The term spa has an ancient origin, ‘sanus per aqua’ in Latin meaning ‘health through water’, meaning healing through water. The curative powers of water have been known since Ancient Greece. The ancient Greek poet Euripides wrote that water was able to heal human ailments.
That was more than 4,000 years ago. A lot has changed since then, discoveries have been made, scientists and medics have extensively researched the human organism and introduced innovative treatment methods, but the healing powers of mineral and thermal waters still remain one of the most effective remedies.
What are the benefits of a spa holiday in Europe?
Today, Europe’s top spas are now offering their services to relieve illnesses and revitalize you. Spa vacations and treatments are a combination of treatments that help:
Solve health problems
Take care of your physical appearance and beauty
Restore inner harmony
Staying in the best SPA resorts in Europe involves treatment using unique natural factors, as well as rest in a special atmosphere of relaxation, which guests are surrounded by from the very first minutes.
Europe's top spa resorts
Thermal resorts of France are located mainly in the southern regions of the country – in the valleys of the French Alps, at the Spanish border in the Pyrenees, in Auvergne.
Perhaps the most famous resorts are Vichy and Evian, famous for their springs. Also famous French resorts are in Deauville, on the island of Corsica, in Saint-Malo, in Biarritz. In addition to thermal waters, the French actively use other natural factors that can have a beneficial effect on the body. For example, the wine therapy center “Les Sources de Caudalie” 4 * practices treatment with grapevine derivatives.
German sanatoriums, clinics and spa hotels provide high quality treatment and service. Various mineral waters, rich in German earth, are applied for treatment – fluoride, iodine, sodium waters. n German resorts, diseases of the respiratory system, musculoskeletal system, metabolic disorders are treated. Some of the most famous resorts are:
- Caracalla Terme;
- Bad Kreuznach;
- Bad Neunar-Arweiner.
Hungary is also known for its thermal spas with swimming pools and many balneological treatments.
- Budapest has the unique status of the only spa capital of the world. There are 27 bath houses in the city.
- However, those who want to combine treatment in a sanatorium in Europe with a pleasant relaxing holiday, it is better to go not to the capital, but to Lake Heviz, where you can enjoy swimming all year round in the open air, because the water in the lake does not freeze.
Italy has been famous for its thermal springs and mud baths since ancient times. Among the most famous are:
- Abano Terme;
- Montecatini Terme;
- Bagno Vignoni;
- the thermae of Lignano Sabiadoro;
The diversity and richness of the local waters make Italy a popular destination for those who want to relax and improve their health.
The Czech Republic rightfully bears the title of one of the best spa resorts in Europe. This is largely due to thermal waters, magnificent architecture, rich historical heritage and the beauty of unspoiled nature. The leading spa resort in the Czech Republic is Karlovy Vary. It is located in an amazingly beautiful place, at the confluence of the Tepla, Rolava and Ohře rivers. The resort is famous for its mild climate.
The main asset of the resort is the unique thermal sodium-carbon dioxide-sulfate water, which is the main therapeutic factor of Karlovy Vary.
- It also contains calcium, potassium, magnesium, bromine, lithium, iron and other substances necessary for the body.
- Water mineralization reaches 7 g/l.
Specialization of the resort of Karlovy Vary:
Treatment of diseases of the gastro-intestinal tract
Metabolism disorders (diabetes mellitus, obesity, etc.)
The staff of each sanatorium has experienced doctors who speak Russian. They conduct a check-up, select springs, the water of which will best help to cope with existing ailments, and prescribe procedures depending on the characteristics of the diseases. Many health resorts in Karlovy Vary have a swimming pool, their own balneological departments.
Other therapeutic methods such as physical training, massages, heat, light and electric therapy are also actively used. An important advantage of the spa is the extensive terrainkur, with over 100 km of walking and exercise paths.
Are you looking for a sanatorium for treatment in Europe?
Speaking of SPA hotels in the Czech Republic, we can say that “AnglickýDvůr” is one of the best in terms of quality of services, effectiveness of treatment, comfort of living and cost. It is located in the heart of the resort within walking distance from the healing springs. The medical base is based on the experience of hotels of the highest category. All rooms are fitted with modern medical equipment necessary for successful treatment in the Czech Republic. It offers a wide range of balneological treatments.