Ourense: One-Day Guide

If you only have one day to spend in Ourense, Spain, you’ll want to see the best attractions in this city famous for its thermal springs. Here are some tips and ideas to help you plan your visit:

Things you need:

  • Good walking shoes for exploring the city, especially by the sea and in the old town. Waterproof shoes are even better since it rains a lot in Galicia.
  • Raincoat and umbrella in case it rains while you’re out and about.
  • And if you want to enter the hot springs you’ll need a bathing suit (and for some springs you’ll also need a swim cap and sandals).

Morning:

  • Head to Abastos Market to experience the vibrant atmosphere and pick up some local produce or treats.
  • Stop by Miguel Pastelería for some sweet treats, such as roscón or torrijas.
  • Take a leisurely walk through the old town, exploring the historic buildings and charming streets.

Afternoon:

  • Find a local café or bar with a menú del día for lunch (try O Catador for a taste of historic cuisine).
  • Walk, run, or bike ride along the scenic Minho river trail for some exercise and fresh air en route to the thermal springs.
  • Relax and rejuvenate at Termas Outariz, where you can make a reservation or book a spa service or walk a bit further to enjoy the free public hot springs.

Evening:

  • Wrap up your visit with a visit to the Carnaval celebrations if you are in Ourense during this festive time.
  • Otherwise visit Alameda park to unwind, get a taste of local life, and do some people watching.
  • Try a tapas crawl at spots like O Barallete, La Bodeguilla del Centro (the mushroom and pepper skewer is a great vegetarian option), and O Souto (the bomba, a ball of mashed potatoes and spun beef is incredible).

With swimwear, rain gear, and these tips, you can make the most of your time in Ourense. Whether you’re soaking in hot springs, sampling delicious tapas, or exploring historic landmarks, we know you’ll enjoy your visit to this lovely city in Galicia.

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