A deserved reward for those who finish Saint James Way (Camino de Santiago) or for whoever wants to enjoy a relaxing day of thermal baths. River Miño crossing the city of Ourense offers wonderful thermal resources. A Chavasqueira, Outariz, As Burgas,… We start our day with a full breakfast at our hotel and a walk to the close-by train station, but don`t forget your swimming bath and flip flops. In less than a 40 minutse train ride, we find ourselves in Ourense (Read more)
Once there we can choose among eight thermal areas all equipped with changing rooms, toilets and lockers. Inside the historic part of town we find As Burgas thermal station: a 200 square meters pool where to take a bath at 38 degrees Celsius, with deck chairs and sauna. Closely we can visit Burga de Abaixo, a thermal neoclassic style fountain which is one of the the symbols of the city. As Burgas Interpretation Center allows the visitor to submerge a bit more in the culture of spa in Galicia and its benefits for health.
From As Burgas we reach only in a 4 minute walk the Plaza Mayor. There starts the Burgas Train, line 19, which takes us to this spa paradise in the banks of river Miño in the area comprised among the modern Millennium Bridge and Outariz walkway. The most traditional and popular one is A Chavasqueira, where water reaches a peak of 67 º Celsius, but in recent times some other free access areas have also been set up: O Tinteiro (45 º) Reza (32º) Muiño daVeiga (72º) and thermal areas of Outariz and Canedo (45º).
Apart from these open areas, there are two thermal stations planned to make circuits contrasting different temperatures and with the possibility of applying health and beauty treatments. Both A Chavasqueira and Outariz thermal areas present a traditional Japanese style. It is worth paying the low-cost entrance fee to enjoy in A Chavasqueira the Japanese thermal circuit following the Zen philosophy. Relaxing in the outside stone rotemburo and the interior ofuro; passing the templarium, sudarium and feeling the thermal contrast in the cold pool Tsumetai. To end the experience, nothing better than a massage in the Swedish bench. This spa also has a bar and opens daily until the night except on Mondays. Saturdays and days previous to festivities you can enjoy the thermal circuit up to 3 am.
Outariz thermal station, the most recent one is also inspired by the Japanese spa culture but with a mixture of Galician roots. With the entrance fee you can enjoy 2 hours of peace and quietness, choosing among the Zen or the Celtic circuits. The stone, the properties and temperatures of water and the views to Miño River and its dense hillsides are infallible to fight against both physical and mental tension. There is a sushi bar where to have a refreshment and it also offers relax and beauty treatments. It is open daily except on Tuesdays.
The last Thermal Train service goes back to the city centre at 7pm in low season and 9pm in high season. From the train station there are connections to Santiago until past 9pm. We reach Santiago de Compostela before 10 pm in a complete relaxing state, ready to start a new way and on time to have a tasty dinner at the hotel restaurant.