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Alet-Les-Bains has been prized since antiquity for its thermal waters. Today it bears witness to a timeless and picturesque charm. Crossing the ages, the village leaves us clues about the events that took place there, notably through its Abbey, classified as a Pôle du Pays Cathare site that shares the great moments of its history. As if frozen, the medieval village invites you to discover another time

Green station


Between nature, culture and heritage, the village of Alet-Les-Bains offers an exceptional and relaxing setting for vacations with family or friends. Ideally located at the crossroads of the great sites of the Cathar Country, nestled at the gates of the Haute-Vallée de l’Aude and crossed by its river, our city will offer you a timeless stay. Bordered by hills and mountains that can reach up to 750m of altitude, you will be amazed by the quality and diversity of its fauna and flora. Lovers of hiking, mountain biking, fishing and white water sports will easily be able to indulge their passion. The richness of its built heritage with its 21 classified monuments and its splendid and vertiginous vestiges of its Abbey-Cathedral, will seduce as much the most fervent history buffs as the strollers who, while traversing the medieval streets strewn with fountains, will have without any doubt the impression to go up the centuries. Come and discover the astonishing and fascinating story of Pierre CUBAT, a child of Alet, cook at the court of the Russian Tsars for almost 40 years, who served on his tables the mineral water of Alet and the lamb of the Upper Valley. A village of water par excellence, its history and reputation are intimately linked to this natural resource. You will enjoy discovering its fountains, its wash house, its mineral and thermal water basins, its pisicine…


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Former Abbey-Cathedral of Notre Damefounded in the tenth century, was erected into a bishopric in the fourteenth century. In 1577, Protestants destroyed the cathedral church after looting the bishopric. The remains of the 12th century Notre-Dame cathedral, its chapter house and its entrance door can be visited on your own or with a guide.

The medieval townwith its listed houses, the remains of the fortifications and its medieval bridge invites you to a walk through centuries. Two steps away from the Place de la République, a house will catch your eye. Mysterious symbols engraved on the frame, sculpted beams, the tenant of this building was none other than Nostradamus, famous apothecary and doctor of the king by the trust that Queen Catherine de Medici granted him.

In a small hamlet the Chapel of Saint Salvayre dominates Alet and is linked to the history of this town. The strange corbels adorn the corners of the building. These sculptures come from Romanesque art, so they would come from the abbey in its first state, before it was rebuilt in Gothic style.

“Pagus Electensis” or the privileged place, this is how Alet-Les-Bains and its spa was named in Gallo-Roman times. Coming from precipitations and snow episodes of the Pyrenean massif dating from more than 5000 years ago, this water advanced at a rate of 1 to 2 meters per year, to finally pour into the medieval village for the greatest pleasure of the locals and the tourists.

The swimming pool of Alet-les-Bains is open during the summer season, the mineral water is naturally heated to 24°.