Going on a Yoga Retreat in Europe might not be for everyone. Well, that’s wrong. If you are opting out of going on a retreat yourself than these budget retreats might be something for you.
When you plan your trip well enough (and enough in advance), you can even save a lot of money on your plane ticket.
Here are 5 mini euro trips that are manageable on a budget suitable for you.
Traveling in Europe
Europe is quite big and has a lot of diverse cultures and languages. Luckily most people speak English and they almost all have the Euro as the common currency.
This means that if you are from Europe yourself, you don’t have to be worried about the exchange rates and everything.
And if you are from outside of Europe, it’s also quite easy to travel around Europe if you plan to extend your stay before or after the retreat.
The budget yoga retreats that I have picked out for you are in Greece, Italy, Spain, Portugal, and Montenegro.
This because it’s quite easy to travel around within, or around these countries. The climate is warm and enjoyable. And because of the Mediterranean climate somehow the people are also very relaxed, kind, and heartwarming.
Well, in general, that is. Of course, you always have some people that aren’t really pleasant, that’s life.
Budget Traveling and Retreats
So for this article, I had a few criteria to take into consideration. For example, the retreats had to have accommodation and at least one meal.
The countries that I choose aren’t normally that expensive to eat out for the other two meals. And it also might give you the opportunity to discover some hidden gems.
#1 Explore Before You Decide Where To Eat/Drink/Stay
For those who are already traveling on a budget, you know that you shouldn’t stay on the main streets, and go into the smaller streets for more reasonable prices!
Not only that, but these countries are also really strict when it comes down to hygiene in restaurants and street vendors.
This means that you can safely eat some food from a food truck, for example. Although you might want to take a seat when you eat, when you are buying food on the street you are free to sit wherever you want. Like on the beach, for example, watching a beautiful sunset!
#2 Set Your Budget (Before Booking Anything)
A great part of traveling on a budget is knowing what your budget is and to stick to it. So before you leave, before you even book your retreat, flights, and itineraries, decide what you’d like to spend.
#3 Limit The Usage of Your Credit Card
Don’t use your credit card! This is just to keep in mind that it’s easy to use your credit card and think: hey, I’ll pay it in the next couple of months.
But the danger here is that you’ll overspend and that your budget will be emptied in just a couple of swipes with your card. It’s okay to take your credit card, but only use it in emergencies.
If you want more tips on traveling on a budget, then go to this website.
And one last thing I’d like to mention: cheap yoga retreats don’t mean that they are also cheaply organized. You have to consider that not all of these countries mentioned below are economically very stable, which means that they offer more for less money.
Just as a little side-note.
Budget Yoga Retreat Greece
Traveling on a budget to Greece is quite easy if you stay away from the main islands and the touristic places. But that’s like everywhere else of course.
Greece has a lot of islands to discover, so if you’d like to go island hopping, it’s very suitable for that. Check out the prices of the ferries though as those may elevate the price of your trip.
Prices start at US$ 200
3 Days/ 2 Nights
How do you feel about doing some yoga in luxurious accommodation at a very good price? Well, it’s all possible at this venue! The Irides hotel has made a very beautiful yoga shala, providing you with the best view you can have on the whole island!
The retreat itself has more to offer than just a beautiful location, of course, there are also a lot of activities involved during your three day trip to the island of Aegina. You’ll be getting around 4 sessions a day, going from yoga to meditation.
This retreat will make sure that you are completely relaxed when you are going back to your routine, or if you are just starting out to get to know the different greek island.
Budget Yoga Retreats Italy
Pizza and pasta are words that immediately come into your mind when you are thinking about Italy. It’s no surprise that Italy knew how to surprise us with there simple, yet delicious food they have to offer. They make it with care and love and that’s what you taste in their dishes. Here is a retreat for you if you love to have some traditional Italian pizza.
Prices start at US$ 470
8 Days / 7 Nights
During this retreat, you’ll be staying in the 2-star Hotel Arno. It may be that you aren’t looking forward to staying in a two-star hotel in a touristic location. However, this retreat has a lot to offer for the price they are offering it for!
You’ll be getting two yoga sessions a day, three meals a day and this for 7 nights long! This is actually too crazy for a retreat where prices start from US$ 470.
And on top of that, you’ll also get two meditation sessions during this week and a free one-hour massage!
The retreat is located in the San Marino area, with Rimini Airport as its closest airport. This airport is growing and has more and more low-budget airlines coming.
But it’s still a small airport, so you might have a better chance of going into some bigger airports and taking the train after that.
Prices start from US$ 284
4 Days / 3 Nights
Not so far from Rome, you’ll find this retreat. It will last for four days, making it a perfect escape if you are planning to make a city trip to the amazing capital of Italy. Or if you just need some time in nature, it will do as well.
You’ll be getting three yoga classes a day and two meals are included as well. Which gives you plenty of time to relax and enjoy the amazing hilly scenery or just to browse through an authentic Italian village. The choice is yours ;).
Within the package there’s also a guided meditation walk included. I’ve talked about it a bit in this article.
The environment here is really suitable to practice this. The peace and tranquility in the area are amazing to learn how to do a silent meditation walk so you can take this type of meditation home as well!
Budget Yoga Retreat Spain
Time for Tapas! Spain is large and has a lot to offer as well. The Spanish people don’t always have such a good reputation somehow, however, if you know a bit of Spanish, they will like you a lot for it. That’s the only thing they want, being able to communicate with you, even if it’s just a little. So before you leave, buy a small book to learn a bit of Spanish and you’ll have hardly any problem in Spain :).
Prices start from US$ 468 (Low-Season)
8 Days / 7 Nights
Ibiza has been high in demand recently for everyone doing yoga. No wonder that I had to include this retreat into this list! This retreat is located with the beach on walking distance in the northern part of the island.
Every morning (or occasionally in the afternoon) you’ll be doing a 3-hour long yoga session! This seems like a long time, but it will end before you even know it! In the morning it is also a very good time as this will mean that you’ll have the entire afternoon for yourself to relax or go on the excursions they have to offer.
There are two meals included, and it depends on which one it will be. Breakfast is included every single day and then it is either lunch or dinner that is included. The meals that are included are generally the ones after your 3-hour long yoga class. So if you are doing yoga in the morning, you’ll be getting lunch. If you’ll be doing yoga in the afternoon, you’ll be getting dinner.
It makes sense as the meals are served right after your yoga class. And after that program is finished, you are free to do whatever you want. Be careful though, because of the popularity of Ibiza, prices might be steep. Ibiza has its own airport, so it’s easy to travel there as it is a high demand tourist location.
Budget Yoga Retreats Portugal
Portugal also has been one of the countries lately that has been high in demand for Yoga Retreats. The country itself is still low in population, which leaves a lot of open space to hold a retreat. The retreat I’ve picked out for you is just above Lisbon, so it’s good to combine with a city trip and is close to the beach as well.
Prices start from US$ 604
7 Days / 6 Nights
The Art of Vinyasa is a retreat near Ericeira and it has a lot to offer. You’ll be getting 2 vegan meals a day. Which is quite exclusive as there are not so many vegan options to find when you are doing a retreat. So this retreat is vegan approved!
Not only that, but you’ll also be getting two yoga classes a day, meditation sessions and they also have a diverse evening program. They are really going deep into the whole yoga philosophy and the yogic life, so this retreat is for those who’d like to be immersed in yoga and meditation for complete rejuvenation.
If you happen to have the time, Ericeira has been called the surfer’s paradise and the retreat organizers also know who and where you can get a surf lesson at an additional cost. So feel free to ask them.
As well, Portugal is quite cheap, so it’s very suitable for those who are looking for a budget trip. Going to a cafe and drink a coffee might cost you $1. Going to a restaurant is on average $14 for a whole meal, drinks included.
Prices start from US$ 201
4 Days / 3 Nights
This price just looks too good to be true, but don’t worry, it’s not. It’s an actual great yoga retreat that you’ll be getting for this price!
Not just that, but normally for a price so low, you’ll have to camp, but not in this case! You’ll be sleeping in a shared room with a shared bathroom, but for this price, you really can’t complain about it. And you can always pay 50 dollars more to go into a private room.
The retreat center itself will be in the Algarve, near Odeceixe. Which is a great town with a lot of surfers hanging around there. So if you are into surfing, make sure that you have some time to get on your board.
Within this package only breakfast is included, but the prices to go out for lunch and dinner are so low in Portugal that we are talking about 20 dollars extra for both meals. Which is practically nothing. And you can always decide to go to the supermarket to make sure that you won’t be going over your budget.
Budget Yoga Retreat Montenegro
Monte-who?! Yes, Montenegro is a country in Europe. And a beautiful one as well if I may add. It used to be former Serbia and Montenegro, and before that, it used to be Yugoslavia.
Since their divorce in 2003 you don’t hear a lot from them anymore, so let’s give this little country the attention that they deserve.
Prices start from US$537
7 Days / 6 Nights
This retreat is lying in the beautiful hilly mountains of Stari Bar. Although it’s in the mountains, it’s also not that far away from the beach.
The retreat itself is completely catered, so you’ll have all your meals at the property. And if you get hungry in between the meals, there will be refreshments to your disposal. Meals are all vegetarian.
You will be getting two classes a day and there is even a yoga hall inside the hotel, which means you don’t have to worry about going during the wintermonths. Besides that there are also a few excursions in the beautiful nature of Montenegro.
The nearest airport is Podgorica Airport. They don’t really provide a transfer service, but they’ll do their best to see if other participants are arriving in the sime period as you do. This might suppress the costs and even gives you a chance to get to know your fellow yogi’s.
That was it for some affordable yoga retreats, if you have more questions, or if you have a spot that has to be on this list. Let me know in the comment section below!