The best thermal destinations of Green Spain and Northern Portugal

The liquid element as a source of health and leisure

Once again, Ourense will once again become the capital of international thermalism for two days. Between September 21 and 22, the city will once again hold Termatalia 2017, the International Thermal Tourism, Health and Wellness Fair, which will be its seventeenth edition. Termatalia links the thermal destinations of Europe and Latin America through a wide range of activities in which professionals from more than 25 countries participate.
Among the activities, in which Five Sensations will participate, visitors will be able to enjoy courses, symposia and gastronomic demonstrations.
The thermalism has become one of the techniques most demanded by those who wish to enjoy leisure without leaving aside their health. The return to work and the daily routine make of autumn a propitious time for this type of modality. We present the most outstanding thermal destinations in Green Spain, where hydrotherapy fuses with gastronomy, culture and nature.


We can not begin to talk about hydrotherapy in Galicia without mentioning the Balneario de Mondariz, located in Pontevedra. And this thermal and hotel complex hosted visits and meetings of some of the most outstanding characters of the Belle Époque. From its waters and its luxurious facilities they enjoyed in the years 20 of century XX Isabel de Borbón, Isaac Peral or John Rockefeller II.
 Another of the neuralgic points of Galician hydrotherapy is the city of Ourense. Not in vain, it is the second city with more thermal water reserves throughout Europe and holds the title of Thermal Capital of Galicia. On the banks of the Miño river, there is a route of open-air thermal baths whose benefits go back to Roman times. The site of As Burgas, declared to be of Cultural Interest in 2007, is an example of diversification within this route. It has, in its facilities, a Roman sauna, an outdoor swimming pool and a museum, among other services.


The Asturian thermalism is presided over by the locality Las Caldas and for its thousand-year-old thermal village, of the same name. The qualities of the water of this small valley have served, for centuries, to calm rheumatic and respiratory ailments of its visitors. The properties of the liquid element, which springs to more than 30 degrees, began to become popular in 1776, year of opening of the thermal complex. The exuberant nature that surrounds Las Caldas contrasts with the urban environment of Oviedo, located about 10 kilometers.
This historic thermal complex is located in the exceptional natural landscape that forms the valley of the Nalón. This zone is conformed by the longest river of Asturias, the Nalón, and the Redes Natural Park, qualified as Biosphere Reserve.

Las Caldas Villa Termal


One of the oldest spas in Cantabria is that of Liérganes, built in 1913 and located in the homonymous locality declared Historic Artistic Set. The fame of its waters, sulfated, chlorinated and calcium, dates back to the year 1670 and are recommended to treat respiratory and rheumatological problems. Very close to Liérganes is the Natural Park of Cabárceno, a natural enclave in which about 150 animals live on the five continents in semi-freedom.
The town of Puente Viesgo also has its own medicinal waters. In particular, those of the spring that flows to the river Pas, feed its spa, a construction dating from the nineteenth century. The waters of Puente Viesgo are characterized by being sodium, chloride, bicarbonate and calcium and are used for the treatment of both circulatory and rheumatological problems.
In addition to its famous waters, Puente Viesgo has an outstanding set of prehistoric caves of the region: the caves of Monte Castillo. This set, formed by four cavities of which two are open to the public, was declared Patrimony of the Humanity by its samples of rock art.

Balneario de Puente Viesgo


Guipúzcoa has the Cestona Spa, located in a late nineteenth century modernist complex visited by various personalities, such as Manuel Azaña, Pío Baroja or Queen Maria Cristina. Although the complex had to be rehabilitated after severe flooding in 1983, it still retains some of the elements of Casa de Baños, its original building.
Of the existence of the Balneario del Molinar, now called Balneario Casa Vicente Palloti, in Vizcaya, there is official evidence from the nineteenth century. That was the moment in which the chroniclers of the time related the discovery of its medicinal waters in during the XVIII. At present, the establishment is run by the Pallottine congregation, and one of the main strengths is the spirituality and rest that permeate its facilities and its environment, in the heart of the Carranza Valley.

Balneario de Cestona

Northern Portugal

The mineral waters of the Portuguese parish of Vidago, in the municipality of Chaves, led King Charles I of Portugal to have a summer residence for his family built on the site. Thus was born Vidago Palace, a complex opened in 1910, coinciding with the proclamation of the Republic of Portugal. What had been designed as a family-friendly construction, took its first steps as a hotel establishment attended by numerous representatives of the European aristocracy. This luxury spa with romantic decoration offers treatments directed by medical professionals specialized. Among the properties of the waters of Vidago are the cure of osteo-articular, musculoskeletal, digestive and respiratory diseases.
In the town of Bornes de Aguiar is hidden another of the thermal treasures of the neighboring country. The Pedras Salgadas Spa & Nature Park is located at a height of 580 meters in the middle of nature and works with waters whose benefits to the digestive system were discovered in the 19th century. For years, it was visited by monarchs like Fernando II of Portugal or Carlos I of Portugal. Over the centuries, its architecture has evolved in line with the characteristics of its location. At present, it has ecological stays that seem to arise from the natural environment itself.

decoration of the Vidago Palace