Off-Track things to do in Spa
So you’ve finished with the high-adrenaline activity on track, but you want to keep the party going? Just what else is there to do around the area of Spa, when it doesn’t involve burning petrol and tires?
Les Thermes de Spa - When you talk about spa pools, spa baths and spa weekends - did you know that the name “Spa” originally came from the thermal pools in the town of Spa in Belgium? The original health resort, these healing waters were so famous that this is what all Spas are named after. Thoroughly modernised over the years, the Spa Thermal Baths are a beautiful way to relax with your partner or family, or the trick to alleviating all those worn out racing muscles! Also, make sure to ride the funicular (cable railway) from the bottom of the hill for an extra thrill and some great views!
Casino de Spa - Continuing with the theme of “original inventions”, situated in the centre of the city the Casino de Spa is claimed to be (one of) the oldest Casinos in the world. Built in 1762, it has more than 250 years of history worth visiting and experiencing for yourself. Make sure to bring your passport or ID and of course some spare cash - and in-between hands of cards, don’t forget to look up to check out the amazing ceiling murals!
Abbaye de Stavelot - Not far from the circuit is the Abbey of Stavelot, built in the 17th and 18th centuries and only open to the public in 2002. The site itself and original abbey dates all the way back to the 7th century - of which you can see recently excavated remains beside its current day counterpart. The Abbey houses three museums: The museum of the Principality of Stavelot-Malmedy; the Guillaume Apollinaire Museum and the Spa-Francorchamps Race Track Museum as well as temporary exhibitions from around the world. Explore through the cellars to find historic race cars and the upstairs cloisters for a trip back through the ages.
Skydive Spa - If you’re as much of an adrenaline junkie as we are, then do yourself a favour and stop in at the Spa Skydiving centre, between the towns of Spa and Francorchamps. Allow yourself a whole new perspective on the circuit; from 4,000m (13,000 ft) up in the air - if you’re brave enough to open your eyes, that is! They offer tandem jumps for novices and first timers, so you can enjoy the rush in complete safety.
- Jonathan Chan, RSRSpa