Ourense's original raison d’être was its hot springs and today the city's attractively modernised thermal pools (http://termalismo.ourense.es) enable everyone to take a reviving and therapeutic dip, even in winter. Along a nicely landscaped 4km stretch of the north bank of the Miño are four sets of free open-air pools and two privately run sets of partly indoor pools.

Visiting the Thermal Pools

You can walk to any of the pools, but another option is the Tren das Termas minitrain, which runs to all the riverbank pools from Praza Maior. Take swimming gear, a towel and flip-flops (thongs), and remember that the waters are hot (around 40ºC) and mineral-laden, so don't stay in them longer than about 10 minutes without a break.