Far from the traditional seaside towns, Balaruc-Les-Bains is a spa town in the South of France located between the Mediterranean Sea and the Etang de Thau. Retired people from working-class backgrounds and the middle classes come to take cures and enjoy the sun. Treatments take place in the morning. In the afternoon, they go to the beach, play pétanque or the casino. They live at the municipal campsite or in small seasonal apartments. This is their golden time of the year.