A hot spring is a special kind of spring which is created when the ground water which is geothermal heated comes up to the surface of the earth. They are found all over the world. The water in the hot spring is heated by the mantle of the earth. Thus it is either heated by the hot rocks present or also by hot magma. Thus hot springs are a common feature in volcanic areas. There are also warm springs which are created by the mixing of hot and cold streams. Some of the world’s most exotic destinations for hot springs are described below.
The Grand Prismatic Spring in the United States of America
The Grand Prismatic Spring is present in the Yellowstone National park. It is it not only the largest hot spring in the United States but it is also the third largest spring in the whole world. Its exact location is the Midway Geyser Basin. This particular spring is so famous for its exotic colors which includes brown, red, gold, orange, yellow, green and blue which are all colors of the rainbow hue and hence the name prismatic spring. The most interesting part of the spring is its picturesque beauty. The spring gets its color by the presence of the bacterium. The color of the spring is strikingly blue because of the depth and intense purity of the water due to heat. The dimensions of the springs are about 80m by 90m and it is about 50m deep.
Bains De Dorres in France
The Bains De Dorres is located in the Pyrenees, very close to the Spanish borders. These springs have been used as public and communal baths since the roman times. The people get the opportunity to take a dip and relax amidst the breathtaking view of the valleys from an altitude of 4800 feet. It’s open throughout the year except for a small period of time from the end of November to early December. The pools of these springs are open throughout the day. It almost makes you feel one with the nature.
Takaragawa Onsen in Japan
They are the best hot pools in Japan and are surrounded by scenic splendor. The water also has healing properties. It is about two hours away from Tokyo and boasts of four large outdoor baths as well as two indoor baths. The water claims to effectively cure nervous disorders, aches and pains and skin issues. So not only is this a place you go to relax and unwind, but also heal your body. All the more reason to go on an amazing holiday to Japan.
Wiesbaden in Germany
Weisbaden is located at Kaiser-Friedrich-Therme which is near Stuttgart. About 20 centuries ago this area was extremely popular with the Romans who went there to enjoy the pleasures of the 26 hot springs present there. The complex present today functions as an “orthopedic healing institute” which opened in 1836. Since then the location has attracted people from all over the world who are looking for relaxation or want to relieve themselves of rheumatic and orthopedic pains.
Waikite Valley Thermal Pools in New Zealand
This is an exclusive place to experience the waters of the Te Manaroa Spring which is the single largest source of pure boiling water in New Zealand. They have splash pools, sit and soak pools and also a quiet pool by the gardens to simply relax. You may enjoy the eco trail or just simply let your hair down. There are cafes as well as private spas for the ultimate experience.