Set in the heart of the mountains with an azure blue lake the city of Aix-les-Bains is a haven for those wanting to escape to rest and relax. Lake Bourget is France’s largest natural lake and is home to over 30 species of fish and many different birds.
Its huge expansion of water, cliffs and limestone tiles warm the warm the area making it at times reminiscent of weather in the Mediterranean. The sun shows itself so much here that to the southwest you can see olive trees, lemon trees and there is even an early spring and a late summer. Life cannot get any better.
In the town’s centre you can enjoy shopping, historical tours and even thermal baths. The town has become famous for its thermal spas where those that come can be pampered to feel like kings and queens, if only for the day, week or longer. There is incredible Roman history all through the city like the temple of Diana and the Campanus Arch both located in the Town Hall Square.
Other activities include diving in the lake, swimming, sailing, walking or just relaxing and soaking up the warm rays of the sun. Known around the region and Europe as a spa town Aix-les-Bains should be spelled Relax-Bains. The national spa baths built in 1777 and enlarged in 1932 have a hall and two cabins listed as historic monuments
A beautiful walk in the city is the parc’ de verdure surrounded by trees you can stroll through the park and learn all about the beautiful flowers. The Corsuet forest and bois Vidal are great places to find peace and relaxation with ample meadows and woods to walk around.
The local food and drink in Aix-les-Bains is abundant and full of variety. Plenty of fish for your palate and much of it direct from the lake. There are local cheeses and milk and homemade jams or mountain honey.
The town hall is a former feudal castle with the existing structure built in the 16th century in Gothic style. Because the aristocrats came to enjoy the thermal spas the architecture is bathed in beauty. A visit to Aix-les-Bains is not complete without stopping by the Casino Grand Cercle built in 1847 with its beautiful ceiling with mosaics and romantic theatre by Venetian Salviati.