SOURCE project coordinator
Phone : + 33 (0)4 73 34 70 71
Mobile Phone : + 33 (0)6 63 04 05 24
Created in 1998 under the impetus of the Massif Central DATAR (Inter-ministerial delegation for regional development and regional attractiveness), the Route of Spa Towns of the Massif Central is an inter-communal association that brings together 18 Spa Towns spread out across 5 regions: Bourbon-l’Archambault, La Bourboule, Châteauneufles-Bains, Châtel-Guyon, Chaudes-Aigues, Le Mont-Dore, Néris-les-Bains, Royat-Chamalières, Saint-Nectaire, Vichy (Auvergne), Bourbon-Lancy, Saint-Honoré-les-Bains (Bourgogne), Evaux-les-Bains (Limousin), Meyras/ Neyrac-les-Bains, Montrond-les-Bains, Saint Laurent-les-Bains, Vals-les-Bains (Rhône-Alpes), Cransac-les-Thermes (Midi-Pyrénées). Starting with the concept that the thermal towns in the Massif Central needed to diversify their economic activity that was too dependent on medical thermal activity alone, the Association has chosen as principal objective of changing the tourist image of the Thermal Towns.
The Route of Spa Towns in the Massif Central’s action in this matter revolves around the major axes:
The Route of Spa Towns in the Massif Central promotes also the thermal heritage. In 2013, to celebrate 15 years in existence, it is staging the “Architectural Treasures of the Spa Towns” exhibition, a veritable photographical dive into the thermal heritage universe, which took place between May and October.
The Route of Spa Towns in the Massif Central is an associate member of the EHTTA (European Historic Thermal Towns Association).
Since May 2013, the Route of Spa Towns in the Massif Central has also been coordinating the European project “Sources of Culture: the Cafés of Europe”. Through this initiative, it places the Massif Central as a dynamic and innovative cluster of regions, a laboratory for new ideas aiming to promote the promotion of the heritage of European thermal spas.