From Roman times to our days, the region of present-day Bosnia & Herzegovina has been known for its thermal waters and hot springs. The healing properties of balneotherapy have been appreciated by all the empires that invaded this region but also locals who developed a genuine spa culture, such as in Banja Luka spas. However, when it comes to the top spa destinations, Banja Vrućica takes the first place in Bosnia & Herzegovina. With a recently improved complex of four hotels and over 1000 beds, Banja Vrućica is Bosnia’s biggest hot spring and health spa. Located near the town Teslić in the northern part of the country, Banja Vrućica has a long tradition as a well-being center. Romans, Ottomans, Austro-Hungarians – they all recognized its therapeutic potentials.
In a picturesque setting of deciduous and coniferous forests of Mt. Borja and Mt. Vučja Planina (both higher than 1000 m), Banja Vrućica is nestled in the valley of Usora River. This beautiful mix creates already an ideal backdrop for relaxing and unwinding. And when on the top of the clear air and pleasing landscapes you add healing thermal water, you get a true health oasis. Even the origin of its name “vrućica”, which means “a hot spring”, indicates what it stands for. Ever since, local people knew that the spring water near the Grabovac creek had healing properties, and they used it in their daily life. Known as admirers of thermal sources, Old Romans were the first invaders who recognized the healing properties of these mineral springs. The Ottomans, famous for their bath culture, were even more impressed by this therapeutic water. But the Austro-Hungarians were the first who conducted scientific studies on the potentials of Vrućica thermal springs. Based on that, the first spa facilities were built in 1919.
Let’s now talk about the health benefits of Banja Vrućica. Coming from the depths of the earth, this thermal mineral water gets heated by hot rocks, and that’s how it dissolves the minerals. Thanks to this process, mineral water has a high concentration of negative ions, which contributes to the physical and mental wellbeing of balneotherapy. This spa complex achieves excellent results in treatments of cardiovascular, rheumatological, digestive, gynaecological and psychosomatic diseases. Additionally, they have a well-equipped laboratory and diagnostic center, a hyperbaric chamber, a salt room and a Russian cedar steam sauna.
Besides the treatments of diseases, Banja Vrućica has a wide wellness offer – from stress and fatigue relieve, improved concentration and memory to health preservation. For this purpose, this spa has a range of facilities – indoor and outdoor swimming pools with thermal water, different saunas, a fitness center, etc. Actually, their outdoor swimming pool with 650m2 of water area is the biggest in Bosnia & Herzegovina. Four hotels equipped with conference rooms and other facilities is what makes Banja Vrućica the best and largest congress center in the country. Last but not least, the surrounding mountains offer great hiking, biking, hunting and fishing possibilities.
If you happen to be in Banja Luka or Doboj, two biggest cities in northern Bosnia & Herzegovina, and you search for a renown spa and wellness center, don’t miss out Banja Vrućica. This top spa destination and its green oasis near the town of Teslić will offer you a true wellbeing therapy. After you relax your body, you might be looking for a spiritual therapy as well. In that case, I recommend you to visit a nearby Liplje Monastery, a secluded sanctuary from the 13th century.
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