The therapeutic benefits of the waters were known as far back as the 16th century but the centre truly flourished in the 19th century.
Illustrious characters and artists used to come to Eaux-Bonnes to be healed or to have a good time. Empress Eugenia made it her official resort. It then became sought-after as a holiday spot and for society entertainment.
The architecture of the buildings, the gardens and walks (the horizontal walk offers a magnificent panorama over the valley) bear witness of that Romantic era.
Aas (Commune des Eaux-Bonnes)
The country of whistlers …
Aas is the country of ‘whistlers’, unfortunately now lost. On either side of the valley of the Valentin, inhabitants used to communicate by means of a whistled language… They could be understood as far as 2.5 km away!
A walk is called for in this picturesque, panoramic and very sunny village: it will lead you by the little road and within ½ hr to the neighbouring hamlet of Assouste.
Assouste (Commune des Eaux-Bonnes)
The peaceful hamlet of Assouste benefits from a unique location …
Its Roman church (12th century) is probably the oldest in the valley and so are the old rural houses.
Assouste and Aas used to be council administrative centres and Empress Eugenia, anxious to create the centre of ‘Eaux-Bonnes’ had them attached to the latter.
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