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5 French Hot Springs You Can Visit for Under 20 €

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Angelika Pokovba

January 18, 2022

The French, in particular, take vacationing very seriously, with a minimum of 15 consecutive days. The French have a long history of combining time off with time to rejuvenate.   Now, almost two years into what appears to be an unending pandemic, many people are seeking getaways rooted in self-care —it’s called wellness tourism.

Pilgrimages to French hot springs date as far back as the age of the Gauls and the Romans. The thermal baths of the Pyrénées were used as healing destinations by ancient civilizations and eventually ‘rediscovered’ by soldiers during the crusades. It wasn’t until the 19th century that “spa tourism” was developed in France. Today many of these destinations still offer healing properties to their visitors.

Looking out directly onto the white-capped summits, these  five thermal destinations are located on France’s border with Spain in the Pyrénées mountain range. They are a perfect French winter getaway that won’t break the bank with entry rates of under 20 €  per person. Just keep in mind that if you want to go this year, you’ll need your pass sanitaire. 

Les Bains de Llo

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Les Bains de Llo offers sulfurous outdoor pools, a toning spa with fountains and hot tubs, a relaxing spa with lounge chairs, and even music. Located along the Sègre Gorge, it promises incredible views and a rejuvenating break. It’s surely one of the regions’ more low-key thermal baths, with plenty of locals as well as visitors enjoying their time soaking. The entrance is currently 15 € per adult or a family package of 45 € for four visitors (2 kids and 2 adults.)

Les Bains de Dorres

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Les Bains de Dorres have existed here since the Roman times and include two antique baths carved out of granite blocks to complement the old washhouse. These springs are naturally at 40°C (104°F.) Located near the village of Dorres, in Cerdagne, the historical experience is complemented by 180-degree views from the Canigou to Sierra del Cadi. Entry is priced at a mere 5,50 € per adult! Perhaps the French hot springs are both healthy and affordable!

Les Bains de Saint-Thomas

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Finally, Les Bains de Saint-Thomas are located at an elevation and feature picturesque water basins and sweeping views of the mountains. The bathing area is a vast amphitheater made of stone which houses three hot, sulphureous water basins. Decked out with jacuzzis and jets, this destination also features three steam rooms, two hot tubs, and various treatment rooms. All-inclusive service, non? The cost per adult it 7 €.

Les Bains du Couloubret in Ax-les-Thermes

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This famous hot spring located in Ax-Les-Thermes is known to have the hottest springs in the Pyrenees at 77°C (170 °F)! Les Bains du Couloubret is open year-round and also offers medical facilities. While the outdoor spa is always the attractive element in a hot springs, the indoor bathing house at Couloubret looks like a true flashback to Roman times. Take your time to enjoy all the pools and activities and then relax in the solarium with the view of the mountains. This swanky thermal destination charges 19.50 € with a variety of packages available for a discount price.

Balnéa in Loudenvielle

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Возможно, одними из самых красивых источников являются термальные воды в Бальнеа . Этот первоклассный спа-салон приглашает вас попробовать четыре различных процедуры из культур коренных американцев, римлян, японцев и инков. Каждое пространство имеет свои собственные частные бассейны и процедуры, в то время как римское пространство — это место с открытыми бассейнами, достойными обморока, и потрясающим видом на горы. Вход стоит 18,00 € – 20,00 €, в зависимости от времени года и дня недели.

Reunion Island

https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=4054803

Bénard, Bhavani and Famin, Vincent and Sanjuan, Bernard and Vimeux, Françoise and Aunay, Bertrand and Agrinier, Pierre and Lebeau, Geneviève, An Integrated Geochemical Spatial and Temporal Survey of Low Temperature Thermal Springs to Characterize the Geothermal Resource of a Volcano (Piton Des Neiges, Réunion Island). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4054803 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4054803

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