Relax at the world's original spa
It was from the Belgian town of Spa in Belgium’s wooded Ardennes region that all other spas took their name. The town has been known for its mineral-rich thermal waters since Roman times, reaching its height of eminence in the 18th century when it was frequented by European royals. Today, it takes just under a two-and-a-half-hour train journey from Brussels to reach Spa, where the stylish but accessible Les Thermes de Spa complex is a popular destination for anyone seeking rest and relaxation. For those with more energy to expend, Spa is also Belgium’s premier winter sports centre while the Ardennes region more generally is renowned for its hiking and walking trails.