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Spa Things to Do

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  • Circuit De Spa-Francorchamps (4)

    Circuit De Spa-Francorchamps is one of the oldest and one of the most beautiful Grand Prix circuits in the world because its route through the magnificent scenery of the Ardennes.Francorchamps has 7km long(The old track 14 Km long) with dangerous artificial curve, it's unique in its kind which called the " raidillon " or steep rise that challenge...

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  • Circuit De Spa-Francorchamps (3)

    The driver who want to participtae Circuit De Spa-Francorchamps Test Day can choose to register for a full day or half day with or without pit access.The price for the full day is 475 euro.The half day :The rental price for the morning sessions is 250€ The rental price for the afternoon session is 350€ VAT not included.And only one driver is...

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  • Circuit De Spa-Francorchamps (2)

    I'm not really a fan of car racing,but just would like to visit the circuit as an experience and it's very lucky day to visit.I was in "man's world " for a while ,and after participated the event I enjoyed it very much.Every season, the Spa-Francorchamps circuit is running Test Days that reserved for competition vehicles and licensed drivers (2CVs...

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  • Circuit De Spa-Francorchamps (1)

    I had visittied Spa-Francorchamps circiut and I was so lucky that there was practice activity going on that day.We just drove in and the staff at the gate just let us go in ,a little surprised because normally to enter such a place I prepare to pay some ticket fee.When we were inside around the parking area,there were so many racing cars preparing...

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  • Europe's Oldest Casino

    The casino is housed in a fine old building. It dates form 1763.Why you would want to enter a gambling house with no windows, where you could be almost anywhere in the world is beyond me. Entrance however is free, so it will provide shelter from the rain. If you must, 5 minutes probably covers it. Seen one Casino, seen them all.Go out and shop for...

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  • Have a spa at Les Thermes de Spa

    Throughout Europe (and indeed the rest of the world), natural mineral waters are believed to the beneficial to the health. Whether there is any ACTUAL benefit, other than the relaxing pleasure of soaking ones self in warm water for a period of time is questionable. However the aparatchiks of the advertising industry have waxed lyrical, naming...

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  • Formula 1

    Spa hosts one of the annual Formula 1 races, sadly I was there the weekend it was supposed to be on in 2006, but that year they decided to close the track for renovation. So we had to race around it ourselves....

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  • La Fontaine de Groesbeeck

    Just a few metres from la Sauveni?re you will find la Fontaine de Groesbeeck. This spring bears the name of Baron de Groesbeeck, because he had a small niche built in the wall bearing his coat of arms (1651). The water has diuretic properties.General Area Or DirectionsThe Groesbeeck, Sauveniére, de la Reine springs and the monument a la...

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  • Source de la Reine

    The Source de la Reine (Queens Spring) gives the water that is used in the baths. It contains little salt and is known for its diuretic effect. It also eliminates toxines from the body. But the most famous for its bottled version Spa Reine.The Source de la Reine is not easily found it is located in the woods, a few hundred meters from the road. A...

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  • the famous visitors

    This fountain / monument has a lot of names on it. Names of famous people who visited the baths in Spa. The monument is located in the city centre near the back of the Pouhon Pierre le Grand.

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  • the old Bath house

    In the years 1862-1868 the mayor of Spa Joseph Servais revolutionised the world of health resorts by ordering the building of a new bathhouse by architect Suys.Today the building is used for expostions.

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  • Homage to the liberators

    At the outside of the building of the Pouhon Grand Pierre you can find this fountain. It is a hommage to the liberators of the United States Army, who liberated Spa on 10 september 1944. To end the horrors of the second world war.

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Spa Restaurants

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  • Local Trout, waffles & Beer

    The Brasserie is located at the at the end of Place Vertes. You can eat inside, or as we chose, outside under awnings.We enjoyed especially Trout cooked in the style of the Ardennes, with almonds and cream sauce. There are ample local wines and beers to sample as well.The cost is moderate

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  • Excellent trout

    This was the restaurant of the hotel we stayed in (see hotel tips). It was excellent. The atmosphere was great, the wine was good and the food was fantastic. My wife never really liked the fish in Belgium, until she ate the trout in this restaurant. It was so good that the day after she ate the same dish for lunch. Trout Meunière (with melted...

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  • Les Saisons de Spa

    Les Saisons de Spa is located in the luxury Radisson Sas Palace hotel, right across from the tourist office. We had lunch at the brasserie. Unfortunately not all the dishes listed were available. We ate very well, nevertheless.

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  • very populair italian

    It was very busy in this restaurant on a friday night. This means it is a populair one. People were even waiting to get a table.Food was good, but we tought they tried to push too many people in too little space, which made the atmosphere not great. Not the place for a romantic dinner for two!

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  • Chinese kitch

    In this restaurant you will be amazed by the decorations. An entire cave with wooden cranes and a waterfall.......All looking a bit tacky, but o so very chinese.The food was great, we really enjoyed it. Open:every day from 12:00-15:00 and 18:00-24:00

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  • A traditional in many Belgian towns

    Also in Spa they have that cafe that has the name of bringing it's visitors sudden death. No, the waiter won;t stab you in the back with a sharp knife ... it's just that this is one of the famous and deliscious Belgian beers. If enjoying a cafe, restaurant or lunchroom in Spa, reckon with the fact that the pricelevel here is little higher then the...

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Spa Transportation

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    by Pavlik_NL Written Aug 9, 2003

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    Driving in Spa is one thing, parking however another. The town has few parkingplaces in the town and the locals are really pissed off when tourists get crazy from the bad roadsigns and blunder on a crossroad or just wait a little to long (I've seen it happen twice!). One better parks well outside the centre and walk the way there or book an all inclusive healthcare-package and get there by train or bus. Most hotels have special parkingspots for their guests, which is also a solution to get rid of the car.

    Nice park - great facades - in between a busy road

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Spa Warnings and Dangers

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    by Pavlik_NL Written Aug 9, 2003

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    As already stated, Spa is badly managed and the citizens as well as governement have turned the town into quite a mess. Many buildings that could be monuments, are ruins and break down the towns general beauty. Please, do try to look through this neglectance and see that - with some good will and a proper management - Spa could be really a wonderful town and maybe even again ... the Spa that was the example of all bathing-towns of the world.

    With a right angle you leave out the worst places

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Spa What to Pack

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    by tompt Written May 27, 2004

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Always bring a raincoat to the Ardennes. Due to the hills there is a lot of rain. Clowds coming from the west, the coast, pack above the hills, and release their load here.

    rain clowds are coming

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Spa Off The Beaten Path

  • Spa and the Jugendstile

    Spa was placed many times in large Jugendstile posters. This because this particular style was rather popular in the time that Spa had it's golden age (around the 1900 century-change). As I liked the affiches I placed a few on this page for other fans of this Jugendstile.

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  • Visit the sources outside of town

    It sounds strange to put this tip in the "off the beaten path"-section, but it seems that almost no-one is visiting anymore the public wells that are situated in the forests around Spa. Though one would say that here in Spa this is all what it is about, one will be surprised in how desolate these wells are. In present days people come for exclusive...

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Spa Sports & Outdoors

  • Lac de Warfaaz

    Great fishing in the Lac de Warfaaz. In this small lake there is a lot of fish for the anglers enjoyment. In total they put 3.400 kg fish in the lake. There is trout, salmon, carp, pikes and more. You need to have a permit. This permit can be obtained at the Spa tourist info, or at the Jardin des Elfes, a restaurant with playground at the lake...

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  • waterbikes

    Great with children is the waterbikes at Lac de Warfaaz. With sunny weather the small lake is the destination for families from Spa and surrounding areas. There are some restaurants and bars. Two have a playground for young children. And always populair on these days are the waterbikes. Prices in may 2004 were 4 Euro for a two person waterbike and...

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  • Racetrack food at Francorchamps

    During racing season the circuit almost always has some type of activity and the snack stands have very good food. Grab yourself a hotdog and frites and wash it down with a tall Jupiler beer. Francorchamps also has a hotel and cafe named "The Racing Hotel" I have never eaten here but have enjoyed many many beers. The cafe is actually in the small...

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  • Eating snow flakes in the swimming-pool

    I liked everything. Simply when you put your feet in the warm water (34°), you say : "wow, it feels so great". But my best feeling was in the outside swimming-pool, more exactly in the outside jaccuzi, when it began to snow. It was a bit surreal actually but so nice.http://www.thermesdespa.com/

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  • the dilemma

    The dilemma in Spa, what to drink. Belgium famous for its beer, and Spa famous for its water.In the restaurant of our hotel we ordered two beers (Jupiler pilsner) and a bottle of Spa.The price of the beer was 2.25 a glas, the bottle Spa water was 6 Euro. That means price related there was not much difference.So we still have the dilemma what to...

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