Spas in Galicia, a source of life

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According to legend, at the beginning of the last century a shepherd observed how a dying donkey recovered its health by wallowing in the mud of La Toja island in Pontevedra. Afterwards, Countess Pardo Bazán concluded that if such therapy worked for animals, it should have the same effect on humans. Thus, in 1907, La Toja’s spa resort opened with an extensive menu of cures – salt, mud and seaweed baths, physiotherapeutic massages, natural UV ray sessions in the pool, specific programmes for slimming, anti-stress, arthritis and rheumatism, all beside the sea. Everything that today’s urban elite has converted into the cult of the body.

At this spa, which is open all year round, you can choose between new or traditional thermal sessions, such as the original eastern snow treatment, mineral dew and warm marble, as well as a Finnish sauna. Three tennis courts, a nine-hole golf course, two table-tennis areas and a seawater swimming pool make up the rest of the facilities.

The Herperia Guitiriz spa in the province of Lugo has a religious identity of sorts, its spring’s most important source being named after St John the Baptist. The spring is a symbol of health for those who come to take advantage of the water’s powers, recommended for liver and digestive ailments, colitis, jaundice, skin diseases, anti-stress, rheumatism, kidney stones, allergies and asthma. Its specialized techniques include oral ingestion, various types of baths, water jets, inhalations and peloide curing mud. The spa is only open for the months of July and August.

Vila Termal Lobios lies near the Xurés y Celanova Natural Park in Riocaldo, Orense and is open all year round. This spa is especially beneficial to those suffering from rheumatism, respiratory problems, dermatological and digestive conditions and also provides relaxation and anti-stress treatments. Among its range of programmes are hydrotherapy and aesthetic programmes, rehabilitation, massages, mud therapy, inhalations and stoves.

The Compostela spa can be found in a modern building in Os Anxeles Brión, built on the historic spring of Our Lady of the Angels. It has four rooms for mud and seaweed treatments, two Niagara baths and two Jamaican baths, ten massage cabins, jets and inhalation rooms. Other facilities include a Vichy shower, rehabilitation pool, gym, pressure therapy, physiotherapy room and an aesthetic centre. It also provides a club or thermal circuit, with a recommended length of three hours per session.

Among the best of the facilities on offer at Club Termal, there are swimming and rehabilitation pool, two dynamic jet pools, swan necks, counterflows, and water cascade. There are also water beds, jacuzzis, bubble seats, dry heat rooms, Turkish baths, frost, bithermic shower, scented shower and relaxation room.

During your stay in these temples of health, you can also enjoy the fantastic gastronomy of Galicia. Ingredients such as seafood, octupus, patties, fresh fish, Padrón peppers, meat and wines are used as part of the region’s most delicious dishes. The excellent menus and the high quality of the food ensure that eating here is a pleasure.