Mineral Water

More than a third of France’s “sources” are in the Auvergne, and the curative powers of the mineral-rich waters were recognised as early as Roman times. It’s the region’s volcanic activity that creates the mineral-rich and carbonic-gas enhanced waters; filtered through volcanic rocks, and sometimes even condensing from volcanic steam, they can reach high temperatures. At La Bourbole, the water manages 60 degrees, and at Chaudes-Aigues, a scorching 82!

Spa towns in the Auvergne include:

  • Chatel-Guyon, Puy de Dome - pretty little spa town reminiscent of the village out of the “Prisoner” series.
  • Chateauneuf-les-Bains Puy de Dome - typically French spa (ie completely shut for most of the year!)
  • Chaudes-Aigues, Cantal - not just a spa, the villagers use the hot water to heat their houses too
  • La Bourbole, Puy de Dome - attractive village on the banks of the Dordogne river
  • Mont Dore, Puy de Dome - also now a winter sports centre
  • Neris les Bains, Allier - was a major spa centre for the Romans; sadly rather less so today
  • St Nectaire, Puy de Dome - where the cheese of the same name comes from; fortunately baths in hot cheese are not on the menu…
  • Vichy, Allier - famous (or infamous) for many things besides the waters

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