Vichy is located in the centre of France and is known for being a spa and resort town. The Allier River runs through the area and the source begins to the south, near the Massif Central. This is a mountainous area that experienced volcanic activity 150,000 years ago, which is the cause of the thermal springs in Vichy.
Vichy’s Célestins Spa Hotel includes nine water springs, five of which are used in medicinal drinks (with a medical prescription), the most famous being the Source des Célestins. Digestion is one of the main benefits of drinking the naturally sourced water. The Source thermale Lucas is also used as a drinkable cure, as well as for facial sprays used in dermatological situations, as it’s proven to have anti-inflammatory properties. The Vichy thermal spa water is present in the products made by Vichy Laboratories.
Vichy isn’t all about the thermal springs, though, it’s also home to the Église Saint-Blaise de Vichy, a Catholic church. This structure is made up of two churches, one built in 1931 and the other in the 17th century. Beautiful mosaics and stain glass windows can be seen from inside.