Read on to discover some of the experiences we recommend to find peace and tranquillity and break through the stress and monotony of everyday life this autumn.
It’s autumn! A season of rain, puddles and hot coffees, all against the backdrop of trees taking on beautiful new colours. The stunning shades of red, yellow, orange and brown can be admired in plenty of ways, such as a walk in the park, a bike ride around a lake or a hike in the mountains. Whatever the case may be, autumn comes with a plethora of activities focused on physical and emotional wellness that allow us to connect with nature through all five senses.
The cold temperatures and waning daylight may make it harder to go outdoors, but that shouldn’t stop us, as these activities help us to unwind and boost our mood. Read on to discover some of the experiences we recommend to find peace and tranquillity and break through the stress and monotony of everyday life this autumn.
Banyoles. Curto Imatges.
One of people’s favourite things to do this time of year is enjoy the woods, and Aromes al Bosc know all about this. If you’re eager to delve into nature, you can do just that with Anaïs, a sociologist, nature lover and expert in edible wild plants, who can take you on any number of experiences and activities to become one with the wilderness. You will breathe, feel and listen to silence while preparing yourself to thrive through the autumn season.
You also have the option of plunging into the sensory experience of forest bathing with the Sèlvans Cooperative. Their calm-filled journeys encourage you to forge and strengthen your bond with nature, drawing on the unique maturity and biodiversity that forests offer. This activity delivers great psychological and physiological benefits, including stress reduction, improved cardiovascular health, heightened concentration, better memory retention and a more active immune system. A refreshing experience to share with family or friends!
Girona. Javi Cabrera.
Magical nights, dinners in the middle of the forest, a nature walk to centre yourself, a wilderness dinner featuring dishes prepared with woodland plants and live music, or a forest bath in the most beautiful areas of La Garrotxa. All this and more awaits you at Can Buch, a country house dating from 1621 that has been refurbished using natural, eco-friendly materials, is totally self-sufficient and subscribes to a philosophy of sustainable tourism. Come to Can Buch and you’ll find all the right ingredients for wellness in the spectacular setting of La Garrotxa.
Sant Aniol de Finestres.
This area is also home to Mas Pineda, a country house set in a breathtaking location, away from the hustle and bustle and surrounded by nature. When you’re here, you can rest, walk, do yoga, meditate, listen to the birds chirping or take a forest bath. You’ll fall in love with its outdoor areas, which are perfect for all kinds of activities any time of the year with the company you choose. What are you waiting for?
If you’re more of a beach person than a mountain person, then you must visit the Cala del Pi Hotel for a getaway in a prime location. You’ll enjoy incredible views of the Mediterranean and some great R&R thanks to the sensory experiences offered in its Wellness Centre, a 600 m² facility featuring a water circuit, saunas, therapeutic showers, a swimming pool, a jacuzzi and much more. The perfect equation for wellness and relaxation.
Another way to pamper yourself this season is through the benefits and medicinal properties of water. Take a trip to Old Town Girona for a soak in the Aqva Roman Baths. This is an exceptional place to unwind and indulge in thermal baths, relaxing treatments, aromatherapy and much more, all in a building steeped in years of history that will take you on a journey of the senses while you enjoy a moment of wellness and complete serenity.
You can also visit Caldes de Malavella, a land full of contrasts and traditions. It’s considered a main capital of thermal spa experiences thanks to the healing properties of the water from its thermal springs and the hydrotherapy treatments available. Come to the Vichy Catalan Spa Resort, a masterpiece of 19th century Modernisme, to enjoy its spa and thermal circuit, as well as a wide range of body care and beauty treatments, to pamper your body, mind and soul!
Caldes de Malavella. Maria Geli i Pilar Planaguma
Autumn is also an excellent time to connect with your spiritual side, to read a good book, write, and sit down to reflect and meditate. Exercises such as relaxation, yoga and meditation can help you to find peace and regain a sense of balance in your body, which can have a very positive impact on your mental health.
One great wellness expert who can help you reach inner relaxation and self-connection is Edgar Tarrés, a wellness coach and Mindful Travel consultant who can take you on experiences of learning and transformation through techniques such as mindfulness, contact with nature and silence to make life more balanced, harmonious and extraordinary.
And finally, there’s the option of visiting Happy Yoga Girona, a specialised yoga centre offering regular classes for all ages in various disciplines that promote physical health. Yoga is becoming increasingly more popular and is very well regarded, as it helps to release stress from the mind and body while improving spinal health, flexibility, circulation and meditation skills. If you’ve never tried it, now might be a good time to give in and discover the different types of yoga and all the benefits they have to offer. This autumn, bring peace to your mind and energy to your body!
Recharge your strength and wellness this autumn with all these experiences and activities, and build new habits into your day-to-day routine to maximise your health and well-being. Let’s go!