In the aforementioned area of As Burgas, you will find the first thermal bath in the Historic Centre: an outdoor pool of more than 200 m2, similar to the ones enjoyed by the Romans settlers, with a terrace for sunbathing and a wet sauna. Because of its privileged location and its integration into the urban environment, it is a unique facility in Spain, combining the pleasure of a thermal bath with the contemplation of historic Ourense.
The thermal offer continues on the banks of river Minho, a large green corridor of several kilometres that crosses the city of Ourense shaping its landscape, and where you can find up to seven thermal facilities in which to rest and relax while enjoying a bath in a beautiful natural setting.
The closest hot springs to the city centre are the ones in the area of A Chavasqueira, with temperatures of around 60° C. Here you can choose between between the free-access outdoor thermal pools on the river bank and the thermal station just next to them. This facility reproduces a Japanese recreational thermal circuit inspired in the Onsen bath culture, a practice that pursues physical and mental relaxation through direct contact with nature, and comprises a Rotenburo (a combination of three thermal outdoors pools in stone), an Ofuro (an indoors bath in stone), a Templarium (a zen sauna in stone and slate) and a Sudarium (a Japanese sauna in stone and wood).
Just 500 metres from A Chavasqueira is O Tinteiro, a source of sulphured and bicarbonated thermal water located at a viewpoint over river Minho and equipped with foot baths. It is a very popular spot for its beneficial properties for the skin.
Following the route, the silhouette of an old mill announces the Muíño da Veiga baths. This is another set of 5 outdoor pools made in stone whose waters come from some of the hottest springs in Spain (about 72°C),
The Outariz thermal station is also related to the Japanese spa culture known as Onsen. Its 11 outdoor and 3 indoor pools are organized in two circuits: the Zen one (with still waters that invite relaxation and harmony with the environment) and the Celtic one (with geysers, waterfalls, beds and bubbles providing an exhilarating experience, indicated to eliminate tensions and muscle contractures). It has also several saunas (with dry or wet heat) and a catalogue of health and beauty treatments including algae, mud and chocolate therapy. Both Outariz as A Chavasqueira also have a cafeteria where you can enjoy a good sushi accompanied by Japanese green tea. In Outariz, the service is completed with a multipurpose room for classes of tai chi, yoga and so on.
Separated from the thermal station by a garden of medicinal and aromatic plants, the outdoor pools of Outariz and Burga de Canedo are definitely some of the most popular green spaces of the city at any time of the year. This is the largest thermal area, with two sets of hot and cold pools with free access in a landscaped recreational area full of lush riparian vegetation: elms, birches and willows. All bathing areas have dressing rooms, toilets, showers and lockers. A footbridge connects the bathing area with the opposite bank of the river, where there is a large parking area.