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Thermal spas


It is a misconception that visiting a spa is only for treating different ailments, because you can go to one at any time, in any season of the year, at any stage of your life. It allows you to rest, and recover strength, to recuperate after injury and ailments, or simply to have fun.

Many spas in Slovenia offer a wide and diverse choice of services, including a range of more or less exotic massage treatments. The numerous health spas that have developed across Slovenia are the core of spa tourism in Slovenia, and at the same time they are actively involved in the Slovenian health-care system. They enjoy special status in this respect, complementing hospital treatment and the health-care industry with the healing properties of natural elements.

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Even far back in history, people in Slovenia had been taking advantage of the beneficial effects provided by thermal springs. Most of these springs can be found in the central and north-eastern part of Slovenia, in the regions of Zasavje, Štajerska and Prekmurje, with a few of them located in the south-eastern region of Dolenjska. Evidence of the long tradition of thermal spas in Slovenia can be seen in archaeological finds from the time of the Roman Empire. The first written records documenting thermal springs date back to 1147. Word about the healing powers of Slovenian thermal springs spread across the whole of Europe.

Favourable natural conditions

The favourable conditions for the development of thermal spas and spa tourism are mostly due to the geographical position of Slovenia. The key ingredient is thermal water of varying properties and temperature, depending on the region and the individual spa, and, of course, mineral water. These include the world-famous water from Radenska and Donat Mg magnesium-rich mineral water. Other equally important factors are seawater and saltwater, organic and inorganic peloids (therapeutic muds) and the Adriatic, Pannonian and sub-alpine central mountain microclimates. Thermal spas are usually located around hills and vineyards where you can increase your strength by hiking over miles of countryside, enjoying the rich selection of culinary delights and tasting local wines.

Original methods of treatment

Far removed from the city bustle, Slovenian health spas have developed new methods of health treatment using natural healing agents, as well as various preventive programmes based on modern medicine, and, of course, taking into account the modern way of life and the pace set by our work, career, stress and other factors influencing our everyday lives.

The Radenci Health Spa (www.terme-radenci.si) is one of Slovenia’s most famous spas, a popular destination for many domestic and foreign guests. The characteristic countryside of Pomurje allows for many forms of relaxation and leisure activities, and even wine tasting in the wine producing hills beside the Mura River. The naturally sparkling water contains carbon dioxide. The combination of the favourable climate and the famous thermal spring is particularly suitable for the treatment of cardiovascular conditions, kidney ailments and rheumatism.

Located in the town of Moravci, the Terme 3000 (www.terme3000.si) health resort practically floats on the waves of the Pannonian Sea. Well, that is not exactly true, as the sea has long gone: Today we can only see its remains stretching somewhere below the edges of the Goričko region, in the middle of the green Pannonian plains, and along the Mura River.

The Pannonian plain also hosts the unique health resort of Terme Lendava (www.terme-lendava.si), whose healing water is of fossil origin. The healing spring was discovered by experts in the sixties by pure coincidence when they were looking for oil in the region. Located on the borders of Austria, Slovenia and Hungary, the thermal spa finds itself in a colourful ethnic environment. As the water is rich in paraffin, it is especially soothing to the skin and suitable for treatment of rheumatic conditions.

In the heart of the Štajerska region, the town of Ptuj hosts one of the most recently established spas, Terme Ptuj (www.terme-ptuj.si). On the plains of Dravsko Polje, the healing water, rich in sodium hydro-carbonate, is at 39 degrees Celsius. This water is especially suitable for the treatment of, and recovery from rheumatic ailments and post-operative conditions.

In the small town of Topolščica (www.t-topolsica.si), sheltered by the Karavanke and Savinjske alpe mountain ranges, we find thermal spas bearing the same name. The healing water was discovered as early as the 16th century, and has been found to help treat problems with joints, minor cardio-vascular problems, and post-operative recovery.

The Zreče Thermal Climatic Spa (www.terme-zrece.si) lies in the heart of the Zreško Pohorje mountain range and is renowned for its mild and healing mountain climate. This health spa helps treat difficulties related to post-operative conditions, rheumatic ailments, and diseases of the peripheral nervous system.

The Rogaška Health Spa (www.rogaska.si) is famous all over the world for its Donat Mg mineral water, unique in the world for its rich magnesium content. The health spa has always been famous for its beneficial effects in treating gastroenterological disorders, metabolic diseases, and psychosomatic conditions.

The healing properties of the springs at Laško Thermal Spa (www.zdravilisce-lasko.si) are well known, as people have been coming to them for relief since ancient times. The beneficial properties of the springs were discovered by the Romans. In the Middle Ages missionaries would stop here and rest, and during the reign of the Austro-Hungarian emperor Franz Joseph a popular resort sprang up here.

The thermal spa of Terme Snovik is one of the most recently established health resorts in Slovenia. The resort is quite a success story, owing at least a little to its excellent location in the valley of Tuhinjska dolina, lying at the foot of the alpine mountain range of Kamniško-savinjske Alpe, and a mere thirty kilometres from the capital.

The thermal spa of Terme Dobrna (www.terme-dobrna.si) is surrounded by an idyllic landscape of meadows and mighty forests. A two-hundred year-old promenade lined on each side by rows of trees is of particular note. Since the old times, Terme Dobrna has been a refuge for those seeking solace from hectic everyday life and enjoying the peace and tranquillity. The natural springs are particularly suitable for the treatment of gynaecological, rheumatic and orthopaedic disorders, and neurological conditions.

In the heartland of Dolenjska we can find the thermal spa of Dolenjske toplice (www.terme-krka.si), where, according to historical records, a thermal spa existed as early as the 13th century. Here, the blend of traditional knowledge and modern-day discoveries about the beneficial properties of the thermal springs has proven to be a true success story. The thermal water, with a temperature of 36 degrees Celsius, is particularly rich in calcium and magnesium, and is used for treating rheumatic diseases, post-operative conditions and gynaecological disorders.

Šmarješke Toplice (www.terme-krka.si) is hidden away nearby in the embrace of the forests of Dolenjska. This is a new health spa with modern medical facilities. The calcium and magnesium-rich water has proven beneficial in treating cardio-vascular diseases, diseases of the central and peripheral nervous system, and sports injuries.

Located at the confluence of the Krka and Sava rivers, Terme Čatež (www.terme-catez.si)is Slovenia’s largest natural health spa. According to the first records mentioning the place, the local population began to dig holes and bathe in the hot water as early as the 19th century. Since then, the region has witnessed the development of one of the largest tourist resorts in Slovenia. The thermal water is the thermal spa’s greatest treasure, with a temperature ranging from 42 to 63 degrees Celsius at source.

Terme Olimia (www.terme-olimia.com) is located in the small town of Podčetrtek, and was once better known as Atomske toplice. On arrival you are greeted by the natural beauty of the region of Kozjansko, its meadows, forests and vineyards. The idyllic surroundings make it a tranquil paradise, and its thermal water is used to treat rheumatic and skin diseases, cardiovascular diseases, and for relieving stress.

Near the coast, we find thermal spas with a sea view: Terme Palace (www.lifeclass.net) in Portorož and Zdravilišče Strunjan (www.terme-krka.si). The spas are located in the very centre of the popular coastal town of Portorož, where you can give yourself up to the beneficial properties of the seawater. At Strunjan they treat pulmonary diseases, osteoporosis and rheumatic conditions.


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