There’s something truly special about settling into a hot spring. The warmth of the water and the often mineral-rich scent of it creates a specific atmosphere that is hard to attain elsewhere. Somehow the air itself feels like it is trying to soothe you. This ends up creating an environment where it is easy for any of us to take a break and feel like we can set down our troubles for at least a little while. Unfortunately, it can be a bit harder to find a good hot spring than many of us would like. Most of the time the options are restricted by natural forces and as a result, we can’t find the right elements everywhere. After all, hot tubs were invented for a reason. The good news is that you can find plenty of hot springs if you’re willing to do a little bit of traveling. Europe is a good place for this particular kind of enjoyment too. Let’s do a quick review of some of the best hot springs that Europe has to offer for the next time you find yourself in the area.
Blue Lagoon, Iceland
Iceland is known for its geothermal activity to one degree on another. They get their power from it as assuredly as they make use of it in other ways. Blue Lagoon is one of the more prominent places available for a soak. It isn’t technically a naturally occurring hot spring, but it still serves that function for everyone who visits there. The warm waters making soaking in the ethereal environment all the easier too. One of the biggest benefits of the Blue Lagoon is that it is conveniently located near the capital of Reykjavik and easy to find. This allows anyone even traveling through the country to find a little while to visit it and take a relaxing soak even in the middle of an otherwise hectic day. Making the most of your time here won’t be hard. Just make sure to allow the appropriate amount of time to get where you need to go after stopping in for a short visit.
Thermae Bath Spa, United Kingdom
The city of Bath plays hosts to what can technically be argued to be the oldest hot spring resort in the United Kingdom. All of the waters drawn into this particular spa come from the same hot spring that fed the ancient Roman baths that give the city its name. When the Romans discovered the hot spring, they built up around them to create somewhere for them to relax. The tradition continued forward into the future. These hot springs are considered to be a truly comforting experience with the spa itself being a mixture of both classic and contemporary thought. Private and open baths exist so that you can enjoy the waters with as much or as little company as you want. Not only can you enjoy a soak, but the fact that the location is also a spa means you can get a massage while you’re there as well to truly complete the sense of relaxation.
Few places can claim as much of an otherworldly beauty as the natural pools on the hillsides of Pamukkale. These pools are formed by the natural mineral rich waters that fill them and create a dazzling display for visitors. White stone pools flowing one into another create a landscape that seems as if it was taken from the pages of a storybook. It doesn’t hurt that both the Greeks and the Romans saw the attraction of the region as well and set up their own spa city nearby. While you can’t necessary soak in the pools themselves these days thanks to erosion, there are plenty of artificial pools that capture the flowing natural waters so that people can continue to enjoy both the warm water and the natural beauty of the area. Relaxing in a pool here may be just the thing you need to forget all about the worries of the modern era and slip back to a less hectic seeming time.
Settling into a good hot spring can help melt away your cares. We all deserve this now and again. It is that kind of stress management that helps keep life worth living and comfortable. The hot springs or similar options we’ve highlighted here offer a look at only some of the options available to you in Europe. Looking around is sure to give you still more options if you want to look. Who knows? With a little searching, you may just find your own private place to go and get away from it all.