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Ax-les-Thermes
Travel Guide

Follow in the wet footprints of the Romans and bathe in a pond filled with warm, sulfurous water from hot springs in this quaint town.

Ax-les-Thermes is a small mountain town in the French Pyrenees with stunning rural views. Many of its attractions are centered on the hot springs with therapeutic waters that have lured people to the area for centuries. Explore nearby ski resorts and discover the beautiful alpine scenery and serene atmosphere of the Ax Valley.

Find spa facilities and natural baths dotted around the town. The natural hot springs here have been popular since the Middle Ages and are thought to have been used since as far back as Roman times.

Soak your feet in the Bassin des Ladres (Lepers’ Pond) in the town’s main square. The pool is filled with naturally warm water, which comes from the underground mountain springs.

The ski resort of Bonascre, part of the Ax 3 Domaines ski region, lies southwest of the commune. Zoom down ski slopes of varying difficulty.

Stroll through the pleasant town and enjoy its old-world ambiance. The village also features an ice rink and a casino, as well as various bars, restaurants and cafés. Try local cuisine, which blends Spanish and French styles in hearty dishes of chicken, duck and goose.

Visit the region on St. John’s Day, when the locals, who are known in France as Axéens, bathe in the Bassin des Ladres after being daubed with ashes as part of a celebration ritual. The Tour de France regularly passes through the surrounding region, drawing sports fans from all over.

The commune is in the Ariège department of the Midi-Pyrénées in the southwest of France, about 12 miles (20 kilometers) north of the border with Andorra. Take a flight to Perpignan Airport, which is just over 2 hours east of the town by car. Come during summer for sun and outdoor fun or arrange a trip for winter, when heavy snowfall turns the peaks white.

Thermal spas and gorgeous mountain scenery await in Ax-les-Thermes.

Hotel Le Breilh
Hotel Le Breilh
Place du Breilh, Ax-les-Thermes
The price is £47 per night from 13 Apr to 14 Apr

Offering ski-in/ski-out access, this hotel in Ax-les-Thermes is in the mountains, within 6 mi (10 km) of Bassin des Ladres and Ax 3 Domaines Ski Resort, and ...

3.4/5Good! (29 reviews)
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"Hôtel très ancien, les chambres ont besoin d'un sacré coup de neuf mais bon...ça a son charme. Dommage qu'il y ait encore des fumeurs qui passent dans les chambres, c'est un véritable calvaire pour se débarrasser de l'odeur de cigarette. Accueil, service et petit déjeuner très correcte pour un prix ..."…"

Reviewed on 27 Aug 2020

Hotel Le Breilh
Résidence Lagrange Vacances Les Chalets d'Ax
Résidence Lagrange Vacances Les Chalets d'Ax
3 out of 5
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Situated in Ax-les-Thermes, this residence is 5.2 mi (8.3 km) from Ax 3 Domaines Ski Resort, and within 25 mi (40 km) of Lombrives Cave and Plateau de Beille ...

3.7/5Good! (150 reviews)

"Reception staff very helpful room was clean modern bright with all amenities"…"

Reviewed on 30 Dec 2019

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Village Vacances le Tarbesou - Chambres
Village Vacances le Tarbesou - Chambres
4 out of 5
Plateau de Bonascre, Ax-les-Thermes
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Situated in the mountains, this holiday park is within 1 mi (2 km) of Bonascre and Ax 3 Domaines Ski Resort. Les Bains du Couloubret and Bassin des Ladres are ...

2/5 (1 review)
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"Allez sur Bonascre que si vous aimez le VTT de descente ! La vue la haut est belle mais la station en été est tristounette Le village vacances est très sonore, porte communicante entre notre chambre et les voisins non isolée, on entendait tout et on pouvait suivre les conversations : honteux ! On ..."…"

Reviewed on 21 Aug 2019

Village Vacances le Tarbesou - Chambres
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Résidence Lagrange Vacances Les Chalets d'Ax
Résidence Lagrange Vacances Les Chalets d'Ax
3 out of 5

Situated in Ax-les-Thermes, this residence is 5.2 mi (8.3 km) from Ax 3 Domaines Ski Resort, and within 25 mi (40 km) of Lombrives Cave and Plateau de Beille ...

3.7/5Good! (150 reviews)

"Reception staff very helpful room was clean modern bright with all amenities"…"

Reviewed on 30 Dec 2019

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Résidence Nemea Les Grands Ax
Résidence Nemea Les Grands Ax
3 out of 5

Situated in the mountains, this residence is within a 10-minute walk of Bassin des Ladres and Les Bains du Couloubret. Ax 3 Domaines Ski Resort and Bonascre ...

4.2/5Very Good! (20 reviews)

"The property is right next to the ski gondola , great ski hire shop next door . Small pool but kids loved it !!! Flats small but adequate , staff are very welcoming and helpful . Lovely stay , I would thoroughly recommend"…"

Reviewed on 13 Jan 2019

Résidence Nemea Les Grands Ax
La Résidence Le Grand Tétras
La Résidence Le Grand Tétras
3 out of 5
Promenade Paul Salette, Ax-les-Thermes

Located in the heart of Ax-les-Thermes, this spa residence is within a 10-minute walk of Bassin des Ladres and Les Bains du Couloubret. Bonascre is 3.1 mi (5 ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (8 reviews)
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"Très satisfait de ce studio où j'ai séjourné une nuit.Très bien équipé et juste à côté des bars et restaurants. A répéter sans doute"…"

Reviewed on 7 Oct 2020

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