The world’s hot springs have been attracting visitors since ancient times. With so many to choose from it can be hard to narrow down which hot springs to visit. Here are our seven top hot springs around the world that you won’t want to miss.
Terme di Saturnia
The Terme di Saturnia thermal spa and Cascate del Mulino waterfalls are located in southern Tuscany near the town of Saturnia. These hot springs are a very popular attraction for locals but almost unknown to tourists. Admission is free and the temperature of the springs hovers around 99 degrees Fahrenheit. Its warm mineral waters are said to alleviate everything from acne to tonsillitis since Roman times!
Iceland’s Blue Lagoon has a distinctly otherworldly appearance. Its blue waters stand in stark contrast to the black lava rock. The waters here stay approximately 100 degrees. Booking is required to visit the Blue Lagoon, but these hot springs offer an upscale experience complete with silica mud masks and optional spa upgrades. Visitors to the Blue Lagoon may also opt to stay onsite to explore more of this volcanic treasure. For the ultimate pampering experience, stay at the luxurious Retreat Hotel. The Lava Restaurant also located here offers fresh local cuisine and is built directly into a lava wall!
Travertine Hot Springs
The Travertine Hot Springs in the Eastern Sierras, California is one of the area’s most popular attractions. The location just off Highway 395 makes these spring easily accessible. The waters hover between 103-105 degrees. They start their journey near scalding temperatures but trickle down travertine rock on the way to the springs allowing them to cool to a safe temperature. These springs are free to use and are maintained by local enthusiasts and park rangers. Families should be aware that some of the springs are designated as “clothing optional” but most visitors opt to keep their bathing suits on.
In contrast to the Travertine Hot Springs, the Khir Ganga in Himachal Pradesh, India is a bit more difficult to get to. Visitors to these hot springs must start in the village of Barsheni and hike 3-4 hours to arrive at the springs. The Khir Ganga meadow is where the Hindu god Shiva is said to have meditated for 3,000 years. Once there, the Himalayan views you’ll take in while soaking will have been worth the hike.
Hot Springs are abundant in Japan but Kurokawa Olsen is among the most attractive to visit. Kurokawa Onsen is on the island of Kyushu. Many stay overnight or get a day pass with access to three of the 24 baths. Pools at Kurokawa Onsen vary widely. Find these pools in caves, surrounded by bamboo, or situated next to snowy riverbanks.
Pucon, Chile is home to the Termas Geométricas in the lushVillarica National Park. The host spring consists of 17 pools, a maze of red walkways, and cooling waterfalls. The various baths range from 95-108 degrees Fahrenheit year round, while the waterfalls can plunge to a frigid 43 degrees in the winter. The Japanese-inspired architecture here accents the lush tropical vegetation, creating a unique hot springs experience.
Hot springs are common in Greenland but Uunartoq Island is the only place they are warm enough to swim.
On the uninhabited island between Alluitsup Paa and Nanortalik in South Greenland there are three naturally heated springs which run together to a small stone-dammed pool. Surrounded by mountain peaks and drifting icebergs, you can lie in the warm water and enjoy the almost surrealistically beautiful natural surroundings. It is a great experience for both body and the soul! -VisitGreenland.com
Reach this island by boat from the mainland towns of Qaqortoq and Nanortalik.
A hot springs visit may be just what you need to rejuvenate yourself. For even more top hot springs you should experience, explore Our Favorite Springs in Iceland.