French spa towns are in the best of health

The therapeutic benefits of spas have been appreciated since antiquity and in 2020 wellness is more important than ever. France’s historic spa towns remain popular for their thermal baths for visitors from far and wide.

A visit to relax or soothe aches and pains can be enjoyed in the Belle Epoque elegance of towns such as Saint Gervais-les-Bains, Evian-les-Bains  or Aix-les-Bains – but these locations can also be great investments for property buyers because of the healthy rental returns. With many also offering cultural activities, watersports or skiing, they frequently outperform the villages around them. Here we pick three great properties that might be just the tonic…

Brides-les-Bains offers a grand spa but also skiing in the mighty Three Valleys of the French Alps. Close by in a traditional little village is this charming three-bedroom house that will be perfect for a ski-and-spa weekend – and the price tag is refreshing too. 

The Pyrenees offer some wonderful spa towns too. Cambo-les-Bains is a quaint and elegant Basque country town with a great medical therme. This is a charming four-bedroom stone village house that offers a wonderful retreat in its own right.

Its citizens have enjoyed its thermal waters since Roman times, and Royat in the Auvergne’s Puy-de-Dome offers a cutting-edge therapeutic spa. You can own a stylishly modern new apartment close by for less than €250,000. A healthy price, no?

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