The most popular hot springs draw tourists from all over the world to experience healing and relaxation in thermal mineral waters. Hot springs – or geothermal springs – are produced by geothermically heated groundwater coming to the surface of the Earth. Hot springs are usually located in naturally beautiful locations, and many have spas built around them.
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From upscale spas to stunning natural landscapes, these are the most visited hot springs around the globe:
- Blue Lagoon in southwest Iceland is the most visited hot spring in the world, attracting people from all over to its famed healing waters at the geothermal spa. The mineral-rich milky waters stay hot, at a temperature of 37 to 39 °C (99 to 102 °F).
- Széchenyi Baths in Budapest, Hungary, is the largest medicinal bath in Europe. The majestic palace-like bath house includes spa and health services, 21 pools, and a fitness center, making it a favorite destination for health-conscious travelers.
- Pamukkale in western Turkey is a worldwide destination for its mineral-rich hot springs and striking white terraces where the thermal waters flow. Next to the hot springs are ancient ruins of the Greek spa city of Hierapolis.
- Thermae Bath Spa is England’s only natural thermal spa located in the historic city of Bath. You can visit the hot springs and enjoy floating in the natural thermal waters and also enjoy spa services.
- The Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming is the largest hot spring in the United States and the third largest in the world. The vivid waters include a kaleidoscope of colors, which inspired the scenic spring’s name.
- 6. Arenal Hot Springs in northern Costa Rica are natural geothermal springs located near the Arenal Volcano that offer a day of relaxation amidst incredible natural beauty.
- 7. Aguas Calientes in southeast Peru has thermal-medicinal waters surrounded by scenic mountains, including iconic Machu Picchu.
- 8. Myvatn Nature Baths in Myvatn, Iceland, are centered around a natural lagoon with milky blue thermal waters rich in minerals. The serene baths offer a relaxing place to unwind from modern life.
- 9. Secret Lagoon, also known as Gamla Laugin, is the oldest swimming pool in Iceland and features a geothermal pool and picturesque natural setting.
- 10. Hot Springs National Park features 47 natural hot springs in Arkansas, United States.
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