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All EHTTA news releases and articles related to EHTTA activities are listed below, and updated regularly.

ScoopIt is a news service curated by the former Delegate General of EHTTA and former Director of the Institute of Cultural Routes, Mr Michel Thomas-Penette. He scans the news around the spa towns of Europe and collects them into a themed, constantly changing newsletter, full of interesting information on the culture and heritage of the EHTTA members. Please do check in on this service regularly, as it is an amazing resource!

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Water, Pilgrimages, Spirituality PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 11 September 2013 14:46

2nd Café of Europa – Thursday, September 19th – Liceo de Ourense
“Water, Pilgrimages, Spirituality”
A history of hospitality through the sources of Europe

The City Council of Ourense organizes this second Café of Europe meeting as part of the SOURCE project, an initiative developed under the European programme CULTURE 2007-2013 for cultural cooperation and coordinated by the European Historic Thermal Towns Association (EHTTA) and the Route of Spa Towns in the Massif Central. These meetings aim to celebrate the origins of a common European spa culture, represented by those thermal towns’ vibrant atmosphere of creativity and dialogue; the Cafés of Europe of the “golden era” of thermalism. This proposal of new “Cafés” reinvents its avant-garde spirit, giving these cities back their due place. It also seeks to spread awareness of the existence and work developed by the EHTTA, specially the European Cultural Route which is part of.
The title chosen for this second Café “Water, Pilgrimages and Spiritually” refers to the double nature of our thermal waters, that have been considered through history as an object of devotion but also as a way to heal our body and our mind. With free access, this conferences will also serve as a prelude for Termatalia, the International Fair of Thermal Tourism and Wellness that will take place in Ourense between September 20-22.


16:00 - 17:45 h.
“Water and Cults in the Ancient Times”

Water is synonym of spirituality in the Ancient Times, an element that connects the human and the divine. In Europe, water deities used to linked the old indigenous beliefs with the new foreigner ones, those which came with the Roman conquerors, transforming this cult and arising new meanings. All the historical baths that are spreaded across Europe are still witnesses of this transformation and therefore, its study, conservation and divulgation becomes a challenge for these cities; in order to throw some lights on the past so it could light our present.

Introduced and moderated by Mr. José María Eguileta Franco, Ourense City Council Archaeologist.
First Part: Water Deities in Roman and Pre-Roman Hispania
- Mrs. María Cruz González Rodríguez, Professor at País Vasco University.
- Mr. Juan Carlos Olivares Pedreño, Professor at Alicante University.
- Mr. Gonzalo Matilla Séiquer,Professor at Murcia University. Second Part: Study, Conservation and Recovery of Historic Baths
- As Burgas de Ourense, Asset of Cultural Interest.- Mr. Celso Rodríguez Cao, archaeologist responsible for the excavations of As Burgas complex; and Mr. Pedro Araújo Nespereira, geologist, Professor at Vigo University.
- Bath, World Heritage- Mrs. Catherine Lloyd, representantive of the city of Bath in the EHTTA.


18:00- 19:00 h.
“Bath and Pilgrimages: from the Middle Ages until today”

There are two cities in Europe that religion and history turned into pillars of the continent. Santiago de Compostela, at the western end , is the fi nal destination of several ways that since the Middle Ages spread all through European geography; and Rome, in the heart of Italy, connect with Canterbury through a huge diagonal known by their travellers as the “Via Francigena”.
Thousands of pilgrims walk these roads every years, and their travels have already become a key part of our European cultural identity. Thermal cities take also part in this history of pilgrimages, as these are the place where wanderers stop to rest their body
and minds, places of peace and serenity.
Introduced and moderated by Mr. José Luis Rodríguez Cid, ppresident of the Ourense’s Association of Friends of the Silver Way

- The Ways of Santiago: Mr. Francisco Singul, historian and representantive from Xacobeo S.A.
- The Vía Francíxena: Mr. Massimo Tedeschi, president of the European Association of Vía Francígena and president of the ANCOT (National Association of Italian Thermal Cities).

Session will be closed by Mrs. Pilar Barraca de Ramos, representantive from the Ministry of Culture, Education and Sport of Spain in the Enlarged Partial Agreement on European Cultural Routes.


19:15 - 21:00 h.
“Thermalism for the 21st Century: New ways of dialogue and wellness”

It is said that spa industry is living now in the 21st Century its second Golden Era. In a global society which get quicker and more and more changeable it is true that thermal cities have known how to master the big challenges of our time in order to turn water, once again, into a central element of human life. We present here examples that set the guidelines for the new paths thermal industry must follow in the future : wellness, preventive medicine and active life, environment care and relationships, intercultural dialogue, the recovery of the past through memory and heritage...
Introduced and moderated by Mrs. Teresa Pacheco,president of the Latin American Association of Thermalism and Wellness and director of the magazine Tribuna Termal
- Mr. Luis Ovejero Ovejero, Medical Director of Archena Spa (Murcia, Spain)
- Mr. Antonio Acha, Manager of Almeida de Sayago Spa (Zamora, Spain)
- Mr. Fernando Fernández-Chirat Navarro, Director of Alange Spa (Badajoz, Spain)
- Mrs. María José David, Manager of Pedras Salgadas Spa&Nature Park (Portugal)
- Mr. Tomás Ares Güimil, Medical hydrologist, president of Tesal Group
- Mr. Santiago Juárez, Director of El Molinar Baths (Biszkaia, Spain)


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Invisible Cities PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 08 May 2013 08:42

First Café of Europe
« Invisible Cities »
Digital culture & augmented heritage reality:
Key challenges for the thermal towns and for Europe

On June 14, 2013 from 2.00 p.m to 6.30 p.m
At the auditorium of the Centre of Arts in Enghien-les-Bains

The first Café of Europe « Invisible Cities » (based on the title of Italo Calvino Novel) will be the launch event of a two-year European project approved by the European Commission and entitled « Sources of Culture : the Cafés of Europe».


This project results from a fruitful collaboration between nine cities which are members of the European Historic Thermal Towns Association (EHTTA). It aims to raise European citizens’ awareness of the reality of an extended and varied culture shared by all the European thermal towns. This project also aims to encourage inhabitants from these cities to invent new common ways of accessing this heritage together with decision-makers, artists and professionals from the fields of tourism, heritage and culture by enhancing their key assets.


The current challenges facing the thermal towns in terms of heritage enhancement and tourism diversification will be addressed through a range of high-level intellectual and creative meetings the « Cafés of Europe » over the course of two years. These Cafés will revive the spirit of multidisciplinary confrontation that these cities have known during the 18th and the 19th centuries when modern tourism appeared.


The first Café of Europe « Invisible Cities » organized by the Centre of Arts on behalf of the city hall of Enghien-les-Bains in partnership with the City Tourist Office, the European Historical Thermal Towns Association and the Route of Spa Towns in the Massif Central, will mainly question the role played by digital creation in the knowledge and enhancement of the European cultural heritage.


The city of Enghien-les-Bains which received the prestigious label of « tourist station » from the Ministry of Tourism in 2012 is world-famous today for its expertise in terms of digital creation. This expertise is a key asset of its thermal identity.


How does the digital creation revolutionize the visitor experience? How must it impact the European thermal tourism in a near future? European decision-makers, sociologists, researchers, artists and writers will be invited to debate around these issues in round-table discussions, to interact with text reading from travel writers and to feature key projects. The whole EHTTA network will attend the event.


This free event is part of the partner events of the Futur en Seine Festival. It is open to anybody interested in questioning the origin and future of the culture shared by the European thermal towns. The city of Enghien-les-Bains is located 12 minutes away from Paris by train.


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Friday, 15 March 2013 15:30

Les villes thermales historiques reconnues comme de grands opérateurs culturels européens contemporains et prospectifs.

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The Route of Spa Towns in the Massif Central and EHTTA at the 25th Forum of Cultural Routes in Colmar PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 11 December 2012 13:03

Characters in search of authors - EHTTA - Cultural Routes Forum in Colmar.pdf
Personnages en quête d'auteurs villes thermales - EHTTA - Forum des itinéraires culturels Colmar.pdf
Présentation EHTTA - Forum des itinéraires culturels Colmar.pdf
Presentation of EHTTA - Cultural Routes Forum in Colmar.pdf
Presentation of the Route of Spa Towns in the Massif central - Forum of the Cultural Routes Colmar.pdf
Présentation Route des villes d'Eaux du Massif central - Forum des itinéraires culturels Colmar.pdf
Promoting the  Massif Central on a European scale through the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe - AROVEMAC -Colmar.pdf
Valoriser le Massif Central à une échelle européenne - AROVEMAC - Colmar.pdf

EHTTA at GREEN FRANCE Les journée du Tourisme dans le Massif Central PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 14 September 2012 07:28
Council of Europe Cultural Routes Summer Seminar 3-7 September 2012 PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 14:32
Council of Europe Cultural Routes Summer Seminar 3-7 September 2012
Les Villes invisibles PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 08 May 2013 08:26

Café de l’Europe inaugural
« Les Villes invisibles »
Culture numérique & patrimoine augmenté :
des enjeux pour les Villes thermales, des enjeux pour l’Europe

Le 14 juin prochain de 14h à 18h30
Auditorium du Centre des Arts d’Enghien-les-Bains

Le Café de l’Europe « Les Villes Invisibles » marquera l’acte inaugural d’un projet européen  de deux ans approuvé par la Commission Européenne et intitulé « Sources de Culture : les  Cafés de l’Europe».

Ce programme, fruit d’une collaboration entre neuf villes, membres de l'Association  Européenne des Villes Thermales Historiques (EHTTA) et avec l’aide de l’ensemble des  membres, vise à sensibiliser les citoyens européens à l’existence d’une culture commune aux
villes thermales européennes, riche et diverse. Le programme a également pour enjeu  d’encourager les habitants de ces villes à inventer en compagnie d’élus, d’artistes et de professionnels du tourisme, du patrimoine et de la culture, de nouvelles voies de connaissance, d’appropriation et d’accès communes à cet héritage, en mettant en valeur les  atouts clés de leur territoire.

Durant deux ans, c’est à travers une série de rencontres de haut niveau intellectuel et  créatif, les « Cafés de l’Europe », que seront cernés les défis actuels auxquels ces villes thermales se confrontent en matière de valorisation de leur patrimoine et de diversification du tourisme, renouant ainsi avec l’esprit de confrontation pluridisciplinaire qu’elles ont connu au XVIIIe et XIXe siècle à l’époque de la naissance du tourisme moderne.

Le Café de l’Europe inaugural « Les Villes Invisibles », organisé par le Centre des Arts pour la mairie d’Enghien-les-Bains en collaboration avec l’Office de Tourisme, l'Association Européenne des Villes Thermales Historiques et la Route des Villes d’Eaux du Massif Central, interrogera plus particulièrement le rôle de la création numérique dans la connaissance et la mise en valeur du patrimoine culturel européen.

La ville d’Enghien-les-Bains qui a reçu du Ministère du Tourisme le label prestigieux  de « station de tourisme » en 2012, possède aujourd’hui grâce à son Centre des Arts une expertise en matière de création numérique reconnue internationalement, expertise qu’elle souhaite mettre au service de son identité thermale.

Comment la création numérique révolutionne-t-elle l’expérience du visiteur ?
Quelles nouvelles pistes d’interprétation et de médiation offre-t-elle pour faciliter l’accès à ce patrimoine ? Enfin, quel impact peut-elle avoir sur le tourisme thermal européen ? Elus, sociologues, philosophes, chercheurs, artistes et écrivains européens, ainsi qu’opérateurs culturels et touristiques seront invités à échanger sur ce thème au cours de tables-rondes, à interagir avec des lectures de textes littéraires écrits par des écrivains voyageurs et à présenter des projets exemplaires en la matière. L’ensemble
des 26 villes membres du réseau EHTTA sera présente.

Cet événement s’inscrit dans les manifestations partenaires du Festival Futur en Seine. Gratuit, il est ouvert à tous les citoyens européens intéressés par l’origine et le devenir de la culture commune aux villes thermales européennes. La ville d’Enghien-les-Bains est située à 12 min en transport de Paris (ligne H du réseau SNCF).

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Friday, 15 March 2013 15:29

The historic thermal towns are recognised as major modern and forward-looking European cultural operators.

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Wednesday, 14 November 2012 13:15
Communiqué de presse EHTTA - Salon Européen du Patrimoine Culturel.pdf

Powerpoint - Salon Euro du patrimoine EHTTA.pdf

Press release EHTTA European Heritage Show.pdf

Texte EHTTA Salon Euro patrimoine EN.pdf

Texte EHTTA Salon Euro patrimoine FR.pdf
Université d'été des Itinéraires culturels 3-7 Septembre 2012 PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 14:32
Université d'été des Itinéraires culturels 3-7 Septembre 2012
Letter from the Managing Director No. 1 PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 14:29
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