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Ahhhhhhhh… is there anything more relaxing than a day at the spa? How about an entire holiday spent bathing beneath curative waters in one of 40 destinations around Europe?
That’s exactly what the European Historic Thermal Towns Association can provide, highlighting a number of towns, cities and regions that sit on top of ancient hot springs that have been offering a therapeutic soak to locals and visitors for hundreds of years. From well-known places such as Budapest to yet-to-be-discovered gems like Pamukkale in Turkey, these thermal waters can rejuvenate the body and mind, leaving you ready to explore the surrounding area.
And, if you can’t get enough of the healing H2O, the European Route of Historic Thermal Towns allows you to link two or more destinations together for a truly tranquil tour.
The remains of a Roman aqueduct in the area show the historical importance of water to this region, and so it’s unsurprising that Acqui Terme, found in Piedmont, is a popular thermal spa resort today. There are three different mineral springs found in the city.
People have been arriving to bathe in the water at Bad Homburg for more than 200 years. Today, there are no less than seven different spas being supplied by eight mineral springs that bubble up from below the streets. The largest complex can be found at Kur-Royal Day Spa.
As the former capital of the Ottoman Empire, Bursa is a city full of historical wonders. Striking mosques tower over the cobbled streets and mausoleums dedicated to past sultans show the intrinsic link to the past in this part of Turkey.
Known as the Garden of Portugal, Caldas da Rainha is in the popular Estremadura region, in the middle of the Atlantic Coast, where a hospital was established to take full advantage of the thermal springs.
Galaalti is located within a region that’s full of mineral-rich waters, oil and mud volcanoes. This hotel was built at the bottom of the Greater Caucasus Mountains, near the Caspian Sea and the capital city of Azerbaijan, Baku.
Galicia is an autonomous community, with an Atlantic coastline, situated in the north-west of Spain. Galicia is the number one thermal bathing location in Spain and is home to more than 300 hot springs, some used by the Romans.
The Karlovy Vary Region is world famous for its spas. Around 26 different resorts have made the area a popular tourist destination since the 19th century - the most famous landmark is the Pramen Vřídlo geyser.
Le Mont-Dore is a commune located in the Massif Central, on the bank of the Dordogne River, central France. This town has 12 thermal springs that are rich in Sodium Bicarbonate and iron and are used for both drinking and bathing.
In the western part of the municipality Almopia, sits Loutra Pozar, a picturesque village that’s famous for its hot springs and thermal waters that are said to help with the nervous system, dermatological issues and rheumatism.
Mondariz-Balneario is a spa town in the province of Pontevedra, Galicia, in the north-west of Spain. This thermal region offers tourists the chance to relax in therapeutic waters and discover the area’s rich heritage.
Situated within Tuscany, Montecatini Terme is one of the largest spa towns in Italy. It’s widely known for its thermal bath, where you can experience treatments such as massages, mud baths and other types of beauty treatments.
Montegrotto Terme is a thermal resort in the north-east of Italy. Roman remains have been discovered in this town and provide the opportunity for tourists to visit the archaeological site as part of a guided tour.
Salsomaggiore Terme is located in the north of Italy, at the foot of the Apennines. It’s a popular spa town due to its saline and sodium infused mineral waters which, whilst being particularly salty, provide a therapeutic experience.
São Pedro do Sul, in Portugal, is most famous for its thermal spas . This natural spring was discovered around the time of the Romans and has encouraged tourists to visit the area for around 2,000 years.
Vichy is located in the centre of France and is known for being a spa and resort town. This is a mountainous area that experienced volcanic activity 150,000 years ago, which is the cause of the thermal springs in Vichy.
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