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Roman Spa Baths in Barcelona

Aire de Barcelona Spa. All images from http://airedebarcelona.com/ photos are not allowed in the space

As you descend the stairs, the lights dim, and the spicy smell of burning incense fills your lungs. Candles flicker, glinting off the underground walls, and shimmering in the pools. We are greeted at the bottom of the stairs by a helpful attendant who explains how to use the baths at the Aire de Barcelona. A hammam public bath, fully restored in it’s original Roman form, and as you glide through the warm waters you can appreciate the ancient vaulted ceilings and exposed walls.

Go for the Salt baths, and relaxing interior. Sink into the warm water and sizzle in frothy jet pools. The Aire also offers massages and facials. The baths are open until late and we booked the last 2 hours of the day. It seemed like quite a popular time to go, but we did not find it too crowded and it was easy to relax.

When you visit, you only need bring your bathing suit. Bikinis are fine too. You are provided with towels and little slippers which you wear into the pools. I could recommend it as a nice date with a significant other, ( the baths are unisex) before you head out for a late dinner in the old neighbourhood of El Born. There are plenty of great restaurants nearby. And after soaking for an hour or two it’s a lovely way to end an evening.

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Best BCN Rooftop Terraces

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With the sinking sun going down at around 9pm, the long summer afternoons stretch out and Barcelona reclines in the balmy weather. It’s the perfect time to be outside sipping a cold drink or cocktail, and where better to do this than on the rooftop. With vistas reaching from montaƱa to mar, Barcelona offers some excellent sundowner spots.

Usually I enjoy them on my own terrace, this being the cheapest and easiest option, but if you are visiting the city and don’t have your own access to a private terrace or rooftop there are plenty of swish spots to spoil yourself with views and expensive drinks. And why not treat yourself? It’s summer, and you only live once!

I love how the “terraza” combines the outside and the inside, and I have busily been trying to create my own lounge-garden. And what better places to gather inspiration than all the fancy hotels in town. I have been on a bit of a rooftop exploring kick. So far I have made myself at home on the terraces at the Grand Central Hotel and the Ohla Hotel. Both are situated on Via Laitana, and both have different views over the city. It’s easy to unwind on the couches laid out, and watch the stars slowly peek out of the settling dusk.

You can find fantastic spots at Hotel Omm, Hotel Arts, Hotel Alma (which has a garden terrace), The Pulitzer, The Mandarin Oriental, Barcelo Raval, and Casa Fuster, but I’m sure there are plenty more, so exchange your beach sandals for heels, stuff your wallet with euros, and pretend you just stepped off your yacht for an evening out with a view. Go on spoil yourself!

If you have already tried these lovely terraces, there are even more to choose from. Try the the new Cotton House Hotel or the Yurbban!