Ourense is the third largest city in Galicia, gateway to the region from Castilla and is located 60 km. from the border with Portugal. It has 110.000 habitants.

Ourense, inner capital of Galicia, has a thermal flow of 4 million liters of medicinal-mineral water per day, which makes it the second city in Europe, only surpassed by Budapest.

The spa tradition dates back to pre-Roman times in Ourense, but it was the Romans who built the city taking as reference the hot springs of As Burgas. The use of thermal spa waters then had its heyday; this use was maintained throughout history and was the destination of many pilgrims which were traveling to Santiago de Compostela in the Middle Ages, and made a stop to relax their punished bodies in the waters of Ourense. However, with the passage of time, the hot springs of Ourense were reduced to the local population in a city that was not promoted for tourism until recently.


But this is now changing. The city of Ourense is rejuvenated and confident and is offered to the world as a destination that you need to know. On its exceptional thermal wealth pivoted other attractions that provide visitors with a comprehensive offer covering heritage, gastronomy, viticulture, crafts and recognized expertise in textiles, home to large firms as Adolfo Domínguez, Roberto Verino and Purificación García.

 

Thermal wealth

Ourense is the quintessential spa-town of Spain. Its natural springs flow from the soil at temperatures up to 70 degrees and its Roman remains prove its mineral-medicinal use since 2000 years ago.
The particularity of Ourense as spa-town is the natural character of the springs, blending into the environment. To adapt it to the use of bathers were built thermal pools while respecting the natural environment, so that users can dive into them without losing sight of the environment. There are two distinct areas: the right bank of the river Miño, where the thermal pools touch the river and are shaded by lush native vegetation; and the pool from As Burgas, located in the historical center, a few meters from the Cathedral and where bathers can enjoy a relaxing swim while watching a magnificent old town that has been returned to its former glory through an intensive rehabilitation work.
Most of the thermal establishments are free of charge, but we also found two spas (Outariz and A Chavasqueira) which emulate the Japanese architecture, by moving us to a Zen atmosphere without losing contact with nature, as the pools that are located outside and the in riverbank. Here we can afford to own any spa therapies, such as massages or beauty treatments.

 

Bet on the thermal sector

The thermal waters of Ourense are bicarbonated with sodium, fluoride, lithium and sulphide with medium mineralization and are particularly suitable for rheumatic treatments, disorders of muscles, bones, or airways, skin diseases, allergies ... and as anti-stress cure.

 

All these features and the thermal potential of Ourense, still in emerging exploitation, are making the city, with the city council in front focusing on this sector, developing projects as a Thermal Boulevard that will link all areas of the right bank of the river Miño, an Interpretation Center of As Burgas where will be recreated the Roman and medieval past of this beautiful city, also research collaborations with the University, and other projects as Termatalia fair, which brings together international professionals.


As in the Roman and medieval times, the city hopes that in a society with a lifestyle, and much more active and stressful work Ourense will become the spa capital of Spain, with an offer that allows visitors to immerse themselves in nature and see it from the relaxing comfort of a thermal pool.

Source: Concello de Ourense

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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