Aix the romantic
The third spa resort in France, Aix-les-Bains owes its lifestyle to the banks of Lake Bourget to be called the Riviera des Alpes. Culturally dynamic, the city of Aix has brilliantly achieved the marriage of authenticity and modernity. In a sublime setting between lake and mountain in the regional park of the Bauges massif, urban life is serene and soothing and the quality of life of exception.
A romantic seduced for its remarkable natural heritage, but also for its sites of great architectural, historical and cultural interest: its soul and its identity are marked by the beauty of many buildings in the heart of Aix: the Romanesque church Byzantine Notre-Dame-des-Eaux in the city center, Grand-Cercle Casino, inaugurated in the middle of the 19th century by the Duke of Savoy Victor-Emmanuel II, the castle of Roche du Roi, building of Renaissance style mixed with d Orientalism built on the heights of the city in the 20th century, the Faure museum in Genoese style, as well as each palace and hotel in Aix which preserves the typical architecture of the Belle Époque thermalism. Gallo-Roman buildings also survive in Aix, including ancient baths and temples like the Temple of Diana, which have made the reputation of the spa town. Many lakeside beaches in and around Aix, from the most family-friendly to the trendiest, the wildest and the lake esplanade: what better way to enjoy the summer, these waters whose temperature can reach up to 27 °.
Lake Bourget, a popular destination throughout the year
A preserved nature, an enchanting setting: the biggest lake of glacial origin of the country stretches for 18 km from north to south. Nestled as in a jewel between the mountains, close to the Bauges Regional Nature Park, it attracts every year a large number of tourists seduced by the beauty of its waters as was in his time the poet Lamartine. With a fairly regular width, ranging from 1.6 km at the narrowest point to 3.5 km at the widest point, it has a good depth: 85 m on average, and 145 m on the deepest point. Located at an altitude of 230 meters, it is dominated to the west by the Bauges and Chambotte massifs, and to the west by the Jurassic chain of L'Épine. Although most of its shores have remained wild and of great interest for the local flora and fauna, the places are also very popular in the summer by lovers of relaxation and water sports. The bdu Bourget region is also a major alpine crossroads, near Lyon, Annecy, Geneva and Grenoble. The major ski resorts of Tignes or Val Thorens are a 2-hour drive away. This strategic geographical position contributes to creating a real local dynamism, around Aix-les-Bains as much as, 10 km south of the lake, in Chambéry. The real estate market in Aix les Bains is therefore very good side.
Aix les Bains, a famous spa resort
The spa town of Aix-les-Bains Riviera Alps offers a refreshing environment for spa guests. The bathing tradition dates back to ancient times. The first modern spa was built in the heart of Aix at the end of the 18th century. The city today has two baths: the Chevalley thermal baths (former national baths), and the thermal baths of Marlioz. Aix-les-Bains receives the curists for the therapeutic treatment of affections in rheumatology and phlebology (specialty of Chevalley), but also diseases of the respiratory tract and oral mucosal mucosa (Marlioz specialty). Multi-orientation courses can also be followed in Aix. The Chevalley thermal baths also house a spa with thermal water for fitness and well-being rituals. In the city center, the hotel offers a sublime panorama of the lake. The beneficial waters come from deep boreholes. Their anti-inflammatory, analgesic and decontracting virtues are recognized by the Academy of Medicine. Many treatments have been developed from these rich waters. On an area of 1600 m2, the thermal spa offers wellness lovers relaxation trails through indoor and outdoor hot pools, counter-current swimming lanes, steam rooms, saunas, solariums, hot tubs as well as a varied menu of body treatments. Aix-les-Bains also markets its own mineral water.
In the surroundings, also discover Megève, the Genevois, Saint Gervais, Lake Annecy, The Aravis and Chamonix.
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Outings and visits around Lake Bourget
At the heart of Aix-les-Bains and around, there are unmissable sites that make the richness as much as the beauty of the region. The religious and historical heritage of the banks of Bourget includes emblematic places: among them, the Grand Cercle Casino is remarkable for its Belle Epoque interior decoration, its mosaic ceilings and its stained glass windows. The old Aix palaces are also visited, like the Royal-Splendide-Excelsior complex. At Bourget-du-Lac, a Cluniac priory of the 11th century includes, in a French garden, a Gothic church, convent buildings and a Romanesque crypt. Unique place for its setting and its preservation, the abbey of Hautecombe dominates the lake of its sublime neo-Gothic architecture. It houses magnificent sculptures and frescoes, as well as the burials of the last Italian monarchs and counts of Savoy. In a Genoese-style villa, the Faure museum houses an important collection of pre-impressionist and impressionist works, as well as dozens of Rodin's sculptures. The castle of the Marquis d'Aix, today mayor of Aix-les-Bains, can also be visited. About twenty kilometers from Aix, Chanaz's "Little Savoyard Venice" is a must-see site for its beauty and authenticity. We visit an interesting Gallo-Roman museum, established in an old chapel. Finally, there is also the Temple of Diana in the heart of Aix, one of the must-sees of the city with the abbey of Hautecombe and the castle of Roche du Roi.
Walks and hikes around Lake Bourget
Paradise walkers, the shores of the lake are conducive to many walks and hikes, the simple stroll to the trek through the family excursion. Be guided during a walking tour of the city of Aix to discover the history and secrets, or opt for a great walk along the lake also possible for people with reduced mobility. Numerous lanes are available for pedestrians: on the lakeside plaza in the city center, along the greenway, for example from Rowling Beach, or on the "over water" trail. laid out largely on footbridges. Families like joggers enjoy landscape loops like the golf tour circuit from the racecourse. It is also possible to gain height by hiking to the lookout Mount Revard, the cross of the forest of Corsuet, or the cave to the Fairies. Cycling and mountain biking enthusiasts also find many pleasant routes and resorts around Aix, which can also be used by people with reduced mobility. The tour of the lake can be done entirely by bike. A greenway also connects the town of Bourget-du-Lac Chambéry. The Revard plateau offers more than 180 km of tracks dedicated to mountain biking.
Sports and leisure in the Aix region
Cycling, mountain biking, walking, outdoor activities to practice between lake and mountain are numerous, and increase the demand for a night in a hotel in Aix in season. With the "France Station Nautique" label, Aix les Bains Riviera Alps is also an ideal holiday resort for water sports and boating enthusiasts. You can go sailing, canoeing, kayaking, rowing, but also water skiing or wake-boarding. Exploration dives to discover the mineral scenery of the lake and its fish-filled caves. Anglers appreciate the wide variety of species present in the lake, including the iconic lavarets and Arctic charr. Boat owners find on Lake 2600 pleasure rings, spread across 14 ports. A dozen beaches are laid out for lazing around and swimming. The city of Aix is finally rich of many sports facilities of quality, among which tennis courts, outdoor sports courses, a dojo, a fencing club, shooting ranges and an archery room, bowling alleys, billiard clubs, a skate park, as well as numerous gymnasiums and multisport courts. Renowned facilities include the racecourse, golf, and Grand Lake Aquatic Center. Aix-les-Bains also has on its territory the alpine skiing and Nordic ski areas of Revard. For relaxation, the spa spa spa Sextius, the largest in Provence, is of course essential.