Chapelle des thermes de Cambo-les-Bains Basque Country

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A rejuvenating interlude

According to popular tradition, the benefits of Cambo’s* waters were already known in Gallo-Roman times, but it was much later, in 1761, that the first thermal baths were built.

The establishment was destroyed and rebuilt in 1820, 1876 and again in 1930, when the Société des Thermes de Cambo, the owner at the time, gave it its current configuration.

After more than 40 years out of business, the Cambo-les-Bains spa was revived in 1977, and is now one of the jewels in the crown of France’s spa heritage.

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In its current configuration, the building’s architecture dates back to 1930.

It was designed by the French Art Deco architect, Pierre Henri Sajouson the instructions of wealthy Brazilian Francisco de Souza Costa, who also owned Villa Arnaga.

Satisfied with his work, the latter asked his architect to accompany him in reproducing a facility inspired by the one in Cambo-les-Bains, Brazil: El Centro Hidroterápico Balneário.
of São Lourenço.

You can only admire the building from the outside, as it is only accessible to curists.

At the heart of the spa lies a superb park.

Majestic palm trees, multicolored flowers and exotic plants create an idyllic picture, ideal for relaxing and unwinding.
and rest.

The Nive river borders the gardens, providing a soothing coolness, while the palm grove invites you to stroll, lulled by birdsong.

Its 12 hectares of landscaped grounds are home to a multitude of flowers and 460 trees of 70 different species , including many varieties of palm such as Trachycarpus, Washingtonia, Butia, Phoenix…

A true paradise for nature lovers!

The spa park is open to visitors all year round, but the building is only accessible to spa-goers.

Photo of the fountain at the Cambo-les-Bains spa Basque Country

The Salle des Fontaines is the only original interior room in the Cambo-les-Bains thermal baths.

Designed in 1925 in the Art Deco style by architect Pierre Henri Sajous, it is now used to take the thermal water prescribed by the doctor.

In this way, curists can benefit from its therapeutic properties.

Be careful! This room is only accessible to curists. But you can still see it through the windows of the main spa building, on the park side!

Among the many varieties of flowers that adorn the Parc des Thermes, there’s one that particularly amazes walkers: hydrangeas in a natural shade of blue so distinctive that, on their return, visitors are unable to reproduce it in their gardens.

This characteristic color of the spa, which you’ll also find in Arnaga’s gardens, is linked to the slightly acidic soil, which allows hydrangeas to extract alumina from the soil, giving them their distinctive hue.

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Le jardin des Thermes

In the thermal baths gardens, the air is soft and parfumed whenever. Down by the gardens, flows peacefully the river, the Nive, next to diferent kind of palmers. Add to this softness…

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