Visit Cambo-les-Bains (Aquitaine, France)
Cambo les Bains, just 15 minutes drive from Bayonne is in the Labourd region of the French Basque Country. It is a spa town and was once a centre for the treatment of tuberculosis.
An attractive town, the newer, upper part of Cambo-les-Bains is full of hotels, bars and restaurants and looks down over the River Nive and the old town below. The old town is in typical Basque style with white buildings and red or green shutters, usually red as seems to be the case in most of the villages in this area. The town has lots of open spaces and is proud of its gardening traditions.
Take a look at the Thermes at Cambo, an attractive Art Deco building where you can wander around the exuberantly planted garden even if you are not taking a treatment. The gardens are lovely and filled with lots of palms and flowers.
The main sight to see on a trip to Cambo les Bains is the Villa Arnaga. Edmond Rostand, author of Cyrano de Bergerac, came to Cambo les Bains to recover from his pulmonary disease. He was so impressed with the area that he had a villa built here. The villa is very large and in a Basque style and lots of large windows make the inside very light. Many of the rooms have lovely wood panelling and most have some part of the walls or panels painted by artists of the era commissioned by Rostand.
There are also lots of photographs and information about the various theatre and cinema productions of Cyrano de Bergerac.
Perhaps the best part of the visit to the villa is the garden. You enter near the stables and walk up to the villa through the magnificent French-style gardens, in a typically very formal layout with pools of water, gravel paths, shaped parterres and lots flowers. The best part is near the stables where an Italianate columned structure, fronted by lots of superb hydrangeas, overlooks a large pool and fountain.
To the west of Cambo-les-Bains you can visit the popular resort towns at Bayonne, Biarritz and Saint Jean de Luz on the coast, while several picturesque basque villages such as Espelette and Itxassou are also nearby.
Photos of Cambo-les-Bains
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Address: Cambo-les-Bains, Espelette, Bayonne, Pyrenees-Atlantiques, Aquitaine, 64250 || GPS: latitude 43.3589, longitude -1.40028
Map of Cambo-les-Bains & places nearby
Highlights close by
La Bastide-Clairence 14km
See lots more places to visit nearby and a more detailed map at places near Cambo-les-Bains.
See Aquitaine and Pyrenees-Atlantiques (the region and department for Cambo-les-Bains) for more travel ideas...
Suggested tourist attractions to visit near Cambo-les-Bains, France
- Jardins de la villa Arnaga - remarkable garden
- Ainhoa - most beautiful village (10km)
- La Bastide-Clairence - most beautiful village (14km)
- Sare - most beautiful village (15km)
- Bayonne cathédrale St Marie (monuments on French pilgrim routes) - heritage site (16km)
- Bayonne - secteur sauvegarde (16km)
- Anglet - ville fleurie 4* (16km)
- Porte St Jacques - St Jean Pied-de-Port (monuments on French pilgrim routes) - heritage site (26km)
- Marais d'Orx - site of natural beauty (27km)
- Vallée des Aldudes - site of natural beauty (28km)
Market days in Cambo-les-Bains: Regular market(s) are held in Cambo-les-Bains each Wednesday & Friday. (Markets are held in the morning unless stated.)
The French version of this page is at Cambo-les-Bains (Francais)