The village of Arnedillo in La Rioja has become famous above all for the wonderful thermal waters it owns, flowing through various springs. These waters have been used and enjoyed since the Roman period.
Nowadays, we can enjoy the thermal waters of Arnedillo in two ways. First, there are the extraordinary thermal baths just outside the village, on one of the banks of Cidacos River. These thermal baths have a great reputation and, every year, hundreds of people come to enjoy the numerous thermal programs in offers.
But there is another option to enjoy them, a much more economical one, since it is free of charge. There are natural thermal baths in the Cidacos River, just in front of the spa, outside the village. They have been bettered thanks to the cleaning and caring work that started a few years ago. Today, everyone who wants it can enjoy those three little open air "swimming-pools" of thermal waters at different degrees of temperature.
The coldest is at 20ºC, while the hottest can go up to 35ºC. Although they are free, the thermal baths are clean and well-cared for. Moreover, you can go at any time of the day. I even recommend going at night and when it is cold: it is a real privilege to contemplate the stars and the moon in the warm water while it is incredibly cold outside.
These waters always have a special smell. It smells like minerals, but it is normal, this is why they say it is healthy.
Arnedillo is a beautiful town located in La Rioja Baja very close to Arnedo. The town is located specifically between the Hez and Peñalmonte mountains on the banks of the famous Cidacos River.
The village consists of a small number of stone houses set along narrow, steep streets. If you look from a distance, you first notice the steeple of the church in the center of Arnedillo. The town is famous for the wonderful and luxurious spa and extraordinary natural hot springs along the river that are visited by hundreds of tourists each year.
In recent years the town has rallied to clean and maintain these natural hot springs, a move which has only drawn more visitors to the village. It's now a town full of life and the restaurants and bars along the main street are full of people both morning and night. I recommend booking table because they fill up pretty quickly. The food here is excellent and the quality of the wine goes without saying. We are in La Rioja, after all.
Arnedillo has many other activities aside from the hot springs. Arnedillo also has a beautiful green path perfect for cyclists and there are several mountains with wonderful hiking trails and even better climbing. I can honestly say that it's an idyllic place for a weekend getaway.