The weather has truly turned now in Valencia, on the eastern coast of Spain. The colder nights are receding, every day is warmer and warmer, and the wind is starting to drop. Although we have never really suffered from bad weather here (and certainly nothing to complain about compared with the UK), the months from December to May have been a little changeable. I’ll be honest and say that ‘changeable’ is a bit of an understatement, and that the reality is that we’ve had rain, wind, storms, sun and clear skies, then storms again. But now it really feels like the sun is here to stay, and so with this confidently in mind, let’s have a look at some great outdoor yoga spots. Valencia is a green city, full of parks and open spaces, so you won’t struggle for places – but let me help you shortlist some of my favourite yoga areas in Valencia.
When I think yoga, I think park or beach or mountain. Now the mountains are a little far away (but only a short drive), but the beach and park are perfectly accessible, almost from any point within the city. Whilst Malvarrosa Beach is huge and there are infinite places to find some peace and quiet, I think there is a winner. A good yoga spot should be quiet and not have too many people walking around and by, but also be scenic and beautiful. If you walk to the end of Malvarrosa Beach, before it turns into Alboraya Beach, there is a path connecting the two sides of the sand. Palm trees adorn this location, and create a relatively private space that is often used for yoga/Pilates, slack-line practice and workout groups. Although there are people usually crossing between the two beaches, it’s so common to have activity groups there that no-one really takes notice and stops to gawk. So you can breathe and stretch in peace and quiet.
I don’t think you’ll be able to find a spot in the Turia Park that is disappointing or ugly, but you can still take the time to find the very best spot. Right next to the Alameda metro stop you’ll find the Pont de la Mar bridge, with the water feature/lake surrounding it at park level. Because of the water surrounding the bridge, it was possible to plant more trees in the area than in others, and as a result the bridge is surrounded by tall palm trees and leafy-green trees, shading the grass around them and providing the ideal outdoor yoga spot in Turia Park. There is plenty of space for groups of around 20 to enjoy a peaceful session, and the trees also provide a higher degree of privacy than you can find in other more open areas of the park.
Many people visit these types of Spanish cities in order to get away from the hustle and bustle of the more busy, commercial European capitals. In that context, the city is absolutely ideal, as the pace of life here is considerably slower. Take a break from your hectic life and come and do some yoga in the parks and beaches of Valencia.
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