Spring is coming in fast. The trees in Granollers are in the first stages of their annual blossom-fest – first the almond and then the cherry. White then pink.
The nights are now pleasant. Only a week ago it was still cold up in the bedroom and we needed the electric fire to dry off the humidity. Now I have relegated the hot water bottle to the back of the cupboard.
Dull dry skin – sluggish jaded body
When Spring is in the air it can often make you feel sluggish. You realise your body has been deprived of sunshine and warmth and it feels like you need a cleanse of some kind. Many people change their diet at this time of year or start fasting or take up a new form of exercise.
My skin has been feeling very dry and dull and when my body needs a boost of course my thoughts turn to the balnearis of Catalunya!
Caldes de Montbui has a source of hot mineral water
I went with a friend a few weeks ago to one of the balnearis in Caldes de Montbui and took lots of photos as it is such an incredibly beautiful and unique place. More news will follow soon on the other spas in this town – one of which is my current favourite!
The most wonderful aspect of this balneari is that the building is modernist and the baths are full of beautiful details and designs.
There was no-one else there at all while we had our session – third time I’ve been lucky like this! Here is the entrance to spa, you go down these stairs and enter a hot water paradise!
The hammam is too steamy to take photos but was enjoyable apart from the session being a little too short for us seasoned steam bathers.
Imagine wandering around this lovely place, feeling warmed and cossetted by the beautiful design as well as the healing waters!
Even the changing rooms are lovely. This is the door to the Dones.
The horizontal jet bath was the most exciting thing. You lie down side by side, with your heads on cushions and hold on tight when the water starts because it comes both hot and cold and with such force that my friends bathing costume ballooned out to make her look 9 months pregnant. We were laughing and squealing and trying to stay steady in the very exhilarating water pressure. When we came out we both felt totally revitalised.
There is an outdoor pool in the gardens which we were able to use and as the water in Caldes is very hot it felt comfortable even on this chilly day.
Perfect place for someone who wants to bathe in private
This was my second visit to Broquetas and I like it very much although I prefer to have more freedom to move around and not have to keep to a fixed schedule. However as my friend pointed out it is a wonderful place for a beginner or a shy bather as you are always in a private space, the staff are friendly and they leave you to enjoy it in a very relaxed way. My first visit was with my sister and nephew a few years ago. My nephew, then 14, didn’t want to come really but afterwards he said it was the best part of his holiday.
As you leave to return to the real world you can stop and admire the entrance which you didn’t notice when you arrived rushed and nervous from the journey. Now, relaxed, cleansed and ready for Spring, you have time to look up and admire the flowers.
Here is the link if you would like to visit this balneari yourself.
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Till next time! Happy Spring!