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Guide To Greoux-les-Bains

Post by Sharat | June 21, 2018 | See France Destination Guides | Comment
Guide ToGreoux-les-Bains

Greoux-les-Bains is a town in Provence that is perhaps best known as being a centre for high quality thermal waters. Its reputation is a long one, going back as far as 2000 years ago when the Romans controlled the region. The town itself is fairly typical for Provence and has three distinct parts. First there is the castle that sits above Greoux-les-Bainshill, second is the town centre filled with cafes and shops and finally there are of course the famous thermal baths.

Exploring Gréoux-les-Bains

Greoux-les-Bains is not exactly a major tourist destination unless you are someone who likes taking thermal baths, however if you are visiting Provence and are nearby you will have a pleasant experience. If you want a taste of history visit the Chateau des Hospitaliers de Saint-Jean which is a templar castle built during the 12th century and are now stands in ruins overlooking the town. The castle itself is in bad condition and there is not much to do when you get there, but it is a lovely spot for a picnic and there are some scenic views of the town below.

Town centre and spa

The town centre is wonderful and you will really enjoy exploring it, stopping of at any one of the numerous cafes throughout the day if it gets really hot. There are some narrow winding medieval streets you can wander around where you will find treasures such as a traditional lavoir or a babbling fountain. If you have time make sure you visit the Church of Notre Dame les Ormeaux. If you want a bit of pampering head to the spa which is one of the leading centres in France. The town baths offer a wide range of treatments, plus there is a restaurant and accommodation. You can end your tour with a walk along the banks of the River Verdon which flows below Greoux-les-Bains. It’s a pretty scenic stroll set against the backdrop of cliffs and trees.

Local highlights

The town of Greoux-les-Bains sits in some very attractive countryside filled with lavender fields. There is a lake nearby which is well worth visiting because there are some lovely walks to be had and you can hire a boat or take a cruise. If you still need more head to the town of Lac de Sainte-Croix where there are plenty of leisure activities you can participate in and of course, there is the unmissable Gorges du Verdon which is very nearby.

Greoux les bains by ADT 04, on Flickr

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