Located in the province of Ourense in Galicia, Spain, Lobios is known for its natural hot springs, which have been used for centuries for their therapeutic properties.
Visitors to Lobios can relax and unwind in the warm, soothing waters of the thermal baths, which are said to have numerous health benefits including improving circulation, easing muscle and joint pain, and helping to reduce stress and tension.
We wanted to try these free hot baths, to understand why so many people talk about this small town.
And you know what, we loved the experience! On top of that, these spas in Rio Caldo are free!
Anyway, see all the directions to get to the baths in Lobios and enjoy the occasion!
how to enjoy the thermal baths in Lobios Spain
Here are some tips for enjoying the thermal baths in Lobios:
First, and very important, the free hot springs in Lobios are not located in the center of Lobios, but rather in Caldaria de Lobios. In other words, put “Caldaria de Lobios” on your GPS to go to the free thermal baths.
In the center of Lobios there are also thermal experiences that are paid for, but that’s not what I’m talking about in this article!
Plan your visit in advance: It’s a good idea to book your hotel in advance, as they can get busy, especially during peak tourist season. This will ensure that you get a spot and avoid any disappointment.
Bring a swimsuit and a towel: Make sure to bring a swimsuit and a towel with you, as these are not provided at the free thermal baths. It’s also a good idea to bring a pair of flip-flops or water shoes, as the floors can be slippery.
Follow the rules: Each thermal bath will have its own set of rules and guidelines to follow. Be sure to familiarize yourself with these and follow them to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone.
Take it easy: The thermal baths are a place to relax and unwind, so try to avoid any strenuous activity while you’re there. Take your time, soak in the warm waters, and let the stress and tension of everyday life melt away.
Don’t forget to hydrate: It’s important to stay hydrated while you’re in the thermal baths, as the heat can make you lose fluids more quickly. Make sure to bring a bottle of water with you and drink plenty throughout your visit.
Accommodation in Lobios is diverse and you can choose from luxurious hotels to private homes, and in most cases it is possible to find stays with free cancellation.
However, I must say that we decided to sleep in Ponte da Barca, about 40 km from Lobios.
The Hotel Fonte Velha is a very comfortable boutique hotel, so whenever we have the opportunity we choose to stay on this side of the border.
Where are the free hot springs on Rio Caldo in Lobios?
The free hot springs of Rio Caldo are located in Caldaria de Lobios.
This hot spring is free to use and is known for its therapeutic properties.
It is a natural spring that flows into a large pool and then into the Rio Caldo. Anyway, it is a popular destination for both locals and tourists.
Places to visit near Lobios Spain
Lobios is located in the province of Ourense in Galicia, Spain, and there are several interesting places to visit in the surrounding area. Here are a few suggestions:
Ourense: Ourense is the capital of the province of Ourense and is located just a short drive from Lobios. It is a charming city with a rich history, beautiful architecture, and several interesting landmarks and attractions. These include the Cathedral of San Martiño, the Roman Bridge, and the Thermal Springs of Outariz.
Santiago de Compostela: Santiago de Compostela is a city located about two hours’ drive from Lobios. It is a popular destination for pilgrims who follow the Camino de Santiago, and it is also known for its beautiful architecture and rich cultural heritage. Some of the top attractions in Santiago de Compostela include the Cathedral of Santiago, the Old Town, and the Plaza de Quintana.
A Coruña: A Coruña is a city located on the northwest coast of Spain, about two and a half hours’ drive from Lobios. It is known for its beautiful beaches, charming Old Town, and several interesting landmarks and attractions, such as the Tower of Hercules and the Castillo de San Antón.
Vigo: Vigo is a city located on the Atlantic coast of Spain, about one and a half hours’ drive from Lobios. It is known for its beautiful beaches, rich cultural heritage, and several interesting landmarks and attractions, such as the Cies Islands, the Castrelos Park, and the Estrella Galicia Museum.
Aquis Querquennis: Aquis Querquennis was founded in the 1st century AD as a military camp, but later developed into a full-fledged town with a population of around 5,000 people. The ruins include a forum, a temple, an amphitheater and several thermal baths.
How to get to Lobios Spain
To get to Lobios from Porto, Portugal, by car, you can take the following route:
Start by leaving Porto on the A3 motorway towards Vigo. After around 80 km, exit for Ourense and continue on the N525 towards Lobios. Follow the N525 for about 40 km until you reach Lobios.
The total distance from Porto to Lobios is approximately 136 km and the journey takes around 1h45, depending on traffic and road conditions. It’s always a good idea to check the latest traffic updates and plan your route accordingly.
It is also important to bear in mind that you will have to pay tolls on the A3 motorway.
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