Logo for Spas page

Spas

Logo for Spas page

123VOYAGE:| Home | Areas | Towns | To do | To see | Transport | Magazine | HOTELS &c | Other Countries |
THIS PAGE: | TOP | MAP | Towns |

On this page:
Featured towns
Map
Contact us to advertise on or give information for this page

The south west of France has many spa towns, thanks to the geology of the area. The Pyrénées were thrown up by the collision of the North African plate with Europe. Mountain building creates heat, and thus there are hot springs or sources as they are known in French throughout the region. Because the water is hot, it dissolves minerals and from time immemorial these hot, mineral-containing waters, are considered to have healing properties.

So round the more important hot springs spa towns have sprung up usually specialising in the `cure' of various ailments. The unwary visitor can be surprised by panels looking like the name of the town advertising rheumatism or urinary infections.

`Taking the cure' is an important part of the health-conscious French life. Many people take a week or more each year to try and cure some chronic condition, or just to prevent a chronic condition developing. But it is part of the health system, and you need a prescription before you indulge in the `cure'. For the French this means that the fees are reimbursed at least partially by the social security system, explaining perhaps why the bill is so big.

This need not stop someone from outside France benefiting from the hot water spas. A well-organised spa has a doctor specialising in this unusual branch of medicine on the spot to prescribe what is necessary. There is a benefit to this system: the prices are strictly controlled by the authorities, as part of their health system, and so are very reasonable.


123VOYAGE:| Home | Areas | Towns | To do | To see | Transport | Magazine | HOTELS &c | Other Countries |
THIS PAGE: | TOP | MAP | Towns |


123VOYAGE:| Home | Areas | Towns | To do | To see | Transport | Magazine | HOTELS &c | Other Countries |
THIS PAGE: | TOP | MAP | Towns |

Towns - Spas

Dax. One of France's most important spa towns, dating from Roman times
Historic thermal and mud baths. The famous mudbaths of Dax come from mixing the alluvial deposits of the Adour with the hot spring water. Water from the hot spring in the centre emerges into the fountain at a constant 64 degrees Centigrade (147 degrees Farenheit)
Argeles-Gazost.
Thermes anciens. La grande source de Gazost, dite Hount Pudio, aux eaux chlorosulfures sodiques alimente l'établissement thermal pour traiter les voies respiratoires et la phlebologie.
Arudy. Small town at the foot of the Ossau valley
Small baths at Bains de Secours.
Bagnères-de-Bigorre.
Thermes. Au climat sédatif et temporé les grands thermes sont alimentés par 2 sources profonds d'une eau 50 permettant de traiter les voies respiatoires et la rheumatologie.
Barbotan-les-Thermes. Small spa resort with an old history
Well organised thermal baths. Avec 17,000 curistes, c'est la 1ere station Européenne pour traiter la circulation veineux associée aux rheumatisms. La station acceuille les touristes pour la remise en santé de quelques jours plusieurs semaines.
Biarritz. Major tourist centre on the Basque coast with English connections
Thermes. Biarritz compte plusieurs établissements de Thalassotherapie.
Bidart. Basque coastal resort
Thermes.
Cambo-les-Bains. Important spa town
Thermes.
Dax. One of France's most important spa towns, dating from Roman times
Préchacq-les-Bains, 16km from Dax. Hot springs containing calcium sulphate and a cool (18 deg C or 64 deg F) sulphur spring
Eugenie-les-Bains.
Thermes for treatement of obesity with top French chef as owner.
Hendaye. Border town on the Basque coast
Thermes.
Lannemezan.
Thermes Capvern, 5 km.
Laruns. Small mountain town at the head of the Ossau valley.
2 Thermes (Eaux-Chaudes and Eaux-Bonnes), 4km.
Lourdes. Major centre for Catholic pilgrims throughout the world.
Thermes.
Saint Bertrand-de-Comminges.
Thermes.
Saint Lary-Soulan.
Thermes.
Salies-de-Béarn. Spa town known as the Venice of the Béarn
Thermal spa in town centre. The waters in Salies are noted for being seven times saltier than the sea.

123VOYAGE:| Home | Areas | Towns | To do | To see | Transport | Magazine | HOTELS &c | Other Countries |
THIS PAGE: | TOP | MAP | Towns |

© 123Voyage, 1997 - 2014


Site v 2.1