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Historic Spa Hotels of Spain

9-day tailor-made holiday from £1,360 pp incl. flights


Short description

Indulgent spa experiences in historic hotels among ancient Spanish villages


  • Stay in hotels renowned for their superb spas
  • Enjoy pampered stays in truly historic settings
  • Hit the open road on scenic country drives
  • Tuck into creative tapas-style food served in traditional stone-walled restaurants
  • Showcase the region's wines at optional tastings

In Brief

  • 2 Nights Solares
  • 2 Nights San Bernardo
  • 2 Nights Olmedo
  • 2 Nights Burgo de Osma


Recommended for:
Food & wine | History & culture | Relaxation | Self-drive | Spa

This indulgent fly-drive holiday includes stays at four luxurious hotels, all part of the historic Castilla Thermal hotel group. Hidden among hundred-year-old parks, preserved monasteries and ancient convent ruins, their facilities include some of northern Spain's finest thermal spas, where treatments range from chocolate wraps and traditional massages to dips in hot and cold mineral pools, antioxidant rituals and more. Original stone-walled restaurants showcase creative tapas menus and monastery wine tastings show off the region's finest labels. You'll also enjoy the freedom of the open road, driving between stays in your included hire car, exploring scenic routes to arrive at spectacular viewpoints. And, there's plenty to explore in the region's towns and cities, too, each one host to the likes of spectacularly-preserved cathedrals, medieval castles and idyllic gold-sand beaches.

Day by day itinerary

Day 1
UK to Solares

Begin your trip in relaxing style with included VIP airport lounge access before boarding your flight to Bilbao, picking up your hire car and driving to Castilla Termal Baineario de Solares, an elegant white building that sits in a one-hundred-year-old park. It became the first spa in Cantabria during the Belle Epoque in the 20th century, and now boasts a thermal pool, sauna, thermal walkway and more. Their 'contrast circuit' is particularly special, combining steam baths, heated-pool dips, dry saunas and ice fountains, all designed to eliminate toxins. There are also a host of other treatments to choose from, including chocolate wraps and volcanic stone massages. The charming bright rooms lined with balconies look over the tree-lined garden and, come evening, excellent gastronomy in either the cosy fireside restaurant or summer terrace offers the likes of local Cantabrian cheeses, sea bream with mussel ragout and Liebana beef cheeks, accompanied by excellent wines.

Stay: Castilla Termal Solares Spa

Meals: D

Day 2
Santander & the Cantabrian Coast

Enjoy a relaxing spa treatment or two before perhaps heading to Santander and its modern delights, from the spectacular museum Centro Botín to its urban beaches – El Sardinero is particularly spectacular and ideal for whiling away the hours before you sample one of the excellent tapas restaurants that line the shore. The Atlantic coastline is also lovely for a rugged walk, dotted with picturesque – and often empty – bays, before you stop at La Maruca for local beer and seafood. 

Stay: Castilla Termal Solares Spa

Meals: B D

Day 3
Solares to San Bernardo

After breakfast, transfer to your next hotel, the Castilla Termal Monasterio de Valbuena that sits within the walls of the best-preserved Cistercian monastery in Europe, built in the 12th century and right in the heart of the Ribera del Duero wine region. Rooms are ultra-cosy, with timber beams, white stone walls and distressed wood touches, offset with gorgeous bathrooms with free-standing baths. Most spectacular are the barn-conversion-esque suites with sprawling timber ceilings – and many have access to the private garden with a sauna. They're only surpassed by, naturally, the exquisite spa, that includes an enormous thermal mineral-medicinal pool, sauna, hammam and every treatment you can think of. Take dinner this evening among the exquisite white-stone walls of the restaurant – we recommend the tasting menu, where you'll enjoy the likes of tuna tataki, seabass with chimichurri, Iberian pork flank and Brioche French toast with caramelised cream – best enjoyed alongside world-class wines, paired perfectly to each dish.

Stay: Castilla Termal Monastery de Valbuena

Meals: B

Day 4
Ribera del Duero & San Bernardo

Enjoy the delights of the hotel this morning, or perhaps head to Ribera del Duero’s excellent wineries. The history-steeped streets of San Bernado are also just moments away, from its historic bullring to Spain's first firefighter’s station. Come back to the hotel and perhaps enjoy a wine tasting experience in the spectacular monks winery before another dinner where the likes of Iberian ham croquettes, duck confit and Castilla suckling lamb cutlets are all on the menu.

Stay: Castilla Termal Monastery of Valbuena

Meals: B

Day 5
San Bernardo to Olmedo

After breakfast, move to your next hotel, the wonderful Castilla Termal Balneario de Olmedo that rises above the ruins of the old Sancti Spiritus convent, founded in the 12th century. Rooms are refined, fresh and bright – the special suite is particularly cosy, all low lighting, timber beams and cosy seating areas. The wonderful thermal pool is enormous, with additional indoor and other outdoor pools, Jacuzzis, bubble massage seats and a hammam steam bath, as well as a sprawling relaxing area with a cosy crackling fireplace.

Stay: Castilla Termal Spa of Olmedo

Meals: B D

Day 6

You’ll be situated in the town of Olmedo, in the province of Valladolid, considered to be one of the ‘Mudejar Capitals’ and boasting a rich history and artistic heritage. Explore the beautiful park of Pasion Mudejar before a tapas lunch in one of the cosy restaurants then, come evening, delight in the hotel’s excellent cuisine, enjoying ultra-fresh local fish and meat in the modern ambience of the restaurant. 

Stay: Castilla Termal Spa of Olmedo

Meals: B D

Day 7
Olmedo to El Burgo de Osma

After breakfast today, head to your final hotel of the trip, the Castilla Termal Burgo de Osma, situated in the ancient site of the Renaissance University of Santa Catalina. We recommend upgrading to a junior suite, where a dark, ultra-modern bathroom is offset against traditional white-stone walls. The spa truly feels historic and is an interpretation of the beautiful Mozarab chapel of the 11th century. Enjoy the likes of a sauna with colour therapy, river-pebble foot baths, bi-thermal showers and a hammam steam bath alongside creative rituals such as de-stressing mud wraps and antioxidant wine hydro-massages. The refined restaurant is all distressed wood floors, dark walls, intimate lighting and original stone walls, their splendour matched by such creative delights as crispy duck with roast apple cream, beef carpaccio and grilled beef skirt steak with fried yucca.

Stay: Castilla Termal Burgo de Osma 

Meals: B D

Day 8
El Burgo de Osma

Enjoy a relaxing day at the hotel today, or head into the town of El Burgo de Osma, designated as an Historic Artistic Site. Don’t miss the pretty Roman bridge that's shadowed by the spectacular hilltop Castle of Osma, the cathedral and tomb of El Burgo de Osmo and the University of Santa Catalina, which in itself is stunning, before enjoying a final dinner either in town or at the hotel.

Stay: Castilla Termal Burgo de Osma 

Meals: B D

Day 9
Bilbao to UK

After breakfast, from El Burgo de Osma continue back north via the heritage towns of Burgos and Vitoria-Gasteiz to Bilbao airport where you will drop off your car hire and board your flight back to the UK. 

Meals: B



Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

Accommodation rating: Superior Deluxe

9-day tailor-made holiday from £1,360 pp incl. flights


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from £1,360 pp. incl. flights

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from £1,725 pp. incl. flights


  • Complimentary UK airport departure lounge access
  • Return flights between UK and Bilbao
  • 9 days car hire in an Compact vehicle
  • 8 nights accommodation in a Double room on a HB Thermal Getaway basis*
  • Unlimited access to the Thermal Pools in each hotel
  • Slippers, bathrobe and cap in all rooms

*HB (breakfast with lunch or dinner) is included at all properties except Castilla Termal Monastery Valbuena which has an a la carte menu at Converso Restaurant and is additional

Supplements apply for Friday and Saturday night stays

Terms & Conditions

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.

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