Urban town, spa town
Aix-les-Bains is now the third-ranking spa town in France. Two spa centres, the Thermes Chevalley and the Thermes de Marlioz propose a dual spa focus (ENT and rheumatology).
The Thermes Chevalley spa is fitted with state-of-the-art equipment and, apart from thermal water, comprises 3 balneotherapy centres for freshwater treatments: Adelphia, Domaine de Marlioz, Villa Marlioz. The town is home to a wide range of other facilities, spas and institutions that are dedicated to well-being, relaxation and fitness.
A rich history
As a result of its longstanding history with water and its prestigious spas patronized by European aristocracy during the 19th century, Aix-les-Bains has inherited impressive resort-style architecture. Palaces, luxurious hotels and villas, including a few whose façades can still be admired today: the neo-classical Grand-Hôtel, the Roche du Roi Castle, listed as a historic monument, the neo-Louis XIII-style Bernascon Residence, the Mirabeau, the Royal, the Excelsior, the Splendide, etc.
Endorsed as a France Station Nautique (French Nautical Resort), Aix-les-Bains offers a wide range of water sports: sailing and windsurfing, catamaran, traditional boating, cruises, canoeing-kayaking, rowing, water skiing, wakeboarding and kite-surfing, diving and swimming, in perfect safety.
Must See, Must Do
Discover the historic centre of Aix-les-Bains on foot and admire its Belle Epoque and Art Deco façades, the exquisiteness of its town hall and the charm of its spa park.
Enjoy an evening of splendour at the Grand Cercle Casino, home to a French-style Romantic theatre.
Have fun at the lake with its beaches, its walkways, and try some of the water-based activities on offer.
Focus on Musilac
Musilac, the most well-known pop-rock festival in the Rhône-Alpes region, takes place every year in July, in Aix-les-Bains. Around forty singers and bands perform on open-air stages, on the shore of the largest natural lake in France.
It’s a tale of a lake, a mountain and thousands of people getting together. A success story created by amazing performers, from internationally-acclaimed stars to up-and-coming talents, from the greatest French singers to world-renowned legends of rock who, in their own ways, turned the esplanade of the lake into a magical machine that makes dreams come true. Muse, The Cure, Indochine, Peter Gabriel, Mika, M, Noir Desir, ZZ Top…
More details on: www.aixlesbains.com
Photos credits : O.T. Aix-les-Bains, G. Lansard / S. Maviel