Trip from Geneva to Divonne, France
Probably the most important and popular tourist town in the Pays de Gex is Divonne-les-Bains.
Thermes de Divonne-les-Bains
In 1848, Doctor Paul Vidart had the idea to use the local thermal spring’s natural healing qualities to provide a variety of treatment to his and other patients. The wellness station of Divonne-les-Bains has now been operating for 150 years and today offers jacuzzis, saunas, hammans, a solarium, a beauty institute, as well as aqua-gym, fitness and yoga and relaxation activities and classes on a 8,000 m2 site.
The town of Divonne also boasts an artificial lake with a beach open from June to September from which it is also possible to rent kayaks, canoes and peddle boats. The circumference of the lake is closed to motorized traffic and a paved path invites bikers, joggers and leisurely strollers to explore its shores. A brisk walk around the lake takes less than one hour. It is possible to rent bikes and bike carts. There is also an outdoor pool next to the lake with diving platforms ranging from 1 to 10 meters in height and a giant slide. In the pool compound you will also find a tennis court and grassy area for ball games. The pool is open from May- September.
Divonne-les-Bains Race Track
The race track is located next to the Divonne Lake. It has both flat track and trotting races during the summer months. On non-race days the area is transformed into a golf pitch and driving range.
Forestland & Joy’s Club
Forestland is climbing park with footbridges, tyroleans and nets with four different levels for children to experienced sportsmen. Next of Forestland is Joy’s Club, a grassy area with bouncy climbing castles and climbing structures, bumper boats, go-karts, trampolines.
Sébastien Brocard’s Chocolate & Desserts
Sébastien Brocard is a medal winning chocolate and dessert maker. At his shop at 31 rue des Bains in Divonne-les-Bains you will find the local specialty re-invented by Brocard, the Divonne beignets. Also recommended is Brocard’s own creation, a light and airy macaroon called Le Petit Divin.
Open year round from 10:00 to 16:00 the Divonne Casino has roulette and other traditional casino games, such as black jack and stud poker. Free entry and parking.
Traveling to Divonne-les-Bains using public transportation is straightforward. Take the regional train from the Cornavin station in Geneva to the Coppet stop. From the Coppet station you can take a local bus to Divonne-les-Bains. By car, take the A1 motorway to the Coppet exit, turn left at the end of the exit ramp then continue straight to the French border crossing. Don’t forget to carry your passport or other I.D. papers with you.
If budget allows why not try a stay at the Grand Hotel in Domaine de Divonne. This is a four star establishment, offering direct access to the local golf course, casino and wellness centre. Prices start around Euros 180 per night.