Not to be missed
A spa town
The beneficial effects of the waters in Cambo
Although the authentic blue and gold mosaic fountain sets the Art Déco tone, the properties of Cambo’s thermal waters have been known since Antiquity.
The first thermal baths were built here in 1761 and the balneotherapy resort enjoyed renewed activity under Napoleon III. The balneotherapy centre was modernized and rebuilt at the beginning of the 20th century in an elegant Art Déco style. Today, the establishment is equipped with state-of-the-art balneo technology and is operated by the specialist group, the Chaîne Thermale du Soleil.
Thermal spa treatments to improve health
The balneotherapy resort of Cambo-les-Bains is renowned for treating rheumatological problems and respiratory ailments: an 18-day treatment programme to relieve pain, improve mobility and reduce the consumption of medicinal products, thanks to the properties of the waters from the source Honorine!
Besides the 18-day government-subsidised treatment programmes, there are specific programmes to help patients suffering from certain pathologies: chronic lumbago, tinnitus, fibromyalgia, etc.
A relaxation space open to all
You don’t need to be following a treatment programme to be able to enjoy Cambo Balneotherapy Centre: from a walk around the park, a veritable Garden of Eden reminiscent of Marrakesh, to enjoying spa treatments in the Beauty & Slimming Institute or having a meal at the Pavillon Bleu restaurant, the balneotherapy establishment extends an invitation for wellness to visitors!
A town of history
A terrace overlooking the River Nive
Saint Laurent Church, listed as a Historical Monument, with its sculpted galleries and magnificent altarpiece, is one of the most beautiful churches in the Basque Country. It has a panoramic view over the Nive Valley and the picturesque quarter of Bas Cambo.
But above all, Cambo-les-Bains is an oasis of poetry that is beautifully illustrated by Arnaga. An architectural masterpiece, Villa Arnaga, listed as a Historical Monument and Museum of France, is referred to as the “Petit Versailles Basque”; it was the home of Edmond Rostand.
Edmond Rostand et la villa Arnaga
Cambo-les-Bains est surtout un écrin de poésie illustré avec beauté par Arnaga. Chef d’œuvre d’architecture, la villa Arnaga, Monument Historique et Musée de France, demeure d’Edmond Rostand, est surnommée le « Petit Versailles basque ».
The poet had come to Cambo-les-Bains for his health in autumn 1900 and he fell in love with the Basque Country. Won over by the climate of this little town, the author of Cyrano de Bergerac, the youngest person ever elected to the Académie Française, decided to set up home here.
So he had his extravagant villa built and called it Arnaga. He lived there from 1906 to 1918 with his wife, the talented poet Rosemonde Gérard, and their son. It was there that he wrote Chantecler, a play in 4 acts.
Today, it is possible to visit this estate that was so eagerly desired by the author of Cyrano : the immense, Neo-Basque style house has 40 rooms and although it appears quite traditional from the outside, the interior is laid out with the scenography of a sumptuous theatre set.
Around this vast house, Edmond Rostand created gardens covering over 15 hectares that reflect the duality assumed by the author: on the one hand his wealth and ostentation, and on the other his retiring, gentle nature.