The best-known mineral water of Auvergne is by far Volvic, exported throughout the world. However there are many other waters with therapeutic properties in the department of Puy-de-Dôme, around which spa towns grew up especially at the end of the 19th century. Even if you don’t wish to take the waters for medical treatment, they are well worth visiting for their architecture and unique atmosphere.
The spa resort of Mont-Dore has particularly clean air as it is at 1,050m altitude, not far from the ski resort of Super-Besse. Even if you don’t suffer from rheumatism or respiratory disease, you should still visit this spa town of the Massif Central to admire its thermal baths. The huge, Neo-Byzantine and Art-Deco style building has paintings, polychrome frescoes, painted ceilings, domes, mosaics, marble and a metallic framework which make it a listed historic building. And to make the most of the area, have a carefree weekend of wellness treatment at the spa while staying at one of the many chalets or B&Bs in this mid-altitude mountain area.
La Bourboule, especially for children
The spa resort of La Bourboule is well-known for its medical treatment for children. Its waters are particularly beneficial in treating the respiratory and skin problems which children often suffer from. The resort also offers spa sessions, health and beauty treatment as well as a pool complex, Sancy Ô, which has a lap pool, a leisure pool, children’s pool and a wellness centre. A little taste of paradise !