Secrets Itinerary: The Best Places to Relax in Minho ♦ Far north in Portugal there are massages, spas and spas that put you in an earring. After the stressful times of Christmas, what’s best to do then go relax in some of the best places in Portugal? Secrets From Portugal bring you today the best places to relax in Minho.
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In the waters and green of Minho, you will find everything you need. From Gerês to Viana do Castelo, from Melgaço to Guimarães. Water, from multiple sources, helps to relax body and mind. To make the experience complete, massage is not lacking in these places (some of them use chocolate for relaxation at a much higher level) and reflexology practices, an alternative therapy that involves applying pressure on the feet and hands to produce in effects on other parts of the body.
Termas de Melgaço – Melgaço Spa
It’s not for everyone, but don’t leave without drinking the hot spring water, protected by a monumental pavilion. It began to be bottled in 1885 and today continues with the same rusting force and restorative properties. Surrounded by a wooded park, the spa is indicated for the treatment of diabetes and respiratory, rheumatic and musculoskeletal disorders. You can jump between the swimming pool, the sauna, the jacuzzi, the whirlpool and the Turkish bath, experiencing everything you are entitled to.
In the middle of the pine forest, a few steps from the beach, FeelViana is a sanctuary for lovers of water and land sports, and for those who want to cultivate the art of doing nothing. The spa has a heated indoor pool, sauna and hammam. Sensory massages use seaweed products (the sea nearby) with oriental-influenced therapies. You can try exfoliations and all three facials – one suitable for men’s skin, one customized for different skin types (oily, dry, sensitive) and the ultimate 90-minute experience to moisturize and reduce wrinkles.
In the capital of the Camellias, there is no escape from them. At this four-star hotel in Celorico de Basto you have to try the long camellia oil massages. You can also enjoy a versatile face and body treatment program. The free spa for all guests includes a sauna, hammam and heated indoor pool.
Monte Prado – Monte Prado Hotel & SPA Melgaco
Design Monte Prado Hotel & Spa is located in the emblematic village of Melgaço, a picturesque and traditional region, set in the Peneda do Gerês National Park, next to the Minho River. The River Spa combines green and environment landscape with the gastronomic and cultural wealth of the region and the cosy interior design, modern and comfortable Monte Prado Hotel & Spa. Have included the spa circuit (panoramic outdoor swimming pool (seasonal), indoor pool, Shower sensations, jets water and jacuzzi).
Each accommodation is bright and modern, perfectly combining contemporary design with traditional Lusitanian style. Its magnificent spa takes the experience of staying at this hotel to another level, offering millenary treatments such as aromatherapy and pure goat’s milk baths. Powerful moisturizing ritual with rejuvenating properties, the 100% Pure Goat Milk Bath is the star of this wellness centre, aiming to rejuvenate and increase skin elasticity, nourishing and stimulating elastin production. In addition to this unique treatment, Carmo’s Boutique also features massage, body and spiritual rituals – a truly relaxing and perfect experience for a weekend of pure relaxation.
Monverde – Wine Experience
Situated in the Green Wine Zone, in Telões – Amarante, Monverde – Wine Experience is a 4-star hotel that, as the name implies, focuses on wine tourism. The hotel, located on a 30-hectare property, offers guests the opportunity to participate in winemaking. Grape seed exfoliations or relaxing red vine oil massages are just two of the many treatments available at this centre that sublimely recovers the ancient wisdom of vinotherapy. Massages, facials, bath rituals, hydrotherapeutic circuits or packages for two are some of the services offered by Monverde – Wine Experience. A heady sensory experience… not to be missed.