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Airport Transfers - Sharing a car
Arrival Day – Sunday
(Christmas & New Year retreats may differ)
If your flight arrives before 13:30, you can get a transfer in a Shared Transfer car. Please have the correct amount of euros to pay your driver in person.
COST €40 euros per person
Note: If your flight arrival time is too late for a Shared Car Transfer, you can ask us to arrange for a private car to meet you – See ‘Out of Hours Transfers’.
Departure Day – Saturday
(Christmas & New Year retreats may differ)
COST €40 euros per person
Book Your Transfer
You are welcome to check-out earlier (e.g. if you have an early morning flight) and we are happy to arrange a private car to take you to the airport – see ‘Out of Hours Transfers’.
Out Of Hours Transfers
If the timing of a Shared Transfer does not coincide with your flight arrival, we can arrange for a driver to meet you at the airport (24 hours notice required).
To book an Out of Hours Transfer, please send an email to email@example.com with your flight details and your mobile phone number.
MALAGA AIRPORT: €130 one way
GRANADA AIRPORT: €65 one way
Driving Directions From Malaga Airport
Google Map Position
36.898582 – 3.441095
Directions in brief: follow the Mediterranean coast to Motril, turn inland towards Granada and follow signs to Orgiva
On leaving the airport follow signs for Malaga and then signs for SEVILLA, CORDOBA, GRANADA, ALMERIA and MOTRIL (A7). After about 10kms the motorway splits into two motorways, it is important that you now keep to the left on the A7 in the direction of ALMERIA and MOTRIL and that you don’t follow signs for Cordoba, Sevilla and Granada. You are on the Autovia del Meditaraneo driving east along the side of the sea.
The name changes to Autovia de Sierra Nevada and you are now driving north and inland.
Continue on this motorway until junction “175” (about 20kms from the coast), and turn off in the direction of ORGIVA and Las Alpujarras. The slip road brings you down the hill to the large dam and roundabout where you turn right towards ORGIVA. Keep going until you go through a tunnel, then turn left over the River Guadalfeo towards ORGIVA. Continue through ORGIVA town. Bear left at the traffic lights before the church, (signs are for A348 LANJARON & TREVELEZ).
As you leave ORGIVA you will pass a small BP filling station near the bridge, then carry straight on and after 0.5km there is a larger BP filling station on the right.
Landmarks from Orgiva to Kaliyoga
1) Continue for about 1km and you will see ‘Camping Puerta de la Alpujarra’ campsite on your left with red pyramid-shaped roofs. (see photo 1)
2) Carry on about 400m – there is a short section of the straight road followed by a sharp right-hand bend (see photo 2 & 3)… Slow down at the Chevron.
3) INDICATE LEFT and TURN LEFT immediately by the long green hedge and the community bin shed.
Now choose the track that runs between the glass-fronted bus stop and the sign for Olive Mill (photo 4). Don’t be tempted by the other track near the hedge, it’s a dead end.
Having turned off the main road, drive along the unmade track slowly (it’s quite bumpy). You will pass a white farm building on the right and then at the bottom of the hill is a building called “Fabricolat de Queso de las Alpujarras”. Follow the road to the LEFT… past around water container on the right… Continue straight on for about 600 more meters. Keep going straight… Don’t take any turnings to the right… you’re nearly there… the Kaliyoga sign is on the right just after the brow of a steep uphill section.
Malaga Airport & Car Rental
Malaga Airport – meeting point
Please wait for your driver by the red ‘RELAY’ boutique, near the arrivals area – see image below
Transfers are operated by a small team of friendly, self-employed locals who know the area and provide a personal service in English/Spanish. This service is offered because there is no taxi company in our local town and our drivers know exactly where to go, saving you time and money.
Car Rental at Malaga Airport
If you are likely to miss your pick-up for any reason, or if you need to amend your transfer service, please call the driver’s mobile number in your confirmation email.
Note: If you are late, the driver’s costs plus excess waiting time are your responsibility.
Local Area Info
Kaliyoga is located in rural countryside near the market town of Orgiva which lies in the Alpujarra mountain range between Granada city and the Mediterranean coast. Transfers from Granada airport take about an hour by car, and under 2 hours from Malaga airport.
Spain's highest mountains "Sierra Nevada" are a magnificent backdrop to this partly undiscovered area of Spain, complete with fiestas, Moorish castles and some of the best and least expensive food and wine to be found. The region has dramatic and enchanting valleys, forests, vineyards, waterfalls, rivers and picturesque white mountain villages, which unlike many of the coastal resorts have remained unspoiled by tourism. And all this with about 325 days of sunshine per year. Where else is it possible to see oranges, lemons, figs, with a backdrop of snow-capped mountains? Andalusia is, above all, Light. It is a painter's and writer's paradise.
This medieval city is located on one of the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountain range and was a stronghold of the Nazeri Dynasty, the last great Moorish kingdom in Spain. On leaving Spain the Arabs had to leave behind one of the most fabulous medieval palaces ever built, the Alhambra of Granada and the palace itself is protected by the Alcazaba fortress. The walls and ceiling of the Alhambra's rooms are incredibly beautiful with graceful and harmonious courtyards and running water. The Generalife summer palace, on the same hill, is known for its lush gardens with beautiful fountains and tranquil ponds. The Sierra Nevada mountain range rises to the south of Granada and contains a ski resort with the highest peak in continental Spain, Mulhacén (3482 m).
The Alhambra Palace
Granada is an hour away and booking is advised as turning up on spec may mean queues. The booking line is 902 22 44 60 (English spoken), Have your credit card ready (Visa/Mastercard only). There are three sections to the Alhambra: Alcazaba, Palacio and Generallife Gardens. To view the Palacio section, you are given an allotted time of half an hour so organise your visit to the other two sections around this allotted time. Collect any pre-booked tickets from the advance booking window at least ONE hour before your allocated time. Opening hours: 8.30 AM till 8.00 PM all year round Price: 7 euros in total. Granada is a lovely city to explore, with a cathedral, the gypsy quarter (Albaicin / Sacremonte) and lots of great shopping and eating.
On the road between Orgiva and Lanjaron there is a turning (near BP petrol station) that leads to the most scenic mountain villages. Most accessible are three villages in the Poqueira Valley: Pampaneira, Bubion and Capeleira. They all have cafés and bars, and there are shops selling local produce. There is a funky bar in Bubion called Bar Morisco. Continue up hill past Capeleira and you'll find a flamenco nightclub called Al Catifa, open late 'til late. There is also a lovely mountain spring beyond Capeleira where you can swim in natural stone pools. On the way back, take a left at the junction near Bubion and follow the signs to Pitres, Ferreirola and Mecina Fondales for gorgeous mountain walks. There's a family-owned bar in Mecina with the best paella - ask for Marissa.
Places to eat in Orgiva
There is a fun market on Thursdays (finishes at 2pm) and numerous places to eat, have coffee and eat tasty tapas.
Barraka: Morrocan cafe near the market area. Delicious falafel, shawarma kebabs, Baklava honey-drenched pastries, traditional Indian chai tea, homemade ice cream, ambient music.Closes 8pm.Closed on Mondays.
Pizzeria Almazara: 53 Avenida Gonzales Robles (main street of Orgiva): outside dining in an orange grove (closed Mondays)
El Limonero Restaurant - calle Yañez 27, off Orgiva high street.
Alma Alpujarreña: Traditional Alpujarra food i.e. sopa de ajo (garlic soup), tortilla (potato omelette) and paella. Avenida Gonzales Robles, Orgiva.
Galindos Cafe: coffee, bread, tostados and pastries. Plaza Garcia Morena, 50 yards after the church, opposite the Farmacia.
SHOPS AND BANKS ARE CLOSED EVERY WEEKDAY FROM 2pm - 5pm
Shops, banks, and commerce
Banks: Open in Orgiva 09:00 – 14:00 (Mon to Fri)
Cash points: La Caixa, Banco de Andalucia, Caja de Granada, Telebanco
Post Office: ('Correos') Open in Orgiva 09:00-14:00 Mon to Fri, 09:00 – 13:00 Sat
Orgiva Market: Every Thursday, located at the top of town just past the town hall, closes at 14:00
Pharmacy (Farmacia) The main one, Farmacia (big green sign) is in the paved plaza near the police office, the other is near the Centro de Salud health centre.
Parafarmacia de Orgiva, homeopathic chemist. The owner, Fran, is a knowledgeable homeopath.Food Shops
Open 09:30 – 14:00 Mon to Sat, 17:30 – 20:30 Mon to Fri Only
Supermercado Alpujarra: The 'Tesco' of the Alpujarras, Avenida Gonzales Robles 6
Gerardo's Panaderia (bakery) Calle Lora Tamayo, 20 (try their Empanadillas – pies!)
Camac Health Foods: Calle Real, 23 (good imports – closes at 2pm for the day)
Herbolario Health Foods: local produce and hippy gift items (ask Rosie for directions)
Health Centre (Centro de Salud) open 24 hours Follow "Green Cross" Signs through Town
Dr Axel Thieke (German doctor 958 881 511)
Dr Rafael Fernandez: 958 784 249 (good local private doctor, reasonable rates)
The Guardian – 2017
Best Holistic Retreat for beginners. At Kaliyoga’s base in the Alpujarras you can pick from a variety of activities to mix with your yoga, including hill walking, raw food cleansing and juice fasting with nutrition lectures, colonic cleanses and guided meditation. Chill by the pool, have a treatment, use the infra-red sauna and take two yoga classes a day. Resident teachers include Lely Aldworth, who teaches dynamic yoga, encouraging guests to experience yoga as a moving meditation. Alcohol-free meals are veggie and vegan.
Review by Caroline Sylger Jones
The Sunday Telegraph – 2015
I was lucky. My retreat with Kaliyoga in Italy was both authentic and a traveller’s delight. It pandered to our desire for a luxurious break, but with no compromise on the quality of the teaching, environment, and staff. All of it exemplified the purism of real yoga from the inside out. And that is something of which the male of our species is in dire need.
Men know how to rush, how to compete, how to strategise, how to panic, how to want, but few of us know how to just pause and be, even for one breath. There is something so hard about taking a moment to stop thinking and, rather, to notice what I am experiencing right now, that I needed two whole weeks of structured, cloistered care in order to glimpse it.
The Telegraph – 2015
The best health and fitness retreats in 2015.
Review by Vicky Reeve
BeautyNewsNYC – 2014
This retreat was also a wonderful opportunity to meet like-minded people and form ties with them. The contrast between our tense drawn faces and stiff bodies when we arrived and the sparkling expressions when we left was quite revealing of the release and joy experienced during the initiation. I have kept up my yoga practice since my stay even if only for just a few minutes in the morning.
I have only one thought when I think of this retreat: I want to go back as soon as possible and experience every step of this mesmerizing physical and mental transformation again.
Metro – 2014
A perfect balance of hippy and cool. Kaliyoga isn’t the competitive power yoga that is often found in Britain, The morning flow class is challenging but gentle. The afternoon session combines restorative yoga and alignment workshops, culminating in a partner class on the last day which has us collapsed on the floor laughing.
The Digitalistas – 2014
Last year I had an amazing experience at Kaliyoga in Spain, and the wellness yoga retreat has just opened its newest location in Puglia, Italy.
Sheerluxe – 2014
Tashi, our yoga teacher for the week, charmed everyone into a state of utterly blissful relaxation. I had specifically booked myself on a week when I knew she’d be teaching as I’d experienced her incredible energy and approachable teaching style before. It’s safe to say she’d gained a few more devoted fans by the end of the week. (Yes, she is that good!)
Mindfulness is such a buzzword in wellness circles right now and everyone seems to be throwing it around all over the place. I found Tashi’s teaching really demystified it for me, and I came home with renewed enthusiasm for a yoga practice and meditation.
Eluxe Magazine – 2014
I know the minute I stop feeling this glow, I’ll be booking my second trip…
Queen Of Retreats – 2014
The genius people at Kaliyoga are opening their third gorgeous retreat venue in April – this time in the beautiful Puglia region of southern Italy. You’ll stay in a traditional Masseria (17th-century country house) or a Trullo cottage in the grounds and enjoy daily yoga, cycling, walking, trips to the beach, delicious healthy food and a good selection of relaxing treatments including Thai yoga massage and reflexology. Dynamic Yoga, pioneered by yoga adept Godfrey Devereux, is the house specialty – Kaliyoga’s main teacher is Tashi Dawa, aka Tashi, who teaches flowing dynamic yoga with poise, warmth, and humour. Review by Caroline Sylger Jones.
Salbe und Seide – 2013
Kaliyoga ist ein in Europa führendes Yoga-Retreat und eines der weltweiten Top Yoga Retreats.
Essential Travel – 2013
Kaliyoga focuses on getting rid of stress from your daily life, allowing you time for self-reflection and inner wellness.
Shaw Connect, Canada – 2013
For many people, yoga has become an integral part of their lifestyle. So much so that it carries over into holiday planning.
Spa World Germany – 2013
Kaliyoga ist ein freundliches Retreat, wo die Besucher Yoga mit den besten Lehrern praktizieren, sich mit delizösen, regionalen, vegetarischem Essen verwöhnen und holistische Therapien genießen können.
Red Online – 2013
One of the Best Yoga Holidays in Spain.
Miss Eco Glam – 2013
Feel more energized with two daily yoga classes and tantalize your taste buds with a range of healthy snack ideas, guilt-free desserts, and raw chocolate.
Style Cartel – 2013
When searching for summer holiday ideas I stumbled upon the Kaliyoga Raw Superfoods Retreat in Southern Spain where you can enjoy a highly nourishing and invigorating six-day Raw & Superfood Yoga Retreat in a spectacular rural setting. Focus on yoga and a diet of high-vibration living foods including raw and steamed cuisine as well as superfoods to enhance holistic health, energy, and weight control.
Hip & Healthy – 2013
Being a fairly active lady who is used to clocking hours in the gym and pounding the pavement, I initially approached yoga with some caution. It looked wonderful, but would I be bored? Would I feel any tangible benefits? I imagine this is the trepidation of many thinking about giving the downward dog a chance, but I was feeling the effects of spending many hours a week hunched over my desk and knew that a week of turning off my work emails and escaping the rat race would do me no harm. But my week in the Andalusian mountains had more of an effect on me, my lifestyle and my outlook on my health than I could possibly have prepared for.
Brutally Frank – 2013
If I had only one word to describe Kaliyoga I’d say ‘sociable’. Swiftly followed by ‘laughter’ and ‘warmth’. I don’t think I have ever talked or laughed so much as during my week with a bunch of people who started off as complete strangers.
Hello Magazine – 2013
Juice like the stars on a Kaliyoga retreat…
Cosmopolitan Magazine – 2013
It was WONDerful! Exactly what I needed in my current state; yoga was not too strenuous so I could manage most of it even though am still not fighting fit, the food was incredible, the venue breathtaking and Jax the manager and Tashi the yoga teacher were just brilliant. They made everyone feel so welcome and the place had such a good vibe. I have been on quite a lot of yoga retreats / this type of holiday and I think this is the one that has had the most significant effect on me, so that’s saying something.
Review by Pat McNulty
The Arbuturian – 2013
What do you call a place that has a sauna, a pool, a hot tub under the stars, a vast array of treatments and a philosophy that embraces nutrition, health, exercise, and spirituality? That must be a real spa, right? Wrong. This is Kaliyoga and this is a retreat. And that’s a whole different mindset.
Fertility Road Magazine – 2012
If you’re getting ready to conceive a baby, or if you’ve been trying to conceive but getting nowhere, the Kaliyoga Juice Fasting Detox retreat is a tried and tested program that can maximise your chances of getting pregnant.
The Guardian – 2012
The Guardian placed Kaliyoga in their list of top 10 inspirational and affordable yoga retreats that feature leading instructors.
Yoga magazine – 2012
I just want to thank everyone so much. The love, care and nurturing we all received even before we arrived and can feel even though we have left is extraordinary. The gifted and dedicated therapists are extraordinary and would put most luxury spa hotels around the world to shame. The place and the people at Kaliyoga have a very special energy and are nothing short of magical.
SpaFinder – 2010
5 Life-Changing Yoga Retreats in 2014 – Are you keen to start the new year with positive intentions and explore your yoga practice with world-class teachers? Yoga retreats are great ways to get a new perspective on your life, delve deep into yoga asana and philosophy, eat healthy and delicious food, and meet a group of like-minded yogis. Being able to escape your daily life for a short break and take a step back is an invaluable way to transform your yoga practice – and your life.
Daily Telegraph – 2005
In London you’d never catch me fasting (too greedy), giving up caffeine (too addicted) or consulting a healer (too cynical). Yet after a week at the Kaliyoga retreat in southern Spain, I had done all three, along with many more things I’d never have dreamt of. Chakra meditation? A day of total silence? Flamenco dancing? I loved them all.
Conde Nast Traveller – 2004
Go on, stretch yourself. Kaliyoga is all about total relaxation, but a week-long course can yield unexpected rewards, as Francesca Syz discovered at a yoga retreat deep in the Spanish countryside.
Our Calendar 2017
5/Jan – 25/Feb
All Retreats Are Closed for this period
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5/Jan – 25/Feb
All Retreats Are Closed for this period
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