Lourdes is a world-renowned centre of spirituality whose Sanctuary are visited by 5 million visitors each year coming from more than 140 countries, from all continents, to share histories, encounters or even emotions. It is the town with the second largest number of hotels in France.
At first a place of fraternity and spirituality, the Marian city is also a natural paradise, a departure point for numerous walks, an authentic and noble country, discreet and intimate where shivering meets mere contemplation.
Far beyond the breathtaking landscapes, the city owns that extra touch of charm one cannot find elsewhere.
Lourdes, one of the Great Sites of Midi-Pyrénées is a little mountain town with everything to compete with the best. Coming here is like escaping one’s daily life, making a trip within the trip, a destination to keep in memory for a long time.
Free and original routes will immerge you into the discovery of a heritage, of exceptional fauna and flora, told by impassioned and generous men and women.
A place of an out of ages beauty with its benevolent landscapes, its quiet back roads, its castle standing like a fortress and the warm welcoming of its inhabitants, Lourdes invites you to experience a great trip to the luxury of simplicity.
Tours & Activities
Top things to do
The Sanctuary Our Lady of Lourdes
Since the apparitions in the Massabielle grotto in 1858, the Sanctuary, which are open all year, have received ever-growing numbers of pilgrims and visitors of all nationalities and confessions. During the pilgrimage season, which runs from April to October, visitors can take part in grand celebrations as well as the emotional torchlight procession every evening at 9 pm.
The Fortified Castle and its pyrenean museum
With a history dating back a thousand years, this large stone edifice invites you on a trip through time. The fort’s architectural defences are wellpreserved and from its ramparts visitors can enjoy a panoramic view of the town, the Sanctuary and Pyrenees. A museum tells the story of Pyrenean history and culture. In addition, take the time to relax in the botanical gardens.
The Pic du Jer and its funicular
The Pic du Jer, overlooking the city, offers a unique belvedere with a breath¬taking view at 360° over Lourdes, Tarbes, Pau, the Argelès-Gazost valley and the Pyrenean summits. With a one hundred years old and totally charming funicular, inaugurated in 1900, one can climb up to the summits to be in harmony with an XXL nature. The most wonderful panoramic view of the Pyrenees from Lourdes at 1 000 meters high!
The other toutirst activities
Lourdes offers a range of museums which are sure to catch your attention: history of our town through its old trades, waxworks of historical figures, animated crèches and a miniature representation of our town. On board the little tourist train or just on foot, don’t hesitate to discover all these sites, which are all equally fascinating.
The Great Sites Midi-Pyrénées
Lourdes, one of the Great Sites of Midi-Pyrénées is a little mountain town with everything to compete with the best. Come and discover the other Greats Sites in the High Pyrenees: the Pic du Midi de Bigorre at 2,877 metres, the Cirque de Gavarnie listed as a UNESCO world heritage site and Cauterets-Pont d'Espagne with the National Park a preserved nature and its numerous waterfalls.