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Kitesurfing and Yoga Holidays, Italy

Experience amazing yoga in the sunny south of Sicily at Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House. You will have the possibility to learn how to kitesurfing or other sports options like Stand-up paddle (SUP) or surf. Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House believes in living a healthy life in harmony with nature and the rhythm of the sea, so depending on the wind conditions, every day you will have the chance to practice different water sports in their company. At Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House you will find an international community of like-minded travelers, who are drawn together by their love for yoga, the sea, and nature. Many guests come on their own, and while you will have plenty of time to retreat, it is very easy to make friends during mealtime or at the beach.

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Highlights

  • One hour kite-surfing beginner class
  • Use of the stand-up boards (1h per day)
  • Daily morning and evening yoga sessions
  • Relaxation with stunning blue flag beach only 30 meters away
  • Free use of beach beds, bicycles, Wi-Fi, and skates
  • Daily plentiful and delicious breakfast buffet
  • Vegetarian or vegan welcome dinner
  • 3 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


3 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Italian, Spanish
Airport transfer available:
Catania–Fontanarossa Airport (US$78 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Comiso Airport (US$78 per person)
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Library

During this holiday, you will be staying at Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House. Our team believes in living a healthy life in harmony with nature and the rhythm of the sea. This ethos is reflected in our individually designed rooms, our fruit tree-filled gardens, organic meals made with homegrown ingredients, and service that comes straight from the heart.

Floripa is run by Ettore, who runs the watersports school as well, with the help of a team who are like a family. Floripa wouldn’t be what it is without all of our staff, past and present. Many guests have become part of our family so we love welcoming them back every season. Many guests say they enjoy the atmosphere of the place and we think our repeat guests are a big part of this.

You have no need to worry if you are a solo traveler coming alone. Many guests come by themselves but with the shared rooms and communal meals, it’s easy to meet other guests - not forgetting their loyal pets who will be delighted to meet you, too. The bed and breakfast are located 30 meters away from the sandy dune beach of Santa Maria del Focallo. The stunning beach is 15 kilometers long and holds Blue Flag status for the cleanliness of its waters. It is the ideal place to relax and reconnect with the elements.

The bed and breakfast are composed of three large houses all surrounded by lush gardens. Within these, you will find private rooms, shared rooms for two to five persons, or suite rooms with private verandas. The rooms have been designed for your comfort and relaxation with modern simplicity and color in mind. With hot and cold air conditioning, TV, refrigerator, private bathroom, and Wi-Fi, you will have all the benefits of a hotel with the warmth and freedom that only a bed and breakfast can provide.

In the common areas, you’ll find sofas, hammocks, and bean bags to relax in the garden, tea and coffee facilities, games, and a library of books you can borrow. The shared rooms can host four or five persons, with a shared en-suite bathroom. There is an extra bathroom on the ground floor that guests can use, and our beloved outdoor showers, gorgeous for a cool down under the hot Sicilian sun.

The shared rooms are the perfect choice if you are traveling on a tight budget and enjoy sharing space with like-minded people who share the same passion for the yoga and surf lifestyle. If you know that you snore or are a light sleeper, we recommend a private room.

Program

A team of experienced yoga instructors will guide you to take your asana practice to the next level with 90 minutes of Vinyasa flow classes in the morning, optional workshops in the afternoon (on arm-balancing, inversions, handstand, backbends, basic of alignment) followed by lunar flows that are sometimes taught at the forest near the center, or at the beach (this depends on the weather). Depending on the size of the classes, on occasion two-morning classes are offered at the same time, so you can choose between: a longer (sometimes over two hours) level 2 Vinyasa flow; and a shorter (90 minutes) entry-level Hatha flow class.

At Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House it is possible to practice different water sports: kite-surf (from spring to autumn), SUP (especially in the summertime), and surf (especially in April and October). All the water sports are conditioned to the wind conditions- so generally on a good kite-surfing day, it will not be possible to practice SUP since the sea will be too choppy (and vice versa, on a good SUP day, there is not enough wind for kite-surfing!). Also please notice that in the Mediterranean sea there are no reef breaks, so the conditions for surfing are not constant, but are highly dependent on the tides.

General daily schedule

  • 08:00 - 09:00 Morning Flow Yoga Class. This is the yoga class included in your package!
  • 09:00 - 10:00 Breakfast (breakfast is served between 7:30 - 10:00)
  • 09:00 - 11:00 Optional intermediate/advanced level class yoga class (offered usually every other day depending on the number of practitioners). When this class is offered, you will be informed and can choose to take the 7:30 a.m. OR the 9 a.m. one. During the teacher training programs, this class will be a three-hour-long masterclass with limited spots, if you wish to join you can book it for an extra cost of 5 EUR.
  • 07:30 - 08:30 SUP Yoga (during summer months only). This class depends on weather conditions, with a minimum participant of six people. If you wish to take SUP Class instead of the regular 8 a.m. class, you only need to pay 5 EUR extra.
  • 12:30 - 15:00 Lunch and free time
  • 17:30 - 19:30 Evening class. Yin yoga, Restorative, or Yang and Yin.
  • 20:00 - 21:30 Dinner

Optional workshops

Workshops are open for yogis who want to take their practice to the next level, they are optional and hence they are not included in the retreat price. If you wish to join, the price is usually 15 EUR to 20 EUR. Please kindly note that some variations might occur on the schedule listed above and that the offer of workshops can vary depending also on the travels scheduled by the led teacher Ameriga.

If you have any special requests regarding yoga please communicate with them in your emails and the teachers will try to make you happy! Once you sign up for this yoga holiday, you will receive a welcome email with some information, and a list of recommended further readings in case you want to know more about the practice of yoga (they are by no means compulsory to read).

FAQs

Are children welcome?

At Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House, they try to create a climate where their guests can feel part of a group that shares common interests and passions. If you are a like-minded family then you are really welcomed at Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House!

What’s the average age of the guests at Floripa?

The average age of Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House's guests depends on the time of the year, but in general, it ranges around 30-45 years old, though we often have younger and older people coming over. They are impressed by how easy it is for their guests to find common grounds for conversations and spending time together, everybody is very easygoing.

I am a solo traveler, will it be easy to meet people?

Yes! It will be extremely easy! Most of the guests come around on their own, and even the staff members (and dogs) are super friendly, so you will not feel lonely!

Are water sports compulsory?

Not at all! Some of our guests just enjoy the yoga classes and relaxing at the beach, or vising some of the stunning UNESCO sights nearby.

What about kitesurf? Is it a sport for everyone?

Kitesurf is a water sport that uses the strength of the wind. The spot is quite easy, a long and free beach with flat water; in addition, the wind is normally siding onshore, so perfect to learn! Everybody can try it, as you don’t need previous specific preparation. If you just want to give it a try, we recommend doing two hours and seeing how it goes (the price is 60 EUR per hour). If you are committed to learning it, you can attend a beginner course (from 6 to 9 hours) at our school, or just rent the equipment if you are already able to ride the wind! Price list:-one hour semi-private kite class (from 2 to 4 persons) : 60 EUR, one hour private kite class : 70 EUR, full equipment rental : 80 EUR + 10 EUR wetsuit.

Do I need to bring my yoga mat?

No, you can leave your mats at home! In our shalas, it has all you need to attend the yoga class! Blocks, yoga mats, pillows, and so on.

I’m a beginner at yoga/ I am advanced/ I am pregnant, will I be able to enjoy the classes?

In the morning Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House generally teach a dynamic style of flow yoga - it can be Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Prana flow; all levels are welcomed since the teachers give variations according to everybody's capacities. In the afternoon session we usually teach yin-yoga or a gentle flow, these classes are slower and deep and are usually followed by a meditation session. Sometimes, you will do the afternoon classes at the beach or in the little forest close to the B&B. If you are pregnant, or you have a special condition, you will be able for sure to follow the afternoon classes, while you might need to slow down and pause during the morning classes.

Do I need to bring cash?

Yes. All water sports, massages, and transfers need to be paid by cash. Also, Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House recommend bringing some cash for expenses outside of the B&B, as in Sicily most places only accept cash.

Instructors

Ettore Lorenzi

Eva Drabkova

Illona Tschopp

Isabella Borm

Retreat location

Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House is located in the south of Sicily, in the small village of Santa Maria del Focallo. This is a quiet beach town with a 15-kilometer sand beach. The beach is backed by sweeping dunes and is blessed with gorgeous sunsets. The village is very safe and you can easily explore it by bicycle or on foot.

There are bicycles for guests to use free of charge. You won’t find many places like theirs in a Sicilian village like this - undeveloped and totally unspoiled by tourism. The guests have called it a “hidden gem” and “like a little piece of paradise”. If you fancy a change of scene, the town of Pozzallo is five kilometers away. It’s a typical Sicilian town where you will find bars, restaurants, shops and the best ‘gelato’ you’ll ever taste.

If you want to take a road trip and do some sightseeing, there are cars you can rent for the day. The beautiful and historic towns of Ispica, Noto, Modica, and Scicli are within easy reach and well worth a visit. Don’t forget the many seaside villages nearby where you’ll find friendly locals and amazing food. Tourists come to Sicily from all over the world to climb Mt Etna so think about fitting it into your trip here as well.

Unique features

Activities

  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Kitesurfing
  • Massage
  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Swimming
  • Volleyball court

General

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Beach
  • Garden
  • Hammock
  • Kitchen
  • Multilingual staff
  • Terrace

Services

  • ATM / banking
  • Board rental
  • Car rental
  • Free bicycle
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry

Food

In the morning, you can enjoy a healthy and plentiful breakfast buffet which includes: fresh fruit, two cakes (one vegan), cereals, eggs, home-made jam, Italian coffee and cappuccino, different types of milk, tea, fruit juices, cereals, bread, occasionally croissants and pancakes, yogurt, biscuits, and cookies. Gluten-free alternatives can be arranged if requested.

Lunches and dinners (except a welcome dinner) are not included in the package price, to give you the opportunity to explore local cuisine and eat out if you wish. However, at Floripa, it is possible to eat together with the team and the other guests also at lunchtime (the price is 12 EUR which includes water and Sicilian wine). Dinners are always vegetarian or vegan, generally presented as a healthy buffet of locally produced organic food. Gluten-free can be catered for. Wine will be served at dinner time.

There are also some restaurants around 1 km away, which can be reached by bike (we provide free bicycles). Finally, there is a common kitchen that can be used to cook your own meals. The closest supermarket is located 3 km away (5 minutes by bike), and bigger supermarkets are located in Pozzallo (7 km away).

Your meals are mostly vegetarian, however, at breakfast, you will find ham and eggs. Floripa doesn’t serve fish and they serve meat usually once a week on Saturday during a barbecue. However, there are always vegetarian options also on barbecue nights. Your breakfasts and welcome dinner are buffet-style, so you will find dishes that you can eat most of the time. When you sign up for meals just write a remark with your eating style / special dietary requirements and the cook will make sure to have something for you.

Exclusion

Lunches and dinners (except a welcome dinner) are not included in the package.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Tea

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

  • Gluten Free
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Floripa is located in Santa Maria del Focallo, a tiny beach village close to Pozzallo, which is a bigger center easily reachable by bike. Pozzallo is a small village where you can try a real Sicilian Cannollo while you go for a walk enjoy the sea view. In addition, from Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House, you can also rent a motorbike or a car and have a nice trip to the city here around, like Ragusa, Noto, Marzamemi, Scicli, and Modica. A range of other activities is available during your retreat. Some of these options may include additional costs.

Be amazed by historic sites

The beach town of Santa Maria del Focallo is located only a few kilometers away from Scicli, Modica, Ragusa Ibla, and Noto, which are beautiful baroque cities designated as UNESCO world heritage sites, and are easily reached by car.

Enjoy water sports

Go on an enjoyable banana boat excursion. Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House also has a beautiful Lomac boat that can carry up to 18 people. It is great for fishing, diving, and for those days without wind when you can enjoy wakeboarding. The boat is offered to guests at affordable prices.

Go exploring on bikes

Take a bicycle ride around the sleepy beach town. Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House has 8 regular bikes (free to use) and 2 electric bikes (for rent) that guests can use every day to explore the Sicilian farms or local dairies. If you wish to adventure even further, you can also rent one of their electric bikes. Behind the bed and breakfast lie miles of dirt roads in the countryside that you can visit freely and safely, away from traffic, enjoying the silence that only the countryside can offer.

Play beach sports

On the beach just in front of the bed and breakfast, you will find courts for beach volleyball and tennis. You can also organize a beach football game with your friends. These courts are available free of charge for guests.

Relax and enjoy lazy days

The bed and breakfast environment is designed to give you maximum comfort, relaxation, and fun for an unforgettable holiday. You can bask in the warm sun and take long walks on the beach, read a book while swaying in the hammocks, or spend some quiet time in the peaceful gardens. Every weekend, it is possible to participate in an extra arm-balancing and inversion workshop.

Optional tours

A guided tour of the cities of Agrigento and Siracusa or Catania and Ragusa, inclusive of car, driver, and local guide depending on the route chosen, is also available.

Take surfing lessons

You can learn how to surf, kitesurf, or standup paddleboard. Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House offers discounts on lessons, rentals, and even a photo session on request. Surfing lessons also include the use of a van for transporting equipment.

Spa treatments

You can book deep-tissue, hot stones, and relaxing massages with local therapists for an additional charge. The garden Jacuzzi can be booked for private use or together with other guests (maximum 5 persons).

What's included

  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Breakfast buffet each morning
  • 2 daily yoga and meditation sessions
  • Beach-soccer balls and beach-volley court
  • Free use of beach beds, bicycles, skates, and Wi-Fi
  • Free use of kite boards for all the kitesurfers who bring their own equipment
  • Slack line and balance board
  • Table-soccer and flipper
  • One-hour kitesurfing beginner class (theoretical or practical - depends on weather conditions) - This class is generally held at the beach and not in the water, since it involves the explanation of theoretical aspects of the wind and the kite
  • Free use of SUP and surf boards one hour per day
  • Welcome dinner

What's not included

  • Airfare to and from Italy
  • Beach activities and surf, kitesurf, or SUP classes
  • City of Ispica city tax 1 EUR per night per person
  • Lunches and dinners (except 1 welcome dinner)
  • Optional and extra activities
  • Transportation costs
  • Travel insurance

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Driving directions from Catania Airport

  • Once you exit the airport, take the road towards Syracuse Primosole.
  • Continue on the ring road until Highway A18, and take the Rosolini exit.
  • At the exit, go left until the first roundabout, and turn left again.
  • Merge onto Highway 115, and follow the signs to Ispica-Ragusa.
  • At the Ispica roundabout, leave Highway 115, and take the second exit to Pozzallo.
  • After 800 meters, turn left at the Focallo Santa Maria del Borgo Village Marisipica sign.
  • Turn left again along Road 67 for 2 kilometers.
  • Turn left at the sign indicating SP67.
  • Turn immediately right, and at number 5 you will find the Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House.

Arrival by airplane

From the airport in Catania the most convenient way to get to the center is to take a bus to Pozzallo- you will find the bus stop just outside of the Arrivals gate on the right, the name of the Company is AST (Azienda Siciliana Trasporti), you can only buy the ticket on the bus by paying the driver 10 EUR per person. Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House can arrange pick-up for you at the bus station for an extra of only 10 EUR between 7 a.m. - 10:30 p.m., 15 EUR from 22:30 p.m. and 7 a.m. The bus goes directly to Pozzallo and the drive takes around 80 minutes.

Departure from Catania Aeroporto arrival to Pozzallo, Monday to Saturday: 09:15, 11:15, 13:45, 16:15, 17:30, 19.45. Sunday and National Holidays (Easter Day, Monday after Easter, 25 April, 1 of May, 2 of June, 15 of August): 19:15. If you take the bus from Catania, please let Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House know your arrival time and which one you think you will be taking. Once you have actually boarded the bus please send a message or call Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House so they can organize your pick you up at the bus station in Pozzallo (shuttle costs 10 EUR between 7 a.m. - 10:30 p.m., 15 EUR from 10:30 p.m. and 7 a.m.). All kinds of transportation need to be paid in cash.

Please note: message Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House when you board the bus, not when you arrive in Pozzallo, to give them time to organize your shuttle (otherwise you might have to wait for them at the bus station). Please note: make sure you take the bus to Pozzallo and NOT Pollazzo (which does not exist but has been confused with Milazzo, on the other side of the island). Alternatively, you can book a pick-up service through Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House (70 EUR for a standard car, 80 EUR for 2 to 3 persons, extra fee of 20 EUR applies for all transfers between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m.). If you have booked it already, kindly confirm your flight number and landing time once again to Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House. The driver who will wait for you will have a sign with your name.

From Comiso airport you can book the shuttle service: Comiso shuttle. It’s 35 EUR per person to Pozzallo you can ask them to take you directly to our B&B - you can write in the remarks that you need to go to Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House in Santa Maria del Focallo. They have been here before. Or if you prefer we can send a private shuttle (it costs 60 EUR one way for a standard car, 70 EUR for 2 or 3 persons). If you have booked it already, kindly confirm your flight number and landing time to Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House. The driver who will wait for you will have a sign with your name, but in case you have a problem finding him, please call Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House.

All kinds of transportation needs to be paid by cash.

Arrival by bus

Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House can provide a shuttle service to Pozzallo / Ispica for extra costs of 10 EUR between 7 a.m. - 10 p.m., 15 EUR from 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. Please contact Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House for more information.

Arrival by ferry

The nearest port to Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House is located in Pozzallo where there is a stationary connection with Malta. Another important port not too far away is Catania, 110 kilometers from the hotel.

Airport: Catania–Fontanarossa Airport Airport transfer available: Catania–Fontanarossa Airport (US$78 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Comiso Airport Airport transfer available: Comiso Airport (US$78 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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This vacation is available from April to October, please select an arrival date below.

 

Low season

 

  • April 1 - May 31
  • October 1 - 31

 

Mid season

 

  • June 1 - July 31
  • September 1 - 30

 

High season

 

  • August 1 - 10
  • August 19 - 31

 

Peak season

 

  • August 11 - 18

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