1. Join the Centre Excursionista de Catalunya
Want to get out and about more? The CEC has been offering city folks easy access to the mountains since 1876. They organise getaways every weekend throughout the year, plus talks and workshops in Barcelona. Winter activities include skiing, walking, cycling and climbing. The annual fee is €132, or €26 for people aged 18-25.
2. Sing your heart out
Start the year singing. Natalie Ross is a singing teacher from the UK, now based in Barcelona. She offers popular and contemporary singing for all ages in English. And once you’ve gained some confidence and feel like enjoying your talents in company, check out Barcelona’s English Choir.
3. Pamper yourself
Wash away any January blues by treating yourself to a spa day at the 19th-century Balneari Prats in nearby Caldes de Malavella. Their day packages include a massage, time to enjoy the thermal waters and a tasty lunch in their restaurant.
4. Get your business off the ground
Do you have an idea that you’re itching to turn into reality? Barcelona Activa should be your first stop. Their daily two-hour information sessions are free of charge and will take you through the basic steps to getting your business set up.
5. Take an upcycling course
Tight budget in January? It’s time to learn the art of upcycling. Millor que Nou offers free courses on creating new from old, as well as workshops on fixing household goods and bicycles. See upcoming courses on their website. Sepúlveda 45-47.