Back in the Dark Ages, as they began to conquer the Mediterranean, the Arabs adopted the art of bathing from the Romans, with their three stages for perfect toning: from the warm Templarium, to the relaxing heat of the Calderium, before an invigorating plunge in the cold Frigidarium.
Set amid the brick vaults of a former warehouse, Aire de Barcelona is an atmospheric recreation of the Arab baths, complete with candles, lanterns and a entrancing scents. They also offer a steam bath, the 'bath of a thousand jets', a Jacuzzi, warm salt water float baths, all with or without a massage (see the complete menu of services on their website). The ultimate indulgence: the classic Moroccan 'Argán ritual'. The Sunday morning sessions are accompanied by live music.
Numbers are limited, so be sure to reserve a 90-150 minute session in advance, either online or by phone—and check the website for special promotions.
Passeig Picasso 22
metro: Barceloneta, Jaume I
+34 93 295 5743
Images by: aire de barcelona