Namaste, dudes: yoga and surfing in the Algarve, Portugal

A surf and yoga outfit based in south Asia has opened a branch in the Algarve, handy for golden beaches on two distinct coastlines and refuelling on custard tarts

The early morning sun is spilling through the trees, bathing the orange grove in golden tones. The scent of the blossom lingers in the air as I walk beneath branches laden with fruit to the yoga shala. I roll out a mat in the open-air studio, a breeze kissing my skin and birds singing overhead. Hidden in the Portuguese hills, this is the kind of setting that unwinds you – before the yoga has even begun.

So starts my first day at Soul and Surf’s new base in the Algarve, which opened in April. The yoga and surfing company already has bases in India and Sri Lanka, but this is its first in Europe, introduced following a string of successful pop-ups. With three- and four-night breaks available, as well as week-long stays, it’s geared towards both “weekend warriors” and those looking to maximise time in the sea and on the mat.

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