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Spas and Thalassos

In Galicia, a land full of legends, literature and even folk songs dedicated to its waters, the spa tradition goes back a long, long time. The Romans, for example, who were no fools, not only made good use of its many springs to improve their health, but also knew how to enjoy themselves and relax. On the other hand, towns and villages of our region were dotted with those healing pools that provided our great-grandparents with such relief.
During the golden age of thermalism –from the 1850s to the early 1900s–, the Galician spas with the best pedigree became major social centres frequented by the crème de la crème.
Since a few years ago, spas are once more coming into their own.
Many have recovered their former glory through the incorporation of the latest in spa equipment, thereby attracting a younger type of customer who, in addition to enjoying their traditional therapeutic benefits, is also looking for a few days in which to relax and be pampered, lending support to the idea that you do not have to be ill to go to a spa. New spas have also opened, linked to hotels, some of which boast four or even five stars.
But more important than the number of spa hotels and thalasso hotels is their variety, which
means that each person can find, within Galicia itself, the establishment that best suits his or her needs, tastes or budget: from a modest traditional spa in which to find relief from an ailment to a state-of-the-art spa offering relaxation, beauty or health treatments, or a combination of all these aspects with the enjoyment of natural surroundings or open-air sports and activities, not forgetting, of course, the local food and wine.

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