Worth a visit - Bagnoles-de-l'Orne

Built beside a romantic lake, hiding in magnificent forests, this charming thermal spa town nestles in the Normandie-Maine Regional Nature Park. With an elegant casino and racecourse as well as its renovated thermal spa centre, Bagnoles-de-l’Orne makes for a deeply relaxing break.

> Les Thermes (Bagnoles-de-l’Orne’s thermal springs): beyond the legends, the hot spring waters of Bagnoles are considered to have natural therapeutic properties. A speciality of the B’O Thermes establishment is the use, in certain treatments on offer, of Normandy cider apples together with the thermal waters!

> Arboretum: there are over 150 species of trees for you to discover in the gardens of the château (which is now home to the town hall).

> Belle époque district: time seems to have stopped at the beginning of the 20th century in Bagnoles-de-l’Orne’s most distinguished residential area, for the greater pleasure of romantic-minded wanderers and lovers of ornate architecture.

> Casino: set in an elegant Belle Epoque building, the casino occupies a prime lake-side location. The Hôtel Béryl beside the casino, and run by the same company, also offers more conventional spa treatments.

> Tours of the spa town: beyond the little tourist train that runs in peak holiday season, and beyond themed guided tours organised by the tourist office, you can also follow a 20-stage tour around the spa resort at your own pace, either using the audio-guide provided by the tourist office or a smartphone.