer advice, answer your questions and take you through the key principles of yoga
  • Improve your suppleness and flexibility, and learn how to calm your mind and improve your concentration
  • Sessions will cover postures, breathing techniques and relaxation and meditation
  • Maximum group size of 12

Price includes

  • Good quality en-suite accommodation in one of our European partner hotels
  • Half Board – continental breakfast and evening meal
  • Guidance and tuition from a qualified leader, to ensure you get the most from your holiday

Accommodation

Hotel Vila Gale Tavira in Tavira, Portugal

This friendly 4-star Hotel Vila Galé Tavira is situated on the banks of the Ria Formosa, close to the centre of the charming town of Tavira, which straddles the Rio Galão.

There is an easy walk to the centre of Tavira's shops and sidewalk cafés.

Once sampled the hotel's freshly squeezed orange juice will spoil you for all other fruit juices.

This accommodation is considered 'Best Value' as this hotel is considered value for money without compromising on comfort.

Your room

The hotel has 268 en-suite bedrooms, which are simply decorated with a distinctive Arabian theme to reflect Tavira’s rich and fascinating history.

All rooms have either a balcony or terrace, with either views of the central area and the swimming pool (extra surcharge) or overlooking the attractive rooftops of Tavira or over the salt pans.

There is air conditioning which can be adjusted, flat screen TV, direct dial telephone, hairdryer, shaving point, complimentary toiletries, and a safe deposit box (extra charge).

There is 24 hour room service and a laundry service available (extra charge)
Hotel Vila Gale Tavira bedroom

Facilities

Hotel Vila Gale Tavira swimming-pool-(indoor) Hotel Vila Gale has an attractive outdoor pool (unheated) in an area landscaped with attractive shrubs and potted palms. There are loungers and seating where you can have a snack or drink ordered from the nearby bar. In the large bar area there are more comfortable seats.

The hotel has a shop that stocks English newspapers, basic toiletries, some Tavira souvenirs and beach accessories. WiFi is free to our guests in all public areas and available in all bedrooms for a small charge.

The Health Club, open from 10am until 8pm, is free to our guests and includes a tepidarium with indoor pool (naturally lit), Turkish bath, Jacuzzi, gym and some treatment rooms (extra charge for any treatments booked).

Dining

Our holidays at Tavira are Half Board with continental breakfast and a 3-course evening meal.

Breakfast
There is an extensive selection for breakfast from a self-select buffet, including breads, pastries and cakes, cold meat and cheese, fruit, English cooked breakfast, teas and coffee.

Lunch (payable locally)
This can be bought locally from the variety of local shops/supermarkets or try visiting the daily covered market across the road from the hotel which offers a wide range of fresh and local produce from the region.
Evening meal
The three course buffet includes soup, tapas, salads, four or five hot main dishes including vegetarian options as well as a separate salad bar and side dishes served with a selection of vegetables. Every night there is a chef grilling meat. The hotel holds some themed evenings which extends to their menus. Vila Galé has its own wine estate and you can order these wines with your evening meal. They can also be purchased to take home.
Hotel Vila Gale Tavira dining-room

Your evenings

The friendly atmosphere of our Guided Walking holidays continues into the evening.

Enjoy a glass of wine or local beer whilst finding out more about the next day's walks. 

The hotel has entertainment each evening and a programme is displayed at reception.

Itinerary

Arrival day

Let your leader welcome you to Tavira, and help you settle in.

Other days

The laid-back charm of this island is a perfect setting for a Yoga holiday. Enjoy these sessions:

7.30am – 8.30am: Sunrise yoga

10am – 12.30pm: Yoga

5pm – 6pm: Relaxation yoga

The rest of the day is free to explore the local area, including the historic town of Tavira.

On each seven night holiday there is a free day when Yoga sessions are not offered. You are free to explore the local area independently or simply relax and enjoy the facilities at the hotel.

What to bring

  • Yoga mat (non-slip) and a small towel
  • Loose-fitting clothes to facilitate easy movement

Local area

An introduction to the area

Tavira is an historial town, protected because of its unique architecture.  Working salt pans are a distictive feature of the landscape, still worked today and just a step away from our hotel.  Tavira once had a thriving tuna fishing industry and there is still evidence of older red brick buildings, some converted into attractive flats, formerly small warehousing. The chimneys of these buildings have shaped metal covers installed so that storks can nest there and if you are lucky you can seen some inhabited.  The houses are painted white and the exteriors covered in patterned, mostly blue, ceramic tiling.  The majority of roads are cobbled and from the hotel it is easy to walk along the river, passing some fishing boats into the centre of town.  In the centre there are charming little green areas with brightly coloured flowers and purple flowered Jacaranda trees.  

There is a small tourist train that operates in Tavira and does a very good "whistle stop" tour around the main sites of the town squeezing itself down the narrow cobbled streets and right up to the top of the hill where you can alight and admire a lovely view.  This train runs every hour and is well worth the very reasonable fare especially as it stops right outside our hotel.  See reception for further details.

There are two pedestrian bridges where you can sit and watch the local fisherman standing in the river searching for mussels.

Shops & facilities:

There are several banks in Tavira and an ATM just opposite the hotel entrance.  Towards the main square you will find a post office and don’t miss out on visiting the colourful local market held every day except Sunday (7am until 3pm) located across the road at the rear of the hotel. This market sells honey, fish, meat and a range of flowers and vegetables.  Walking around the exterior of this market there are many small cafes where you can sit and drink coffee and soft drinks and sample a local pastry.  Walk along rows of traditional Portuguese “town” houses you will find lots of shops to browse in and then sit in a pretty garden or square or seek refreshment in a nearby café.

Travel

We recognise that everyone’s travel arrangements are unique, so all our holidays to Europe can be booked ‘with flight’ or ‘without flight’, giving you more flexibility and choice.

 

Travel by plane

Bus

‘With flight’ holidays – the hassle free option

Book your holiday ‘with flight’ and choose between Gatwick and Manchester flights to Faro airport. For flight times and prices please see the Dates & Prices tab.

If you choose this option we automatically include return transfers between the airport and the hotel. The coach transfer takes approx 45 minutes to the Hotel Vila Galé Tavira.

British Airways plane

 

 

Bus

Driving to us

‘Without flight’ holidays – the flexible travel option

Alternatively, tailor your journey to suit you by booking your holiday ‘without flight’ allowing you the freedom to book your own flights from your local airport.

If you choose this option, transfers are not included in the price. However, below are some suggestions to help you reach your destination:

  • We can book you a seat on the HF Holidays’ transfer coach from Faro airport. This is timed to meet the HF Holidays’ flights* (provisional flight times can be found on the dates and prices tab or you can call us on 020 8732 1220 for more information). Cost per single journey is £15.
  • Why not let us book you a private taxi transfer at a cost of £70.00 per single taxi journey?

Transfers must be pre-booked.  Please call 020 8732 1220 for more details

* Please note that HF Holidays is not responsible for your onward travel if you fail to meet the transfer coach

 Coach heading to Glen Coe

Leaders

Gillian Lester

A member of the Independent Yoga Network, Gillian is an experienced yoga, meditation and mindfulness teacher. She runs weekly classes in Scotland and retreats in Europe. Her classes offer a combination of stretching, breathwork, relaxation and mindfulness meditation, bringing a balance to mind-body energies and the general wellbeing of her students. She teaches with a love and enthusiasm for yoga that is infectious! She shares her knowledge with empathy, care, compassion and a good smidgen of humour. Gillian believes the empowering practice of yoga allows students with any level of experience and ability to enjoy her classes. 

 

Dates & Prices

Date Description Nights Brochure price Book
7 Apr 2018 EAKYO - Yoga - Tavira
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

MONARCH AIRLINES

  • Depart: 7 Apr 2018, 7:10 a.m.
  • Arrive: 7 Apr 2018, 10:15 a.m.
  • Depart from: Manchester International
  • Arrive at: Faro

Flight - Return

MONARCH AIRLINES

  • Depart: 14 Apr 2018, 11:05 a.m.
  • Arrive: 14 Apr 2018, 2:05 p.m.
  • Depart from: Faro
  • Arrive at: Manchester International
7 £1,039.00 Book Now
7 Apr 2018 EAKYO - Yoga - Tavira
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

MONARCH AIRLINES

  • Depart: 7 Apr 2018, 7:10 a.m.
  • Arrive: 7 Apr 2018, 10:15 a.m.
  • Depart from: Manchester International
  • Arrive at: Faro

Flight - Return

MONARCH AIRLINES

  • Depart: 14 Apr 2018, 11:05 a.m.
  • Arrive: 14 Apr 2018, 2:05 p.m.
  • Depart from: Faro
  • Arrive at: Manchester International
7 £1,039.00 Book Now
7 Apr 2018 EAKYO - Yoga - Tavira
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

MONARCH AIRLINES

  • Depart: 7 Apr 2018, 7:10 a.m.
  • Arrive: 7 Apr 2018, 10:15 a.m.
  • Depart from: Manchester International
  • Arrive at: Faro

Flight - Return

MONARCH AIRLINES

  • Depart: 14 Apr 2018, 11:05 a.m.
  • Arrive: 14 Apr 2018, 2:05 p.m.
  • Depart from: Faro
  • Arrive at: Manchester International
7 £1,039.00 Book Now
7 Apr 2018 EAKYO - Yoga - Tavira
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

MONARCH AIRLINES

  • Depart: 7 Apr 2018, 7:10 a.m.
  • Arrive: 7 Apr 2018, 10:15 a.m.
  • Depart from: Manchester International
  • Arrive at: Faro

Flight - Return

MONARCH AIRLINES

  • Depart: 14 Apr 2018, 11:05 a.m.
  • Arrive: 14 Apr 2018, 2:05 p.m.
  • Depart from: Faro
  • Arrive at: Manchester International
7 £1,039.00 Book Now
7 Apr 2018 EAKYO - Yoga - Tavira
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 7 Apr 2018, 7:45 a.m.
  • Arrive: 7 Apr 2018, 10:40 a.m.
  • Depart from: London Gatwick
  • Arrive at: Faro

Flight - Return

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 14 Apr 2018, 11:30 a.m.
  • Arrive: 14 Apr 2018, 2:20 p.m.
  • Depart from: Faro
  • Arrive at: London Gatwick
7 £959.00 Book Now
7 Apr 2018 EAKYO - Yoga - Tavira Without Flights 7 £749.00 Book Now
14 Apr 2018 EAKYO - Yoga - Tavira
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

MONARCH AIRLINES

  • Depart: 14 Apr 2018, 7:10 a.m.
  • Arrive: 14 Apr 2018, 10:15 a.m.
  • Depart from: Manchester International
  • Arrive at: Faro

Flight - Return

MONARCH AIRLINES

  • Depart: 21 Apr 2018, 11:05 a.m.
  • Arrive: 21 Apr 2018, 2:05 p.m.
  • Depart from: Faro
  • Arrive at: Manchester International
7 £1,039.00 Book Now
14 Apr 2018 EAKYO - Yoga - Tavira
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

MONARCH AIRLINES

  • Depart: 14 Apr 2018, 7:10 a.m.
  • Arrive: 14 Apr 2018, 10:15 a.m.
  • Depart from: Manchester International
  • Arrive at: Faro

Flight - Return

MONARCH AIRLINES

  • Depart: 21 Apr 2018, 11:05 a.m.
  • Arrive: 21 Apr 2018, 2:05 p.m.
  • Depart from: Faro
  • Arrive at: Manchester International
7 £1,039.00 Book Now
14 Apr 2018 EAKYO - Yoga - Tavira
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

MONARCH AIRLINES

  • Depart: 14 Apr 2018, 7:10 a.m.
  • Arrive: 14 Apr 2018, 10:15 a.m.
  • Depart from: Manchester International
  • Arrive at: Faro

Flight - Return

MONARCH AIRLINES

  • Depart: 21 Apr 2018, 11:05 a.m.
  • Arrive: 21 Apr 2018, 2:05 p.m.
  • Depart from: Faro
  • Arrive at: Manchester International
7 £1,039.00 Book Now
14 Apr 2018 EAKYO - Yoga - Tavira
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

MONARCH AIRLINES

  • Depart: 14 Apr 2018, 7:10 a.m.
  • Arrive: 14 Apr 2018, 10:15 a.m.
  • Depart from: Manchester International
  • Arrive at: Faro

Flight - Return

MONARCH AIRLINES

  • Depart: 21 Apr 2018, 11:05 a.m.
  • Arrive: 21 Apr 2018, 2:05 p.m.
  • Depart from: Faro
  • Arrive at: Manchester International
7 £1,039.00 Book Now
14 Apr 2018 EAKYO - Yoga - Tavira Without Flights 7 £749.00 Book Now

Prices are per person

Information

  • Double room for sole occupancy: £8 per night 
  • Seaview: £7 per night
  • Non-member associate fee: £10 per person

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