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Rejuvenate body and mind in thermal spas, see Roman ruins and admire stunning cathedrals in this city of curative waters.

Nestled between the forests of Landes and the vineyards of Chalosse is the spa city of Dax. Its thermal waters were once enjoyed by the Romans and today, they attract visitors from all over the world. Pampering and relaxation may well be the biggest draws, but Dax also captivates with its old churches and Roman ruins.

Breathe in the steam of the warm waters of Fontaine Chaude, which was also in use as a bath during Roman times. The water is a constant 147 F (64 C) and was said to benefit people with rheumatic conditions. Elsewhere, there are numerous spa resorts dotted around Dax offering a range of treatments.

After you have soothed your body, go on a sightseeing tour of the city. Visit the old town to see the remains of the Gallo-Roman ramparts from the 4th century. Inside the Crypte Archéologique, study the ruins of a 2nd century basilica. Go to the Cathedral of Notre-Dame Ste-Marie, which was built on the site of a 13th-century Gothic cathedral. See part of the original building, the Portal of the Apostles, in the north transept. Stop by Saint-Vincent-de-Xaintes. The church’s white marble altar is also a sarcophagus containing the remains of the saint.

Nearby is the Andalusian-style bullring, built in the early 20th century. In addition to bullfights, the venue also hosts concerts and fiestas.

Dax is served by three main airports. The closest is Biarritz-Parme at 37 miles (60 kilometers) away, while the closest major airport is in Bordeaux, 90 miles (145 kilometers) away. Alternatively, make the 4.5-hour train journey from Paris. Get around by public transport or rental car.

When you relax in thermal waters and enjoy mud treatments, you'll discover why Dax has been one of France's most popular spa destinations for centuries.

Top hotels in Dax

The Originals City, Hôtel Les Thermes de l'Avenue, Dax (Inter-Hotel)
The Originals City, Hôtel Les Thermes de l'Avenue, Dax (Inter-Hotel)
3 out of 5
17/19 Avenue Georges Clémenceau, Dax, Landes
The price is €101 per night from 14 Nov to 15 Nov

Situated in the historical district, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cathedral of Notre-Dame Ste-Marie, Place de la Fontaine Chaude, and Stade Maurice ...

3.8/5Good! (94 reviews)

"False Advertising - it looks like a wonderful spa hotel on the pictures. I drove by twice before I saw the hotel lobby in a grey building, on a street that looks like a seedy suburb. Room was good (electrical shades and nice bathroom), but no restaurant (everything closes at 9pm around there). Breaksfast ..."…"

Reviewed on 10 Aug 2020

The Originals City, Hôtel Les Thermes de l'Avenue, Dax (Inter-Hotel)
Le Wasconia - Appart-Hôtel
Le Wasconia - Appart-Hôtel
4 out of 5
2, Boulevard Albert Camus, Dax, Landes
The price is €79 per night from 20 Oct to 21 Oct

Situated in Dax, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Arènes de Dax and Place de la Fontaine Chaude. Office de Tourisme et du Thermalisme and DAX Casino ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (88 reviews)

"Confortable and well kept property located in a quiet neighborhood in the town of Dax FR. Recommended for overnight stays or longer. Parking at nights may be tricky to find but possible."…"

Reviewed on 17 May 2019

Le Wasconia - Appart-Hôtel
Les Thermes
Les Thermes
3 out of 5
28 Cours de Verdun, BP 138, Dax
The price is €49 per night from 6 Nov to 7 Nov

Located in the heart of Dax, this residence is within a 5-minute walk of DAX Casino, Place de la Fontaine Chaude and Cathedral of Notre-Dame Ste-Marie. Arènes ...

3.7/5Good! (11 reviews)
Excellent value hotel!

"Staff was very accommodating. Free off street parking was most welcome. Excellent location for toro stadium, football and rugby. Located on the scenic river and across from a top notch southern French restaurant that served us a full, four course meal at 12:00am. The hotel room was set up as a studio ..."…"

Reviewed on 2 Apr 2012

Les Thermes
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Holiday Rentals in Dax

Le Wasconia - Appart-Hôtel
Le Wasconia - Appart-Hôtel
4 out of 5
2, Boulevard Albert Camus, Dax, Landes
The price is €79 per night from 20 Oct to 21 Oct

Situated in Dax, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Arènes de Dax and Place de la Fontaine Chaude. Office de Tourisme et du Thermalisme and DAX Casino ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (88 reviews)

"Confortable and well kept property located in a quiet neighborhood in the town of Dax FR. Recommended for overnight stays or longer. Parking at nights may be tricky to find but possible."…"

Reviewed on 17 May 2019

Le Wasconia - Appart-Hôtel
Les Thermes
Les Thermes
3 out of 5
28 Cours de Verdun, BP 138, Dax
The price is €49 per night from 6 Nov to 7 Nov

Located in the heart of Dax, this residence is within a 5-minute walk of DAX Casino, Place de la Fontaine Chaude and Cathedral of Notre-Dame Ste-Marie. Arènes ...

3.7/5Good! (11 reviews)
Excellent value hotel!

"Staff was very accommodating. Free off street parking was most welcome. Excellent location for toro stadium, football and rugby. Located on the scenic river and across from a top notch southern French restaurant that served us a full, four course meal at 12:00am. The hotel room was set up as a studio ..."…"

Reviewed on 2 Apr 2012

Les Thermes
Les Demeures de Borda
Les Demeures de Borda
3 out of 5
26 RUE DES LAZARISTES, Dax
The price is €78 per night from 3 Nov to 4 Nov

Situated near the boardwalk, this spa residence is within a 10-minute walk of Dax Municipal Golf Range and DAX Casino. Office de Tourisme et du Thermalisme and ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (13 reviews)

"Un très bon acceuil nous a été fait, par une personne souriante, à l'écoute et qui se rappelle notre nom. Le logement est parfait, tout était fait pour que l'on passe un bon séjour. C'est une adresse que l'on gardera en mémoire pour de prochaines vacances."…"

Reviewed on 18 Aug 2020

Les Demeures de Borda
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
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