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Valentines day | Enjoy a soak in Europe’s hot springs

13 Feb , 2019  

What’s more romantic than soaking in a hot steamy spring with your loved one? Rich in sulphur and an array of other minerals, the waters are considered to have endless health and beauty benefits. That aside, there’s nothing quite like the buzz from a dip in a thermal spring, especially after a long day’s hike! Here are out top 5 spots to soak which can be combined with a walking or cycling adventure!

Terme di Saturnia, Tuscany Italy

An idyllic Tuscan paradise. In the middle of the Maremma countryside lies the Terme di Saturnia, one of Italy’s luxury thermal spa resorts. It’s located above a crater of volcanic origin feeding water straight into the heart of the resort.

Make it part of your adventure | Finish your walking trip in Tuscany with a day or 2 here.

Blue Lagoon, Iceland

We’re often skeptical about tourist hotspots with such hype, however, this dreamy turquoise pool is well worth a visit. It’s located just 30 minutes from Reykjavík, surrounded by magical lava fields. Often mistaken as a natural wonder, but it’s actually man-made fed by mineral-rich water from the nearby geothermal power planet. After a week of hiking or driving around Iceland, soaking here will feel like a tiny slice of heaven.  Bonus points go to the on-site bar and mud mask station (see pic below)

Make it part of your adventure | Combine this with a drive and hike around Iceland

Photocredit Jo Blakely #macsmoment

Thermae Bath Spa, Bath England

You can now bathe in Britain’s only naturally warm, mineral-rich waters as the Celts and Romans did over 2,000 years ago. It’s the perfect place to unwind, by day you can relax in the indoor Minerva Bath and in the evening watch the sunset from the open-air rooftop pool with spectacular views over the city of Bath.

Make it part of your walking adventure | Finish your Cotswold’s countryside walking adventure with a relaxing spa break in Bath.

Relax in the Britains only thermal spring – Photocredit Marko Dutka

Széchenyi Baths, Budapest Hungary

Budapest is often known as “the city of spas” and its one of the top reasons for tourists each year. Bathing is part of the culture for locals and it’s well worth making this part of your trip. The most popular is the Széchenyi Baths which has15 indoor thermal pools, and three outdoor pools. Relax and let the waters do their healing or get involved in a game of “floating chess” you’ll fit in well with the locals!

Make it part of your adventure | If your cycling the Danube a night or 2 in Budapest is a must.

It’s one of the biggest natural hot spring spa baths in Europe

Leukerbad, Switzerland

Leukerbad is s a year-round Swiss Alpine resort town located high in the Valais Alps above the Rhone Valley in Wallis. The town is most famous for having the highest and largest hot water thermal baths in the Alps. It’s a town brimming with outdoor sports and hikes, which makes the baths feel ever more rewarding. Mineral water comes to the surface in Leukerbad at around 51°C and the water temperature in the around 30 thermal baths in the resort town generally ranges from 28 to 43°C – aaaah dreamy!

Make it part of your adventure | Walk the Swiss Trails and enjoy the thermal pools at your very own accommodation with 5-star wellness facilitates. Contact us for more details!

This thermal spa resort is a popular destination for wellness and sports’ enthusiasts

If you fancy any of the trips above, or want to tailor an itinerary to include the springs don’t hesitate to contact one of our Destination Specialists, who will be more than happy to help.

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Sinead Cunningham By
A member of the Macs Adventure Digital Marketing team. Since joining Macs, my never-ending list of places to travel has expanded. When I'm not day-dreaming about travel you can find me exploring the social-buzz of Glasgow ie. finding the best places to eat, and drink coffee!