Dax - Aquae Tarbellicae

Roman soldier and his dog, statue in Dax

The Legend of Dax
The Romans founded the city of Dax or “Aquae Tarbellicae” and soon began to appreciate its thermal water. According to the legend, a Roman soldier heavy-heartedly left his dog suffering from arthritis in Dax. When he returned he found his dog in excellent health – thanks to the miraculous thermal water. Dive into Roman times and visit the ruins of the Roman fortification wall and the Roman temple.

Fontaine Chaude fountain in Dax

The first Spa destination in France
Thanks to its thermal water and the healing mud from the river Adour, Dax is one of the most famous spas in France – specialized in treating rheumatic and phlebological ailments. Visit the impressive “Fontaine Chaude”, a gushing mineral spring erected on the ruins of the Roman bath. Benefit from soothing medical treatments in “Thermes Bérot” or enjoy pure relaxation and well-being in its spa.

Lion figure at a fountain in Dax

French Savoir-Vivre
Located in the south-west of France, Dax offers mild climate and French savoir-vivre. Go for a walk in the town centre and take break in one of the typical French cafés. Do not miss “Notre-Dame de Sainte Marie” cathedral and the bullfighting arena. At the weekends, there is a market in front of the cathedral. Local farmers offer home-grown fruit, vegetables and other regional products.

Beach at the Atlantic coast near Dax

Beautiful and Varied Region
The most heavily forested area of Western Europe as well as long sandy beaches along the Atlantic coast can be found in immediate proximity to Dax. The world-famous cities of Bordeaux and Biarritz are ideal destinations for day trips. A wine tasting and fine French food complete the perfect French holiday experience.