The town of Le Boulou has established itself over the centuries as a spa town thanks to its waters. Recognised since the Middle Ages for their healing properties, the thermal baths have since welcomed spa visitors in search of well-being. The particular chemical composition of its waters gives it particular therapeutic qualities recognised by l’Académie de Médecine.
The valley serves as the backdrop for many thermal and mineral springs. Water flows here from the depths, loaded with minerals, after several decades of traveling through the rock. Copper, iron, magnesium, calcium, potassium, each source has its own unique and constant physicochemical composition. This then creates bubbles; their richness in carbon dioxide makes these waters naturally gaseous. What’s more, these waters contain sodium bicarbonate which makes them the only sodium bicarbonate waters in the Pyrenees, as well as many minerals and trace elements: boron, copper, iron, fluorine, lithium, magnesium…
The first thermal establishment treated ailments related to the digestive system and liver, as well as other metabolic illnesses. Of course, it is due to the nature of the water being rich in bicarbonate of sodium that these waters had a positive effect on certain conditions, which we now understand from a medical point of view.
As the water is naturally carbonated, this gas is used to treat cardio-arterial illnesses. In addition to treating digestive, pathological, and metabolic diseases, the second focus of the spa establishment, is the treatment of cardio-arterial diseases as this thermal gas is naturally dissolved in the waters.
The thermal springs of Le Boulou do not seem to have been exploited by the Romans, probably because of their low temperatures, unlike the hot springs of Amélie-les-Bains located close by. In 869, a charter from Charles-le-Chauve mentions a spring near Saint-Martin de Fenollar (known as the Saint-Martin spring), used at the time by the monks of the abbey of Arles-sur-Tech. Renowned since the Middle Ages for their therapeutic qualities, Le Boulou baths, rich in magnesium and mineral salts, enjoy a surprisingly pleasant microclimate. At the time barely known, the springs of Le Boulou were studied in 1754 and 1756 and their success grew with the new craze for hydrotherapy. The idea of creating the thermal baths took shape in 1840 and the spa establishment opened in 1859. In 1859, the Clémentine spring was harnessed, followed by the spring in Le Boulou in 1868, and the spring in Milieu in 1885. These sources were declared a public convenience in 1898. At the time, the town was even baptized “Vichy-du-Midi”, a sign of the importance of this activity in the region.
Les Termes du Boulou also has a beauty institute, Compagnie des SPA, open from early March to mid-December. In the top 5 beauty treatments offered here you can find tailor-made relaxing or deep tissue massages with Sothys as well as great body and face treatments.