A Chavasqueira is the first thermal area you will find in river Miño’s Thermal Route, just a few metres away from the spectacular Millennium Bridge. It is the thermal bathing space on the river banks closest to the urban area: a set of small outdoor pools built in stone and surrounded by riverside vegetation and the sounds of the Miño.
The pools, in which the water temperature is around 40 °, are located in a large garden area on the banks of the Miño, a perfect place to rest and sunbathe. The space also has changing rooms, toilets and lockers available to users, as well as a fountain of drinking water. A Chavasqueira is also one of the most easily accessible areas, as it has an urban bus stop and free parking nearby.
A Thermal Space with a lot of Tradition
A Chavasqueira is nourished by a mineral-medicinal thermal spring known since ancient times in Ourense, and which earned the area the name of “Caldas del Obispo” (Bishop’s hot springs). The title refers to Cardinal Quevedo, who in the 19th century ordered to condition them for the comfort of the patients who came to the place looking for a thermal cure.
The bishop himself even adapted a space for his personal use, a stone pavilion that can be seen inside the neighboring Chavasqueira Thermal Spa. The set is also closely linked to the now-defunct As Caldas spa.
Next to the river bank, already in the water, there is a sculpture of a mermaid by sculptor Acisclo Manzano, which, depending on the river flow, can sometimes be seen in its entirety or partially covered.
Chemical composition: hyperthermal waters of medium mineralization, fluoridated with predominant bicarbonate and sodium ions, very soft.
Spring temperature: 63.6ºC
Contraindications: Severe general condition of the user – Pregnancy – Convalescence after serious illnesses, major trauma, postoperations, chemotherapy or radiotherapy cycles – Hypertension, hypotension and/or moderate or severe cardiac conditions – Moderate or severe venous insufficiency – Recent open wounds, without waterproof protection.
This thermal space is exclusively for recreational use. The provision of therapeutic services is prohibited.
IT IS ADVISED IN ALL CASES TO HAVE MEDICAL ADVICE BEFORE USING THESE FACILITIES
From 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Free parking: Campo da Feira
Bus line L26 | Thermal train (L19)
Access: Free of charge
Not allowed for children under 10
Declaration for thermal and minero-medicinal waters: 29th May 2006 Resolution (DOG nº110, 8-06-2007)