Only a few kilometers from the Eurosol campsite, the town of Dax offers you many possibilities for visits and relaxation with its thermal baths, its famous Féria (traditionnal festivities) and its architectural heritage dating back to Roman times.
Dax, spa town
Dax and Saint-Paul-Lès-Dax are the first thermal destination in France with no fewer than 60,000 spa therapists who come every year to enjoy the benefits of its waters and the thermal mud, specialty of the Dax. Sixteen thermal establishments welcome you in the city. It is a tradition dating back to Roman times. The Romans had indeed realized the benefits of local waters but it was not until the 19th century to actually see the thermal activity of the city explode, thanks to the railway that allowed the curists to easily reach the Landes. In Dax, hydrotherapy is a real culture and many places in the city testify to its history and its link with the city: the “Chaude Fontaine”, the “Trou des Pauvres” or the statue of the Legionnaire. Linked to the history of Dax, hydrotherapy is also its present since much more recent establishments have been created as Hôtel les Thermes by the architect Jean Nouvel. Not to mention the many fountains that water the city.
Dax, cultural city
Dax has a rich heritage dating back to Antiquity with Gallo-Roman walls and an archaeological crypt. One can also appreciate the religious heritage with the cathedral Notre-Dame or the church St Vincent. With the development of spa tourism appeared beautiful art deco constructions such as the Splendid Hotel or the Atrium. More recently, the Jean Nouvel baths have brought a touch of contemporary architecture to the city.
Dax festive city
Dax is also a city where one knows how to have fun. In August especially when its streets are colored white and red and fill the sound of the Féria, the traditionnal festivities of Dax, for 5 days of madness.
My recommendations for visiting Dax:
Ideally, try to park before the bridge. If you have a blue disc, parking is free. Then discover the city through its pedestrian streets and visit the Chaude Fontaine. To eat, my favorite is the restaurant Le Valmont which offers delicious cuisine with seasonal products. In the afternoon you can also go for tea and pastries. The restaurant has several atmospheres, on the terrace, in the patio or inside. The welcome is excellent!
More info : website of the city.