Spa town in France
Aix-les-Bains , locally called Aix, is a commune in the Savoie department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpesregion in south-eastern France. Aix-Les-Bains is located in the southeast of France, 107 kilometres (66 mi) east of Lyon.
Rising from the shores of the largest natural lake of glacial origin in France, the Lac du Bourget, this resort is one of the important French spa towns, and has the largest fresh watermarina in France. It is the second largest Savoy town in terms of population, having 28,585 inhabitants at the last census and is part of its own urban area.
A leading town of the Belle Époque, of international renown, Aix-les-Bains was a place of vacation for princely families and wealthy people. Although the thermal baths are no longer the main activity of Aix, the area continues to be important for water sports and activities. The town has partially compensated for the loss of visitors coming for spa treatments by developing tourism; the town, between the lake and mountains, has many strengths in this area. It hosts up to 200,000 general visitors, people wanting thermal treatment or tourists per year.
Aix-les-Bains, ranked 4th amongst the spa towns of France with 28,000 visitors who come to take the treatments, nestles beside Le Bourget Lake, the largest natural lake in France, at the foot of Mount Revard (height 1550m).
It is the gateway to the Bauges Massif Regional Natural Park, and offers an exceptional natural environment, breathtaking panoramic viewpoints, and varied activities to enjoy, whatever the season.
Aix-les-Bains has been listed as a “France Station Nautique” (French Watersports Resort) since 2001, and has gained an excellent reputation as a really welcoming town, for its hotels as well as its facilities.
However, above all, Aix-les-Bains is an accessible town, with its station in the town centre (3hrs from Paris by direct service), the two international airports close by (Lyon St Exupéry and Geneva) and convenient motorways.
The Le Bourget Lake is the largest natural lake in France, and 2/3 of its shores have remained undeveloped. It is listed as a site of community importance, and a wetland area of international importance, and includes vast unspoilt, natural areas where the flora and fauna can flourish, as for example in the reed beds, inaccessible to man.
Surrounded by the foothills of the Jura and the Pre-Alps, Le Bourget Lake is a real “inland sea” which, contrary to what everyone thinks, is not cold. Lying at 231 metres above sea level, its waters proudly achieve an average temperature of 26°C in summer.