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If you love horses and nature, this holiday package is a perfect getaway trip for you! Come and join your holiday with riding on horses and rejuvenating yourself with yoga in Andalusia.
If you love warm weather and you love yoga, but prefer to travel independently rather than with a group, then Suryalila Yoga Retreat Centre is the perfect place for you. Since opening in 2012, we have looked after a growing number of independent guests who are looking for somewhere to rest and recharge, or pursue creative projects - painting, writing etc. - in a friendly, caring environment. We host independent guests all year round alongside our retreats calendar so choose when you need to take a break, and for how long, book directly with us and enjoy!
Yoga Retreat Centre is a little different than a regular hotel. We have three rooms (our double deluxe rooms), which have their own bathrooms. The rest of our rooms are laid out Spanish farmhouse style and share bathrooms. The bathrooms are luxurious, usually with tubs, and are typically shared with two or three other guests. We never have men and women sharing bathrooms (unless they are couples). The bathrooms are cleaned well every day. Our prices include full board - we do not have room service or an a la carte menu.
We are so lucky to work with Conny Muennemann, who keeps her 8 beautiful horses on the Suryalila Retreat Centre property. Conny has been riding and leading treks through this part of Andaluca for over ten years. Riding with Conny you will see the real Andaluca, which most tourists miss. You will be led to beautiful mountaintop villages, through ancient oak forests and along beautiful trails through the valleys. A typical day will start with an energizing morning yoga class (about 75 minutes), followed by a delicious breakfast. The riding of 1 to 2 hours per day will be after breakfast, between lunch and dinner, or even after dinner in the warmer summer months.
Suryalila Yoga Retreat Centre is located right in the heart of Andalucia, and is surrounded by lovely rolling fields, lakes and scenic white villages. We are ideally located to explore the stunning nature, fascinating culture and historic monuments of Andalucia. We are also delighted to take care of you if you just want to rest and relax in a beautiful, gracious and friendly home away from home.
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At Suryalila Retreat Centre, we pride ourselves on our outstanding vegetarian fare. Meals are delicious, diverse, and beautifully presented, using all organic and mostly local ingredients. We produce our own olives and olive oil, as well as, many of our own fruits and veggies. Everything we grow is organic - no chemicals or fertilizers are used. We have many fruit trees including figs, peaches, pears, apricots, pomegranates, apples, and grapes. In the cooler months, we like to grow plenty of greens, including kale and different varieties of cabbage and lettuce. In summer we have an abundance of heritage tomatoes. Our organic free-range eggs come from our own happy chickens. Since we are vegetarian, our birds have long and happy lives!
Suryalila Yoga Retreat Centre is situated in the heart of Andalusia, famous for its mountains, white painted towns perched on hills, stunning coastlines and cities full of history. For six hundred years, the Moors dominated much of Andalusia, leaving indelible cultural and architectural icons such as Alhambra in Granada and the grand mosque in Cordoba. Within one to two hours of travel from Suryalila, one can visit the historical cities of Arcos de la Frontera, Sevilla, Cordoba, Jerez de la Frontera, Ronda, Cadiz, Veher de la Frontera, Tarifa and Malaga. Some of Europes most stunning and empty beaches lie on the Costa de la Luz, stretching from Cadiz to Tarifa, and can be reached by car in 90 minutes from Suryalila. Only 30 minutes away is the beautiful mountain town of Grazelema, which has the highest rainfall in Spain. Amazing walks, trekking, canyoning and kayaking can be found in this area.
The closest airport to Suryalila is Jerez de la Frontera. It is a 50-minutes drive from the center.
If you are driving from the airport, take the A4 towards Jerez for a couple of kilometers and then follow the N348 towards Arcos de la Frontera for about 3 kilometers.
Take the exit to follow the A382 for about 35 kilometers all the way to Villamartin.
As you approach the town, take a right hand turn signed for Villamartin.
Turn right off the short slip road after the exit. The slip road is short and comes up on you quickly - so eyes open here!
Follow this road for about 5k going straight until the four-way stop.
At the four-way stop, go straight ahead along the dirt road. There is a sign posted La Granja.
Carry on along the dirt road for about 3k until you see a sign on your left for Suryalila.
Then turn left and follow the road to the house.
If you miss the turn into La Fabrica, the next sign you will see on the left will be for La Granja. Turn around and come back down the hill.
Seville is an hour from the center and there are 19 European airlines that fly there.
From the airport car park, follow the exit signs across the first roundabout
At the second roundabout, follow the signs for A4 to Cordoba, going all the way around the roundabout and keeping right.
Follow the A4 until km 526 (the roads in Spain have markers at each kilometer and the junction number is the kilometer number you are along the road) and take the exit onto the SE40.
Come off the SE40 at km 13 onto the A376 towards Utrera, this slip road has 2 exits - the first one is towards Utrera.
Follow the A376 to Utrera, at Utrera continue on the same road which is now the A375 to Ronda.
Just after Puerto Serrano the A375 ends at the A384, take the A384 towards Villamartin.
After 8km take the ramp for A373 signposted Prado del Rey/ El Bosque/ Ubrique/ Villamartn.
At the roundabout go left (last exit) onto the A373 towards Prado del Rey
After 5km take the right turn onto the CA 6105 signposted to Arcos de la Frontera
After 2.5 km, near km 13, turn left, you will see a small Suryalila sign. This takes you off the tarmac, drive carefully!
After approximately 5km the driveway for Suryalila is on the left (again there is a small sign)
Follow the driveway and youll see our gate and flags, come up the drive and as you get to the paving the car park is on the right.
Malaga is the largest airport in Andaluca but it is 2 hours and 45 minutes away from the center.
Follow the coast road (E15 /AP7) south past Benalmadena, Fuengirola and Marbella.
Take the A-397 over the mountains to Ronda.
After Ronda, take the A372 via Grazalema and Benamahoma to Prado del Rey.
When you get to Prado del Rey you need to pick up the road to Villamartin, which is the A373.
After a couple of miles on the road to Villamartin you will see a left turn - sign-posted Arcos de la Frontera. It is at the bottom of a long steep hill if you are coming from Prado del Rey.
Take this left and follow the road for about 2 or 3 miles until you come to a crossroads.
At the crossroads, take the dirt road on your left sign-posted La Granja.
After about 2 miles on the dirt road you will a sign post on your left for Suryalila.
Take that and youll find us a few hundred meters up the track.
From Seville, the city center can be easily reached by bus. Buses between the airport and the city center run every 30 minutes between 06:15 and 23:00. The journey takes between 20 - 30 minutes and a single ticket costs 2.30 EUR. From Seville city center bus station you can catch a bus to Villamartin.
From Jerez, you can also take a bus to Villamartin from the Jerez central bus station. Please contact Suryalila Retreat Centre for up-to-date price information.
There is a bus that leaves from Malaga bus station directly to Villamartin. The price of a one-way ticket is about 15 EUR.
Villamartin is about 15 minutes from the retreat centre. Suryalila Retreat Centre can pick you up from there, so please do inform them if a pickup is needed.