Molitg les Bains
Visit Molitg les Bains (Languedoc-Roussillon, France)
Molitg les Bains is a small village and spa located in and above the Gorges de la Castellane in the Pyrénées Orientale department.
Sometimes when you are driving round France you see somewhere that wasn't on your planned route but really makes you wish it was. Molitg les Bains is one of those places. Driving along the Gorges de la Castellane from Prades toward the village of Mosset suddenly in the gorge ahead the beautiful thermal station appears in front of you, built into the rocky slope of the gorge. The buildings are beautiful and nestle attractively in their dramatic setting. Unfortunately we didn't have time for a spa break on this trip but next time ...
Exploring Molitg les Bains
Molitg les Bains is in two locations, there is the thermal station at the foot of the gorge and the village itself sits on a sunny plateau 600 meters above sea level and surrounded by mountains including the dramatic Mont Canigou.
The thermal station is part of the spa chain of 'Chaine Thermale du Soleil' and the spa is beautifully equipped. For a visit you can stay in the 3 star Grand Hotel or the 4 star Chateau de Riell. The Grand Hotel has direct access to the spa and the Chateau de Riell, an attractive Baroque folie, sits above the spa. Both are in lovely peaceful locations perfect for enjoying a spa break.
Along the edge of the river in the bottom of the gorge there is an attractive walk leading to the thermes.
The village above the spa is small and dominated by its church and attached chateau of Molitg. The castle known as 'Le Casteil' has now been converted into holiday appartments for visitors to the area.
The church is an unusal structure as it is attached to the chateau and its bell tower is one of the original castle towers. Much more attractive is the little Chapelle des bains built in neo-gothic style in the mid 19th century. This was built because visitors to the spa found the long climb to the village church too much. The Chapelle is set in attractive gardens.
The chateau de Riell was built in 1895 in medieval style as this was fashionable at the time. It is now a luxury hotel.
The third chateau in Molitg is the fortress de Paracolls which is now in ruins. It can be reached on foot from the thermal park and has great views over Molitg when you get there.
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Address: Molitg-les-Bains, Prades, Pyrenees-Orientales, Languedoc-Roussillon, 66500 || GPS: latitude 42.653333, longitude 2.389167
Map of Molitg les Bains & places nearby
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Suggested tourist attractions to visit near Molitg les Bains, France
- Mosset - most beautiful village (4km)
- Prades - recommended detour (5km)
- Eus - most beautiful village (6km)
- Villefranche-de-Conflent - most beautiful village (7km)
- Villefranche-de-Conflent enceinte / fort (Vauban fortifications) - heritage site (7km)
- Abbaye Saint Michel de Cuixa (Codalet) - religious monument (8km)
- Eglise de Sainte Marie de Marcevol (Arboussols) - religious monument (9km)
- Eglise de Sainte-Marie (Corneilla-de-Conflent) - religious monument (10km)
- Abbaye Saint Martin du Canigou (Casteil) - religious monument (15km)
- Massif du Canigou - grand site of france (16km)
The French version of this page is at Molitg les Bains (Francais)