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Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Nord

Renowned spa town, Saint-Amand-les-Eaux is located in the North of France, Nord-Pas-de-Calais region. Its 17,000 inhabitants are located in the heart of Parc Naturel Régional Scarpe-Escaut, near the Belgian border, and in the mining area world heritage of UNESCO.

The city also has a tourist city status and is the only spa in the entire region. Its mineral waters have become famous throughout the country and beyond, while its cultural and historical heritage attracts many tourists. The forest surrounding Saint-Amand-les-Eaux offers different possibilities for hiking or cycling, and you can admire a beautiful local wildlife.

The visitors passing through the spa greatly appreciate the regional specialties that appeal to all tastes, like the abbey beer, pie acorns, or the famous hazelnut cake.

Dynamic and green, flowery city Saint-Amand-les-Eaux has a label, and is an ideal place for a relaxed and natural holiday.

Geographical information

Tourism labels
Latitude50.4489790 (N 50° 26’ 56”)
Longitude3.4287130 (E 3° 25’ 43”)
AltitudeFrom 14m to 39m
Surface area33.81 km²
Population17022 inhabitants
Density503 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureLille (41 km, 35 min)
Insee code59526
IntercommunalityCA de la Porte du Hainaut

Nearest cities & towns

Millonfosse3.8 km (8 min)
Lecelles4.9 km (10 min)
Nivelle4.9 km (8 min)
Thun-Saint-Amand5.4 km (8 min)
Hasnon5.7 km (10 min)
Château-l'Abbaye6.7 km (11 min)
Bousignies7.9 km (12 min)
Bruille-Saint-Amand7.9 km (14 min)
Rosult8 km (12 min)
Brillon8.1 km (13 min)
Sars-et-Rosières8.1 km (12 min)
Rumegies8.1 km (12 min)
Maulde8.3 km (13 min)
Raismes8.5 km (13 min)

Things to see and do

Located near Lille and its important heritage, the city of Saint-Amand-les-Eaux has many tourist attractions, and this in all possible areas.

Famous for its mineral and thermal waters, the town of Saint-Amand-les-Eaux hosts within it very popular thermal baths. Health cures, care, wellness or aesthetic and different sports activities offered there from March to November. The waters of Saint-Amand are particularly known for treating all problems related to rheumatology and respiratory tract. A hotel, a casino and an eight-hectare park complete the interesting offer from the spa center.

City Saint-Amand-les-Eaux hosts within it the forest of Raismes-Saint-Amand-Wallers, a mass of more than 6000 hectares. Dotted with swamps and other pond, the forest has been converted for visitors with walking paths and cyclists, bridleways, or picnic areas everywhere. Especially you can admire a wide variety of species throughout walks.

The abbey is one of the most important monuments of Saint-Amand-les-Eaux. Its dismantling, there are only two buildings, an abbey tower 82 meters high with a different architectural order on each floor and an alderman. Inside the tower, one can admire a beautiful museum with pottery from local factories and related to religious art objects, and it enjoys a breathtaking panorama.

Any red brick Saint-Amand-les-Eaux the station deserves attention just to admire its typical architecture of the region. At about 800 meters, you can take the tourist train leaving the Valley of the Scarpe, a steam train running on the bank of the Scarpe, more than two kilometers.

Places of interest

Information points
Leisure centres
Natural sites
Performance halls

Events and festivities

Spa full of life, the city of Saint-Amand-les-Eaux is the scene of various events that recall the cultural richness of the city.

A food market takes place every Friday morning on the Grand Place, with more than a hundred exhibitors. From early to mid-June, the city also offers a fair disks, with an exhibition, listening workshops, and a fair where exhibitors offering twenty different styles of music in vinyl, CD or K7 audios. A Christmas market is also taking place in December.

The appointment of bubbles, a BD festival, takes place in the end spa March to mid-April each year. One can discover many designers for autographs, as well as publishers stands.

Every year from early May to late July, the May calligraphy can admire various works of illuminations and calligraphy. The festival dedicated to the art of beautiful writing is the opportunity to learn from contemporary artists.

In June, up to the famous Water Festival of Saint-Amand-les-Eaux. In the city center and the river port, various activities are offered, including a water show, street performances, water activities, workshops for young people, or a market "the mouth water."

Saint-Amand-les-Eaux offers every August his famous carillonnades, international carillon festival. The opportunity to attend exhibitions, entertainment for children and concerts with artists from around the world.

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Visit the belfry of Lille's City Hall with an audioguide
Culture and education9 € Lille (33 km)
Paper chase with beer tasting in Lille
Entertainment23 € Lille (33 km)
Daytime bus tour: Lille's highlights!
Culture and education12 € Lille (33 km)
Lille old town guided walking tour
Culture and education9 € Lille (33 km)
Lille pass: visits, transport, monuments and museums included
Culture and education25 € Lille (33 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
The Battle of Le Cateau
HikeEasy5h30Le Cateau-Cambrésis (39 km)
Napoleon trail in Wallonia / June 1815
Car itineraryEasy1h25Hestrud (58 km)


Bed & breakfasts

Vacation rentals