Not one to brag but it’s hard to deny that Barcelona summers do tend to hang about a little bit longer than summers do for our chums in slightly cooler climates. So whilst the heat is still melting our sand splattered daiquiris we thought we’d share some of our favorite hazy-lazily-infused ways to pass the time here in Balmy Barcelona. Note: No energy exertion necessary- this is all about good old fashioned ‘you time’
Lose the Crowds & Find Your Sweet Spot
Yes, Sagrada Familia is arguably the most iconic landmark in Barcelona, but the long queues and people jostling can leave one feeling a little delicate and in need of some respite from the chaos. We understand, we’ve been there and that’s how we found just the place for all our solace seekers. The fabulous ‘La Jijonenca’, is Barcelona’s Ice-Cream Mecca and luckily is just a mere couple of minutes walk away from Sagrada Familia. But Shh! Dont tell anyone, lets keep the crowds behind and keep this little gem all to ourselves.
Gravity Defying Relaxation
If the idea of literally taking the weight off your feet appeals then the brand new concept of ‘The Flotarium’ could be right up your alley. The flotarium is a capsule designed to remove all sensory stimulation of the body and ultimately the mind as it frees you from the sensation of gravity, sight and sound in turn triggering a deep state of physical, nervous and mental relaxation. Reasonably priced to boot we think this is the ultimate in contemporary ‘chill-out’ technology and the spa is conveniently located in the centre of Barcelona.
If your idea of unwinding is to completely escape the crowds and spend an afternoon of unadulterated R&R, then the stunning 5* La Florida Hotel could be just the respite you’re looking for. Perched just underneath Tibidabo, the views from this stylish, chic terrace are spectacular. The staff are happy for ‘non-guests’ to relax on their comfortable terrace, take in the view, revel in the P&Q and of course enjoy a couple of glasses of chilled bubbles.... Well it would be rude not to wouldn’t it!
Share Barna’s Best Kept Secret
Hidden in the folds of Montjuic is the well kept secret of ‘La Caseta Del Migdia’. Nestled within an opening in the forest is this charming restaraunt which boasts exceptional views over the sea and mountains, and is one of the few places in the city where you can watch the sunset. Settle down into the fairy-tale surroundings and enjoy the feeling of complete isolation. The perfect place for that all important sundowner after a long day. (Tip: Have a map at the ready. Taxi drivers can get lost as this place is so tucked away).
Located at the top of the city is Sarria. This sleepy yet sophisticated barrio, for the well-heeled and well-groomed, is home to the city’s most mouth-watering treats. Ideally positioned at the base of Tibidabo’s tram stop, a mere 5 minutes walk will have you in the heart of sweet-toothed serenity. The local’s favourite ‘Foix De Sarria’ is a chocoholics dream as it is wall to wall with desserts, pastries and their very own handmade chocolate concoctions. You will work up an appetite just by deciding what to choose.
Reclaiming Parc Guell
Not usually associated with a peaceful afternoon due to the huge crowds the place draws in the summer season; however the end of October onwards sees Barcelona reclaim its most famous park as the crowds disperse and the park is transformed back to its former tranquil glory. Take your time getting your head around the staggering imagination of Barcelona’s greatest mind. After sauntering around the endless array of engaging architecture, which has been famously coined ‘a playground for the psyche’, be sure to sit back and stretch out on the longest seat in the world and take in the breath-taking sky-line and shimmering sea below. Catalan-centric chill-out at its best.