“Some Like It Hot” – Cities/towns built around natural hot springs


The cities and towns listed below from around the globe are located amidst, around, or near natural hot springs. As a result, many of them have become centers for health spas, retreats, and environmental tourism. Unlike their rural counterparts, these locations can be more developed and urbanized. As s result, extra caution must be taken to protect the hot springs from pollution and overuse.

Carefully thought-out planning and zoning programs should be undertaken as these delicate geological features can be adversely impacted by short-sightedness and poor planning. The Hotwells Spring in Bristol, England is an example of a unique natural feature that was lost to pollution.

Secondly, because many, if not most of these communities are situated near volcanoes or volcano fields, environmental hazard and emergency planning efforts must be regularly updated to assure they address all aspects of the potential dangers associated with living in a geologically active landscape. Mother Earth is rarely at rest, and those communities located amidst these geological areas must be on constant watch for subtle changes that may indicate a geologic event is about to take place.

As always, any suggested corrections, additions, or revisions are welcome.

  • Aachen, Germany
  • Abano Terme (Abano Spa), Italy
  • Adapazari, Turkey
  • Agua Caliente District of Tijuana, Mexico – Added on 11/7/19 – Thank you, Dan!
  • Agua Caliente, Peru – Added on 11/7/19 – Thank you, Dan!
  • Aguascalientes (Hot Waters), Mexico
  • Ainsworth, British Columbia, Canada
  • Alhama de Almería, Spain
  • Alhambra de Granada, Spain
  • Alor Gajah (Cute Elephants), Malaysia
  • Angul, India
  • Arta Terme (Art Spa), Italy
  • Atami (Hot Ocean), Japan
  • Baden (Baths), Switzerland
  • Bad Oeynhausen (Bath Oeynhausen), Germany
  • Bad Ragaz, Switzerland
  • Bagni di Lucca (Bath of Lucca), Italy
  • Băile Herculane (Herculane Bathrooms), Romania
  • Bajawa, Indonesia
  • Balikesir, Turkey
  • Bakreshwar, India
  • Banff, Alberta, Canada
  • Banos de Agua Santa (Bath of Saint Water), Ecuador
  • Bath, England, UK
  • Battaglia Terme (Battaglia Spa), Italy
  • Beinan, Taiwan
  • Bela-Bela, South Africa
  • Belknap Springs, Oregon
  • Beppu, Japan
  • Berkeley Springs, Wrest Virginia
  • Besenova, Slovakia
  • Bogacs, Hungary
  • Bojnice, Slovakia
  • Bolu, Turkey
  • Bormio, Italy
  • Bükkszék, Hungary
  • Bursa, Turkey
  • Buxton, England, UK
  • Cajamarca, Peru
  • Caldas Novas, Brazil
  • Caledon, South Africa
  • Calistoga, California
  • Cardanico Terme (Cardanico Spa), Italy
  • Carson City, Nevada
  • Chena Hot Springs, Alaska
  • Chumathang, India
  • Circle Hot Springs, Alaska
  • Ciz, Slovakia
  • Csokonyavisonta, Hungary
  • Denizli, Turkey
  • Desert Hot Springs, California
  • Dongnae, South Korea
  • Dudince, Slovakia
  • Edipsos, Greece
  • Fairmont Hot Springs, British Columbia, Canada
  • Furnas, Azores, Portugal
  • Glenwood Springs, Colorado
  • Grindavik, Iceland
  • Guelma, Algeria
  • Hakone, Japan
  • Hanmer Springs, New Zealand
  • Heviz, Hungary
  • Hisarya, Bulgaria
  • Hot Lake, Oregon
  • Hot Springs, Arkansas
  • Hot Springs, Montana
  • Hot Springs, North Carolina
  • Hot Springs, South Dakota
  • Hot Springs, Virginia
  • Hot Sulphur Springs, Colorado
  • Hveragerði, Iceland
  • Idaho Springs, Colorado
  • Igal, Hungary
  • Ikaho, Japan
  • Ikogosi, Nigeria
  • Izmir, Turkey
  • Jemez Springs, New Mexico
  • Jošanička Banja (Josanicka Spa), Serbia
  • Kalymnos, Greece
  • Kamena Vourla, Greece
  • Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic
  • Khordha, India
  • Kováčová, Slovakia
  • Kusatsu, Japan
  • Kyustenil, Bulgaria
  • Lakshore, California
  • Lakeview, Oregon
  • Langadas, Greece
  • Las Trincheras, Venezuela
  • Lava Hot Springs, Idaho
  • Liquine, Chile
  • Liptovský Ján, Slovakia
  • Llilfen, Chile
  • Loutraki, Greece
  • Malang, Indonesia
  • Maletswai, South Africa
  • Mandraki, Greece
  • Manley Hot Springs, Alaska
  • Mataruška Banja (Mataruska Spa), Serbia
  • McCredie Springs, Oregon
  • Methana, Greece
  • Mezőkövesd, Hungary
  • Midway, Utah
  • Miskolctapolca, Hungary
  • Montecatini Terme (Mountain Basins Spa), Italy
  • Montegrotto Terme (Mountain Grotto Spa), Italy
  • Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada
  • Nakusp, British Columbia, Canada
  • New Lebanon, New York
  • Nah Trang, Vietnam
  • Narechen, Bulgaria
  • Noboribetsu, Japan
  • North Port, Florida
  • Ono Client (Hot Eye), New Mexico
  • Okawville, Illinois
  • Ouray, Colorado
  • Ourense, Spain
  • Pagosa Springs, Colorado
  • Palm Springs, California
  • Panticosa, Spain
  • Pavel Banya (Pavel Spa), Bulgaria
  • Pella, Greece
  • Piešťany, Slovakia
  • Pucon, Chile
  • Puyuhuapi, Chile
  • Radium Hot Springs, British Columbia, Canada
  • Radium Springs, Georgia, USA
  • Rajecké Teplice (Rajecke Hothouses), Slovakia
  • Rajgir, India
  • Reykholt, Iceland
  • Rotorua, New Zealand
  • Sandaski, Bulgaria
  • Sandikli. Turkey
  • Sapareva Banya (Sapareva Spa), Bulgaria
  • Saratoga, Wyoming
  • Saratoga Springs, Utah
  • Saturnia, Italy
  • Savusavu (Your Own Your Own), Fiji
  • Shirahama, Japan
  • Sidirokastro, Greece
  • Singapore, Singapore
  • Sijarinska Banja (Sijarinska Spa), Serbia
  • Sklené Teplice (Sklene Hothouses), Slovakia
  • Sliač, Slovakia
  • Sohna, India
  • Spa, Belgium
  • Steamboat Springs, Colorado
  • Tabacon, Costa Rica
  • Tacna, Peru
  • Tainan, Taiwan
  • Taipei, Taiwan
  • Tattapani, India
  • Tbilisi, Georgia
  • Replace (Hothouses), Czech Republic
  • Termal (Warm), Turkey
  • Thermopolis, Wyoming
  • Tiberius, Israel
  • Toyako, Japan
  • Trenčianske Teplice (Trencianske Hothouses), Slovakia
  • Truth or Consequences (originally Hot Springs), New Mexico
  • Turčianske Teplice (Turcianske Hothouses), Slovakia
  • Unai, India
  • Velingrad, Bulgaria
  • Veyo, Utah
  • Viterbo, Italy
  • Vranje, Serbia
  • Waiwera (Hot Springs), New Zealand
  • Warm Springs, Georgia, USA
  • Warm Springs, Virginia
  • Warner Springs, California
  • Wiesbaden, Germany
  • Yufuin, Japan
  • Zorritos, Peru


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2 Responses to “Some Like It Hot” – Cities/towns built around natural hot springs

  1. Dan Tilque says:

    Agua Caliente district of Tijuana.
    Agua Caliente, Peru (nearest town to Machu Picchu)

    Liked by 1 person

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