Barcelona and the Mediterranean: The stress reliever

Stress is one of the most serious diseases of the 21st century: from it are derived other more serious pathological problems that can significantly reduce the quality of life of people. Stop, take you time, take a breath. Infact breathing and finding oneself is vital not to fall into the black hole of stress.

The responsibilities must be taken seriously, concentrating on what we do at any moment without thinking about what we are going to do next. Step by step, one thing at a time, facing the challenges. Never leave things to the end or until the last moment.

So, if you have a business trip pending in Barcelona, ​​do not postpone it anymore. The city is one of the best places to say goodbye to stress without having to postpone your challenges or the more pressing tasks. Here, in this ultra modern city, surrounded by art and sea, you can combine your hours of work with periods of disconnection that will help you recover the balance of body and mind without a lot effort. Its Mediterranean is the key: to be able to walk to the beach, sit down for a drink in the sun, or even, if you dare have the first bathe of the year.

There are destinations and then there are destinations but for both business and leisure, Barcelona and the Mediterranean have no competitors. Its waters are quieter than those of the Atlantic and guarantee a milder temperature and allows bathing from spring to autumn. Also, the city itself follows an unconventional rhythm. More leisurely than Madrid or any other European capital, it carries its dynamism with an enviable quality of life.

Its streets are friendly enough that you will want to go on endless walks, the beauty of its Ciutat Vella encourages you to walk aimlessly and activates the imagination and the artist in all of us. The plazas are always full of interesting conversations but it never reaches the bustle of a big city. It is as if the sun and sea breeze rule this city.

Gastronomy is another fundamental pillar to qualify the capital of the Mediterranean as an urban resort. The traditional pantry of a Barcelona kitchen is full of produce from the garden: vegetables and fruits… always combined with good fish and lean meats. The pastries are also always made with high quality local ingredients. Finally the breakfasts in Barcelona are the best example of a healthy breakfast: bread, oil, natural tomato and ham. Well, in fact, the pa amb tomaquet can be combined with almost everything.

The accommodation is a further guarantee for a relaxing break: there are hotels that are an authentic wellness centres, ideal as a complement to a week of business. Some of the most famous are Majestic Hotel & Spa or the Senator Barcelona Spa, which has an incredible rooftop with views across the city.

Other more modest hotels but of excellent quality and with services oriented to those seeking rest, health and wellness are the Petit Palace Boquería Garden, which has complete rooms, oriented towards the rest and relaxation of active travellers and offering a historic inner courtyard with a unique garden close to Ramblas. In the patio, they also serve rich breakfasts under the wonderful Mediterranean light of the city. The other is the Petit Palace Barcelona, ​​a hotel oriented towards business men, with neat rooms and bathrooms with hydromassage showers.

There is no better way to get around Barcelona, or more beneficial to your health for that matter, than the bicycle. The city is one of those cities where the cyclist is well protected and has plenty of lanes to travel round the Catalan capital with complete safety.

In Barcelona on the weekends, yoga, relaxation and meditation days are often organised in many of the centres. Also collective sports in parks, in the open air and which anyone can sign up to. Take the opportunity to sign up for one of these activities and you will return home feeling like new. Much better than you left.