Northern Spain is so different to the rest of the country, Galicia itself has almost an alpine feel to it with mountain villages nestled amongst the rocky outcrops and huge rivers looking like glacial lakes providing a spectacular backdrop. As we drove through the twisting roads from Lisbon, on our road trip through Spain and Portugal we were constantly awe-struck by the landscape and beautiful setting. It seems fitting that this region, particularly around Ourense is home to numerous thermal pools and baths. It is the perfect location to come and take in the air and enjoy the warm waters, good food and picturesque surroundings.
A spa break in northern Spain – OCA Allariz, Galicia, Spain
OCA Allariz is situated on the edge of Allariz town, overlooking the absolutely stunning Arnoia River which gently meanders past, becoming the perfect place to bathe alongside the locals in summer months. In spring when we visited, as rain pattered across the top it was beautiful to look out at, calming and tranquil.
The hotel, OCA Allariz is around 20 minutes from the main town of Ourense but there are restaurants and shops in Allariz to keep you satisfied for a few days.
There are 38 rooms in OCA Allariz and has a very cool, contemporary style, with beautiful interior touches throughout.
OCA Allariz, Galicia, Spain – Sleeps:
We stayed in one of the hotel’s suites which had a main master bedroom which was very spacious.
There was a lovely bathroom that was bright and calming and filled with beautiful products from the OCA hotel brand.
There was also a lounge with a dining table which was transformed in to a bedroom for the children.
Both rooms had large wooden shuttered windows with views down to the Arnoia River which I could just sit and stare at all day long, it was so mesmerising.
We really liked these rooms, they were a good space and nice to have the two rooms to spread out across.
OCA Allariz, Galicia, Spain – Spa:
One of the main reasons for coming to this region is the spa facilities. Ourense district has a large number of thermal pools you can visit and as such it is a great destination for a spa break. OCA Allariz makes use of this with its own on-site spa.
We took in the pools one afternoon and spent a few wonderful hours just relaxing in the warm waters, with different jets which come on and turn off, it was such a fun and relaxing space.
There are also treatments such as massages and facials available.
OCA Allariz, Galicia, Spain – Food:
The hotel has one restaurant that is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Breakfast was a good spread of pastries, cheeses, cereals, fruits and juices. There was a Nespresso coffee machine and a good supply of food which kept us all happy.
We also ate dinner one evening in the restaurant. The menu was largely meat based but the chef was great at adapting the food and coming up with suggestions too. We had a lovely pumpkin soup and Mr G thought the tuna salad was very tasty. For main courses I had a veggie fajita which was great and MR G a delicious piece of hake on sweet potato mash. The children dug in to huge homemade pizzas and a pasta with tomato sauce. We really enjoyed the meal and thought it well priced.
OCA Allariz, Galicia, Spain – The Best Bits:
We absolutely loved this region of Spain, one that we haven’t travelled to before and would love to explore more of. OCA Allariz definitely sits perfectly in this area, it feels calming and tranquil and an ideal location to go out sightseeing, but equally to sit and take time.
OCA Allariz, Galicia, Spain – Worth Bearing in Mind:
As with many hotels in Spain and Europe there was no kettle in the room (we must remember our travel kettle more often), but also there was no coffee machine either, so no opportunity to make hot drinks which was a shame. We did take our own tea bags to the restaurant and ask for cups of boiling water which they were happy to provide.
There are strict hours for children in the spa, which has to be booked in advance.
OCA Allariz, Galicia, Spain – Child Friendly?
While OCA Allariz isn’t particularly geared towards families, children are definitely welcome. There’s a children’s menu in the restaurant and times for the kids to use the spa. Our children thought the spa was fantastic and one of their favourite parts of the trip.
There’s a little playground, across the bridge over the river just outside the hotel.
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You can find out more at the hotel’s website here
We were guests of OCA Allariz, Galicia, Spain but as always all opinions are our own.