Lourdes

Today, Lourdes shows herself to whoever knows how to meet her,
a believer or not.

Lourdes, a source of inspiration

It all began in 1858 when a young girl named Bernadette announced that she had met the Virgin Mary several times in a cave near the river. Since then, millions of visitors and pilgrims flock from all over the world to this small city that has become so famous. Today, Lourdes, is revealed to whoever knows how to meet her, a believer or not. Lourdes is also an attractive destination thanks to its proximity to many Pyrenean celebrities: the Pic du Midi de Bigorre, the Pyrenees National Park, the Gavarnie Cirque... But it is more the emblematic sites of the city that contribute to its growing fame: the Sanctuary, the castle-fort, the Pic du Jer funicular and the lake reveal the spiritual, historical, panoramic and bucolic aspects of the city... They are an invitation to discovery new things and an incentive to get away from it all.

The Sanctuary and the torchlight procession

Open all year, the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes welcomes millions of pilgrims and visitors from all over the world Every evening at 21.00 from April to the end of October, pilgrims and visitors gather in a joint procession, torch in hand, at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes ... The crowd is united, the atmosphere is joyful, the energy intense.

The castle-fort and its Pyrenees Museum

Built on a rocky peak, classified as an historic monument, the castle-fort dominates the Marian city. With its medieval past marked by the legendary foot prints of Charlemagne, it houses at its centre the Pyrenean Museum of Arts and local Traditions and a botanical garden.

The Pic du Jer (peak)

At centre stage with the nearby mountains behind it, Lourdes is dominated by the Pic du Jer. Its funicular takes tourists up to enjoy a panoramic view of Lourdes and the Pyrenean peaks. In Lourdes, mountain bikers are not forgotten. Home to international mountain bike competitions, the Pic du Jer offers three runs of varying levels.

Le lac et ses activités

À quelques minutes du centre-ville, s’étend le lac de Lourdes sur 50 ha au cœur d’une nature préservée, source de quiétude mais aussi d’activités grand air, comme la promenade, le VTT, la pêche ou le paddle-board. Le lac de Lourdes, c'est aussi une plage ouverte en juillet-août. La baignade, en accès gratuit, est sécurisée et un poste de secours veille sur les nageurs estivaux. Sur le versant sud du lac de Lourdes, les golfeurs pourront profiter d’un cadre magnifique, au milieu d’une forêt de résineux pour taper la balle.