The season to be jolly is right around the corner. While winter is a time to bundle up, snuggle with your family and enjoy sleigh bells ringing out your favourite carols, the holidays aren’t all bliss. They can be a whirlwind of gift shopping, party planning, tree decorating and stocking stuffing, working hard to get everything just right. So, before you get to checking off boxes on your holiday to-do list, take some time to pamper yourself.
Here are our suggestions for winter R&R in Barcelona:
Let stress float away at Flotarium
The first of its kind in Barcelona, Flotarium offers stress relief through flotation therapy. The therapy takes place in the centre’s individual sensory isolation chambers. Each pod is 2.5m long and 1.6m wide, and contains 600 litres of warm water and 300kg of Epsom salt. The high concentration of salt creates a density similar to that of the Dead Sea, allowing you to float effortlessly and completely disconnect your body and mind from the world outside. With the push of a button, you can choose the amount of ambient light in your chamber, and decide if you want your door open or closed. Then just lay back and feel your troubles drift away. Pl. de Narcís Oller 3.
Downward dog into tranquility
Yoga is recognised as one of the most effective ways to restore balance and inner peace. But sometimes we can’t find that spare hour or two to test out a new studio. A yogi’s paradise, many Barcelona studios offer classes of all levels, taught in English, so that you can relax completely.
YogaLinda – Does winter ever make you feel cold to the core? Warm up every centimetre of your body at YogaLinda. The studio offers hot yoga, as well as classes for pregnant women and for children. Rosa Sensat 4.
Well Woman Centre – This centre has a wide range of classes, including Gentle Flow, Darsham Yam and Core Yoga, as well as a number of other healing treatments like pilates and acupuncture. The space is airy and light, and makes for a perfect retreat from the bustling city. Classes are offered in English, French and Spanish—check the schedule to find your language. Casp 80.
The Garage, by Veronica Blume – An open, modern space in the heart of Poble-sec, The Garage offers a mix of Yin, Hatha-Vinyasa, Vinyasa and Ashtanga yoga. It has multiple classes in the mornings and evenings, and also hosts community events on occasion. Magalhães 2.
Pamper yourself at a luxurious spa
Reminiscent of the royal Arab baths of Al Andalus, Aire de Barcelona provides relaxation with class. A historic building in the Born, where centuries-old wells once supplied the city with water, houses the spa. Soak in the baths before enjoying a salt massage, an olive oil exfoliation, aromatherapy or a sugar peel. Packages are available that allow you to combine your favourite treatments in one visit, including couples services for those seeking to unwind with a significant other. Pg. de Picasso 22.
Come back to centre with Buddhist meditation
Located deep inside the Garraf Natural Park, Sakya Tashi Ling is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery following the teachings of His Holiness Sayka Trizin, an ancient Tibetan king. The monastery is a collection of ornate buildings and gardens, surrounded by dense greenery and rolling hills. Monks lead guests in individual meditation classes, intensive meditation trainings and meditation retreats. Parc Natural del Garraf, Avda. Plana Novella s/n.
Warm up from the inside out
Barcelona is home to an array of tea shops, where customers can sample different exotic blends in a serene environment.
Miss Perkins – Decorated like your stylish Gran’s living room, Miss Perkins is a British tea shop and bakery serving up fresh, homemade cakes, crumpets, biscuits and other snacks. Its cosy atmosphere will make you feel right at home. Rambla del Brasil 24.
La Tetería – Take a trip halfway across the world. Modelled after a traditional tea house from early 20th-century China, the shop makes tea a ritualistic experience. From choosing your Chinese or Japanese flavour to savouring every last sip, everything is done with intention and tranquility. Baixada de Viladecols 2.
If you prefer to warm up with something bubbly, Barcelona’s got a place for you, too.
TimeLine Bar – This spot is a sweet little hideaway in Gràcia. It offers drink specials throughout the week, but is most famous for its weekend brunch—an extensive and delicious brunch buffet, two warm tapas and unlimited mimosas, Bloody Marys, teas, juices and coffee for €18. Providència 3.
Marmalade – Exuding swanky speakeasy charm, Marmalade is the place to see and be seen on a weekend afternoon. It serves up sweet and savoury variations on brunch classics, and has a lengthy cocktail menu to allow you to enjoy tasty libations with any meal. Riera Alta 4-6.
However you prefer to unwind, Barcelona can help you get in the right mindset to spread some yuletide cheer.