In a few words

Since 2008, the Route des Villes d’Eaux du Massif Central has undertaken various actions to promote thermal heritage.

From collective discussion to the tourist development strategy of the network, promotion using innovative mediations, the Route des Villes d’Eaux du Massif Central has given rise to various lines of tourist promotion of its heritage.

The characteristics of thermal heritage

The 19th century, in particular the French Second Empire (1852-1870), was when the majority of spa towns began to rise up, structured around architectural elements individual to them, like the thermal baths, the casino or still the grand hotel, generally erected around a thermal park, the centrepiece of the spa resort, in which were found the bandstand and pump room.

The villas built for people of note in the spa towns in an eclectic array of architectural styles, as well as the railway stations built to enable people to come and take the waters at the resort, are also significant elements of thermal heritage.

Tools for getting to know thermal heritage better

In 2009, the Route des Villes d’Eaux du Massif Central produced a thermal heritage inventory for every thermal spa resort in the Massif Central, which was updated in 2014.

These tools are aimed at the general public, researchers or lovers of heritage.