Hot springs have been used by humans for centuries for their recreational and therapeutic qualities. While hot springs can be found all around the globe, some of the world’s most beautiful hot springs are found in Europe, overlooking stunning vistas and ancient cities. Topping our list of Europe’s most beautiful hot springs are 5 natural springs whose waters tourists, royalty, and locals alike have been soaking up for centuries.
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Thermae Bath Spa, Bath, UK
The Thermae Bath Spa is England’s only natural hot spring spa. Fed from the same geothermal spring that fed the ancient Roman Bath complex, by soaking in the Thermae Bath Spa you’re essentially relaxing in the same hot spring once frequented by the likes of Julius Caesar. Still not convinced the Thermae Bath Spa is one of the best Europe has to offer? The modern spa features an open rooftop swimming pool surrounded by stunning views of the original Roman Baths and the city.
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Terme di Saturnia, Tuscany, Italy
The hot springs of Terme di Saturnia are known for their therapeutic properties and are the site of Italy’s premier hot springs spa. Flowing through several natural waterfalls, the hot springs of Terme di Saturnia are so beautiful, local legend attributes their creation to the gods. Open year round, the springs of Terme di Saturnia are a sight you don’t want to miss!
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While the Blue Lagoon is one of Iceland’s premier tourist destinations, Lanmannalaugar is an all-natural hot spring nestled in the highlands of Iceland. Renowned for its hiking trails, Lanmannalaugar’s hot spring makes for a luxurious rest stop. However, due to its secluded nature, Lanmannalaugar’s hot spring is only accessible during certain times of the year, so plan ahead. Hike to the top, settle in for a soak, and enjoy the wonders of Iceland’s striking vista.