The thermal spa resort
Located at the heart of the Parc Naturel Régional de Normandie-Maine, Bagnoles de l’Orne benefits from a low-altitude temperate maritime climate, which has relaxing and invigorating benefits. It is particularly noted for the treatment of circulatory and rheumatic diseases.
The name “Bagnoles de l’Orne” comes from that of the location of the thermal spa. The town, irrigated by the waters of the Vée, takes its name from the Latin Balneolas, meaning “small bath”. By the Middle Ages, Bagnoles de l’Orne was already a small thermal spa town.
In the 17th century, Sieur Hélie de Cerny, governor of Bagnoles, had the first spa building built and began to exploit the spring. But it was from 1881 with the arrival of the railway, the construction of the casino, and later the creation of Bagnoles’ Lake that the spa resort really began to flourish.
Water “springs up from the ground” at the heart of the thermal spa. This unique, beneficial water may have spent many centuries running through deep rocks and slowly absorbing its main constituents.
The aquamarine thermal waters of Bagnoles de l’Orne are remarkably pure and rich in trace elements that are essential for health, whilst having the advantage of not being too strongly mineralised. Their acidic pH is at the optimal level to allow the skin to absorb these minerals. The water flows at a constant rate whatever the season or climatic conditions.
The beneficial properties of thermal waters
The thermal water of Bagnoles is known for its anti-oedema, sedative and relaxing properties as well as its hormone rebalancing effect at different stages of life. Phlebological, rhumatological and gynacological disorders are treated at Bagnoles de l’Orne, and these are the specialist fields at the B’O Thermes thermal medicine centre.
You can make the most of the beneficial properties of the thermal waters and the hands-on skills of the therapists during an 18-day treatment programme that can address several different complaints in a completely natural way.