What airport do I fly into?
You will book your international ticket into and out of Faro (airport code: FAO).
Where is the Retreat Centre?
Monte Velho is located in the west coast of South Portugal, in the middle of the Natural Park of Costa Vicentina, surrounded by forest and overlooking the Ocean. You can expect amazing and wild beaches, beautiful walks around the park and stunning sea cliffs.
What time is check in on 10th July?
Check In begins at 12noon. Retreat starts at 2pm.
What time is check out on 15th July?
Check out is 2pm, after lunch.
What do I need to bring?
All travel documents, one coat, bathing suit, beach towel, mosquito repellant, journal and pen, water bottle, clothing that can be layered.
What are the accommodations like?
The holistic centre is designed to offer all the comfort and space you need for your
practices. The yoga spaces are made with round wood architecture and heated cork floor,
inspired in by a space in the Brazilian rainforest, surrounded by nature.
The rooms are cozy with simple decoration, all that is needed to let go and surrender to the
space of being taken care of.
How do I get there?
Faro is the closest airport (1.15h away from the venue), and from there you have 3 options:
Rent a car and drive yourself. Takes around 1h20min drive (route link). instructions
you need to drive on the A22, direction Lagos, all the way til the last exit at LAGOS , is LAGOS - VILA DO BISPO exit.
After that drive direction Vila do Bispo, once at Vila do Bispo , turn right towards EN 268, direction Aljezur , Carrapateira. Drive aprox 12 kms, and turn right at VILARINHA , after that, more 700meters, you have the turn to MONTE VELHO at your left side, drive all the way on the dirt road, once in gate the code is 2001A.
Take a Transfer, around 120€ each way from 1 to 4 people or 160€ per 7 people (we can book in Monte Velho reception).
- PUBLIC TRANSPORT:
(the cheapest option, but takes a little longer).
Take the bus to Faro railway station and then the train to Lagos. From there, walk 5 min. to the bus station and from there:
Take bus from Lagos another bus to SAGRES Bilhetes, Preços e Horários | Rede Expressos (rede-expressos.pt).- it doesn't stop in Carrapateira, only in Vila do bispo. From Vila do Bispo the best is to take a taxi (around 20€) to Monte Velho.
Take bus from Lagos, there is a bus to Aljezur too Bilhetes, Preços e Horários | Rede Expressos (rede-expressos.pt) , doesn't stop in Carrapateria. And from Aljezur take a taxi to Monte Velho (around 25-30€).
Take taxi from Lagos to Monte Velho straight (60€ aprox) or
Monte Velho - Carrapateira/ 1 pax to 4- 15,00€
Monte Velho / Beaches (Amado e Bordeira) 1 pax to 4 - 20,00€
Monte Velho -Lagos 1 pax to 4- 50,00€
Monte Velho - Faro 1 pax to 4- 110,00€
Monte Velho – Sagres 1 pax to 4 - 40,00€
Monte Velho - Portimão 1 pax to 4 - 60,00€
Shuttles from Lisbon Airport to Monte Velho:
Van 8 Pax: 350€
Taxi 4 Pax : 295€
Where can I stay prior to or after the Retreat that is close by?
In Carrapateira, the closest village which also has restaurants and a shop, Pensão as Dunas or Casa Presente, are affordable and good options for accommodation near the beach.
Is there any place around to rent a Bike or Car?
Car rental is advised to be arranged in Faro Airport where there are several international
car rental companies.
Closest car rental service around is Lagos:
Bike rental in Carrapateira with Bikes - Carrapateira Extreme Tours & Activities - Algarve
Is there a town within walking distance?
Carrapateira is the closest village; it has some restaurants and small shops and two
stunning beaches. The distance is 4kms from Monte Velho. Usually people go either by a
shared taxi, car, bike or walking for the trained ones.
Is there a beach within walking distance?
Carrapateira has 2 beaches: Amado and Bordeira, both located around 3,5 kms from the
venue. Is it possible to go to Amado walking (may take 1:15h), by car (6 min), by taxi or by
bike (can be rented in Carrapateira).
Is there a shop and restaurants within walking distance?
There is a shop in Carrapateria as well as restaurants and bars.
Can you explain a little bit about food?
It is a vegetarian and vegan buffet with several options, so people can help themselves.
Our catering is vegetarian and vegan, and we try to provide organic and local products
The kitchen team can adapt to allergies and intolerances among the group.
Can we cook in the premises?
No, only our catering team is authorised to cook in the kitchen
Do you have laundry service?
We don't provide laundry service in a regular basis, but if a guest needs, we can use our
laundry machine for a basic price of 5€.
What are the room cleaning details?
We do a cleaning every day the toilet and the rooms, but we do not arrange the beds (up to
the client). Bath carpets changed daily and towels in the middle of the retreats.
Extra towels available upon request.
Are there yoga mats available at the location (and other props)?
We provide mats and props for yoga practice: blocks, bolsters, straps, etc.
What about wifi at the location?
Only in the main hall and reception there is Wi-Fi.
Do you have massage appointments? (Please book prior to or after the retreat period 🙏)
Yes, there is availability. 60€ 1 hour of massage, to be paid in cash to the therapist. Our team of therapist includes different massages.- deep tissue massage, ayurvedic massage, thai, etc. We have other therapist for special needs (acupuncture, physiotherapy, crano-sacral, etc)
What are the prices for surfing? (Please book prior to or after the retreat period 🙏)
1 Day 65€
3 Days 130€
What other activities can be organised? (Please book prior to or after the retreat period 🙏)
Dolphin watching with https://marilimitado.com/ in Sagres,
Winery visit to Monte Casteleja