THE CHARM OF THE SPA TOWNS


Hot baths, massages in spa water, just what you need in surroundings of beautiful towns with their delightful turn-of-the century architecture. The Vosges are a sure bet in Bourbonne-les-Bains and Plombieres-les-Bains. In Contrexeville, visit the thermal baths for their splendid decor. Make your way to the 1000 hectare park at Vittel.. The Auvergne offers a marvellous keep fit obstacle course. In Bourboule and Royat, see the architecture of the pump room Eugenie (1900). Mont Dore also for its winter sports. In Chatel-Guyon you will be near the gorges of Anval. Vichy, the capital of hydrotherapy, appreciated since Roman times for its warm waters, near to the famous forest of Troncay and the lake of Allier, the place to go for water skiing! In the Alps, you will adore the surroundings of Lake Leman Thonon-les-Bains, where hydrotherapy complements balneology, and Evian with its sought-after resorts, the luxury of palaces. Lake du Bourget offers you Aix-les-Bains; here you will see the remains of the first thermal baths, the arch of Campanus and the temple of Diane. You can admire the cistercian abbey Hautecombes. Advenrures in the Alps of Haute Provence, in Greoux-les-Bains or in Digne...a sunshine rendez vous!

In the pyrenees, you can enjoy the 60 sulfur springs at Ax-les-Thermes. Play your cards right for super fitness combing skiing with hydrotherapy the dream, in Luchon and throughout the whole region. Further to the east, beautiful sunny resorts sheltered by the Canigou; Amelie-les-Bains and Prats-de-Mollo-La Preste. A great meeting place in the Landes, the first French resort to be visited regularly, Dax.

Other regions: discover the Gorges du Tarn during your stay in Balaruc-les Bains or the Gers setting off from Barbotan- les-Thermes.


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