With so much to see and do it is more important than ever these days to give “me-time” to your travellers and to connect them with nature.
Both Barcelona and Kiev suggest starting the day with yoga. Spain’s way is paddle surfing before taking to the beach for a private class (rounded off with a healthy brunch, Barca style. The Ukraine goes one better may be, by taking the yoga onto the water. Practice yoga on surf boards on the river Dnieper (before having a tranquil lunch in the restaurant overlooking your gym with a difference.)
Add a spiritual dimension to yoga in Rishikesh with the Aarti Ceremony on the river Ganges. The evening prayer ceremony is a moving experience, as thousands of oil lamps float by on the river accompanied to the sounds of hundreds of temple bells. A moment to remember.
For some, real relaxing is all in a bathe. That is why Zurich’s thermal baths or Irish-Roman experience in the fresh thermal water of the “Aqui” spring is such a popular choice. That and the fact that the spa is on the roof to look out across the city. Istanbul’s refreshing of the soul is all in a Hammam, the great Turkish bath. An emotional and physical detox, in this most traditional of meditation.
There are the beaches and catamaran cruises of Costa Rica and Cuba to wind down with, or the clear blue waters of the Santa Maria Bay in Malta, swimming in and out of natural pools and caves.
If a balance with our environment and nature is needed, then a tour of Stockholm’s green urban are Hammarby Sjostad connects the visitor with ecological living and environmentally sensitive construction – a sight into how a city could be sustainable for our futures.
Maybe though the perfect marriage of relaxing, zen, well-being and nature is seen on the banks of the river in Kuala Selangor after dark – as thousands of fireflies turn the end of a day into a night of magical light…
However you want to find peace and calm, we have plenty of ideas in our #euromictags series.
SUNRISE, PADDLE SURF, YOGA AT THE BEACH AND PADDLE SURF - Barcelona
YOGA SURFING ON THE DNIEPER RIVER - Kiev
AARTI CEREMONY - Rishikesh
THERMAL BATHS AND SPA ZURICH – BATHING ACROSS THE ZURICH ROOFTOPS - Zurich
TURKISH BATH – HAMMAM: REFRESH YOUR SOUL - Istanbul
END THE DAY WITH SANTA MARIA - Malta
GREEN CITY - Stockholm
KUALA SELANGOR FIRE FLIES - Malaysia