At the heart of the Baronnies Provençales Regional Nature Park, in south-east Drôme, fall under the spell of the picturesque hillside village of Montbrun-les-Bains. Characterised by its tall stone houses, this old medieval town is listed among the most beautiful villages in France! But Montbrun-les-Bains is also renowned for its thermal baths, which today make it a leading spa resort.
Backing onto the hill, facing Mount Ventoux, the old village stands at 600 metres in altitude. This location, which shelters it from the Mistral wind and the heat, makes for some pleasant walks. Montbrun-les-Bains was occupied in Prehistoric times and a few traces of a Roman presence remain. However, most of the relics are from the medieval period. The little cobbled streets, paved steps and many fountains are a perfect example of this.
Your tour of Montbrun-les-Bains will start with the belfry and its beautiful fountain. Also known as the clock tower, it dates from the 13th century and marks the entrance to the old village. Continue your path through the typical side streets to go and discover the church. Built in the 12th century next to the ramparts, it contains some beautiful wood panelling and a magnificent 17th-century altarpiece.
You will then make your way to the top of the village where you can see the ruins of a Renaissance castle that belonged to the Dupuy-Montbruns, one of the oldest families in the Dauphiné. You can also enjoy a splendid view of Mount Ventoux and a harmoniously coloured landscape of lavender fields, olive trees and vines.
The waters of Montbrun-les-Bains have proven beneficial properties and have attracted spa visitors since Roman times. Boasting a pleasant spa, the resort of Montbrun-les-Bains is particularly in demand for its respiratory and rheumatological treatments, as well as its fitness packages. A thermal spa, with a thermal pool, hammam, sauna, outdoor hot tubs and solarium, as well as beauty treatments, is available for lovers of relaxation and wellness to enjoy.