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Costa Calida Spanish invites you to this yoga retreat with Spanish learning and Pilates classes in Murcia, Spain. This holiday will be held in spring and autumn when the weather can be glorious. Your holiday will include yoga practices, relaxed informal afternoon Spanish lessons incorporated in your afternoon excursions, Pilates classes, historical visits, activities and much more. Join Costa Calida Spanish for a holiday in the beautiful Bay of Mazarrón for a totally bespoke holiday and a chance to explore this undiscovered unspoiled corner of Spain.
You will stay in a luxury apartment in El Alamillo, Puerto de Mazarrón, Murcia, Spain. The accommodations are in the beautiful Bay of Mazarrón with their own or shared swimming pool overlooking the sea. El Alamillo makes the best of the area with stunning views from almost every vista. You can be sure of a high quality relaxing and luxury holiday which really can be enjoyed by all. The apartments are fully equipped with washing machines, irons and ironing boards. Hairdryers are provided but electric travel adapters are not. During your stay, you can use the facilities such as washing machine, Wi-Fi in the apartment, bed linen and towels.
All your classes including the Pilates and yoga will be held here in the mornings from Monday to Friday. Your holiday will be totally bespoke, so you can choose if you would like to do some, all, or none of these activities and you will then have lunch. The Spanish lessons will be incorporated in your afternoon excursions, then you will have lunch. All activities, meals, Spanish lessons, and Pilates classes will be in small groups with Costa Calida Spanish on hand to help every step of the way.
You will have daily morning Pilates and yoga classes Monday to Friday. The yoga and Pilates classes will be small and mixed ability. Costa Calida Spanish will cater for all levels in the class offering basic and more challenging options where appropriate.
You will be asked to fill in a health questionnaire beforehand so Costa Calida Spanish can assess and be aware of any modifications to the exercises which may be appropriate. Your classes will include different exercises every day. Your teacher for your yoga is Lisa Gibbs and your Pilates teacher is Fran Brown.
The Spanish lessons will be incorporated in your afternoon excursions in a fun, relaxed and informal setting. This will be an ‘Introduction to Spanish’ where you will learn about the history of the area, culture, customs and some everyday Spanish to help you enjoy your holiday. Your Spanish teacher and your tour guide will be Antonio Hernandez.
You will be arriving for your holiday activity on Saturday when Costa Calida Spanish will help you to get settled into your apartment. Costa Calida Spanish will show you the local supermarket where you can buy all you need for breakfast. For late arrivals, there will be a welcome pack in the apartment with essentials for breakfast.
For the first day of your holiday activity, after breakfast, Costa Calida Spanish will take you to the local market in Puerto de Mazarrón which is a typical Spanish Market and followed by lunch in the Marina. Costa Calida Spanish will then take you to the local supermarket where you can buy essentials for the week. Dinner will be in your apartment and you will meet for drinks after in one of the local bars.
Note: Your courses will start and end on Saturday.
Note: You will be picked up from the yoga/ Pilates studio or outside on the terrace around 12 noon by Antonio, your tour guide. Therefore please bring a change of clothing for the afternoon excursions. There is a place to change there. You can leave bags etc in the vehicle. You will be taken back to your apartment after the excursion.
Your holiday will be totally bespoke. Costa Calida Spanish understands that you, your partner, or your friend may not want to participate in yoga, Spanish lessons, Pilates classes, and / or the cultural activities. This will not be a problem. Costa Calida Spanish can arrange other activities for you or if you just want to relax, the choice is yours. Costa Calida Spanish will make sure that you have a fabulous time too. The afternoons will be spent on various activities and fascinating trips learning about Spanish, the local history, visiting local historic sites, optional walks, wine tasting, or cycle rides depending on the weather and of course what everyone would like to do.
The area is steeped in history from prehistoric times to Phoenician, Roman and with many places of interest and excavated sites. A visit to Cartagena is a must to see the Roman amphitheater and excavations as well as the town of Mazarrón to see the stunning mining features and old mining industry. If you prefer to do your own thing on your holiday and just relax, the choice is yours. Costa Calida Spanish can also organize fitness, walking, hiking, scuba diving, snorkeling, boat trips, dolphin boat trips (depending on weather) golf, tennis, and much more.
Furthermore, your evenings will include some meals out in different local Spanish restaurants and be visiting the local bars. Single or solo travelers, couples, and small groups are all welcomed as you will be looked after all the time during your stay. Travelling solo doesn’t have to mean travelling alone.
Your yoga and Pilates classes will be held at Yoga Shala the Beach House at Calle Las Colonias in Isla Plana. This is a beautiful yoga and Pilates studio overlooks the sea in Isla Plana in the beautiful Bay of Mazarrón, Costa Calida, Murcia, Spain and it is very near to your apartment. If the weather is nice, Costa Calida Spanish can hold the class outside on the terrace. Meanwhile, your apartment in El Alamillo are nestled within a picturesque bay and surrounded by majestic mountains.
Mazarrón itself and the coastal areas are separated by Sierra de las Moreras, Sierra de Las Herrerias, and Sierra del Algorrabo being the ideal area for the practice of outdoor activities such as walking, hiking, cycling or climbing. If this is your thing, Costa Calida Spanish can arrange this for you. The Mazarrón area of the Costa Calida region has been attracting both Spanish and overseas tourists for over a century with the warm climate, the fact that the area enjoys over 320 days sunshine per year, fantastic restaurants, excellent scuba diving as well as fantastic beaches (many with blue flag status) all go to make this area a firm favourite.
The municipality of Mazarrón in Murcia is famous for the mining richness of its land, later to thrive from agriculture and fishing. The time GMT is +1 hour. Many settlers have contributed to the history of Mazarrón with evidence of which is found in pre-historic cave paintings, tracks left by the Phoenicians and Roman ships found on the seabed of its famous port in the town of Puerto de Mazarron. The beginning of this settlement as an independent town began in 1572 which in the present day shows a positive growth of a community of many different nationalities who interact on a daily basis.
The majority of people who have chosen Mazarrón in Murcia as their home are young families and are keen to work and mix with the locals. The community has had all the help and supports it needs from the town hall which gives free Spanish lessons to all at the local schools and colleges to assist integration. The area for your classes is Mazarrón which is situated in the south of the Autonomous Community of Murcia, bordering Cartagena and Fuente Alamo to the east, Alhama and Totana to the north, Lorca to the west and the Mediterranean Sea to the south. It encompasses an area of 318.7 kilometers square and has a population which nowadays surpasses some 29,000 inhabitants. The area is 25 meters above sea level and 70 kilometers from the capital of the Autonomous Community of Murcia.
Puerto Mazarrón was basically the coastal settlement of the town of Mazarron which begun with a few storage sheds for their fishing equipment and boats. Pirate robberies of their belongings made the villagers take it in turns to spend the nights there, keeping watch. In no time whatsoever, Puerto Mazarrón became an official settlement as more and more people of the village found it easier to live there. Its geographical situation within the Mediterranean arch and more specifically in the so-called Gulf of Mazarrón has given it a series of features which have defined its appearance, a result of the diversity of its towns and cultures which have sprung up in the area.
A lot of archaeological remains coming from Phoenician colonies were found on the beaches of La Isla and Los Gavilanes, the first finding is crucial in underwater archaeology since from it has been able to extract part of a Phoenician boat and the extraction of another is foreseen which dates back more than 2,600 years. These remains place Mazarrón as a connection point for Phoenician trade in the Mediterranean between Ebuscus (Ibiza) as well as Gadir (Cadiz) from where there were probably attracted by existing silver and lead exploitations in this area.
The Kingdom of Murcia conquered in 1243. Mazarrón was integrated into Lorca and occupying a border area was faced with a stage of Moorish sacking and raids from Muslims from the Nazar kingdom. In 1572, thanks to the boom of alum mining which brought with it the settlement of a fixed population around Cabezo de San Critóbal, Puerto Mazarrón was conceded by Felipe II the title of town, as such making it an independent township from Lorca. Towards the end of the 16th century, the exploitation of alum began to decline and as a result of competition from Italian alum, the excessive taxing and the conflicts with England which led to the prohibition of exporting to these countries which were the main market of Mazarrón alum.
Puerto Mazarrón is the favorite summer holiday destination of thousands of people who enjoy their summer holidays on the beaches as well as those who look for relaxing and sunny weekend breaks in winter. Mazarrón's tourist appeal makes this coastal town the second home for many people from inland Murcia and other parts of Spain as well as a permanent haven for German and English people. Without a doubt, the charm of this town resides in its varied and numerous beaches, 35 kilometers of coast to be exact, of which 10 of them are still virgin and are amazingly beautiful.
Lunches and some dinners are included in your stay and will be held in local restaurants. This includes one drink e.g. a small beer, a glass of wine, soft drink or water. Any other drinks must be purchased by you. However, in his holiday, breakfast is taken in the apartment. Costa Calida Spanish will direct or take you the local supermarket to purchase any items you may need for breakfast or during your stay. Tea break drinks including water, tea, and coffee during morning break will be provided.
The dinner on Saturday will depend on your arrival time. Your daily lunch and dinner will be Tapas or El Menu Del Dia (menu of the day) with two courses plus dessert and coffee. This includes one drink like a small beer, glass of wine, soft drink or water. Any other drinks must be purchased by you and please drink responsibly. If you wish to eat a la carte, there may be an extra charge. Lunch and dinner tips in the restaurants are not included. Please leave a 5-10% tip at your discretion.
If you have any special requests, please advise Costa Calida Spanish at the time of booking and clearly note these on your booking form. Although Costa Calida Spanish will endeavor to do their best to provide the diet or facility that you need by passing this on to the provider, Costa Calida Spanish regrets they cannot promise that any request has been noted or passed on unless they have this specifically confirmed in writing. Failure to meet any special request will also not be a breach of contract on Costa Calida Spanish's part.
Please book your flight to arrive at Murcia-San Javier Airport (MJV) or Alicante-Elche Airport (ALC). Transfer from and to these airports is available upon request.
To join in the holiday, Costa Calida Spanish recommends flying to Murcia–San Javier Airport (MJV) which is the nearest airport. From here, it is about at 45-50 minutes' drive to Mazarrón. There is also Alicante-Elche Airport (ALC) that is about one-half hours' drive. The flight lasts about two-half hours. Costa Calida Spanish recommends that you book early to secure the best deal. The classes as part of Costa Calida Spanish's organized activity holidays are in the quiet season, so flights are very cheap.
There flights of B.A. Ryanair, Easy Jet and Jet2 which all fly from the UK to Murcia-San Javier Airport (MJV). Ryanair flies from Luton and Stanstead. Easy Jet flies from Luton, Stanstead, Gatwick, Bristol and Southend. Others include Aer Lingus, Iberia, Norwegian and Norwegian Air International. Alicante-Elche Airport (ALC) is a much more international airport. Ryanair, Easy Jet, Monarch, B.A., Jet2, Thomson Airways, Vueling, Norwegian, Thomas Cook, Norwegian Air International, Blue Air, Aer Lingus and Flybe all fly to Alicante-Elche Airport (ALC).
Flights can be found from Luton, Stanstead, Manchester, Newcastle, Aberdeen, Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Bournemouth, Dublin, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Kerry, Leeds, Bradford, etc. Costa Calida Spanish can also arrange transfers from Murcia-San Javier Airport (MJV) and Alicante-Elche Airport (ALC) from their local, reliable and trustworthy taxi company or you can arrange your own. Please let Costa Calida Spanish know well in advance. To give you an example, a taxi from Murcia to your destination is currently 50-60 EUR each way and a taxi from Alicante to the destination is currently 80 EUR.
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