Western Algarve Yoga Holiday

Practice yoga at Luz on the Western Algarve's coast

Code: AGKYO

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Activity types:

  • Coastal

Holiday overview

New at HF Holidays

Enjoy yoga in splendid coastal scenery in the Western Algarve, at Luz. Use your time on holiday to 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

Entrance to Hotel Belavista da Luz, PortugalHotel Belavista da Luz

The 4-star Hotel Belavista da Luz enjoys an elevated position overlooking the coastal resort of Luz. The hotel is built in a horseshoe shape which surrounds some colourful gardens and the two outdoor swimming pools.

 

Your room

There are 39 spacious en-suite bedrooms offering:

  • air conditioning
  • television
  • telephone
  • bathtub with overhead shower
  • hairdryer
  • refrigerator
  • tea and coffee making facilities
  • safe
  • balcony or terrace.
Hotel room at Hotel Belavista da Luz

Facilities

Outdoor pools at Hotel Belavista da Luz

As a guest, you can enjoy the use of:

  • two outdoor swimming pools
  • tennis and pool facilities
  • free access to a small gym
  • Steam room and sauna.

Dining

Our holidays at Luz are Half Board with breakfast and 3-course evening meal.

Breakfast
This is a self-service buffet with cereals, fruit juices, fruit, cold meat & cheese, as well as pastries and some hot items.

Evening meal
A 3-course dinner is served in the restaurant. Vegetarian and special diets are catered for; we ask you to take a few moments to speak with the hotel management on arrival.

Drinks
The hotel has a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wines, and spirits.

The restaurant at Hotel Belavista da Luz, Portugal

Your evenings

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

Enjoy a glass of wine or beer whilst listening to your leaders outlining the next day's walks. On some evenings there may be some live music and the leaders will be checking for local events going on nearby. You may just like to relax in the hotel bar or on the terrace outside chatting with your fellow guests.

Itinerary

Yoga in the Western Algarve

During your stay

Each morning there will be a yoga session between 9.30am and 12.30pm.

A second, optional yoga session will be offered in the late afternoon before dinner and a further optional session will run after dinner. We want you to get the most out of your holiday experience, this is why we offer flexible sessions. So, if you’d rather get out and practice any new skills independently that’s fine. Just let our leaders know.

Afternoons are for exploring

Your afternoons are free for you to relax at the hotel or the beach or explore more of the Western Algarve. Maybe take a walk to local viewpoints, such as that near the Fortaleza de Praia de Luz. In days gone by, this was the first line of defence for the town in the fight against pirates. Nowadays, it's a perfect location for looking out to the Atlantic Ocean and beyond. There are also opportunities to take dolphin-watching boat trips. The brave of heart could even head out on a glass-bottomed boat and peer into the depths of the ocean! 

You might also want to take a trip to the nearby historical town of Lagos, which is easily accessible by bus. Lacobriga was the Roman name for Lagos and the Roman wall can still be seen, many parts of it original.  It became the capital of the Algarve with the Governors Palace at the headquarters of Henry’s School of Navigation.  Lagos became a key port in the slave trade from the 14th century until it was abolished in the second half of the 19th century.  Most of the city was destroyed in the 1755 earthquake but one survivor is the alter of the Chapel of St. Antony.  There are boat trips from Lagos to Ponta Piadade with its many grottos and sea cliffs to wonder at.

What to bring

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

Local area

Luz

Luz is believed to have been inhabited since Neolithic times, due to several ancient artefacts being discovered in the town. The Romans also settled here; there are ruins of the Roman baths in the town. Following the Romans, the Moors colonised the area, and brought with them fruit trees, which now flourish in the area. The bay of Luz also has an interesting Geology, although most of the western Algarve is limestone, Luz also had sandstone bedrock, and is bounded by the Rocha Negro, a black igneous outcrop, which shelters the bay. Today, Luz is a lively resort, with a beautiful beach and plenty of attractions including the Church of Our Lady of Light and the Roman baths.

Lagos

Also a town with a rich history, Lagos is larger than Luz, and has been settled by a variety of people, from the Romans to the Visigoths and later the Byzantines. As a result, there are plenty of churches, museums and cafes to explore. The harbour is a site of historical significance and boat trips run from here along the coast. You can reach Lagos by bus from Luz.

Cape St. Vincent

Sacrid ground for centuries, Cape St. Vincent takes its name from Vincent of Saragossa, whose bones, legend says, were laid to rest here. These were later transported to Lisbon in the 12th Century. The headland was the site of a Monastery until it was mostly destroyed by the 1755 Lisbon earthquake. The current lighthouse that stands on the cape was built in the 19th Century on the site of the Monastery and is powerful enough to be seen from 60km away.

Did you Know?

The Algarve is famous for its pottery and ceramics, in particular hand-painted pottery.

Travel

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 1 hour to the Hotel Belavista da Luz.

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 £22.50.

Why not let us book you a private taxi transfer at a cost of £80.00 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

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. 

Very approachable and accomplished leader who created a warm and caring environment where everyone was able to enjoy themselves and achieve personal and social satisfaction. From my perspective she successfully managed the group through a varied programme which was tailored to meet our own individual needs. 

Dates & Prices

We're sorry, there are no dates available for this holiday at the moment. Please check out our other tours and breaks or call our team on 0345 470 8558 to be notified of new dates as soon as they become available.

Prices are per person

Information

  • Double room for sole occupancy: £26 per night
  • Seaview upgrade: £13
  • Non member associate fee: £10 per person

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