8 Days Cycling and Yoga Retreat Girona, Spain

Yin Yoga Retreat Spain

SoulFit Adventures is thrilled to be heading to Girona, Spain with their signature yoga and cycling retreat. Leaving the world behind, a picture postcard setting awaits you. Settle in a boutique farmhouse accommodation in the Catalan countryside creating a glorious backdrop for morning or evening yoga after a fantastic day on your bikes. Arrive home to fresh local produce prepared lovingly by SoulFit Adventures own in-house cook and you will not forget the wine.

Highlights

  • Yin yoga sessions
  • 5 days’ guided cycling
  • One luxuriously soothing 60-minute massage
  • Qualified yoga instructors, experienced local guide, mechanical support, and cycling assistance
  • 6 days’ hire of carbon fiber road bike + helmet, pump, and spare tube
  • Return transfers on the first and last day of the retreat
  • Meals, fruits, and drinks
  • 7 nights' lodging

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


7 cycling days in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 12

Airport transfer included: Girona Airport

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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Garden

Eight centuries of history lie hidden among the stones of Can Llovera which have always been linked to the tending of the land and the raising of animals. The year 1295 saw the first reference to this family. Ever since then, generation after generation of occupants has dwelled in this ancestral home. Especially noteworthy is this traditional farmhouse’s unique architectural feature: the square tower, built at the end of the 19th century.

Alongside this ancestral home, and as an annex to the main building, is Cal Rajoler dating from the middle of the 19th century and which, until recently, was inhabited by Can Llovera’s tenant farmers. Cal Rajoler has been restored to a high standard to allow guests to enjoy the beauty of nature of the area at any time of the year.

Perhaps, the most remarkable aspect of this farmhouse is the large garden surrounding it, with its different species of trees and shrubs, the results of the botanical leanings of some of the family members. It contains an oak and a palm tree which are more than one hundred years old. Set in this garden, and surrounded by trees, there is a barbecue and a swimming pool for you to enjoy and laze away your afternoons. Close to the pool, a large nettle-tree temps us to snooze under the shade of its leafy branches.

Cal Rajoler is located in the El Pla de l'Estany region near the Alt Emporda and around the small rural village of Orfes. It is an environment that has little population making it the perfect location for a cycling and yoga retreat.

Program

Setting off on your bikes to cycle the quiet back roads and discover places steeped in history and nature, you will absorb the sights, scents, tastes, and atmosphere of Spain at handlebar level. SoulFit Adventures feels that by cycling, you get social, you get to chat (or not), you get to have fun and will be active in the outdoors. You get fitter. You get more toned. You get healthier. You get happier.

When you’re not getting behind the handlebars, or on your yoga mat, you’ll be in retreat-mode. And SoulFit Adventures’ main priority is your enjoyment, meaning you’re always in control of your level of participation.

SoulFit Adventures’ yoga and cycling holiday in Spain offers those precious quiet moments that fill you with awe and gratitude. On the sweeping landscapes of northern Catalonia, as the sun rises, the day begins and you will feel that sense of awe, appreciation, or gratitude. It’s as though everything is right with the world. And for that moment, while you are on two wheels, you will feel a sense of fun and happiness.

Worried that the cycling and / or yoga might be too difficult? Don’t be. The cycling is moderate but designed to challenge you and the yoga is suitable for all levels, even the stiffest body! No yoga experience is necessary, just a willingness to try something new. If you are more experienced on the bike, don’t worry - SoulFit Adventures can definitely challenge you!

Whatever you seek on your Catalan adventure, you will go home fitter, happier, and healthier with a sense of vitality and a restored approach to life. Magnificent, extraordinary, breathtaking - words cannot fully describe what you will receive from your experience in Girona!

Sample itinerary

Day 1

  • Arrive in Girona
  • Transfer to Cal Rajoler Estate
  • Bike fit out
  • Settling in
  • Welcome dinner

Day 2 (50 kilometers)

  • Breakfast
  • A gentle spin to Banyoles and ‘loop the lake’ and the south towards Girona
  • Back to Cal Rajoler
  • Evening Yin yoga

Day 3 (50 kilometers)

  • Cycling to the beach via Sant Marti d’Empuries
  • Lunch by the sea
  • Gentle pedal back
  • Evening Yin yoga

Day 4

  • Morning yoga
  • Day at leisure

Day 5 (70 kilometers)

  • Cycling to the Garrotxa region of Catalunya
  • Back to Cal Rajoler for a refreshing dip
  • Evening Yin yoga
  • Local dinner out

Day 6

  • Cycling day or optional day off

Day 7 (80 kilometers)

  • Cycling to Roses via the medieval villages
  • Seafood feast
  • Evening Yin yoga
  • Farewell dinner

Day 8

  • End of retreat
  • Transfer to Girona for onward journey

Notes: The above routes are samples only. The exact cycling routes will be confirmed at the time of the retreat based on the groups cycling experience and fitness levels. Non-cycling / yoga participants are always welcome and all activities are voluntary.

Location

This retreat will take place in Girona, Spain. Why Girona? Because the city and it's surrounding areas are some of the most romantic, gorgeous, unspoiled places in Europe. The ancient Catalan city Girona, with its warren of winding streets, perched on a hillside in northern Catalonia, is all you could ask for. The roads are quiet, the landscapes are to die for, and the city is alive with culture and art.

It's a place where you can spend your days cycling alongside rugged pink rocks with the teal-colored Mediterranean glimmering below, framed by grand, Arabesquing pines on the Costa Brava or, on near deserted roads in gloriously wild parts and tastefully manicured in others. The region is also foodie’s paradise, not to mention superb, locally produced wines!

Girona is the perfect destination for non-cycling partners to enjoy while you’re out on your ride. There are a plethora of cafes and restaurants, cobbled streets, fabulous shops, and museums all within close proximity to Cal Rajoler. Not to mention the pool which one could laze around for the day and the Costa Brava with its glorious coastline is close by. There is enough to do on most of the trips to keep non-yogis and riders happy, and SoulFit Adventures is only too happy to help guests not participating in the organized activities with optional excursions at their own expense.

Food

This retreat includes sumptuous breakfast every day with fresh juices, dinners at Cal Rajoler for five nights, one dinner inclusive at a local restaurant with local wine, celebratory dinner at the villa on the last night, one lunch at a villa, and unlimited fruit, water, herbal teas, and coffee throughout the day. Meals include fish, meat, and vegetarian options and either vegetables, salad, bread, local cheeses, or fruit.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Yin yoga sessions
  • 6 days’ hire of carbon fiber road bike + helmet, pump, and spare tube
  • 5 days’ guided cycling experienced local guide, mechanical support, and assistance with
  • One luxuriously soothing 60-minute massage per person
  • SoulFit Adventures’ retreat leader
  • Qualified yoga instructors
  • Use of the swimming pool and all facilities within the grounds of the estate
  • All linen and towels supplied
  • Return transfers on the first and last day of the retreat at specified time at a designated location
  • 7 nights’ accommodation
  • Unlimited fruit, water, herbal teas, and coffee throughout the day
  • Meals
  • Sumptuous breakfast every day with fresh juices
  • Dinners at Cal Rajoler (five nights)
  • One dinner inclusive at a local restaurant with local wine
  • Celebratory dinner at the villa on the last night
  • One lunch at a villa

What's not included

  • Tips / gratuities
  • Travel insurance
  • Yoga mats, blocks, straps, bolsters, etc.
  • Additional excursions or activities not listed
  • Additional massages or other treatments not listed Incidentals and other travel related expenses
  • All airfares
  • Meals not listed

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Girona–Costa Brava Airport (GRO). Transfer from and to the airport is included. SoulFit Adventures will pick you up from the airport.

Airport: Girona Airport Airport transfer included: Girona Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
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Availability

Arrival: Saturday September 22, 2018
Departure: Saturday September 29, 2018

Bicycle option

Option for hybrid bike is available during this retreat.

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