Canedo, also referred to as San Miguel de Canedo, is one of Ourense’s many parishes. This neighbourhood is of particular interest to visitors since it houses some of the city’s most important and popular thermal baths.
An independent municipality until 1941 (when it was annexed to Ourense), Canedo is located north-west of the city’s urban centre, occupying the north bank of the River Miño. The A Ponte neighbourhood once formed part of old district of Canedo, which expanded rapidly in the 19th century thanks to the arrival of the railway and the establishment of the train station.
The opening of the Ourense-Vigo and Ourense-Monforte rail lines led to many shops, lodgings, workshops and other businesses opening up close to the station, thus configuring a new economic hub that rivalled the neighbouring capital located on the other side of the river.
Canedo extends downstream, following the right bank of the River Miño. The Canedo we are currently interested in is located there. The city and wider province of Ourense are renowned for their thermal waters, being the place in Spain with the largest number of spas and thermal baths. Besides the most popular ones in the city of Ourense, some are also found in the neighbourhood of Canedo.
Following the banks of the River Miño, you will come across the Termas de Outariz, the Burga de Canedo, the Termas do Muíño da Veiga, the Fuente del Tinteiro and the Termas de A Chavasqueira; all of which are located on the same side of the river and can be entered for free or a low price. This stretch is referred to as the Paseo Termal del río Miño [River Miño Thermal Walk].
The Termas de Outariz are some of the most popular ones. Inspired by the Japanese Onsen springs, this attraction has 11 outdoor thermal baths and three indoor ones, complete with jacuzzis, jets, streams, cold water barrels, caves, saunas and massage rooms. An authentic outdoor spa at the foot of the River Miño which can be enjoyed at a very low price!
Nearby is the thermal area of Outariz and Burga de Canedo. This is the largest thermal facility in Ourense and is free to enter. Unlike the Termas de Outariz, this is a recreational space that serves no therapeutic purpose. Visitors to these baths will be able to take a plunge in eight pools of different temperatures.
Similar are the Termas do Muíño da Veiga, an old mill converted into a thermal space that lies next to the banks of the Miño. This thermal bath also has several pools, the largest of which spans 200 square metres.
Still on the banks of the River Miño but closer to the city centre are the thermal baths and space of A Chavasqueira. Like the Termas de Outariz, they have a free-to-enter recreational part, the thermal space; as well as thermal baths for therapeutic purposes.
As you can see, the parish of Canedo is an authentic natural spa that can be enjoyed by people of all budgets. All of these are explicitly connected to the River Miño, the father of Galician rivers. You can round off your day in Canedo by visiting the Pazo de Canedo, a famous restaurant located very close to the thermal baths.