Vida Pura is an eco-friendly retreat center in the middle of a nature reserve close to the town of Odeceixe and its marvellous beach.

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4 Day Surfing and Yoga Holiday in Aljezur, Portugal

Available from February till December
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8 Day Surfing and Yoga Holiday in Aljezur, Portugal

Available from February till December

Reviews (45)

Tiago Carvalho

from Belgium, February 2020

"best experience ever"

I went with little expectations, running away from daily stressful life and vida pura provided me the best experience ever. Laid back, easy going and comfortable. It felt like we were visiting family that loved taking care of us. The estate is so large you can get lost just walking in the beautiful spaces they created. The breakfast was so lovingly prepared and served under the beautiful morning sun, in the company of their calm lazy dogs and cats. The evenings were perfect to spend outside start gazing and counting the shooting stars, listening to the sound of the ocean 4km away! This is an experience to remember.


from Germany, February 2018


I really enjoyed the yoga classes from 9 until 10.30 am. They gave very personal feedback and changed within their concepts what was needed for the participants. I was happy to get to know two different styles from two yoga teachers during my stay. Tanja and Luna were amazing and their wholehearted personalities were the perfect start for the day at vida pura. On top me and my friend added a massage from Elsa and her hands were magic, deep relaxation and perfect sleep afterwards!

Next to Yoga/Massage yummieh breakfast with different porridge styles and fresh orange juice. Lovley-welcoming-caring staff - special thanks to Bela. See you again!

Marietta Röbken

from United States, July 2018

"friendly people, quiet place"

The Yoga lesson with Hayley! She is a very good bodywork teaching not only yoga! I have had also a private lesson and i learned

important things.

Also Tanja was good, in another way!

Claudia Koch

from United States, March 2018

"Great times and nice people at vida Pura!"

Yoga class was great, breakfast was delicious! The surrounding area is good for meditation and walks. Nice people there who make you feel at home! It is a place to come back, definitely!

Wendelien Sluis

from Netherlands, February 2020

"Beautiful hidden pearl "

The surrounded landscape is gorgeous .

I was amazed by the location .

A must for people who love nature and would like to be in touch on a deeper spiritual level in nature

Charles Moffatt

from Great Britain, July 2019

"Great place to unwind and relax"

The whole vibe of the place, all the staff envolved made my stay a very welcoming and special first intro to Portugal...thank you

Melike Sen

from Great Britain, April 2019

"An amazing experience..."

Everything was better than I expected - the location was wonderful, the accommodation was excellent and the staff and instructors were extremely helpful, approachable and lovely! And the food was very fresh and delicious... :)

Cassandra Collins

from Ireland, April 2019

"Amazing "

The location was fantastic. The breakfast was great. The accommodation was great. The yoga and instructor was fantastic.

Astried Hübner

from United States, January 2019

"loved to stay there"

pretty family farm like live with super openminded and friendly crew. would love to go back for sure!

Ashe Magalhaes

from Great Britain, January 2019

Amazing stay, would definitely come back!

Sophie Ellis

from Great Britain, December 2018


I can’t describe how fabulous my stay was. I had the entire villa to myself as it was close to Christmas, with private yoga classes from Hayley, who has given me many new perspectives to consider for my yoga practice. The environment was gorgeous and everyone was so friendly and accomodating. The many animals roaming the land are an extra plus, particularly when one of the cats joined me in my hammock for a nap!

Baiju Vaidya

from Great Britain, December 2018

"More than pleasantly surprised"

The location, the vibe, the food, the genuine personable nature of everyone there, the yoga, the accommodation, the animals (especially Ginger). Pretty much everything.

Alan Fiedorek

from Belgium, April 2018

"Dream near the coast"

Everything was excellent. Beautiful views, great hosts, excellent breakfasts and good recommendations. What more could you want?

Sarah Le Garff

from United States, April 2018

"Perfect getaway "

Everything - the accommodation, the people, the food, the yoga and the surfing were all perfect. I was very sad to leave and I cant wait to go back!

Lorna Macmenamin

from United States, April 2018

"Yoga and surf retreat"

The people working here are genuinely happy and believe passionately about what they do. The accommodation was beautiful and the beds were comfy. Loved the food here too!

The yoga was fun and challenging. I particularly enjoyed surfing everyday, I saw a real improvement in my technique.

I'm already thinking about coming back to this special place!

Alexandra Isoc

from Romania, April 2018


Everything about this retreat was more than amazing! I'll never regret coming here. I was a bit concerned about the food before I came(I am vegan) but it all went great and I never went hungry, the food was plenty and sooo delicious! The yoga teacher was really lovely and I enjoyed all the classes. Everyone was so nice and always ready to listen and help with anything. Leaving this place is harder than I thought it would be, it's a piece of heaven! Already missing everyone and everything here. I totally recommend and if I could, I'd do this all over again. My heart is so full!

Pauline Moolhuysen

from Netherlands, March 2020

"Geweldige ervaring"

Het WhatsApp contact met Bela was perfect. Ik werd supervriendelijk ontvangen door Marja. Een hele praktisch ingedeelde kamer. Mooie badkamer ( gedeeld) met een lekkere warme douche. Ontzettend schoon, heerlijk ontbijt en fantastische yoga instructrices. Catharina en Tanya. In de omgeving kun je heerlijk wandelen, maar op het complex is ook genoeg te zien, te mediteren en te wandelen. Vooral de stilte doet wonderen! Ik wil weer terug!!

Martha Strobel

from Germany, March 2020

"Tolles komplett Paket!"

Bester Surflehrer!!! João gibt einem Sicherheit, wodurch man auch als Anfänger richtig Spaß am Surfen hat.

Das Frühstück im Vida Pura war auch unschlagbar- alles frisch und mit Liebe zubereitet.

Außerdem wurde ich am Bus abgeholt :)


from Germany, November 2019

"Kleine Oase in toller Umgebung + herrlichen Stränden in Nähe"

Ein wunderschönes und liebevoll ausgestattetes Anwesen, mit viel Liebe zum Detail. Die gemütliche Einrichtung, der herrliche Kamin, eine gut ausgestattete Küche und eine tolle Matratze laden zum Verweilen ein.

Auf den schönen Terrassen und kleinen Ecken mit Tischchen, Bänken, Hängematten oder Stühlen kann man wunderbar die Sonne genießen.

Das gemeinsame Frühstück jeden Morgen ein Highlight, lecker!

In der Nähe kann man eine Reihe toller Strände entdecken, ich finde dort generell ein Auto wichtig, um ein bisschen die Gegend erkunden zu können, da es zu Fuß sicherlich zu weit ist.

Natalie Westgeest

from Netherlands, July 2019

"Prachtige plek "

De omgeving is prachtig, het personeel is vriendelijk en gastvrij, het ontbijt heerlijk en bij de yoga en het surfen is er veel ruimte voor individuele aandacht en tips! Het guesthouse gaf echt een retreat-gevoel, met fijne kamers en veel ruimte. In de nachten hoor je alleen de krekels en kikkers en kun je vanuit je hangmat honderden sterren zien. Ik zou deze plek iedereen aanraden!

Agnes Sklorz

from Germany, June 2019

"Wundervoller Yoga Urlaub mit tollen Menschen"

Das Programm war toll toll strukturiert und organisiert, sodass man Vormittags und Nachmittags beschäftigt war, jedoch auf Mittags genug Zeit für sich selbst hatte und zb. Zu Strand fahren konnte. Der Yoga Style von Cat hat mir persönlich gut gefallen, da es stark auf Vinyasa ausgerichtet war. Besonders hervorzuheben ist das super gesunde Essen, was Leah die Köchin für uns täglich gekocht hat. Mit Zutaten aus dem eigenen Garten.

Es herrschte eine schöne und familiäre Stimmung und es wurde auf jeden Wunsch eingegangen.


from Portugal, June 2019

Vida Pura is such a beautiful and peaceful place. I totally recommend!

Valentine Charpilloz

from France, May 2019

"Séjour Mai"

J'ai adoré mon séjour. Le lieu est incroyable, perdu dans la nature.

Le petit déjeuner servi après le yoga est bon, frais et copieux.

Le plus: la piscine naturel !

Sandra Krauß

from Germany, March 2019

"Super Auszeit in toller Natur "

Wunderschönes Hotel.. leckeres Frühstück. Sehr nette Leute. Tolle Hunde. Alles war perfekt!


from Germany, March 2019

"Perfekte Auszeit"

Ohne Worte, sowohl das Gelände als auch das Guesthaus sind wunderschön gelegen und hergerichtet und strahlen vollkommene Ruhe aus. Das Frühstück war täglich unfassbar vielfältigen und liebevoll angerichtet, es fehlte einem an Nichts.

Besonders auf dem Yoga Deck (Pavillon) und der Terrasse war Yoga unglaublich schön, mit Sonne im Gesicht und Vogelgezwitscher im Hintergrund. Ich werde wiederkommen :)

Emely Kraehe

from Germany, January 2019

"Mir fehlen die Worte! Unbeschreiblich schön!"

Ich glaube, dass ich noch nie an einem so schönen Ort war, wie Vida Pura. Ich war mit meiner besten Freundin da und wir waren beide sehr, sehr begeistert. Von dem Anwesen, der Liebe zum Detail und von der Freundlichkeit der Menschen! Perfekt zum Entspannen, Yoga praktizieren und zu sich selbst zu finden. Das vegane Frühstück war bomben lecker mit frisch gepresstem Orangensaft, leckerem Vollkornbrot, selbstgemachten Aufstrichen und Quinoa-Porridge. Ich habe noch nie in meinem Leben in einem so bequemen Bett geschlafen! Kann es kaum erwarten, bald wieder an meinem neuen Lieblingsort zu sein! Danke für alles!:)

Stephan Schäfer

from Germany, July 2018

"Three very relaxed nights at Vida Pura"

Every morning we took a yoga class at 9 am which was always really good. Straight after yoga we had excellent breakfast with fresh orange juice, coffee, fruits and many more stuff on the table. People at Vida Pura are all very nice and in case of any questions they are happy to assist you.

Kristin Wiskemann

from Germany, May 2018

"Highly recommended!!"

I had a wonderful time at Vida Pura. It is a really unique place, the rooms are built and designed with love and great attention to detail while still being ecologically sound. The surrounding nature is stunning, it's a great place to relax and reload. Everybody at Vida Pura is extremely friendly! I enjoyed the yoga lessons lots, both teachers knew very well what they are doing. The surf instructor Joao is everything you hope for in a teacher; structured, patient, motivating, professional. He got me standing on the bird within one lesson, even though I'm usually not very talented at sports! All in all, it was much above expectations and I'm already looking forward to returning sometime soon! Thanks so much, everyone at Vida Pura!

Marleen Keus

from Netherlands, May 2018


Wauw, wat n mooie omgeving: de ligging van Vida Pura, het landschap erom en de schoonheid en rust op) de stranden id buurt. Het guesthouse dat met smaak en zorg is ingericht. Ik kwam in het donker aan ( met de auto) en sochtends bij het wakker worden viel mijn mond open van de schoonheid van de omgeving ( het terrein) en de relaxte sfeer. Ik had mezelf geen betere keuze kunnen wensen 😃

Khadiya Bouzidi

from United States, April 2018

"perfect holiday"

Food, people location accommodation. Fantastic place to enjoy relax. beautiful beach in about 20 min by car.

Massage treatment from elsa was fantastic!

Scott Robinson

I wanted to thank you again for the retreat. It was so personal, so

loving, such a unique experience. I can honestly say, hand over heart, it

was one of the best holidays I have had. As soon as we found your place we

knew we had to come, knowing nothing about the yoga, but a connection with

the land and the people.

For me, it was the passion, love and energy you put into the retreat and

Pura Vida in general. Never, have I eaten so well, tasted such delicious

food, and felt so connected to everyone there and all your loving animals.

What you have created at Pura Vida is incredible and we felt so privileged

to share your first ever retreat with you. In particular:

- the mindfulness session was a gentle reminder to be more present and

still, especially when eating;

- the massage with Michael was divine and a very special spiritual


- the yoga with Caterina was flowing and vibrant, and her yin sessions

were very deep and nourishing;

- the breakfasts were so nourishing and wonderful, with the delicious

hummus, with pretty flower decorations and the home made croissants;

- the gifts from your children were so loving, sweet and personal, thank you!

- the donkey feeding was enjoyable to connect with such wonderful animals.

So in all, thank you for making our time so special at Pura Vida. We can

tell that you loved the experience and everyone felt the same too. We look

forward to returning again one day. Thanks also for sharing the

self-sustainability link on You Tube, I was so curious the whole time I

was there how you managed to create such a magnificent, nuturing


As a small suggestion, I would really love if you were to offer espresso

coffee one day! But that's a very minor thing, in the scheme of things!

Keep in touch.

Best wishes,


Susan Haegele

Hello dear Robin, Valeria, Ole and Bela,

I just wanted to let you know that we have just sent you the 545 euros

that were missing from our Easter retreat contribution. When the money

arrives in the next few days, you will see that we made a separate

transfer of 100 euros because we wanted to give a tip to the staff and

also to give a small contribution towards the projects that Robin

mentionned you support with the Vida Pura project. Please divide that sum

up as you best see fit.

As I told you all in person, this retreat was special to us, thanks to

your incredible efforts and good energy, and I truly feel that it was a

very good value package that you offered.

As I told Robin, I have worked in retreat centres in Italy (In Sabina,

Quercia Calante), India (Auroville and Sivananda ashram in Kerala) and

Spain (La Serrania, Es Vinyet, Posada San Marcos), some of them well known

and popular, but the experience with you was by far the best.

Amongst the many things that bear pointing out are, first and foremost,

all of you, as a conscious community and as individuals, because you

really stand out from the crowd - you really embody what you talk about.

The food, prepared in such a delicious way with such high quality

ingredients, was another highlight.

The rescue animals that you care for were another one.

Then the great mattress in our room, which I already raved about to Bela.

I was also very sensitive to the quality of your yoga equipment, which

seemed totally new and was of great quality.

All the yoga venues - inside and out - are absolutely top standard.

The eco-project was a big plus for me as well, because it is a showcase of

what can be done with willpower and manpower, and I do hope you will be

able to teach people in Portugal and beyond how to do the same.

Finally, I was also touched by the beauty in small things - the flower

arrangements, the mosaics, the individual decoration of the rooms.

We definitely want to come back, I spoke with Valeria about maybe

attending your cooking week in November.

All the very best to you all and may Pura Vida thrive.

Lots of love from London,


Mario and Mary

We stayed at the bamboo apartment for 9 days. It was an absolutely wonderful experience. The apartment is build with so much love for detail and we felt immediately at ease. We loved the fact that it is an eco yoga retreat which means being considerate about the environment. The nature surrounded by the houses made our stay even more peaceful and relaxing.

The yoga lessons were different every morning and the breakfast afterwards was just yummie.

Thank you pura vida family for sharing your love and happiness with us! You guys made the stay even more joyful :-)