A spa town (also called a bathing-place or simply a spa) is a town situated around a mineral spa (a developed mineral spring). Patrons resorted to spas to “take the waters” for their purported health benefits. The word comes from the Belgian town Spa. In continental Europe a spa was known as a ville d’eau (town of water). The term spa is used for towns or resorts offering hydrotherapy which can include cold water or mineral water treatments and hot thermal baths.