Ourense: Two-Day Guide

If you only have two days 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.
  • A bathing suit (and for some springs you’ll also need a swim cap and sandals).

Day 1:

Morning:

  • Start your day by visiting the tourist office to pick up any maps or information you may need for your stay in Ourense.
  • Head to Abastos Market to experience the vibrant atmosphere and pick up some local produce or treats.
  • Stop by Miguel Pasteleria for some sweet treats, such as roscón or torrijas.

Afternoon:

  • Find a local café or bar with menú del día for lunch.
  • Take a leisurely walk through the old town, exploring the historic buildings and charming streets.
  • Visit Tea and Nature for a boba tea fix, a unique find in Galicia.

Evening:

  • Relax and rejuvenate at Termas Outariz, where you can reserve time and book a spa service or walk a bit further to enjoy the free public hot springs.
  • Indulge in a delicious dinner at Dashi Ramen Bar (we’re always on the lookout for great Asian food in Galicia) or head to O Catador for a taste of historic cuisine.

Day 2:

Morning:

  • Begin your day with a walk, run, or bike ride along the scenic Minho river trail for some exercise and fresh air.
  • Take a dip in the Minho thermal river or explore the surrounding area on the Tren de las Termas.

Afternoon:

  • Check out Xes Ourense Bar de Tapas for a unique local dining experience.
  • Explore the city further by wandering through the streets and discovering hidden gems.

Evening:

  • Wrap up your trip 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 two days 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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