Ourense is the city of water. Here eight bridges cross the Miño river, which in Roman times was a gold mine. Today there is no gold, but very valuable waters: thermal spring waters. They are all over the city and many are free. Such as the hot springs of A Chavasqueira by the river's edge. The waters spring at 65°C in the very centre of the city, in the thermal spring fountain of As Burgas, which, together with the Santo Cristo and the Roman Bridge, make up the city's symbols.
But in addition, Ourense has an original Main Square... that slopes, and a historic quarter that is rich in churches and chapels. The Cathedral´s Pórtico del Paraíso still preserves its original polychromy dating from the 13th century. And in the chapels of San Cosme and San Damián, a curiosity unknown to visitors: all year round the most amazing nativity scene is exhibited here.
And if you seek animation, don't worry, because if there's one thing that the people of Ourense really enjoy it is going out in the street.
A group of three fountains with medicinal mineral water, which emerges at a temperature of 67ºC (Burga de Abaixo, a neoclassic fountain from the nineteenth century; the Burga de Arriba, a popular construction from the seventeenth century, and the Burga do Medio, a modern construction).
Dates from the fourteenth century, built overlooking the city, where the cloister still remains, with the rest transferred to the park of San Lázaro in 1923. Includes an interesting rose window and portal with a triple archivolt.
Originally Romanesque, but rebuilt in the eighteenth century in Baroque style. Still preserves four marble columns in the portal, dating from the sixth century.
Site of the first cathedral in Ourense.
Built between the end of the twelfth and early thirteenth centuries, although with subsequent reforms in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Has two towers giving the appearance of a fortress. Plateresque cross in the atrium (fifteenth century).
Currently occupied by the Lyceum of Ourense, it is one of the finest examples of Renaissance mansion architecture in Galicia. Dating from the sixteenth century, it has a beautiful columned patio with a marble fountain in the middle.
From the fifteenth to nineteenth century this square was used as a cemetery, and a number of headstones are still preserved on one side. Later it was used as a marketplace. Includes a slender Baroque roadside cross in the centre.
Originally a Roman bridge, of which only a few foundation stones remain in the base. Rebuilt in the thirteenth century, although the current design dates from the eighteenth century.
Visitors to Ourense should take the plunge and feel the true essence of the city, the element that led to the original settlement: its thermal waters.
The thermal area of A Chavasqueira-Outariz offers an unbeatable opportunity to enjoy all the advantages of the hot medicinal waters that flow from the different springs around the city. A tour of the 'Thermal Walk' is highly recommended, running along the right-hand bank of the river Miño, starting in the Campo da Feira and ending in Outariz.
A total of four thermal areas may be enjoyed along the three-kilometre route. The first is A Chavasqueira, with pools of hot mineral and medicinal waters (at 41ºC), for public use, with the Japanese-styled private area of the Termas da Chavasqueira. Five hundred metres further on is the thermal spring of O Tinteiro, with excellent qualities for sufferers of skin problems, at 43ºC. Continuing along the pathway renovated by the local council, two kilometres further on from O Tinteiro, is the Burgo do Muíño das Veigas, with waters at between 65ºC and 72ºC, with four public thermal pools. The route ends in Outariz, with four pools similar to those at A Chavasqueira, with water at 61ºC, recommended for sufferers of rheumatism and arthritis.
The route passes through a magnificent natural setting, along the recovered banks of the river Miño. The pools open all year round, with a combination of public open-air baths, and more private areas.
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