Châteauneuf-les-Bains ; a spa town full of history

Notre-Dame de l'Espérance in Châteauneuf-les-BainsIn the heart of the Combrailles, Châteauneuf-les-Bains presents a wonderful scape where the life is enjoyable. Châteauneuf-les-Bains is a paradise for anglers and therapy-clients. From the Saint-Valentin Chapel to the Thermal Park Arboretum, the city is full of “must seen” spots that could be discovered by walking alone or with a guide.

Built on the Sioule river shores, this village has been based on an ancient parish named “Saint-Cirgues sous Châteauneuf” and “Saint-Valentin sous Châteauneuf” before taking its actual name : Châteauneuf-les-Bains. The city owes its fame from its mineral waters gushing from 22 springs. The Gallo-Roman have already discovered the benefits of these waters but the spa activity really took off by the 19th century. Explorer Jean-Pierre Alibert used to come in Châteauneuf-les-Bains to cure his rheumatism. He fell in love with the town and he built “Notre-Dame de l’Espérance” in 1862. Nowadays, the spa town proposes treatments from 6 to 18 days.

Châteauneuf-les-Bains is a peaceful place, ideal for nature lovers, fishing enthusiasts and canoeists.

Population : 299 inhabitants
Mayor : Daniel Sauvestre
GPS : 46° 01′ 45” N // 2° 53′ 50” E