Visit Ax-les-Thermes (Midi-Pyrenees, France)
It is an attractive mountain town, well known as a spa destination and also popular in the summer as a base for walking and other outdoor activities, and during the winter as a ski resort.
Ax-les-Thermes - spa town
The town has long been established as a spa town. The open air 'Bassin des Ladres' is the centre of the thermal action, with the therapeutic powers of the waters being recognised for at lest 750 years, and probably back to Roman times. Formal spa treatments are available at three developed spa centres: Couloubret, Le Teich and Le Modèle.
Originally the hospital in Ax-les-Thermes was built around the spa to help cure those who had contracted leprosy. Nowadays rheumatism and breathing difficulties are more common ailments to be treated. The hottest of the sulphurous waters emerge at temperatures up to 77° celsius, the warmest spa water in the Pyrenees although there are many sources here, most at significantly lower temperatures.
Ax-3 Domaines - ski resort
Ax-3-Domaines ski resort is above the town at several kilometres distance and features more than 70kms of pistes in total. The ski region includes Bonascre (the lowest of the resorts at 1400m altitude), les Campels and Saquet (the highest of the resorts, at altitudes up to 2300m).
The location is a popular ski resort with families, and in common with many ski resorts Ax-3-Domaines also attracts many outdoor enthusiasts during the summer season, with children's activities etc available.
Although Ax-les-Thermes and the associated ski resort have much to offer visitors you will undoubtedly be keen to explore the countryside around the town. There is a great deal to enjoy and discover in the surrounding mountains and valleys, with some very fine scenery, hikes for all abilities, and many small lakes to discover between the high peaks.
The individual scenic highlights are too many to list here, with numerous lakes and waterfalls, forest trails and mountain views to be enjoyed. We particularly recommend the Natural Reserve of the Orlu valley.
Be sure to visit the Ax-les-Thermes tourist office for lots of great ideas according to how adventurous you are feeling and how far off the beaten track you plan to explore.
Photos taken within 10 km
Address: Ax-les-Thermes, Foix, Ariege, Midi-Pyrenees, 9110 || GPS: latitude 42.7203, longitude 1.83972
Map of Ax-les-Thermes & places nearby
Highlights close by
Grotte de Lombrives 22km
Gorges de l'Aude 33km
Suggested tourist attractions to visit near Ax-les-Thermes, France
- Lac du Bouillouses - site of natural beauty (21km)
- Fontaine Intermittente de Fontestorbes - site of natural beauty (22km)
- Pyrenees Catalanes - regional natural parc (31km)
- Vallée de Vicdessos - site of natural beauty (32km)
- Mont-Louis citadelle (Vauban fortifications) - heritage site (33km)
- Camon - most beautiful village (35km)
- Pyrenees Ariegeoises - regional natural parc (46km)
- Limoux - recommended detour (49km)
Market days in Ax-les-Thermes: A seasonal market is held in Ax-les-Thermes on Thursday. Regular market(s) are held in Ax-les-Thermes each Tuesday & Saturday. (Markets are held in the morning unless stated.)
The French version of this page is at Ax-les-Thermes (Francais)