Zakynthos Running Retreat

Ready to lace up and run on our first ever running retreat?

Join us on our favourite Greek island for a week of group training runs along incredible coastal routes, strength & conditioning workouts, recovery yoga, and a big serving of adventure and relaxation.


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a greek island getaway

On this 6-night, 7-day running retreat to the Ionian island of Zakynthos, we'll stay in a luxury villa with spectacular views out over the sea.

Known for it's jaw-dropping limestone cliffs and electric blue waters, and home of the infamous Navagio Beach shipwreck, Zakynthos is a Greek island paradise. We’ve handpicked this villa in the quiet, charming north-west of the island, to give you a taste of the real Zakynthos, and to take you on some of the most beautiful running routes we've seen.

Week 1: 21st - 27th July 2024

Greek sunsets, Greek food and Greek charm

What to expect

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About this escape

Being a running retreat, this Escape is for runners! If you enjoy running, can run a 10km (6 miles) or more, then this Escape is for you.

Zakynthos is known as Greece's greenest island, and is home to some beautiful running routes, through quiet countryside roads, past sleepy villages, and along the coastline, with views and a cooling breeze from the beautiful, blue Ionian sea.

There's absolutely no pressure to run at a certain (crazy fast) pace - we will have support crews leading different pace groups to cater for all.

The group size for this retreat is maximum 12 guests, so you’ll get plenty of personalised running coaching throughout the week. The runs will be completed first thing in the morning to avoid the heat, and we'll have a car with us on all runs stocked with water and blasting out music!

There will be 4 running sessions on offer over the course of the week, which will include an easy run, some tempo / interval runs, and a longer run to top off the week!

There will also be a couple of strength & conditioning sessions offered throughout the week, which will be programmed to support your running training, plus daily yoga & mobility sessions to support your recovery.

As with all our escapes - you can join into as much or as little as you like.



Day 1

a Greek summer starts here

Arrive anytime after 4 pm and settle in for an epic week. Get unpacked and meet your new friends by the pool. We'll kick off with a guided mobility session to shake off travel-day, followed by an official welcome and overview of the week, led by the coaching team. As the sun sets, we'll enjoy our first group dinner overlooking the sea, and toast to a very special week ahead.

Day 2

Run, Chill, Sunbake

Kick off our first full-day together with an energising group run, followed by ice baths and a big breakfast. Hit the sun-loungers poolside before our guided mobility session and a big Greek lunch. Kick back for an afternoon of chill with your new friends before we head to the tennis courts for our first strength & conditioning workout of the week.

Day 3

Shipwreck adventures

Tempo and interval work for our run this morning, as we enjoy one of our favourite routes past olive groves and down to one of the best viewpoints in all of Greece. Soak up the views and the spectacular blues of the crystal-clear sea. Back at the villa, we'll recover with ice baths and breakfast. The rest of the day is more tanning, chilling and recovery massages before an evening filled with sunset yoga and mobility, and a group dinner.

Day 4

Beaches, Caves And Saltiness

Kick off the day with a team strength & conditioning workout and brekkie before we head to the port for the best, blue-est Boat Day we know. Lunch, drinks and tunes are served up on board, and we'll cliff-jump, swim to hidden bays, and into secret caves til we're suitably salty. Wind down back at the villa with a wood-fire pizza night and sunset before bed.

Day 5

Sweat, Relax And Feast

Wake up and hit the roads for another group run through sleepy villages, past an old monastery, and along more spectacular coastline. Down-time back at the villa is spent enjoying massages and kicking back by the pool, before we get our best fits on for an evening out at our favourite beachfront restaurant on the island. We'll soak up the sunset over ice cold drinks and share plate fulls of some of the freshest, tastiest farm-to-table Greek food you'll ever eat.

Day 6

Workouts, Chill And Farewell Dinner

Last full day together so we're heading out for our long run of the week. This run will take us through winding countryside and pine forest to an old windmill on the cliffs overlooking the sea. Jump in for cool down dips and we'll grab iced cold coffees to celebrate. Back at the villa we'll relax for the rest of the day with recovery yoga, soothing massages and heaps of down-time soaking up the sunshine with your new mates. A special farewell dinner is in order for our final night together, so one last sunset swim before we hit the dinner table.

Day 7


Checkout is at 10 am, so there's time to squeeze in one more sunrise session, and you've got a choice... one more run to stretch the legs? A strength & conditioning session to see you on your way? Or a relaxing yoga class to chill out before your flight? One more dip in the pool, and a big breakfast later, and we'll see you on your way. Hugs all round, but it's not goodbye, it's see you on the next adventure!

How to book

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On the following page you'll be asked to choose the dates you'd like to book, as well as how you'd like to pay. Remember, you can pay instalments. For more information, chat with us.

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