Ourense, Spanish thermal capital, located in the province of Ourense and in the leading Spanish thermal community, Galicia, is the headquarters of Termatalia when it is celebrated in Europe as it will be in this year 2019. In even years, it celebrates its edition in Latin America. Peru 2012, Argentina 2014, Mexico 2016 and Brazil 2018 have been the countries in which it has been held so far. Galicia, together with the North of Portugal, forms the first European region in quantity of thermal waters.
Galicia is the main spa destination in Spain. Galician spas offer mineral-medicinal waters of excellent quality. They are waters indicated to provide exterior and interior rest that help improve certain ailments and favor the quality of life of its users.
The healthy properties of Galician springs have been known since times before the Roman conquest. Galicia is currently the leading Spanish community in terms of spas, with more than 3,000 hotel beds and 23 spas that represent around 20% of national establishments. Galician spas as a whole receive some 150,000 users each year, mostly from Asturias, Castila-León, Madrid and Catalonia, as well as Galicia.
We can boast about Galicia since it is the benchmark health tourism destination in Spain. In fact, the Galician thermal offer constitutes, after the Camino de Santiago, the tourist product with the greatest international potential. The spas also represent a model of sustainable business, since they work to guarantee the future of the resource, improve the quality of life of its users and contribute to establishing population through the generation of employment.
OF THE GALICIAN THERMAL SECTOR
Among the new challenges of the thermal sector in Galicia, the following stand out:
In the European context, Galicia constitutes one of the most relevant geothermal regions, both for the concentration of thermal resources it possesses -300 springs, which translates into one for every ten thousand Galicians- and for the temperature of its waters -the temperature The maximum reached ranges between 30 degrees in Augas Santas and 70 degrees in Lobios or Burgas in Ourense.
The magnificent natural resources of Galicia have been enhanced with a modern and diversified infrastructure in spas and thalasso that grows according to the needs of the market. Twenty-one balneotherapy centers, five thalassotherapy centers and nine natural mineral water bottling plants position Galicia as the leader among the Autonomous Communities of the Spanish State, with twenty percent of all the existing thermal facilities in the country. Galicia is the first community in spas and the fifth in thalassos, although this position can be considered the first if we take into account the denomination restricted to the best international standards.
Tourism of Galicia is currently carrying out a plan to attract private investment, which consists of carrying out technical feasibility studies on old spas and thalasso and possible location studies, prioritizing the recovery of pre-existing buildings whenever they are suitable for later exploitation.
In the field of subsidies aimed at the sector, Galicia occupies the first position in Spain in terms of the number of spas with the Q certification for Spanish Tourist Quality.
Source:Tourism of Galicia – Xunta de Galicia.
Ourense is the third largest city in Galicia, gateway to the community from the plateau and is located 60 km. from the border with Portugal. It currently has about 110,000 inhabitants.
Exceeding 4 million liters of mineral-medicinal water per day, Ourense is the second city in Europe in thermal flow to have a thermal flow, only surpassed by Budapest.
The thermal tradition in Ourense dates back to pre-Romanesque times, but it was the Romans who erected the city taking the As Burgas thermal spring as a reference. The spa use of thermal waters then had its great heyday, but this use was maintained throughout history and was the destination of the many pilgrims who traveled to Santiago de Compostela in the Middle Ages and who stopped to relax their punished bodies in the waters of Ourense. However, with the passage of time, the thermal springs of Ourense were reduced to the local population, in a city that was not promoted touristically until recently.
But this is changing today. The city of Ourense is rejuvenated and sure of itself and offers itself to the rest of the world as a destination that must be visited. On the exceptional nature of its thermal wealth, other attractions pivot that provide the visitor with a comprehensive offer that includes heritage, gastronomy, viticulture, crafts and a recognized experience in the textile sector, cradle of great firms such as Adolfo Domínguez, Roberto Verino or Purificación García.
Ourense is the thermal city of Spain par excellence. Its natural sources flow from the ground at temperatures of up to 70 degrees and its Roman remains prove its mineral-medicinal use for 2000 years.
The particularity of Ourense as a thermal city is the natural character of the springs, completely integrated into the environment. To adapt them to the use of bathers, thermal pools have been built respecting the natural environment, so that users can immerse themselves in them without losing sight of the surroundings. There are two clearly differentiated areas: the right bank of the mighty Miño River, where the thermal pools touch the river and are shaded by the exuberant native vegetation, and the As Burgas pool, located in the historic center, a few meters from the cathedral. , and where bathers can enjoy a relaxing bath while admiring a magnificent old quarter that has been restored to its former splendor through intense rehabilitation work.
Enclosures such as Outariz and A Chavasqueira, which emulate Japanese architecture, transporting us to a Zen environment without losing contact with nature, as they combine indoor and outdoor pools on the banks of the river. Here we can enjoy massages, wellness and beauty treatments.
BET FOR THE THERMAL
The thermal waters of Ourense are bicarbonated, sodium, fluorinated, lithium and sulfur waters of medium mineralization and are especially indicated for rheumatic treatments, muscle, bone or respiratory conditions, skin diseases, allergies… and as an anti-stress cure.
All these characteristics, as well as the thermal potential of Ourense, still in incipient exploitation, mean that the city, with the City Council at the forefront, is turning to this sector with projects such as a Thermal Boulevard that will link all the facilities on the right bank of the river Miño, the development of the archaeological-thermal area of As Burgas or research collaborations with the University and events such as the Termatalia fair, which brings together international professionals from the sector.
Just as in Roman and medieval times there were pilgrimages to geographical points with hot springs with healing properties, the city hopes that in this 21st century and in a society with a much more active and stressful pace of life and work, Ourense becomes the city-spa of Spain, with an offer that allows the visitor to immerse himself in nature and contemplate it from the relaxing comfort of a thermal pool.
Source: Concello de Ourense
OURENSE THERMAL PLAN
Plan developed by the Provincial Council of Ourense with the aim of enhancing the touristic value of the thermal, natural and cultural resources of Ourense, structuring the offer and services in such a way that they lead to the creation of the destination “Ourense, the thermal province”
The specific goals of this plan are: to have sustainability as a key criterion to achieve a better quality of life, the recovery and preservation of natural resources and the contribution to socioeconomic development; articulate thermal resources, services and supply as competitive, innovative and seasonally adjusted tourism products; and position Galicia as a thermal destination through the promotion of Ourense as such.
OURENSE THERMAL PLAN
SPA TRAIN PROGRAM
If you are over 50 years old, the “Ourense, the thermal province + RENFE” Program offers you stays of 6 days/5 nights in the spas of the province of Ourense with round trip travel by train from A Coruña, Albacete, Alicante, Astorga , Barcelona, Bilbao, Burgos, Cáceres, Calatayud, Cartagena, Castellón, Córdoba, Cuenca, Girona, León, Lleida, Madrid, Málaga, Monforte, Murcia, Palencia, Ponferrada, Pontevedra, Valencia, Santiago de Compostela, Segovia, Seville, Vigo , Zamora or Zaragoza.
You can find more information on the website termalismourense.com