Galicia is the main thermal destination in Spain. Galician spas offer medicinal waters of excellent quality. This water is perfect to show outside and inside break to help improve certain ailments and enhance the quality of life of its members.
The healthy properties of Galician springs are known since before the Roman conquest. Today Galicia is the Spanish leader in thermal offer community, with over 3.000 hotel rooms and 23 spas that represent about 20% of domestic establishments. The whole Galician spas have about 150.000 users each year, coming mostly from Asturias, Castilla-Leon, Madrid and Catalonia, plus Galicia.
We can presume of Galicia since it is the health tourism destination reference in Spain. In fact, the Galician thermal offer is, after the Camino de Santiago, the most international tourist product potential. The spas also represent a sustainable business model, as they work to ensure the future of the resource, improve the quality of life of its members and contribute to fix population through employment generation.
Among the new challenges of thermal sector in Galicia are included:
- The protection of mineral water aquifers through defending their perimeter protection.
- The inclusion of therapeutic treatments in spas in the service portfolio of health.
- The enhancement of the thermal culture.
- The use of new technologies in advocacy.
In the European context, Galicia is one of the most important geothermal regions, both by the concentration of resources possessed -300 thermal springs, which translates to one per ten thousand Galician- as the temperature of the water -temperature reached maximum between 30 degrees in Augas Santas and 70 that are recorded in Lobios or in As Burgas (Ourense).
The magnificent natural resources Galicia have been boosted with modern and diversified thalassos and spas infrastructures and growing according to market needs. Twenty one balneotherapy establishments, five of thalassotherapy, nine bottling plants of natural mineral waters positioned Galicia as a leader among Spanish autonomous communities of the state, with the twenty percent of all the spa facilities of the country. Galicia is the first community in spas and fifth in talasos; although this position may be considered the first if we take into account the denomination restrictions for highest international standards.
Attract Private Investment consisting of conducting technical feasibility studies of ancient spas and talasos studies and possible location, prioritizing the recovery of pre-existing buildings provided if they are viable for subsequent exploitation.
In the field of targeted subsidies to the sector, Galicia occupies the first position in Spain in number of spas with Q Spanish Tourism Quality Certification.
Source: Turismo de Galicia - Xunta de Galicia.
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 poppulation.
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.
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
Plan developed by the County Council of Ourense aiming to touristic value Springs, natural and cultural resources of Ourense, structuring the supply and services in such a way that they lead to the creation of “Ourense, thermal province” fate.
The specific goals of this plan are: have sustainability as a key criterion to achieve a better quality of life, recovery and preservation of natural resources and the contribution to economic and social development; articulate the resources, services and supply thermal tourist products competitive, innovative and non-seasonal products; and position to Galicia as thermal destination through the empowerment of Ourense as such.
The Train- Spa Program
If you have more than 50 years, the program “Ourense, thermal province + RENFE” province' offers stays of 6 days/5 nights in the beach resorts of the province of Ourense with sliding round trip by train from A Coruña, Albacete, Alicante, Astorga, Barcelona, Bilbao, Burgos, Cáceres, Calatayud, Cartagena, Castellón, Cordoba, Cuenca, Girona, León, Lleida, Madrid, Malaga, Monforte, Murcia, Palencia, Pontevedra, Ponferrada Valencia, Santiago de Compostela, Segovia, Seville, Vigo, Zamora and Zaragoza. .
You can find more information on the website termalismourense.com