Very early in human history, as far back as Antiquity, water was recognised for its curative and health-giving properties. The springs of the Pyrenees were already renowned in Gallo-Roman times. Villages then sprang up around these water sources, followed by the medical and recreational facilities we see today. Hautes-Pyrénées has become one of the top departments in France for spa resorts, such as Argelès-Gazost, Cauterets, Luz and Barèges. Set off from Lourdes to discover these health-giving waters!
Although Lourdes’ most famous water, found in the Grotto of Apparitions, is not thermal, it has many spas promoting wellness as the Gave flows through the town and connects it to the valley. At the first of them, the Complexe Aquatique, visitors can enjoy sport in its large swimming pool, as well as rest and relaxation. Its spa area, with hot tubs, a sauna and a hammam, is a lovely place to relax. In a more luxurious atmosphere, the swimming pool and treatments at the Hotel Belfry & Spa by Ligne St Barth are sure to delight pampering addicts. The spa at an equally renowned Lourdes establishment, the Hotel Gallia et Londres, is a blissful experience: with its hot tub, showers and hammam, everything about it invites you to let go and experience total comfort. Cross the street and you will soon find the Hotel Rive Droite & Spa, where the bubbles await you in a no less soothing atmosphere.
Around fifteen kilometres from Lourdes, make your first stop on the spa route: the Jardin des Bains welcomes you in its particularly serene Zen atmosphere, with green plants and decorations from faraway lands. It has a main pool where families can splash around with the kids, and a much quieter area with baths on various themes (music, scents) so everyone can find something to enjoy!