Melt for these five hot springs in the Pyrenees


PyreneesWell-beingNature and Outdoor ActivitiesMountains

Un bain chaud au pied des montagnes enneigées  : une expérience inoubliable dans les Pyrénées, comme ici au centre thermal Balnéa, à Loudenvielle.
© Christophe Boutet - Un bain chaud au pied des montagnes enneigées : une expérience inoubliable dans les Pyrénées, comme ici au centre thermal Balnéa, à Loudenvielle.

Reading time: 0 minPublished on 22 December 2023, updated on 15 April 2024

In the 19th century, the Pyrenees mountain range had already been home to some 30 hot spring spa resorts. A well-established tradition, the area offers unforgettable experiences especially in winter: relaxing in a naturally hot outdoor spring, surrounded by snow-capped mountains while the temperature hovers around freezing. Pure magic after a day on the slopes!

Balnéa, in Loudenvielle

The Balnéa leisure spa was built at the foot of the Peyragudes and Val Louron ski stations, on the banks of Génos-Loudenvielle Lake in the Hautes Pyrénées. With breathtaking mountain views, the experience adds to the natural hot springs experience by inviting you on a trip around the world, where you can indulge in stone and mosaic Roman baths, as well as in Native American, Inca, Japanese and even Tibetan-influenced spaces. There is something here for everyone. Balnéa

Les Bains de Llo

At the heart of the village of Llo, along the Sègre gorge, the sulfurous hot springs of Llo have much to offer: a large outdoor swimming pool equipped with hydro-jets, benches with bubbles and jets, a toning spa with fountains and hot tubs, a relaxing spa with lounge chairs, and even music. The brick and stone-built hot spring area indoors is designed in typical mountain style. Les Bains de Llo

Les Bains de Dorres

In the Pyrénées Orientales, hot springs are naturally 40°C (104°F) near the village of Dorres, in Cerdagne. We know that hot springs have existed here since Roman times, but they likely have been enjoyed since before civilization itself. Outdoors, two antique baths carved out of granite blocks complement the old washhouse and the new pool. A veritable historical experience made complete by 180-degree views from the Canigou to Sierra del Cadi. Les Bains de Dorres

Les Bains du Couloubret, in Ax-Les-Thermes

This well reputed destination in the heart of Ariège, is said to have the hottest springs in the Pyrenees at 77°C (170 °F)! Ax-les-Thermes is also one of the few spas in France to stay open all year. Aside from its medical facilities, the spa offers two outdoor thermal pools built on two levels, with breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains. Les Bains du Couloubret

Les Bains de Saint-Thomas, in Fontpédrouse

At 1,150 meters (3,773 feet) above sea level in the Pyrénées Orientales, there is a vast amphitheatre made of stone, which shelters three hot and sulfurous water basins. Equipped with jacuzzis and massage jets, these outdoor baths offer calming views of the surrounding forest. Indoors, three steam rooms, two hot tubs, and various treatment rooms complete the experience. Les Bains de Saint-Thomas

By Redazione

The magazine of the destination unravels an unexpected France that revisits tradition and cultivates creativity. A France far beyond what you can imagine…

See more