Like many of our trips, this one started out with a simple musing: “I wonder if they have any hot springs in Sicily.” We’re passionate about hot springs and we thought maybe we would get lucky, but had no idea it would lead us to the Vulcano Island mud baths in the Aeolian Islands.
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There may be no greater pleasure in life than taking a dip in a hot springs. The warmth of the water combines with the coolness of the air to heighten your senses. As your body descends into the warm abyss, you feel the tension and stress literally melt from your body. After a period of time, you enter a tranquil state of total peace. If it sounds like a religious experience that’s because it seems that way to us.
We have visited hot springs on four continents and each offers something different and unique. The cascading white travertine pools of Pamukkale in Turkey differ completely from the man-made grandeur of the Glenwood Hot Springs Pool in Colorado. While the small pools in the Tuscan hillside of Saturnia may be our favorite, we felt the most relaxed while sitting in a small hot pot at the base of Machu Picchu in Peru. Wherever the geology favors hot springs, you’ll find aficionados. And we’ll be right there with them! Here are some of our experiences.
It’s difficult to imagine a more perfect ski vacation. There’s a cute town, an incredible ski mountain, amazing snow conditions, and a fantastic hot springs to soothe our aching muscles. Skiing Steamboat Springs is the perfect wintry escape.
Imagine the most fabulous photo you’ve ever seen of the Italian countryside. Then, add a series of pools to those hillsides where you can gaze out across the land and lose yourself in the serenity. This place is real. It’s Villaggio della Salute Piu.
Many cities claim a heritage of thermal baths, but Bath delivers on that history. These days, the Thermae Spa in Bath has been completely re-envisioned as a modern palace of relaxation.
A pointed dagger made of glass piercing the sky. That’s the first thing you see when you arrive in Andorra la Vella. This is the amazing Caldea INUU spa complex in the principality of Andorra. And it is an amazing experience!
The capital of Hungary is The City of Spas. The Budapest thermal baths have been loved by locals and visitors for over two thousand years. There are more hot springs in Budapest than any other city in the world. During our recent trip, we connected with locals and took a dip into the city’s magnificent
Throughout much of Central Slovakia, the mountainous geology yields a significant amount of geothermal activity and a robust spa culture has developed around these hot springs. We visited the Kupele Sklene Teplice spa on a breezy fall day for a relaxation.
Glenwood Hot Springs in Colorado is the world’s largest hot springs pool. For 125 years, these waters have healed visitors, but there’s no more perfect way to end a day than soaking up the mineral waters.
The Champagne Powder snow in the Rocky Mountains draws millions to snowboard and ski in Steamboat Springs. The mountain towns are like magnets for visitors from around the world. However, in the summer, the masses leave, the weather turns warm, the snow melts and the mountains become paradise gardens. While thousands clog the I-70 corridor
Since the 7th century, people have been coming to Pamukkale to soak in the unique “champagne waters” that are heated by geothermal activity. Since we are big fans of geothermal pools around the world, we knew we had to visit the Pamukkale hot springs and the Antique Pool.