Our location is set in the heart of Salento, amongst the olive trees, nature, close to some of the most beautiful stretches of beaches and coastline in the Salento area and just a short drive away from the fascinating historical cities of Nardo, Gallipoli & Lecce, the Capital of Salento.


A varied rich breakfast including oats, cereal, yogurt, fruit juice, homemade Italian breads & pastries will be served every day. Several meals will be served during the week.  Daily snacks will be available in the kitchen during the week. All meals will be vegetarian and prepared with vegetables grown in the garden of the villa. If you wish to tour the local area, we are more than happy to provide a packed lunch for a small additional charge.


Extra Activities

For an extra supplement the following can be arranged:  horse riding, bike tours, bike hire, kite surf and surf lessons and much much more. 

Local Products

It will be possible to purchase homemade products made from local businesses and products produced at The Aia. 

Getting to Us

By Air

The nearest airport to Salento Yoga is Brindisi International Airport. The airport is approx 100 km from the Villa

From the UK: Ryanair have direct flights to Brindisi from Stanstead airport. Flight prices are very cheap if booked in advance. If London is inconvenient, options are to fly to a major airport in Italy ie Milan, Pisa, Rome and then fly internally to Brindisi. From April -October Ryanair  have direct flights from Manchester – Brindisi Flights can also be taken to Bari (200 km from Lecce). From Bari a train can be taken to Lecce. Easyjet have direct flights to Bari from Gatwick, London. There is a bus shuttle from Bari to Brindisi Airport where a Salento Yoga Driver can arrange a pick up upon request. For details about the shuttle visit the website or you can download the timetable from this link Useful sites for flights: For further information on flights from the UK and Europe, please do not hesitate to contact us


Transport from/to Brindisi International Airport There is a SITA shuttle bus stop at Brindisi Airport located immediately on the right of the Airport main exit. This bus takes you to the centre of Lecce. From here a Salento Yoga Driver can arrange a pick up upon request.

Alternatively we can organise an airport transfer which will take you directly to the Salento Yoga home.

By Train

If travelling by train, the nearest train station to Salento Yoga is in the historical town of Lecce, Nardo or Gallipoli. From here a Salento Yoga Driver can arrange a pick up upon request for a small charge.

For exact times, prices and bookings you can go to the Railways timetable online at:

By Coach

If travelling by bus, the nearest bus station to Salento Yoga is at the gate of the historical town of Lecce, Nardo or Gallipoli.  From here a Salento Yoga Driver can arrange a pick up upon request.

Useful sites for coaches:

As the website is in Italian, we will be more than happy to assist with the booking.


In general, taxis in Italy are extremely expensive. Salento Yoga are more than happy to arrange airport, train and bus station pick up/drop offs.

For further information please contact the Salento Yoga Team

By Car

The Salento area is beautiful and so we do recommend our guests to hire a car to explore the surroundings in your free time. Taxis are extremely expensive. For car hire help, please contact us and we will be more than happy to help.   

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What our Yogis say about us

Salento Yoga 2013 in one of the best things I have ever done! Absolute paradise! (and I cannot believe you made me a Birthday Cake with my face on it..haha) Thank you so much!!

This week has been amazing and I have been inspired so much by the beautiful location, our incredible teacher Kirsty who (probably without realising) has helped transform my life since the first class I attended, my fellow yogis who I have had the pleasure of sharing this experience with & finally Kamal, Alessio, Valentina & GianFranco who could not have done anymore to make our time extra special & are some of the kindest people I have ever met.  See you all next year for more sea, sun, yoga love, laughs & of course Valentines food!!

Hayley (UK)September 2013 Retreat

Quick decisions are often the good decisions! and especially if you find your way to SALENTO YOGA!

Highly recommended week. You will be in good warm caring hands of this Salento Team.  Then the beautiful Villa Paola, the sea, GianFrancos famous “Baileys” – who wouldn’t like to celebrate his/her birthday here??

Many Thanks and best wishes for the future.

Gosia (Sweden)September 2013 Retreat

Just what is needed from a yoga retreat. The teaching was insightful and informative with care and integrity; the atmosphere at the villa peaceful and conductive to socializing or solitary time as desired; the organization sensitive and discreet; and the food sublime! I came to recharge my batteries but discovered, almost without knowing how, that I’d recharged my soul.

Thank you for a truly memorable week.

Steffan (UK)May 2013 Retreat

Mmmmmmmm!!! What can i say?

This was an amazing retreat.  I have been on a few retreats but this by far has been the best.  How lucky were we to have experienced so much of Southern Italy.  I know the yoga has improved & I will continue, promise when I return to Bellagio.  A big thank you to Kamal, Kirsty, Alessio, Valentina, Gianfranco & Paola.  You went out of your way to make the week very special.

Ciao and see you next time.

Kim (Australia)July 2104 Retreat

To Our Salento Family, Thank you so much for such a wonderful week. We will never forget our first time here. Looking forward to many many more.

Lenore & Eide (USA)September 2014 Retreat

The entire week has simply been GREAT!!!
(3 exclamation marks great).

I was so excited about coming on my first yoga retreat and it has exceeded all my expectations. Kamal, Alessio and Kirsty have brought us all together into a beautiful yoga family.

The yoga, atmosphere, activities, love, laughter, jokes, tree climbing, gelato, food, food and more food have been PERFECTO! The experience of the week is more than just this week, it has changed my life!!!


Sarah (UK)May 2013 Retreat

It was a total experience to be hosted by you at Castro, September 2013.  You thought about every detail and took care of every moment of our yoga vacation.  I hope that your natural hospitality will meet the same hospitality when you have your own vacations  around the world.

Sarit (Israel)September 2013 Retreat

We named it the pirate beach, for the skull and crossbones flag. The captain, aka bar owner, had departed for the season, leaving behind his wooden decking, perfect for our evening yoga. As the sun set over Puglia’s unspoilt west coast, we stretched our bodies/soothed our minds, gently guided by Scottish instructor Eileen Jackson and local teacher and retreat organiser Kamal Fanibanda, the sea swirling beneath. Morning sessions found us on the villa’s roof terrace, looking down on pomegranate trees, exploring new challenges in thoughtful flow sessions. We managed dinner in Gallipoli, lunch in Lecce, beach trips and cycling, but it was yoga in the open air, friendship and fab local food that made us come back new.

Rowena (Spain)September 2016 Retreat (Published also in the Guardian newspaper as a recommended yoga retreat)