Thermal tourism and SPA. Hydrogen sulfide baths with hot water in the open air. Saint-Thomas-les-Bains, East Pyrenees, France

Thermal tourism and a healthy lifestyle. Hydrogen sulfide baths with hot water in the open air. Saint-Thomas-les-Bains, East Pyrenees, France

Imagine an amphitheater made of stone, in the center of which is a blue lagoon, and next to it is a round pool for children. This is the outer part of the thermal complex of San Thomas (Saint-Thomas-les-Bains).

The thermal water of the San Thomas complex is one of the warmest Pyrenean springs (it can reach 58°C). The water temperature in the lagoon ranges between 34° to 38° (depending on the time of year).

The outdoor pools are equipped with a jacuzzi, massage jets and temperature-controlled “sulfuric” showers.

The chemical composition of the water (1 litre):

Sodium Sulfur – 0.0222

Sodium – 0.0210

Sodium bicarbonate – 0.0478

Silicon Dioxide – 0.0620

Sodium Chloride – 0,0150

Sodium Sulphate – 0,0110

Lime sulfate, lime and magnesia – 0,0200

Nitrogen substance – 0,0600.

The healing properties of water are known to moisturize the skin, heal wounds, and can be used for relaxation therapies.

In addition to the three outdoor pools, the thermal complex includes a visit to the steam bath (hammam) with eucalyptus essential oils and a course of color therapy. Inside the complex there is also a sauna and jacuzzi. Among the procedures of massage rooms you can find mud baths, wraps, modern methods of facial and body care. There is also a tea room.

Age restrictions (internal SPA)- children up to 12 years.

Near the complex is a laboratory which manufactures cosmetics.

The baths were reconstructed in 1993.

Opening hours:
Sunday 10 AM-7:40 PM
Monday 10 AM-7:40 PM
Tuesday 10 AM-7:40 PM
Wednesday 10 AM-7:40 PM
Thursday 10 am-7:40 pm
Friday 10 am-7:40 pm
Saturday 10 am-7:40 pm

How to get there?

From Andorra: take the N145, N260 and N152 to Puigcerda, then the N152 and N154 to the border of Spain and France, then the D63 and D30 to N116 (road to Perpignan). After the village of Haut-Conflent, turn onto the CD28, which leads to the village of Saint-Thomas (1099 m), and then follow the signs to Saint-Thomas-les-Bains (altitude 1156 m).

From Perpignan: N116. After the village of Haut-Conflent, turn onto the CD28, which leads to the village of Saint-Thomas (1099 m), and then follow the signs to Saint-Thomas-les-Bains (altitude 1156 m). The road is very picturesque! The nearest village is Fontpédrouse (2, 5 km).

Tariffs:
Adult 7,00 €
Children (4 to 11 years) 5,50 €
Subscription for 10 visits to the baths 57,00 €
Subscription for 100 visits to the baths and spa 100,00 €
Adult ticket to visit spa (from 12 years old) 15,50 €
Annual spa subscription ticket € 180.00
Subscription for 10 visits to the baths and spa 125,00 €
Children under 4 years can enter for free

What to do nearby?

The complex is a 30-minute drive from the ski resorts of the French town of Font-Romeu. Therefore, you can have a great time and relax after winter sports with the whole family. Baths are also an excellent end to the day for lovers of hiking, mountain bikers and road cyclists: here you can find a huge selection of routes.

A visit to the largest solar furnace Odeillo is also recommended.

Mont-Louis (Mont-Louis, 20 minutes by N116) – the city surrounded by the highest wall in France – is one of the 14 main sites of Vauban (Sébastien Le Prestre, marquis de Vauban – an outstanding military engineer, Marshal of France, and writer. The fortresses built by him, were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site).

Approximately 40-45 minutes away is the train station, from where you can take a fascinating journey on the tourist “Yellow Train” (Train Jaune): Latour-de-Carol-Enveigt, Ur-les-Escaldes, Bourg-Madame. In summer, open wagons are especially popular.