Dax is a historic spa town famous for its mineral-rich spring water and therapeutic mud. Pamper yourself with hydrotherapy treatments and feel the tension melt away. The historic Old Town is set on the banks of the River Adour and is a great base for exploring the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region.
Things to do in Dax
Locals have been soaking in the mineral-saturated waters of Dax for centuries. The first modern spa was built in 1894 and established Dax as one of the top hydrotherapy destinations in France. Today you can choose from several spas, some luxurious and other with a family-friendly atmosphere. Dax specialises in therapeutic mud treatments, which are said to cure ailments such as rheumatism.
The charming Old Town is criss-crossed with pedestrianised streets. Stop to admire historic buildings like the Dax Cathedral built in the Neo-Grecian style and the Moorish Revival bullfighting ring. Bubbling Fontaine Chaude is surrounded by arched porticos and fed by thermal water famous for its therapeutic properties. Gallo-Roman ramparts built in the 4th century encircle the town and add to the historic atmosphere.
Discover the town’s fascinating past at the Borda Museum, which occupies a chapel in a former Carmelite convent. It showcases Gallo-Roman artefacts and medieval relics found at local archaeology sites, and there’s also a fantastic collection of contemporary art on display.
A scenic path hugs the banks of the River Adour and takes you past elegant hotels and spa complexes. Parc du Sarrat is another beautiful place to stretch your legs and features a mix of formal French gardens and English-style parkland.
Getting around Dax
Dax is compact and easy to get around on foot, with much of the Old Town pedestrianised. The town is located in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region, a two-hour drive from Bordeaux and three hours from Toulouse. Trains run between Dax and Bordeaux in under 1.5 hours and Biarritz Airport is a 45-minute drive away.