Other than the hovering spires of Sagrada Familia and some different wildly well-known Gaudi creations sprinkled across the metropolis, Barcelona, my adopted hometown, is fairly down-to-earth. As soon as, a visiting pal known as it the Des Moines of Europe. Once I requested her why, she shrugged, but when I needed to guess, it’d be that Barcelona is unassuming and filled with pleasant individuals, and good meals, regardless of lagging just a little behind on tendencies. That is in all probability why Barcelona’s not the primary European vacation spot that involves thoughts when planning a magnificence break overseas. However it ought to be.

With a big selection of spas that soothe, studios and gymnasiums the place you may get your exercise repair, to not point out trendy outlets and salons on each different block, Barcelona is the place magnificence meets Mediterranean hospitality, tapas, and wine. So ebook your flight and depart loads of room in your bag — you’ll need it for only-in-Europe magnificence merchandise. Maintain studying for just a few of my favorites.


Les Topettes

Run by a captivating younger native couple, Lucia and Oriol, Les Topettes is definitely the cutest magnificence store on our record. It makes a speciality of area of interest, harder-to-find perfumes and soaps, all fantastically offered in a shiny and ethereal store in Barcelona’s Raval neighborhood. My picks: Parisian Rhapsody strong fragrance by Sabé Masson for $17 or Les Topette’s unisex in-house fragrance, Lápiz (pencil in Spanish) for $74 with cedar, patchouli, and citrus notes.

Les Topettes

Adonia Pure Cosmetics

Spain’s largest natural-beauty retailer doesn’t disappoint. With merchandise from all world wide at a variety of value factors, it’s straightforward to get overwhelmed right here. Even in the event you may afford it, you’ll be able to’t deliver every little thing again, however you actually ought to seize Latvian magnificence model Màdara’s star product, SOS, a $40 tinted moisture and radiance masks that Adonia’s co-founder, Laure, tells me is a giant vendor amongst visiting make-up artists and estheticians. For pure magnificence made in Spain, choose up Matarrania’s hydrating olive oil merchandise beginning at below $20.


Sure, I do know there are Sephora’s in every single place; in Barcelona alone there are no less than three inside strolling distance of the place I reside. That stated, the Sephora between Plaza Universitat and Plaza Catalunya is very large — and massively enjoyable. It’s obtained a flashy entryway filled with mirrors and adverts projected instantly on the partitions, and I routinely see locals and vacationers alike posing within the not-just-for-kids slide that leads right down to what Sephora calls a “Magnificence Funland.” And equally necessary for drained vacationers with low batteries: They’ve free wi-fi phone-charging stations all through the shop. Plus, you’ll be able to completely contact up your make-up when you’re powering up.



If you’d like a therapeutic massage therapist who will work the knots out of your muscular tissues and steadiness your chakras, ebook at Alqvimia, the place 30-minute aromatherapy massages begin at $44. Hidden behind the model’s important Barcelona storefront on bustling Rambla Catalunya, this serene, full-service spa and wellness middle additionally does full-body remedies and facials (utilizing Alqvimia’s personal line of pure magnificence merchandise, in fact), in addition to total well being consultations with a health care provider versed in conventional and homeopathic medicines. If nothing else, simply pop in to seize a bottle of their very talked-about bust-firming oil.

Cowshed Spa at Soho Home

With its cozy, classic vibes and enjoyable weekday combos like a soothing 30-minute therapeutic massage plus a two-course lunch and low at Cecconi’s restaurant for $57 (or a full hour for $91), Cowshed is my number-one selection for a enjoyable spa get-together with associates. Better of all, it’s near the motion — solely a brief jaunt from La Rambla, Barcelona’s most well-known road. In addition they have a heated pool for company and a full vary of Cowshed merchandise on supply, together with Cowpit, a pure deodorant that truly works.

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