Portugal is a hugely popular holiday destination – and with good reason. There are so many beautiful sights to see in Portugal: stunning cities, picturesque villages and wide-open stretches of beach. Portugal boasts magnificent nature and nature reserves that are calm and spacious. It is a land steeped in tradition, with friendly people and an unadulterated cuisine. Portugal’s coastline spans no less than 832 kilometres! Its mild climate and coastal location make Portugal a fantastic spa and wellness destination. What’s more, there are various thermal baths across the country, and the health resorts are situated in gorgeous natural settings, guaranteeing peace and tranquillity. This also makes Portugal an ideal destination for combining wellness with the beach, nature and outdoor activities. Yoga retreats, too, are becoming increasingly popular in Portugal, be it by the sunny coast or in the glorious mountains.
What healthy holidays and hotels does Portugal have to offer?
Nowadays, beautiful Portugal offers a wide array of wellness hotels, health resorts and luxury hotels with wellness and spa facilities: beautiful yoga-spots in the sunny Algarve and on the Atlantic coast in Western Portugal; trendy locations offering a combination of yoga and walking holidays, or yoga and massage holidays and retreats that pair yoga with other sports, such as surfing or stand-up paddle boarding (SUP). The Monchique mountain area is one of the Algarve’s natural treasures, offering endless walking opportunities around 1,000-year old hot springs of pure, crystal clear water. Combine a city trip to Lisbon with a relaxed wellness holiday in Estoril, the famous beach resort by Portugal’s capital. Destination spas, small-scale boutique retreats (with an intimate feel, ideal for like-minded yoga, mindfulness, juice cleanse or detox holiday-goers) yoga and silent retreats and 5* hotels with professional spas – all have increased in number. Luxury 5* destination spas offer professionally supervised exercise, nutrition and anti-stress programmes with a personalised approach. For some active relaxation, simply head out on a bike tour adventure or stroll through the Portuguese hinterland or along the coastline.
A seaside location and an enormously long coastline also make Portugal the ideal surfing destination. A surfing Valhalla, it offers the best beaches for all levels – from beginner to experienced. Many yoga retreats in Portugal thus offer a combination of yoga and surfing: the perfect way to find your equilibrium in and among nature. On these intimate yoga retreats, you’ll take full advantage of Portugal’s natural environment with yoga on the beach or in the wild. The yoga-surfing combo guarantees a relaxing and active holiday: the perfect balance.
Leave the daily grind behind you for a while and make time for yourself to reset. A juice cleanse will revitalise your body and mind. The best way to do this is in a relaxed, calming environment. The body gets a break, not having to consume foods, instead taking on water, herbal teas and juices. The result is a rested body that rids itself of stored toxins. Portugal offers the rest and relaxation your body needs for a juice cleanse, just a 2.5-hour flight away.
Thermal baths do wonders for one’s health. The water comes from deep down in the earth, rising to the surface purified and enriched with minerals. The specific minerals the water contains depends on the composition of the ground. As such, each hot spring has different healing properties. There are those that ease rheumatism, pain and skin conditions. Others still help with inflammation and complaints of the digestive or nervous system. Many health resorts indeed use the thermal waters in the therapies they offer. This creates the opportunity to combine a relaxing wellness holiday with optimising your wellbeing and the preventative treatment of physical ailments.
Puurenkuur offers a number of different hotels in the Algarve, with something for everyone. In de Algarve, you can choose to stay either by the coast or in one of the region’s beautiful nature reserves. Whatever it is you’re longing for, this region has it: from destination spas to yoga retreats and luxury hotels with great spas. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with one of our wellness holiday specialists for more information on a wellness holiday in the Algarve, tailored exactly to your needs!
Combining a wellness holiday with a city break is easy in Portugal. At Puurenkuur, you’ll find luxury destination spas in the Lisbon area where you can fully unwind whilst enjoying the city and all it has to offer. As well as resting and relaxing in a luxury spa, you get to soak up the atmosphere in this stunning city, sauntering through the picturesque streets of old Lisbon. Want to find out more about combining a city break with wellness? Get in touch!