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Healthy holidays, because looking after yourself is important

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Now more than ever, we all know health has to be a priority. We suggest a trip where you can forget about schedules. A few days devoted to looking after yourself, and enjoying the pause we all need. We want you to try it a different, more Spanish way, so we suggest discovering special therapies and treatments with products and techniques which are very “us”: extra virgin olive oil, wines, and aloe vera plants. Natural ways for a healthy balance.

Extra virgin olive oil, healthy inside and outside

It’s the star of the Mediterranean diet, and you probably already know how healthy it is as a culinary ingredient. But this liquid gold is also a valuable ally for your skin. Olive oil therapy techniques, such as relaxing massages, face masks and body treatments, moisturise and protect the skin. The main difference between olive oil and other oils is its high concentration of antioxidants, which enhances its relaxing effect and improves skin elasticity.You can enjoy this therapy with extra virgin olive oil in many spas and wellness centres in Spain. There are more to choose from in the main olive-growing areas, like Andalusia, Castilla-La Mancha and Cataluña. For example, in Jaén (Andalusia) you can complete the experience with visits to almazaras (the mills where oil is pressed from the olive), tastings and workshops.

Massage with olive oil

Vinotherapy, relaxation through the senses

A multisensory relaxation experience. That’s what wine and grape-based treatments can offer. From Instagram-friendly wine baths and toning wraps to exfoliation with grape seeds to deep-cleanse the skin. And often, accompanied by tastings of the local wines. These are totally natural treatments to relax your body, clear your mind, and awaken your senses one by one.La Rioja, Rioja Alavesa (Álava, Basque Country) and Ribera del Duero (Castilla y León) are areas well-known in Spain for their excellent wines. They are probably also where you’ll find the most varied vinotherapy options.

Vineyards in La Rioja, vinotherapy and spa

Aloe vera and the Canary Islands, a fortunate combination

As a soap, as a gel, as a cream, or even as a juice… aloe vera is one of the most fashionable natural therapy discoveries of recent years, and the Canary Islands are among the main producers. The reasons? The permanent spring-like temperatures, the many hours of sunshine, and the volcanic landscape that encourages it to grow. These qualities make the destination the perfect place to find the calm you’re looking for.Did you know all the Canary Islands have spas and wellness centres? There are more than 20 in total. Can you imagine lying in the sunshine, with views of the sea, enjoying a comfortable 21 degrees centigrade, and discovering the benefits of aloe vera? Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, and Gran Canaria are the islands growing the most aloe vera, and it’s easy to visit an organic farm and learn about its calming, healing and regenerating properties.

Aloe vera and thalassotherapy
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