Posts Tagged ‘Spain’

The city of Ourense (Galicia, Spain) is famous for its natural hot springs, “As Burgas”. The springs are located in the middle of the city where the water gushes out from three sources: “Burgas de Arriba”, “Burgas do Medio” and “Burgas de Abaixo”. The main characteristic of theses naturally high mineral springs are their high temperature, between 64ºC and 68ºC. “As Burgas” water has long been used for therapeutic purposes because of its healing properties.

Romans were the discoverers of the springs. There are several theories about the origin of their water. There are people who thought the water cames from a spring situated under the cathedral, but other people thought it comes from a subterranean volcano. Nevertheless, the water comes from rainwater and turns hot 2.5-3km under the ground.

In 2005, the construction of a spa near the springs caused the loss of part of  “As Burgas” volume flow. That event accelerated the recognition of the springs as a cultural interesting place. In July 2010, it was built a big thermal water public pool in the “As Burgas” square. Since then, Ourense has been the only place in the world where you can have a relaxing therapeutic bath in the centre of the city.

“As Burgas” springs are just one of the attractive of Ourense. If you decide to visit the city and the region, you will discover some of the most beautiful and charming places in Galicia.

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Look around. How many TVs do you have at home? How many lights are on at this moment? Moreover, how many electrical appliances have you got at home? Maybe it could be easier to count how many things aren’t connected to electricity. That isn’t all, there are several more questions that you should think about: do you usually go to work by car? How many rubbish do you produce everyday? Do you recycle? Now, think about your daily routine. Do you think your habits are the most suitable to keep the Earth alive? I’m sure the answer will be “no”.

Our daily routine produces a lot of pollution and waste. Nowadays, we make more litter that the Earth can assume. The difference between our garbage and wastes the planet can get is known as “ecological footprint”. Do you know how many planets do we need to live in if we don’t change your lifestyle? In 2030 they will be necessary two planets. However, the situation will be worse in 2050, when we’ll need 3 Earths to continue with our spendthrift lifestyle. Spain is one of the countries that lives over its possibilities in connection with its consumption of natural resources. In 2006, the only country that lived respecting our planet was Cuba.

The main evidences that we’re killing our planet are global warming and the huge amount of species in danger of extinction. The solution is before our very eyes: as being on a special diet. We must reduce our use of fossil fuels, reduce our CO2 emissions and shorten our rubbish. First of all, we must boost renewable energies like solar energy or wind power. Moreover, it it’s possible, we should walk to work and use public transport instead of our car. Finally, we have to change our habits: we don’t have any excuses not to reuse and recycle (I’m sure there are several recycling bins near home and work). Besides, we should try to buy unpacked products or biodegradably packed.


The earlier we start, the sooner we’ll save our planet. If we take care of the Earth, the Earth will look after us.

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Ponferrada, in the middle of the St James’ French Way, is well worth a visit. For those who want to live a medieval adventure, Hotel Temple is their place. There you can feel like a Middle Age’s man or woman: sleeping in a four-posted bed, eating in the award-winning restaurant and enjoying the armors and old-style features that, certainly, will carry you to an other time.

Hotel Temple, Ponferrada

Besides, this great four-star hotel is just a few minute’s walk away Parque del Temple (the biggest park in the city) and a stone’s throw from te centre of the town and its commercial zone. At night, you will relax and recover force at the hotel with traditional food like beans and meat casserole, stuffed courgette, roasted suckling pig and jerky. Don’t forget to try the delicious typical chestnut pie!

If this isn’t enough, you mus visit the Templar Castle that was built on the Sil river bank at the beginning of the 10th century.

Templar Castle of Ponferrada

Ponferrada an Hotel Temple are ideal for history lovers and gourmets.

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