Mar 192015
Balneario de Mondariz

The Baranda which now serves as the  Hotel

What ever happened to Taking the Waters?  What a lovely way to pass the time, and yet you only see people doing so in Hercule Poirot TV shows and old movies.

Balneario de Mondariz is one of hundreds of “spas” that dotted Galician Spain in their heyday, and we stayed there for just long enough to enjoy the Water Palace and spend the night.

The hotel is about 20 minutes from the Vigo airport.


Doctor Enrique Peinador Vela

The hotel opened in 1873, and was the brain child of Don Enrique Peinador Vela.  Vela believed in the curative powers of mineral water, and was instrumental in getting the then Republican Government to declare that the mineral waters were a public utility and open to all.

Don Enrique

Don Enrique Peinador Lines (son of the founder)

Designed by architect Genaro de la Fuente it attracted the rich and famous including the Rockefellers, the Infanta Isabel de Borbon and other Famous Spaniards, the likes of which I have never heard of.

The Hotel apparently even minted its own currency had a program of operas and published a newsletter.

The Original Hotel

The Original Hotel

In 1973 a fire ravaged the hotel, but as it was stone they were able to complete a faithful reconstruction, the building is now condominiums.

The Garanada

The Gandara Spring

The Gándara Spring, housed in this Classical-style temple, was designed by architect Antonio Palacios.

There is a “ferruginous” composition to the water in the spring, which contains carbonated gas and calcium bicarbonate apparently suitable for metabolic, locomotive, respiratory, nervous and cardiovascular illnesses, and lots of others, according to the  plaque on the wall.

The stunning metal work on the chain surrounding the spring

The stunning metal work on the chain surrounding the spring

There is a beautiful spa

Balneario de Mondariz Spa

Balneario de Mondariz Spa

Alas, we were lacking in time, so we spent our down time in the Water Palace.

The exterior of the Water Palace

The exterior of the Water Palace, the right hand side dome is the Gander Spring

They did not allow photos in the Water Palace, so I took these from the Hotel’s website.  We were in the pool long enough to get pruny fingers and try out every one of the spray jets, bubble seats and even the spot in the center where the water pushes you along in a circle as you lay on your back.


Screen Shot 2015-03-19 at 1.54.10 PMLiterature Nobel Laureate Jose Echegaray said, “This is not a resort, it is the Palace of the Waters”

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The pool is almost 1000 feet across and sits  under a huge glass dome There are also several mini-pools throughout the building as well as, saunas with different temperatures and humidities.

You go to the pool in a bathrobe and slippers provided, but if you arrive without a proper bathing cap they get you for 4 euros.


*Balneario de MondarizThere is much to do in the area, and it becomes very crowded during the season, which begins at Easter.

Hike the Tea River Valley

Hike the Tea River Valley

There are golf courses, a full gym, or just hike through the ruins, whatever you decide to do, I highly recommend you get there in early spring before the crowds.





We had a twin bed situation, and once again I didn’t think to take the photo until we were checking out, but as you can see through the window, the views are really lovely, and the room adequate.



The Comet

The Comet

But, I had to add this photo of the room blow dryer, you don’t see these that often anymore and I love the name.


This was one of the hallways, the hotel covers the gamut between 1920 and 1950 and yet is charming as can be.


The sitting room, and overflow bar/restaurant with a look onto the newer outdoor pool


The bar

The bar

The Water Palace

All and all, we had a wonderful time, I just wish we had had more time to enjoy the services.