Spain’s second largest city is probably best known for its culture – a unique mix of Catalan regional pride and Spanish culture with strong influences from centuries of travellers and tourists. But it’s also a great place to come for a more laidback holiday. While some big cities can seem completely nonstop, Barcelona moves to slower, Latin rhythms. Add in a cosmopolitan embrace of health and wellness, and you have the perfect place for a relaxing break. |
So book your flights and transfers: Barcelona Airport is close enough that getting there isn’t much trouble, and once you’re in town, take a few tips from this guide to some of the best spas, restaurants and sites of natural beauty.
Antoni Gaudi’s ornate, unfinished cathedral La Sagrada Familia is one of Barcelona’s most famous sights. While the debate on whether it’s a masterpiece or a monstrosity looks set to continue, it’s certainly worth seeing.
Even better, though, is this elegant small restaurant just around the corner. Avoid the busier cafes in the area and come here to enjoy healthy meals made with organic, natural ingredients. You can get takeaway if you’re in a hurry, but it’s well worth sitting down to enjoy what Breathe has to offer.
Confort Centre Quiromassatge
Amazingly, that’s not typo. But don’t feel bad if you read it as ‘comfort centre’, as that’s really what this excellent massage parlour provides. The masseuses here use chiropractic techniques to really work out your deep tissue, relieve pain and relax you.
With individual and couple’s treatments available, the Confort Centre comes highly recommended – especially if you’ve had any stress with accommodation or forgetting to book transfers. Barcelona Airport’s hustle and bustle will simply slide off you.
Serra de Collserola Natural Park
If you want to get out into nature, this park is perfect. It provides a great mix of activities, with longer routes well suited to hikers and shorter ones for simple strolls. Though it’s right outside the city, it contains a variety of trees and landscapes, from small smooth hills to sizeable mountains. It’s big enough to get lost in, but close enough to be convenient for a short trip.
Aqua Urban Spa Masajes
Another great spot for a massage, Aqua Urban’s modern design allows it to offer cutting-edge facilities and treatments, including body and facial work and hydrotherapy. Other facilities include a steam room and a jacuzzi, which guests are welcome to use at their leisure.
Lake of Banyoles
Finally, experience beautiful, wild serenity at Catalonia’s largest lake. It’s a 90-minute taxi ride from the city, but coming here is the perfect excuse to get out and explore a little of the surrounding Girona region.
Water sports are available, but it’s also great to just come here and drink in the scenery, from the lush greenery to the quaint village nearby.
With so many great ways to shrug off your stress, why not start looking for accommodation and transfers? Barcelona Airport is well served by flights from the UK all year round, and prices can be especially good if you avoid the popular school holiday seasons.
Lukas Johannes is a driver for Shuttle Direct, the number one provider of shared and private airport transfers in various countries across the globe. If you’re looking for affordable transfers, Barcelona Airport is just one of the destinations we service. Lukas and his colleagues can make sure that you get to and from the airport swiftly and safely.
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