Stepping Back in Time: Exploring Bagnoles de l’Orne and the Charm of Belle Époque Normandy

Immerse yourself in the enchanting atmosphere of Belle Époque Normandy by exploring Bagnoles de l’Orne. Let yourself be transported on an authentic journey through a bygone era, where elegance and charm combine to offer you a unique experience in this Norman jewel.

A City Just Asking to Be Discovered

Nestled in the heart of the Andaines forest, Bagnoles-de-l’Orne is one of those destinations which, despite a rich history, are not necessarily always the best known beyond their region. However, here is a city which nevertheless leaves an impression and reveals itself to those who dare to “venture” there.

For a relaxing break, the Belle Époque district of Bagnoles and a stroll through the forest to the remarkable neighboring medieval city of Domfront en Poiraie are all great ways to enjoy a peaceful vacation in this Bucolic Normandy.

Bagnoles-de-l’Orne, an Open-Air Museum

Renowned as a spa resort, Bagnoles-de-l’Orne has long been considered a haven of peace with a strong identity. During a visit, it is easy to imagine the excitement of 1881 with the arrival of the railway and the beginning of a new era for this emerging spa resort.

The 45 villas in the Belle Époque district, built between 1886 and 1914, amaze with their architectural details: slate roofs, wrought iron balconies and delicate motifs. These magnificently preserved houses alone justify a detour to this small town.

And then, of course, there are the thermal baths. What a joy indeed to immerse yourself in it to relive the atmosphere of yesteryear. The Art Deco casino, opened in 1927, and the 25-hectare floral park where flowers, trees, rare plants and water features mingle, add to the inexhaustible charm of Bagnoles-de-l’Orne.

Discovering the Andaines Forest

The Andaines forest, another jewel of the region, extends over 5,000 hectares and is classified Natura 2000. Ideal for hiking, cycling or mountain biking, this forest is crossed by the famous GR 36 which goes from one end of Normandy to the other.

If you have the soul of an adventurer, a twenty-kilometer hike will take you to Domfront en Poiraie. This picturesque medieval town enchants with its fortified historic center and its 11th century castle.e century which majestically dominates the surrounding countryside.

Useful information

To prepare your trip well and not miss anything in Bagnoles-de-l’Orne:

  • Visit the official website: carsdelorne.com
  • Take into account the wellness offers in the city’s thermal baths.
  • Plan your hikes in the Andaines forest for natural and historical discoveries.