Top Yoga Destinations to Visit in May

by Cris Puscas

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Ah, May! Spring has finally settled in the Northern Hemisphere, while Down Under, fall is painting amazing colors in nature. It’s time to take your activities outdoors and take advantage of the longer and warmer days. 

Planning to book a yoga retreat? So many places to choose and so little time to go! Fear not, we’ve handpicked three countries based on real data: number of people who have already inquired and booked a yoga retreat in May.

Yoga and Haggling in the Souks of Morocco

tourists walking through souk in morocco

The Souks, located in the historic medina of cities such as Fez and Marrakech, are maze-like bazaars filled with colorful stalls selling pretty much anything and everything. No visit to Morocco is complete without experiencing one and haggling skills are a must here.

May kicks off the travel season in Morocco. The weather gets warmer and the cities come to life. The average high temperature is Marrakech is 26C, 25C in Fez, and 18C in Essaouira. The amount of rain falling in May is rather insignificant.

Now it’s the perfect time to explore the colorful town of Chefchaouen, famous for its charming architecture and Insta-perfect photo opportunities. And while you are at it, why not learn to cook some traditional Moroccan food?

Morocco has been a popular surfing destination for a while but where does yoga fall into the equation? There are plenty of benefits of yoga for surfers and it shouldn’t come as a surprise that yoga quickly made its way into surfing retreats. If you don’t fancy surfing and still want to come to Morocco for a yoga retreat, there are plenty of options that combine exploring the exotic towns or the interesting desert with yoga sessions.

We recommend:

Dfrost Almugar Surf House & Yoga Morocco

dfrost surf house morocco

The host offers yoga and meditation, as well as yoga and surf retreats in a stylish, warm, and relaxing environment. Choose among their three retreats on offer in Morocco, taking places in Souss-Massa-Draa or Taghazout.


kech events yoga retreat morocco

The organizer invites you to join them for endless laughter, profound healing through yoga, meditation, and nutrition, on an exciting journey to reconnect with yourself. Choose one of their four retreats, all taking place in Marrakech.

Yoga and Trekking in Nepal

mountains in nepal yoga retreat

Whether you are just starting out or have been trekking for a while, Nepal is the land of trekking and offers some of the best trails in the world. Be careful though, pay attention on how you choose the treks depending on your fitness levels.

May is a great month for trekking in Nepal. The temperatures are on the rise so expect highs of 26C in the capital of Kathmandu and 22C in Pokhara. The chances of rain are high but the rainy season doesn’t kick in until June.

If trekking or climbing doesn’t make you tick, then maybe kayaking down Seti River would? Or perhaps going on a safari in Bardia National Park. May is also an amazing time to sightsee in Kathmandu or explore the city of Patan.

Bordering India and being home to some of the most spectacular scenery in the world, Nepal would seem fit for a yoga destination, right? Yoga retreats have started to pop up one after another in Phokara, transforming a once party-hub into Nepal’s top yoga spot. The reason? An ample supply of young, soul-searching Westerners.

We recommend:

Yoga Home Nepal (Niru Yoga Homestay) Bhaktapur

The organizer promotes yoga for everyone with unique retreats, allowing guests to experience traditional rural Nepalese culture while cultivating inner silence. Choose one of their three retreats, they all include hiking.

Nepal Yoga & Meditation Center

nepal yoga and meditation center group of people meditating

They provide various training and services in yoga, meditation, and naturopathy. Choose one of their four retreats, including a yoga teacher training retreat, and retreats combining meditation and yoga.

Yoga and History in Greece

santorini landscape with windmill

No matter where you go in Greece, you cannot throw a stick and not run into a historical site. Athens and Thessaloniki are full of ancient sites to explore but the islands don’t lack them either.

May is the best time to plan your trip to Greece. The capital of Athens sees a high of 24C. The same can be expected in Thessaloniki, as well as on the islands (Crete, Corfu, Rhodes). It’s perfect t-shirt weather but the wind can be nippy at times (on the islands, especially). Pack a windbreaker and, to be on the safe side, your sunscreen, too.

Now is the perfect time to put on those walking shoes and explore the historical sites of Athens. Between the Acropolis, Greek Agora, Roman Agora, Temple of Poseidon, and the Olympic Stadium, you’ll rack up a lot of steps and an appetite. Try the amazing Greek food and cool down with a frappe. If you love hiking, plan to explore Samaria Gorge on Crete, a very popular (read: crowded) hike suitable for all fitness levels.

Greece is one of the most popular yoga destinations in Europe and rightfully so. The lovely weather, historical sites, amazing food, and warm people surely make for a perfect trip. Pick a retreat in Mykonos or Santorini for exquisite views.

We recommend:

Ellas Retreat

ellas retreat greece

It consists of a yoga meditation center, offering Kriya and Kundalini yoga, Vipassana, Contact dance, Hatha yoga, Tantra, Meditation, and various other courses. Choose one of their five retreats, all taking place in Palairos.

Sky Pilates and Yoga

sky pilates and yoga camp in greece

Sky Pilates and Yoga is run by a family in love with travel, yoga, and Pilates in beautiful destinations. Working with gorgeous venues to bring you a peaceful and lovely site to congregate and practice yoga. Their retreat in Santorini is one of the most popular in Greece, combining yoga with hiking excursions to the charming village of Oia.

Itching to travel this May? Then you should go ahead and book an amazing yoga retreat in Europe.

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