Les Bains de Saint Thomas
Les Bains de Saint Thomas
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10:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 7:30 PM
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mablain
London146 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
Bains St Thomas is a resort close to Fontpedrouse. You can buy your ticket for almost nothing as an add-on to your ski pass in Font Romeu and it's well worth the trip.
Three outdoor hot baths heated by thermal springs, complete with hot showers and gorgeous mountain backdrops. For a small additional charge, you can visit the indoor giant jacuzzi, sauna, vapour room and hammam.
There is an inexpensive cafe nearby or you can bring your own.
They rent out towels and even trunks.
Changing room and locker arrangements are cramped and chaotic.
Hard to get to unless you have a car.
Written February 19, 2023
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M4B
Burnopfield, UK96 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Family
What a fantastic find. We are staying in Le Barcares near Perpignan and drove up which was a beautiful (sometimes scary) experience in itself but thought this place was so charming. Very reasonable price to enjoy several hours in the thermal baths with beautiful surroundings. We travelled as 2 adults with 13,6,0 year olds. All enjoyed it. We then ate in the cafe which was delicious and very good value. Couldn’t recommend enough.
Written April 12, 2023
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dgcourriel
Perpignan, France86 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2013 • Friends
The Pyrénées-Orientales is blessed with lots of hot spring water holes, but unfortunately we don't have many places in this region where you could just come for a day and enjoy mother nature's hot springs for cheap with family, friends or on your own. Most of these water spring wells are leased to private Spa Thermal stations, which would then charge you a hefty entrance fee, and would require you to present a doctor's medical certificate just to enjoy a few days worth of hot spring water relaxation and well-being. Rarely these specialized spa in France would allow you to enjoy the hot spring water for just a day and for below 6 Euro.

So this is where les Bains de Saint Thomas' outdoor hot spring water pool comes interesting. It is the first hot spring station in the region that made a bath in a hot spring water affordable and accessible to all public. Instead of paying more than 30 Euros elsewhere just for a swim, les Bains de Saint Thomas only charges an entrance fee of 5.70 Euro for an adult and 4.20 Euro for a child (Year 2013 entrance rates but please check its website for any changes in its opening/closing hours and fees). And you may stay in the outdoor pool for as long as you wish, until it closes either before 7pm or around 8.40pm each evening. Opening hours change according to the seasons, but in general this place is open all-year-round, except for a few days of the year like 1st May.

The hot spring water in the outdoor pool is always at 35-38° Celcius. It is a popular hot spring pool with the locals and ski-goers in winter, who would go hiking and do ski in the morning and come by to this pool in the late afternoon to relax in its hot water. It is also a popular attraction in the summer because of its affordable entrance fee. However this place is small. There are not many parking lots for cars, as it is situated in a narrow point of a canyon. There are only 11 changing-room cabins, so when it gets crowded, the queue to get into one can be long. Unfortunately these same cabins are the only passage-way for people to enter into the the inner changing-room (and entrance to the outdoor pool) or to exit from it. Try to leave the place early before the closing hours, if you need to exit from it quickly, during the holiday seasons or you might have to give yourself a minimum time of 15 minutes to get out of the changing-room and leave the hot spring station! There is only a toilet in the changing room, 2 toilets below at the lower ground where the Turkish bath and the jacuzzi are located, and an outdoor toilet located outside, next to the outdoor pool. I only saw a shower stand beside the toilet at the outdoor pool and there weren't any in the changing room to my surprise! There are self-service lockers to keep your belongings safe, beyond the changing-cabins (in the 'inner' changing room), in 2 unfortunate narrow corridors, in which you would need to slot in 1 Euro in a locker to get its key. But please come light when you vist les Bains de Saint Thomas, its locker fits only a well-filled 25 litres backpack bag. I had a hard time stuffing my 30 litre backpack bag into one. I had to use 2 lockers, and I was lucky as there weren't many lockers available for the large crowd visiting it. I saw some people brought their bags outside to the outdoor pool, along with their towels. I can't understand why they would place such small lockers in the changing-room, the hot spring station management could have done better. The locker size offered is below the average standard lockers that you would find in any French public swimming pool in the entire France. At the Changing-room, for the lack of shower cabins, the place allows you to bring and use your own hairdryer. There are power sockets and mirrors for your use just near the exit of the changing-room. You may also rent towels or swimming trunks and suits when you are at les Bains de Saint Thomas.

There is a relaxation centre located on the lower ground of the main building, but to get into it , you will have to pay another fee. There is a big hamam (Turkish bath), the jacuzzi and a massage parlour. I tried the Hamam which was naturally heated with hot steam coming from the hot spring at 58°Celsius but I found it was unbelievably dark (not sure many women would like to find themselves in a dark hamam when it is a hamam shared by men & women+children) and it wasn't the best of all the Turkish baths that I had ever tried in France. If I were you, I would just stick to the outdoor hot spring pool outside. By the way, there is a catch to this relaxation centre: you may stay in this area for as long as you want (until closing hour) to enjoy the hamam, the jacuzzi or the massage, but the minute you leave this area to access the outdoor pool, you may no longer return to the relaxation centre, unless you pay a new fee to regain the access to it again. This was not properly explained to me (in French) when I paid the entrance fee.

I saw a snackbar and bar inside the centre, near the changing-room, and a small restaurant, which is located outside the centre at the outdoor entrance of les Bains de Saint Thomas. There is also a boutique that sells souvenirs and a few local products.

Overall, in spite of the attraction's small irritating flaws, les Bains de Saint Thomas made hot water spring pool accessible to everybody in this region again with its low daily entrance fee for everybody. It is the nearest hot water spring pool to Perpignan. The staff is friendly and helpful to non-French speakers. It is a good place for families with children. If you had never bath in a mountain hot spring water in your life before, this place is one of the 2 best places to start with because of its light 5.70 Euro (Adult) entrance fee. Another hot spring station at similar price is les Bains de Llo, which is located further away up-mountain, next to the village of Saillagouse, on the same road towards Andorra.

By the way, les Bains Saint Thomas is located in the village of Fontpédrouse and not in Prades as most tourists on Tripadvisor have been assuming. It is located near the only road to Andorra from Perpignan (the only French road that is linked to Andorra). Check its website to find out how the hot spring of les Bains de Saint Thomas could be reach from Perpignan or Andorra.
Written February 24, 2013
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JKVB
Milwaukie, OR28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2013 • Family
This is a wonderful thermal spring without many of the frills and added expenses found at most of the spas in France. The baths are found at the end of a long, narrow, twisting mountain road about 1 kilometer from Fontpedrouse. Just when you think that the road is going nowhere you arrive at a parking area big enough for maybe 30 cars. The "Spa" looks very simple and unpretentious and it is. The main pools are surrounded by a wonderful Roman style arena. There are always lots of kids running and splashing in the water. It is a great place for families but the back pool is quieter and has more couples. The lockers are simple and functional. There is a small bar at the check in but also a small cafe on the path up to the bath. This is a great hiking area and you can take the little yellow train up to Fontpedrouse and spend the day hiking and relaxing at the baths and then arrange to meet the train for the return journey. The Baths have a strange rule that men must wear speedos so you might have to rent a swim suit. Still, the baths at St. Thomas are lots of fun and a great place to enjoy a relaxing soak in a beautiful setting.
Written May 16, 2013
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paulspod
Aylesbury, UK434 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2013 • Couples
Heavenly location in the Pyrenees - quite hard to find but that means it is very peaceful and secluded. Lovely warm spa waters, followed by sunbathing, followed by more spa waters, and then inside for a steam room/hammam and massages. Came out feeling a new person.
Written September 23, 2013
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Jec1011
Thuir, France13 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Family
We spent a very enjoyable day at the thermal baths. Good tip is to book a massage and use all the other facilities; steam rooms and indoor jacuzzis in addition to the three outdoor thermal baths.
Swimming shorts are not permitted but it is possible to hire permitted trunks there.

Afterwards there is a small cafe which is open 7 days a week. Good food and well priced.
Written May 27, 2015
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AlOmbreDuFort66
Villefranche-de-Conflent, France13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2011 • Family
Beautiful situated with a magnificent view. Water at 37 degrees celsius. A good place to relax and recharge your battery. Possibility for massage, steam cabins and bubble bath.
Written May 20, 2012
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First_Advice
Houston, TX137 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Couples
In case you want to visit the baths and get this cultural experience for the completeness of your trip, you need to be prepared. For male North American visitors - your traditional swimming shorts are not allowed. You have to be dressed as other Europeans in a speedos (or something similar).  The employees assume that  you wear your american-style swimming shorts outside the pool  in places that are not hygienic. Apparently they have clear instructions and your reasoning will not work. On the positive side the baths are relaxing and are a great break from hiking and visiting picturesque villages of the region.
Written May 20, 2019
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Herb Lover
Crieff, UK41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018
This was my third visit to these baths and I loved it every time. The people who run it are super friendly and helpful, the setting is stunning and the baths are always lovely and clean and hot. I'm not sure anything beats lying under a deep blue sky in a hot bath in January!

If you buy a ski pass at Font Romeu you can get a ticket to these baths for an extra euro - you have to pay the supplement at the time of purchase. This was my first time trying out the spa treatments and really enjoyed spending the whole afternoon here and the massage was first rate. The health shop at the bottom is very good too for a souvenir.
Written January 22, 2018
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Viridiana2012
Bologna, Italy728 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The place is really cute and the entrance fee is only 5 euros. The facilities are not great but in a sense it is part of the charme of this natural spa in the mountains near Prades in the french region of Rousillion. Really worth spending a few hours in the hot water in the open air swimming pool. You can have a picnic, there are a few tables, just outisde the swimming pool.
Written April 1, 2013
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