5 Inspiring Greek Holiday Locations for Meditation and Yoga
Bathed in glorious sunshine and blessed with idyllic locations, the Greek islands really are the place to bring out the yogi in you. Boasting caves, coves, ancient ruins, churches, mountains and hiking trails, they offer scope to get spiritual and have a fantastic holiday at the same time. Here are some of the best places to do a little soul searching with some meditation and yoga.
Ermones is a quiet resort that has a sand and shingle beach. A set of dramatic cliffs and hills back onto it and establish a serene natural setting for some yoga. The beauty of Ermones is that there are also several small bays where you can meditate while the water laps gently against the land.
For a change of scenery, take to the Ropa Valley. A stream runs all the way along the valley, providing a soothing background while you gather your thoughts or simply bring yourself into synch with the land.
Mount Pantokrator, Corfu
Mount Pantokrator, in north eastern Corfu, is the highest mountain on the island and reaches for the sky at 2,972 feet. Hiking up the mountain takes as long as seven hours, but you can take five hours off the hike with a drive to Old Perithia and hike from there — or simply drive all the way up! Whichever option you choose, the views on the way to the top and at the summit are incredible. You’ll have the perfect location for yoga or meditation.
Samaria Gorge, Crete
The Samaria Gorge in the Heraklion region of Crete is so beautiful that you really have to see it to believe it. Hiking through the gorge will take you through forests of cypresses and pines, which are elegant places to sit, meditate and live in the present moment. It’s one of the longest gorges in Europe, stretching some 16 kilometres. Make the most of it for some quality meditation.
The fishing town of Elounda on history-packed Crete is something of a hidden gem in Europe and has attracted many celebs looking for a soothing getaway from the crowds, including U2. Setting foot in this village is instantly relaxing. Palm trees, churches and old white stone buildings form part of the scenery of the main town.
Take the ferry over to the nearby island of Spinalonga and savour the view from the fortress. In the past, this fortification has witnessed some fierce battles. Today, it’s a pleasant spot that visitors can walk around or position themselves for some meditation in the sunshine. The ferry runs every half an hour, and the journey lasts approximately 15 to 20 minutes.
The village of Kefalos sits nonchalantly at the top of a hillside in the south west of Kos. At the bottom, you’ll see the Bay of Kamari. This little gem of a town is surprisingly packed with places that serve as ideal locations for spiritual time, such as the cave at Aspri Petra and the remains of the old theatre in Palatia.
Make a trip to the right locations and you’ll see that the Greek Islands are as spiritually enriching as they are sunny. Naturally, all that sunshine is good for the soul too! Why not book a holiday with us and bring a little inner peace into your life?