Aix-les-Bains offers you a precious jewel. Set in an azure blue lake located in the heart of the mountains, the city has established itself as a haven of rest and relaxation. A seaside resort with its beaches and its water sport activities located in the heart of simply stunning nature. A town centre where you can try the pleasure of thermal baths, shopping or historical tours. A green area with its golf course and racecourse where you can enjoy yourself, wear yourself out, and find a thousand and one things to do.
An invitation to the sweetness of living
Take in the celebrations, games and lights, the city of Aix-les-Bains invites passers-by to the 'dolce vita'.
In the historical, semi-pedestrian heart of Aix-les-Bains you can surrender to the allure of a gourmet stop on the terraces of the cafés and restaurants. And several shops will entice you to window shop and stroll around. Chocolate makers, ice creams, pastry and cheese will offer you the gastronomic specialities of Aix-les-Bains. And why not let yourself be tempted by the sports shops or chain stores?
A glimpse at the façades and let yourself discover the splendour of the beautiful homes of the Belle-Epoque. The prestigious names of the buildings still ring out: the "Splendide", the " Royal" or the "Bernascon".
Your gaze will also fall on the beauty of the town hall, the charm of the Verdure theatre and its Moroccan fountain or the splendour of the Casino Grand Cercle, which houses a French style romantic theatre.
At night the many restaurants and discos invite you to party.
Poker, English Roulette or Black Jack, why not try your luck? Or would you prefer the machines downstairs... With its bars, restaurant and discos, the Casino Grand Cercle is the ideal place to change your mind. Let yourself be tempted!
Rate: €39 per person, including a dinner (starter, main course, dessert, wine and coffee) and €10 in chips to play with at the Casino.
The environment is conducive to walks in the town centre
Bathed in nature, Aix-les-Bains is a garden city.
Surrounded by hundred year old trees, the parc de verdure is one of the most beautiful walks in the city. Go there and learn step by step about the masses of superb flowers. White comes from purity, while blue invites serenity. But don't leave this small corner of greenery without having the pleasure of discovering the miscanthus, cannas and other shrubs.
With its rare beauty the Japanese garden located behind the Casino Grand Cercle is based on the Kanji of the heart. A place where sobriety reigns, perfect for resting.
The esplanade of the lake, between the Petit Port and the Grand Port
A favourite strolling location for locals, the esplanade is a large park planted with trees on the banks of the lake.
A long shaded pedestrian walk which lets you stroll while admiring the view across the lake and Epine mountain. No doubt that you will enjoy watching the swans, ducks, gulls and moorhens.
Kiosks, snacks, ball parks and games for children. Can be enjoyed with scooters, prams, or tricycles...
Culinary specialities to caress the palate
Aix-les-Bains is not only a feast for your eyes! Because the local food and drink is abundant.
The region of Aix-les-Bains has a wide variety of grapes (Mondeuse, Gamay, Jacquère and Altesse…) and crus, appellations of controlled origin (AOC). Red (Gamay, Mondeuse, Pinot…), whites (Roussette de Savoie, Jacquère…) and Rosés are available for your taste buds to enjoy. Without forgetting the Genepi liqueur, manufactured from alpine plants.
Lake Bourget hidden treasures of wild fish. The pollan (or fera) or the char, native to the lake, are a delight for fish lovers.
Don't miss, of course, tasting the excellent tome des Bauges, AOC cheese made from unpasteurised milk, mountain honeys or home-made jams…..
A meal made by a starred chef
There are some great restaurants around Aix-les-Bains. Among them, four restaurants with stars from the Michelin guide:
- le Bateau Ivre (two stars),
- Atmosphères (one star),
- la Grange à Sel (one star),
- l'Auberge Lamartine (one star)