STRETCH AND SAVASANA IN... BARCELONA

WHERE? The Yoga Weeks Re­treat Cen­tre, Barcelona WHY? For tra­di­tional yoga with mod­ern ex­tras HOW MUCH? Five nights from £510 per per­son; yo­gaweeks.com

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Okay, let’s get one thing straight. We all know that when it comes to pick­ing a yoga re­treat, max­ing likes on your Instagram ac­count with a dancer’s pose set against a flam­ing sun­set back­drop isn’t sup­posed to be the main book­ing es­sen­tial. But be hon­est, it plays a part, right? The good news is that, with its soft pal­ette in­te­rior, Gaud­iesque tiles, iron­work and in­dus­trial win­dows, The Yoga Weeks Re­treat Cen­tre in Barcelona has snap­pable set­tings a-plenty. And that’s be­fore you head up to the rooftop to prac­tise your sun salu­ta­tions with many of the city’s fa­mous land­marks in the back­ground. But what makes this place par­tic­u­larly spe­cial is the qual­ity of its tu­tors – all of whom have trav­elled the world in a bid to help you mas­ter your vinyasa flow. Your ef­forts will be re­warded with a veg­gie brunch – care­fully cre­ated by a nu­tri­tion­ist. When you’re not flex­ing and bend­ing, chill out with a herbal tea in a ham­mock on the pri­vate pa­tio; cross the street and browse La Bo­que­ria – one of the old­est food mar­kets in Barcelona; or work up a sweat with a pad­dle­board­ing sesh off La Barceloneta or Bo­gatell beach, both of which are just min­utes away. A re­treat with the ul­ti­mate om-fac­tor, guar­an­teed.

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