Orense and the thermal baths

Pedro Quiroga

01 August 2020

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ORENSE

 

Two thousand years of history can be felt in the monumental architecture of Ourense, a range of buildings that invite you to travel back in time: to medieval, renaissance, baroque, modernist Ourense… and even much earlier, the Roman and pre-Roman city, famous for the gold of the Miño and the hot waters of As Burgas.

The cathedral of Ourense is one of the most important of the community catalogued as a Cultural Interest. Besides appreciating it from the outside, we recommend you to go inside where you can see its porticos, the chapel of Santo Cristo, its High Altar and the Treasure of the Cathedral.

THE THERMAL BATHS

 

Located practically in the bed of the Miño River, it is an open-air thermal complex at the foot of an old wooden mill (an acea) that has been completely restored, from which it takes its name (muíño is the Galician word for “mill”). It is surrounded by a wide green recreational area, which merges with the riverside vegetation of the place.

The complex is made up of five swimming pools: a main pool of 200 m2, a second one of 130 m2 and other two smaller ones of 55 and 45 m2, as well as a cold water pool for contrast baths. The bathing water here is around 40º C. The whole enclosure is fed by several springs flowing at temperatures between 65 and 72º C, some of the hottest in the Peninsula.

The waters of these hot springs are of weak mineralization and alkaline: bicarbonate-sodium, fluoride and silicate.

The Muíño da Veiga thermal area is accessible by foot. The nearest car park is very close, with access from the N-120. It is also possible to park on the opposite bank, in the area of Reza. Both parkings are free of charge.

  •  Reza Car Park (Pozas Maimón) See map
  • Parking Muíño da Veiga See map – Not suitable for buses

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