The Best Spas in Spain 2023

A pool at Balneario Panticosa in Huesca. Credit: Holidu

With its sunny weather, rich history, world-renown cuisine, and laid-back way of life, Spain may well be Europe’s top destination for leisure and relaxation.

For travellers and residents alike, the only question that remains is how one should spend their vacations to ensure their time and hard-earned money is spent in the most tranquil setting possible. Among the country’s picturesque mountains, idyllic beaches, and rich rejuvenation traditions dating back millennia, the answer, naturally, is at a spa. Here is a look inside Spain’s top spas of the year, using data collected by vacation rental platform Holidu.

Archena Spa, Murcia. 10/10 

Nestled in the fertile valleys and sprawling citrus orchards of Murcia’s Valle de Ricote Natural Area – a region long noted for the medicinal properties of its waters and mud – Archena has the distinguished reputation of being one of Spain’s best valued spas for three consecutive years. At 200,000 square metres, this oasis of mineral-rich pools has a history that dates back to the 5th century BC. Nowadays, visitors can enjoy the modern amenities such as thermal pools and a thermal gallery for as low as €57, not to mention the dedicated team of highly knowledgeable relaxation professionals there to ensure visitors can soak their bones and clear their minds with ease under the omnipresent Murcian sunshine.

Panticosa Spa, Huesca. 8.49/10

Tucked deep into the towering Pyrenees mountains of Spain’s Huesca province, Panticosa is one of Europe’s best-known and perhaps Spain’s most famous spa. Attracting thousands of visitors annually, the soaring mountain peaks and surrounding dense forests make for a breath taking backdrop to the 8,000 square metres of swimming pools, whirlpools, and even a natural sand beach. The complex includes two luxury hotels and several restaurants boasting gastronomic offerings from Spain and beyond, while Panticosa also provides visitors with once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to explore the surrounding alpine ecosystem with excursions including trekking, cycling, and culinary tours.

Puente Viesgo Spa, Cantabria. 6.99/10

In a cool and mountainous region in the north of Spain, not far from the port city of Santander on the Bay of Biscay lies Puente Viesgo, a thermal complex linked to an elegant 135-room hotel decorated in the style of classical Spanish sensibility. The spa itself is imbued with an Arctic flavour and includes the so-called “Temple of Water,” complete with contrast baths, swimming pools, saunas, and hot springs. The spa is connected to the natural springs feeding the nearby Pas River, which runs through the jagged Cantabrian Mountains and the wild Cabáceno National Park. Book experiences starting as low as €40 per person for two hours. 

Thalasia Costa de Murcia, Murcia. 6.88/10 

Coming in at number four on the list is yet another Murcian offering. Thalasia Costa de Murcia sits just past the boundaries of the Salinas y Arenales regional park along the turquoise-blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea, and is notable for its use of water direct from the Mediterranean in its facilities. Rich in minerals like bromine, iodine, fluoride, and calcium, the seawater is full of life and therapeutic properties. Among the complex’s saltwater pools, massage stations, and aquatic circuits, guests can take advantage of the water’s rejuvenating qualities as they lounge in the rays of one of Southern Europe’s sunniest regions.

Mondariz Spa, Pontevedra. 6.84/10

Since its founding in 1873, Mondariz in the Galician city of Pontevedra has become the gold standard in thermalism in one of the country’s greenest and lushest regions. The 3,000 square metre spa boasts bicarbonate, calcium-rich waters that sit at a comfortable 18 degrees celsius, and offers a warm and welcoming aquatic playground, complete with active pools, saunas, jacuzzis, and an outdoor hot-water pool. Should visitors desire a break from the steaming waters, they have the option to visit the precious and historic town of Pontevedra or Mondariz’s very own golf course.

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Cole Sinanian