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Lourdes and around

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Sport, relaxation and culture

Lourdes became famous after the Virgin Mary appeared to young Bernadette while she was gathering firewood in the Massabielle cave. From then on small family guesthouses, comfortable and sometimes luxurious hotels sprang up, to satisfy the growing numbers of pilgrims. The development of the town and surrounding area, was launched.

But there is the other Lourdes, the “Gateway to the Lavedan valleys”. The Gave de Pau river which crosses the sanctuary town flows straight down from the Gavarnie Cirque, and Lourdes turns out to be an ideal base for exploring nearby valleys and discovering all their secrets.

So what’s holding you back !

Special features

puces arrowHistory
puces arrowCulture and heritage
puces arrowTasty food
puces arrowThermal traditions
puces arrowAstronomy
puces arrowSport
puces arrowRelaxation
puces arrowAway from it all
puces arrowVitality
puces arrowMountain sports


puces arrowLourdes and its religious heritage
puces arrowThe castle
puces arrowThe museum of Pyrenean Traditions
puces arrowThe wonderful view from the Pic du Jer (funicular railway)
puces arrowThe 7 neighbouring valleys: Batsurguère with its drinking fountains and wash houses where the laundry women would take care of the linen from Lourdes hotels, Argelès-Gazost, Val d'Azun, Cauterets, Gavarnie, Luz-Saint-Sauveur and Barèges
puces arrowArgelès-Gazost and its weekly regional market
puces arrowSaint-Savin and its abbey church
puces arrowSaint-Pé de Bigorre
puces arrowThe Bétharram caves
puces arrowThe Donjon des Aigles birds of prey show
puces arrowThe Pyrenees animal park
puces arrowGood restaurants
puces arrowTraditional Pyrenean singing

Get moving / Year-round opportunities

puces arrowMountain sports: hiking, skiing, paragliding, horseback riding, adventure sports, cycling, mountain biking, fishing, motorbiking, canyoneering and white water sports, swimming, ...
puces arrowUnforgettable moments: the pilgrimages, the Mountain Bike World Cup

Don’t miss

puces arrowThe Pyrenees National Park
puces arrowThe Pibeste-Aoulhet Regional Nature Reserve to observe local wildlife
puces arrowThe Green River Trail from Lourdes to Cauterets
puces arrowThe famous Pyrenean passes
puces arrowThe Great Sites : Cauterets - Pont d'Espagne, the Pic du Midi de Bigorre and its observatory, the Gavarnie cirque

Ski resorts

puces arrowHautacam


(30 – 60 mins away)

puces arrowThe Soulor-Couraduque Nordic skiing area
puces arrowBarèges-La Mongie - Grand Tourmalet, one of the largest skiing areas
in the Pyrenees
puces arrowCauterets le Lys
puces arrowLuz-Ardiden
puces arrowGèdre-Gavarnie

A little further away

puces arrowTarbes, the horse capital
puces arrowPau, the city of King Henri IV
puces arrowToulouse and its Space City

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