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Vals-les-Bains - Tourism in the Ardèche

The charming little spa resort of Vals-les-Bains, in Ardèche, produces the famous Eau de Vals, a sparkling mineral water which is rich in bicarbonates, enjoyed both for its taste and its digestive properties.

Nestling in the heart of the verdant countryside of the Ardèche Mountains Regional Nature Park, on the banks of the Volane, Vals-les-Bains has a pleasant, welcoming atmosphere. The spa quarter, built in the style of the Belle Époque, is especially good for relaxation, with its riverside parks full of different plant species and footbridges across the Volane. In the Intermittente Park near the Thermal Baths, you should see the famous Intermittente spring, where the geyser spouts up every six hours: at 5.30 am, 11.30 am, 5.30 pm, 11.30 pm in summer, and 4.30 am, 10.30 am, 4.30 pm, and 10.30 pm in winter.

Vals-les-Bains is also a place for leisure activities, with its casino, theatre, cinema, municipal swimming pool, mini-golf, the surrounding countryside (good for hiking and mountain biking), its summer events and night-time markets in July and August. The thermal baths, as well as specialising in treating digestive ailments, diabetes and obesity, also offer courses of treatment to promote well-being, and help you get back into shape. Their spa, with a Jacuzzi, swimming-pool, aquajets, Turkish baths and face and body treatments, has everything to delight those looking for relaxation!

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Gushing fountain in a park (© Jean Espirat)Gushing fountain in a park (© Jean Espirat)
Fountain gushing, intermittent (© Jean Espirat)Fountain gushing, intermittent (© Jean Espirat)
Fountain gushing and intermittent (© Jean Espirat)Fountain gushing and intermittent (© Jean Espirat)
The jet at full power rises several meters (© JE)The jet at full power rises several meters (© JE)


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