Journey to the land of wellness: Occitania
For your enjoyment and relaxation, you will find the widest choice of spa resorts in France. Vast or discreet, they welcome visitors for a change of scenery and are among the very best spas in Europe.
The ideal region to recharge your batteries
Aquensis, Balnéa, Sensoria in the Pyrenees, O’Balia beside the sea, Aqua Calida in Lozère: in Occitania, around thirty spas and wellness centres welcome visitors all the year round. They will introduce you to the pleasure of naturally heated spa water (about 33°C°).
Our region's extensive spa resources, a long tradition of thermal baths inherited from Antiquity, both human and technical skills: all this has led to the development of spas fully dedicated to your well-being.
INDEPENDENT FACILITIES OR IN SPA CENTRES
All kinds of wellness
Some centres are independent organisations (they are also known as "thermo-fun centres"), with surface areas of up to 3,000 m2! These include Aquensis, the Bains du Rocher or Balnéa.
Many others are part of spa resorts: this is the case in Bagnols-les-Bains, Vernet-les-Bains, Barbotan-les-Thermes, etc.
DECOR AND ATMOSPHERES
Precious and magical moments
Pools with water jets, geysers, bubble massage benches, musical baths, jacuzzis, hamams, frigidarium, caldarium… You will be welcomed with a host of original facilities and architecture made from noble materials and with themed atmospheres that are always different from one centre to another.
Ancient Rome, the Orient, Scandinavia, the canyons of Aragon: you can change the scenery as often as you change your swimsuit.
Les Bains de Saint-Thomas, Les Bains de Dorres and Les Bains de Llo (Pyrénées-Orientales) have sulphur-rich warm spa waters at the heart of nature to be enjoyed both in summer and winter.
BODY AND FACIAL TREATMENTS
Treasures of innovation
An asses' milk bath in the Pyrenees, a tea massage in Aubrac, an exfoliation with lava powder and lemon… Sheer delight! Each spa has a complete range of services: they are often highly original and inspired either by local resources or by ancestral rituals from elsewhere.
In all cases, you will enjoy real spa expertise, along with the latest innovations in body and facial treatments.
In the Pyrenees, the Fitness and Wellness Centre in the Luchon spa contains a small wonder: an underground vaporarium (steam bath) dug out of the mountains, the one and only natural Turkish bath in Europe.
SPA WATERS ARE GREAT FOR THE SKIN
Unique natural benefits
The use of thermal waters in the spas of Occitania guarantees water that is:
- Authentic: the water originates on site, and is tapped by drilling and cannot be taken from elsewhere.
- Natural and ecological: the spa water comes from the depths of the earth. It is perfectly pure. Radiocarbon dating shows it is several hundred or even several thousand years old, depending on the location.
- Pleasant: the physical-chemical composition of the spa water is soft and smooth on the skin.
Many spas are very happy to welcome children (some from the age of 6 months), while setting aside areas for adults for maximum peace and quiet. Ask for details before you arrive.
Pure relaxation at Les Bains du Couloubret
In Ax-les-Thermes in Ariège, Les Bains du Couloubret are housed in former spa facilities in a famous spa resort in the Pyrenees. All the year round, you can enjoy the indoor and outdoor pools: sheer delight, even in winter, when the very warm water vapour meets a snowy sky. Video 1:56 © Eurothermes Pau.
How to get there
- By car: Occitania has a large number of motorways (A9, A20, A61, A75, etc.).
- By plane: the region has several airports, including the international airports of Toulouse, Montpellier and Lourdes.
- By train: the region is accessible from all the major cities of France and the European capitals.
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