Destination guide

Some like it hot (springs) in Balaruc-les-Bains

Beside the Etang de Thau lagoon in southern France's Occitanie region, Balaruc-les-Bains is a breezy waterfront town just a few miles inland from the Mediterranean Sea. A short drive from Montpelier's urban center, this laid-back town is known for its casino, beaches, museums, and waterfront dining. But the real draw is the town's many thermal spas, and you'll have no trouble finding someplace to soak away your cares amid bubbling hot spring water. With one of the many Balaruc-les-Bains vacation rentals, you'll also be close to local attractions like the Peyrou Gardens, the Casino Balaruc-les-Bains, and the Mare Nostrum Aquarium.

Things to do

Gaming the system in Balaruc-les-Bains's casinos

Feeling lucky? You can find a number of casinos in the area, but the local Casino Balaruc-les-Bains is well worth a visit. Here, you'll find plenty of poker, blackjack, and table games like roulette in a sprawling, waterfront building; it's also got a restaurant and a bar. A short drive away, Montpelier's Aquarium Mare Nostrum will put you face-to-face with more than 300 species of marine life in a sleek, contemporary space. And culture vultures can head to the Centre Regional d'Art Contemporain, where you'll find countless works by local and international artists.

Activities

Everybody in the pool – Balaruc-les-Bains's thermal baths

Decisions, decisions – sandy beach or thermal spa? Why not both? While you'll find plenty of scenic waterfront on the Etang de Thau lagoon, visitors willing to make the short drive to nearby Sete will be rewarded with miles of broad, sandy beach along the Mediterranean Sea. After a long morning of swimming and sunbathing, you can refresh yourself in one of Balaruc-les-Bains's many thermal spas. The O'Balia Thermal Spa is always a hit, where you can choose from a number of indoor and outdoor pools, plus saunas, massages, and beauty treatments.

Weather

Sunny skies in summertime Balaruc-les-Bains

The area around Balaruc-les-Bains has a Mediterranean climate, with hot, sunny summers and mild, rainy winters. Average highs during the summer months peak around 84 degrees in July and August. Winters are on the warm side, with highs in the 50s between December and February. Spring and fall are fairly wet, and most of the city's rain falls between September and April. Thanks to its mild year-round weather, Balaruc-les-Bains is a popular destination from season to season. You'll find that prices on Balaruc-les-Bains vacation rentals tend not to vary too much from one season to the next.

Natural features

Wave hello to waterfront Balaruc-les-Bains

Beside a lagoon in the Occitanie region of France, Balaruc-les-Bains is a moderately dense suburb of the more urban Montpelier. The city lies in a relatively flat area along France's southeastern coast, and there are a number of rocky mountain peaks in the ranges to the north. The nearby Etang de Thau lagoon is separated from the Mediterranean Sea by a thin strip of land, and you can find plenty of broad, sandy beaches throughout the region. Balaruc-les-Bains vacation rentals are surrounded by an ecosystem that supports a variety of wildlife species, including herons, flamingos, and oysters, as well numerous types of fish.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Balaruc-les-Bains

The nearest airport is in Montpellier (MPL-Montpellier - Mediterranean), located 17 mi (27.3 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you could also fly into Beziers (BZR-Cap d'Agde), which is 18.3 mi (29.5 km) away.

Where to stay around Balaruc-les-Bains?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,626 vacation rentals near Balaruc-les-Bains. From 921 Condos/Apartments to 375 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Balaruc-les-Bains are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Balaruc-les-Bains?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Balaruc-les-Bains:

  • Montpellier: 2,984 vacation rentals
  • Centre Historique: 732 vacation rentals
  • Naturist Village: 269 vacation rentals
  • Ecusson: 537 vacation rentals
  • Carnon: 216 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Balaruc-les-Bains?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Balaruc-les-Bains. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Ancient Mediterranean Garden: 5,813 vacation rentals
  • O'balia Spa: 5,903 vacation rentals
  • Montpellier (XPJ-Montpellier SNCF Train Station): 5,755 vacation rentals
  • Domaine Virgile Joly Winery: 1,257 vacation rentals
  • Languedoc Museum: 5,774 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Balaruc-les-Bains listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Condos/Apartments in Balaruc-les-Bains?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 921 Condos/Apartments in Balaruc-les-Bains. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Balaruc-les-Bains include:

  • Houses: 375 rentals available
  • Studios: 945 rentals available
  • Caravans: 46 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Villas and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Balaruc-les-Bains?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 578 vacation rentals with pool available in Balaruc-les-Bains. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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