Spa, miraculous and hot springs in Les Landes

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Today, let’s talk about the Landes region and the water there. Not the water of the Ocean and along the coasts, but rather the water which springs up from the ground to bring us the virtues of the minerals, gathered over thousands of years. Les Landes is a spa region, where you can receive spa treatments, relax and rest. Is the dull weather a call for cocooning ? Read our article to find your next relaxing weekend in one of the Les Landes spas !

Les Landes, largest spa area

The departement of Les Landes was the first spa region in France, with the top destination being, Dax. The legend (which is not really funny) says that it all started with a dog. During the Roman times, a legionnaire who could not bear seeing his dog suffering from rheumatisms, decided to drown it by throwing it in the Adour waters. Later, back from a mission, he found his dog all fit, revitalized by the waters. It is therefore since the ancient times that in Dax, the virtues of the Nèhe spring, have been represented by a « Fontaine Chaude » (Hot Fountain) in the heart of the town, at the very same place where the ancient Roman baths were erected.


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More than 70,000 health spa visitors visit Les Landes each year either for a short stay or for a full 18 days spa treatment. The department offers top quality spas, with a large range of offers and treatments. The top 5 spas destinations of the region are :

Grand Dax, which combines Dax and Saint-Paul-lès-Dax and has 17 spas between them. It is the local clay in the ground which charges in life-saving minerals the waters of the regions, renown for centuries for their benefits on rheumatisms and circulatory issues.


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Sourcéo Spas


In Tursan, a beautiful winegrowing region, Eugénie-les-Bains is a charming destination full of elegance and great Landes life style. The gastronomy is at the heart of this district where we cook local specialities in a refined way. In the spas, we highlight weight issues and the need for a balance diet, everything which could affect the digestive system, blood chemistry (cholesterol, diabetes) and metabolic diseases.


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Spas in Eugénie-les-Bains


Préchacq-les-Bains is located closer to the Basque Country in La Chalosse, a surprisingly hilly region. On the town is nestled on edge of the Adour River the health town settled. It has a rural atmosphere and is known for treating respiratory issues with its hot springs.

Saubusse is a small resort in a picturesque village, it is the ideal place to « take a break». Take care of yourself in a simple but beautiful setting, where for 95 years, treatments have been provided. Discover the Landais massage, it is unique…


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Spas in Saubusse


Spas are for everybody !

The health spa treatments are freshening up their image. They have been steadily increasing for years and provide long-term health benefits ; seducing a younger and younger customer base. Health spa treatments have always been prescribed to those needing heavy and long treatments (rheumatisms, ENT issues, allergy or skin issues) where severity and occurrence have been lowered after the spa treatments. The new iteration, in the past few few years, is the mini-spas, which is aimed at wellbeing and are not medically prescribed.

Do you want to treat yourself ? The health spa treatments offer packaged stays or a combined stay including tourist offers in order to seduce customers who look after their wellbeing and healthcare. Far from the caricatural mud bath image, the health towns in Les Landes have adapted to all types of desires : revisited gastronomy, highlighting the beautiful landscapes etc…

Choose a spa, where would you like to go ? In a campsite, or a beautiful 4 star hotel ? All the services are adapted to your desires and needs.


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Spas in Christus


By the way... Do you know the difference between health spa treatments, thalassotherapy and spa ? The health spa treatments also called balneotherapy use fresh natural spring waters. It is a healing method, if medically prescribed can be refunded by the French social security system and private health insurance. The thalassotherapy is the use of seawater (mud and sea products) as therapy to be revitalized, thanks to the trace elements naturally present in the sea. The thalasso treatments are regarded as wellbeing and relaxation and not healing treatments, and therefore they are not medically prescribed. The spa is the well being through the water but not especially with hot natural springs with special virtues. It is the pleasure of water, in a hot tub, a steam room, with water jets and is often combined with body massages with expert hands !

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Spa in the Splendide Hotel

Devotion and healing natural springs in Les Landes

A last thing to tell you in regards to waters in les Landes. Did you know, that in the whole department, there are many fountains miraculous and spiritual natural springs ? Have you ever seen a fountain where coins were thrown and wishes made ? In Les Landes, we tie a knot in handkerchiefs and we believe in the fabulous and mystic virtues of the waters. The folklore has subsided ; maybe due to living through uncertain time, or maybe simply due to the beauty of the gesture and habit ? The Fontaine Chaude de Dax, we were talking about, is the perfect example. Another famous fountain is « Notre-Dame-des-Douleurs » in Garosse. Click here for an interesting article on this topic.



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