Casa de Carrasco Yoga Retreat

»Affordable yoga holiday«

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The rolling Tarragona landscape welcomes you to this olive and almond farm cum yoga retreat. Run family-style by Sarah Good and her partner Martin Fawcett, Casa de Carrasco offers you the simplicity of life in the Spanish countryside; morning open-air yoga, local cultural adventures, and of course the beautiful temperate climate.

  • What we love
  • Stunning open-air yoga space
  • Caters for low budget travellers
  • Unique natural environment of Tarragona
  • What to know
  • No high wattage appliances to be used as these drain the solar-powered energy resources of the retreat
  • Only one led yoga class in the morning
  • Why go
  • Enjoy the relaxed Spanish lifestyle
  • Intimate boutique retreat

With only 16 guest-spots available and open from Easter to end of September, Casa de Carrasco is a small yet homely retreat center focussed on providing the basic necessities for you to enjoy a holiday in a typically Mediterranean location. Originally started by Sarah and Martin as a typical Spanish country farmhouse, Casa de Carrasco now boasts camping areas, spacious safari tents, converted stables, two kitchens and a gorgeous swimming pool, not forgetting to mention the open-air yoga space! All this is set in ten acres of olive and almond trees, providing any guest with a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of city living.

Casa de Carrasco cater for all budgets. They offer three different types of camping options; bring your own tent and bedding, rent a single pop-up tent with bedding provided or stay in a larger luxurious safari tent. For those that choose to camp, there are two kitchen facilities, indoor and outdoor (cooking your dinner under the stars is a Spanish tradition), a shower/toilet area and even a common area - actually a house - with places to relax if you are not up for hanging around your tent. There is even a small shop on-site where you can buy fresh produce and the retreat’s own organic olive oil. Just note that high wattage appliances such as irons, hair dryers and hair straighteners won’t function at the retreat as electricity is provided by a solar system.

The other accommodation option is in a typically Spanish stone house complete with terracotta floors and rustic wooden beams. Rooms are either double or single occupancy with an en-suite bathroom. For all guests the price of accommodation also includes a morning yoga class, bedding and towels (not for the bring-your-own-tent campers though) and breakfast. For all other meals, self-catering is available in the open-plan kitchen.

There is one daily yoga class on offer at Casa de Carrasco from 8 - 9.30 am. The class is taught by founder and host Sarah Good, who teaches a Sivananda fusion style. Sarah has been practicing yoga for the last 12 years and graduated in the Sivananda style. Yoga mats and props are all available for guests to use during the class and even to take away for self-practice at any point during their stay. The yoga space itself is truly stunning, a circular open-air platform untouched by any awning awaits the eager early risers for Sun Salutation. With the breathtaking Tarragona landscape surrounding you on all sides why wouldn’t you make the effort to rise and stretch?

Since the day is free for relaxation, wanderings or explorations, Casa de Carrasco offers a variety of activities for a minimal fee. These include kayaking or fishing on the nearby river Ebro, bike tours in the villages, a Miravet Castle tour (home to the Knights Templar dating back to 2nd Century BCE), day trips to Barcelona (only a 1.5-hour train ride away), local beach trips, a tour of the region’s restaurants and even wine tastings.

There are several different ways to get to Casa de Carrasco. The nearest airport is Barcelona Reus, 45 minutes away by car and the airport used predominantly by budget airline Ryanair. One can either rent a car at the airport, pre book a taxi via the retreat center for a fee of 50 Euros single or 35 Euros shared, or take a train. A train from Barcelona airport is fairly straightforward with a changeover at Barcelona Sants train station, then a 1 hour 45 minute journey to arrive at L’Ampolla, the closest station to the retreat. Casa de Carrasco offers one free train pick-up a day at 5pm from the station to the center, otherwise you can pre-book a taxi for a 20 Euro fee.

An ‘affordable holiday’ is the motto of Casa de Carrasco and this boutique retreat lives up to its mission statement with a wallet-friendly getaway. Rolling hills and space welcome the weary traveller, as do the smiling faces of the knowledgeable and very hospitable hosts.

About the area: Rasquera

Rasquera is an hour’s drive from the (very pretty) city of Tarragona proper, and is a highlight of natural beauty in the middle of the Serra de Cardo National Park. Unlike many other parts of northern Spain, this is a green and tree-filled haven, only a few kilometers from the white-sand beaches of the Costa Daurada. Being in northern Spain rather than the ‘typically Spanish’ Andalusia, this region has distinct seasons with some very cold winters - frost is guaranteed and snow is not unheard of. This makes the best time to visit the warmer months of April through October when daytime temperatures range from 18 - 30 degrees C (65 - 86F) with very little rainfall.

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