5 Reasons to Visit Bagnères-de-Luchon, France

Residence Villa Luisa, Bagnères-de-Luchon.

I’ve been to France several times, but I had never set foot in Bagnères-de-Luchon before. Going there was definitely not on my travel bucket list because–honestly–I had never heard of it.

When my boyfriend and I were spending our holidays in the Spanish Pyrenees last August, he suggested me going. And, you know what?, I loved the idea of crossing the French border again!

Where is Bagnères-de-Luchon?

In the heart of the Pyrenees, Bagnères-de-Luchon is a spa town in Occitanie, France. It’s a 15 minute-ride from Catalonia, Spain.

5 Reasons to Visit Luchon

Here is a list of reasons why I personally believe that you should visit this beautiful town in southern France.

1. The Lovely Houses

One of the things that I liked most about Bagnères-de-Luchon were the private residences. Everything was so well-kept: the buildings’ facades, the gardens and balconies. All the houses in the town looked like dollhouses and there were geraniums and other garden plants everywhere.

Bagnères-de-Luchon house.
Bagnères-de-Luchon house.
Bagnères-de-Luchon house.
Bagnères-de-Luchon house.
Bagnères-de-Luchon house.
Bagnères-de-Luchon house.

2. The Stunning Villas

Apart from the conventional residences, Bagnères-de-Luchon is full of imposing villas. Among these, Villa Luisa is particularly worth mentioning. Away from the center, it caught my eye from the very first moment. It reminds me of the movie mansions and makes me wonder who lives there.

Residence Villa Luisa, Bagnères-de-Luchon.
Villa Luisa, Bagnères-de-Luchon.

3. Mountain Sports & Tour de France

If you are a sports fan, you sure know about the annual bicycle race Tour de France. Bagnères-de-Luchon is one of the stops on the itinerary of this centennial race. Every year, the best cyclists in the world cycle through this charming town.

Col du Portillon.
Col du Portillon, between Spain and France.
Bagnères de Luchon & Tour de France
Decorations to welcome the Tour de France cyclists.

4. Well-being & Spa

Luchon Forme et Bien-Être (Centre for Health and Well-being) is probably the most important attraction of the town and one of the main reasons why people keep visiting it. The Vaporarium is the only natural hammam–a Turkish bath–in Europe.

Luchon Forme et Bien-Être.
Luchon Forme et Bien-Être.

5. The Parks and Gardens

The Parc des Thermes and the Parc du Casino are the two lungs of Bagnères-de-Luchon.

Here you can find majestic trees dating from the nineteenth century.

Tree, Bagnères-de-Luchon.
Tree, Bagnères-de-Luchon.

In these parks there are also many beautiful statues.

L'Ours, Bagnères-de-Luchon.
Le baiser à la source, Bagnères-de-Luchon.
Le baiser à la source.
La Vallée du Lys, Bagnères-de-Luchon.
La Vallée du Lys.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this post as much as I have sharing it with you.

For more information, visit the Luchon Tourist Office.

5 Reasons to Visit Bagnères-de-Luchon, France.