A luxury spa break may sound as though it would be pricey, but a relaxing getaway to one of Europe’s gorgeous natural hot springs really doesn’t have to break the bank. The continent boasts some of the Earth’s most striking sources of hot spring water and many of them are cheap enough for you and a friend to enjoy a dreamy weekend of outdoor bathing, pummelling massages and regenerating beauty treatments on a shoestring.
Which of Europe’s top 5 bargain spa regions tickles your fancy?
5 Tenerife – Spain
According to this infographic created by Hot Spring World, the beautiful island of Tenerife is the fifth most affordable place to enjoy the unique magic of a hot spring in Europe. The largest of the Canary Islands, Tenerife has some blissful natural hot pools dotted across its ancient volcanic terrain. Food and board across Spain are among the cheapest in Europe, and even treats like massages are comparatively economical. For blue skies and sand as a side-helping to your hot spring adventure, Tenerife is the perfect choice.
4 Lisbon – Portugal
Apart from being one of the coolest cities on the continent, Lisbon in Portugal also has several terrific thermal springs as well as one of the most complex floatation spa systems in the whole world, namely the five-star rated Float In Spa Lisboa. With toasty warm water sources cropping up all over Lisbon’s exquisite natural surroundings, it’s the perfect location for chilling out. Take in the colour and enchantment of the laid-back city centre before making time to relax at one of the city’s countless treatment centres. Whether it’s facial massage, acupuncture or hot yoga you’re after, Lisbon can provide serious nourishment for your body and mind.
3 Granada – Spain
Once upon a time, the Moors from North Africa ruled all of Spain. As the Spanish Catholics slowly re-conquered the land, it was Granada which remained the last Moorish stronghold in the country, giving this delightful city its unrivalled Arabic mystique. After visiting the spectacular Alhambra Palace, kick back at one of Granada’s effortlessly zen Hammams, where you can bathe in the region’s naturally warm spring water, indulge in a sauna or give your skin a boost with a range of scrubs and soaks. Head out afterwards for credit-card friendly flamenco shows and free tapas with every drink.
2 Budapest – Hungary
The Hungarian capital is the proud home to the most medicinal and thermal baths of any capital in Europe. You can enjoy fancy, high-end luxury, bargain treatments and everything in between in this vibrant town, so a chance to escape the rat-race and deeply exhale shouldn’t set you back a fortune. As well as glorious architecture and fascinating museums, you can also pack in some pampering with an hour-long massage only costing fifty quid. Not to be missed are Budapest’s magnificent Széchenyi Thermal Baths where you can float outdoors, submerged in heavenly warm water all year round.
1 Karlovy Vary – Czech Republic
Gracing the top spot of our list of Europe’s most financially friendly spa regions is Karlovy Vary in the Czech Republic. James Bond was filmed here; what more do you want? Nestled among this postcard-perfect town’s colourfully regimented buildings are numerous luxury spa centres offering a world of divine treatments at prices that will have you doing a double-take. Karlovy Vary has so many thermal springs nearby that its popularity with holidaymakers dates back to the 1800s. Not only can you splash in some of Europe’s most fabulous natural hot water sources, you’ll also have a picturesque backdrop for any social media posts you plan to share.