Route des Villes d’Eaux du Massif Central (France)

January 5, 2018

If you find yourself in the centre of France, close to Clermont-Ferrand, you'll be in a unique area - the Massif Central - a volcanic mountainous range, full of hills, valleys, stunning views and, of course plentiful thermal water!

The volcanic nature of the Massif Central means that thermal water is plentiful, and there are many towns and villages that have grown up around the hot mineral springs. Many of these towns are brough together in this tourist association: a development network promoting tourism activities in a route that goes trough 4 French regions: Auvergne, Limousin, Bourgogne, Rhône-Alpes.

The towns of the route all share several characteristics and are all dedicated to well-being activities, with thermal water at the heart. They all have a significant thermal heritage to share, full of historic architectural treasures, including five Gallo - Romans baths which can still be seen today. The youngest town in the Route is Montrond-les-Bains, whose waters were discovered in 1881, and no fewer than eight of the thermal spa establishments are protected by the Historic Monuments Service of France .

Associate Member

Route des Villes d’Eaux du Massif Central


Member Towns

  • Bourbon-l’Archambault

  • La Bourboule

  • Châteauneuf- les-Bains

  • Châtel-Guyon

  • Chaudes-Aigues

  • Le Mont Dore

  • Nèris-les-Bains

  • Royat - Chamalières

  • Saint-Nectaire

  • Vichy

  • Montrond-les-Bains

  • Saint-Laurent-les-Bains

  • Vals-les-Bains

  • Bourbon-Lancy

  • Saint-Honoré-les-Bains

  • Bourbon-Lancy

  • Evaux-les-Bains

  • Cransac-les-Thermes

Colourful mosaic at Saint-Honoré-les-Bains

The Art Nouveau railway station of Nèris-les-Bains


Caleden Spa Center in Chaudes-Aigues