Dolenjska is famous
for 2 medicinal spas, both long-established and now run by the pharmaceutical
company KRKA. Dolenjska Toplice (15a) south west of Novo Mesto,
was founded in 1658 by the noble family Auersperg. Thermal springs
rise from a great depth at 36°C, and the spa specialises in the
treatment of rheumatic diseases. ©marječke Toplice, north east of
Novo Mesto, lies in an attractive wooded setting, where 200 years
ago local people started bathing in 3 natural pools fed by spring
water at 32°C. Today's spa treats cardiovascular diseases.
Both spas have good
quality hotels and residents and day visitors can swim in their
indoor and outdoor pools, and enjoy parks, picnic areas, sports
facilities, cycle hire and cafes and restaurants.