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Lourdes

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Lourdes - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Hautes-Pyrénées
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The second Catholic pilgrimage site in the world after Rome, the town of Lourdes became famous after the Virgin Mary appeared to Bernadette Soubirous at various times between 11 February and 16 July 1858. Today, the sanctuaries of Lourdes located on the banks of the Gave de Pau river attract millions of visitors and pilgrims each year. The key sites of the Religious Town (Cité Religieuse) are the Rosary Esplanade (Esplanade du Rosaire) – dominated by the neo-Byzantine Our Lady's Basilica (Basilique Notre-Dame), the Crypt and the Immaculate Conception Basilica (Basilique de l'Immaculée Conception) – the famous miraculous grotto where the Virgin appeared on 18 occasions, the underground St Pius X Basilica (Basilique Saint-Pie X), the Espace Sainte-Bernadette pilgrimage centre and the Way of the Cross (Chemin de Croix) and its 15 stations. The entire place is imbued with a very special spiritual and mystical atmosphere.

Also worth a visit in Lourdes is the fortified castle overlooking the town. Inside, the Pyrenean Museum (Musée Pyrénéen) houses collections of objects and art relating to the history of the Pyrenees mountains. The castle ramparts offer a beautiful view over the sanctuaries and the Pyrenees.

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Lourdes

Lourdes, global pilgrimage town, is situated in the Hautes-Pyrénées and is the second town of France.

The pilgrimage season runs from Palm Sunday to mid-late October. During this period, described as "high" season, she received the world. Large gatherings punctuate the life of the Sanctuary as the pilgrimage of the Order of Malta, the International Military Pilgrimage (IMP), the National Pilgrimage (August 15), the pilgrimage of the Rosary Pilgrimage in Camargue guardians (every 2 years) and many others.

In so-called quiet season, October to March, Lourdes is the "Gateway to the Pyrenees" to travel to ski resorts. It is the crossing of many skiers in the region and the whole of France especially during the school holidays, and many Spaniards who come close.

Its patron saint is St Pierre. The local festival is the last Sunday of June. Date start "New Lourdes Holidays" until July 14, closed with fireworks (fireworks) given on the magnificent site of the castle of Lourdes overlooking the city and the Sanctuary (famous Grotto of Massabielle where the Blessed Virgin appeared to Bernadette Soubirous).

Lourdes is immune to the Pyrenees mountains, surrounded by the mountains of Béout, the Pic du Jer, with its cable car to the summit (panoramic view of the city), and Pibeste.

Things to see and do

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Introduction to Segway Riding in the Marian City of Lourdes
Entertainment17 € Lourdes
Discover Lourdes by Segway – 1 hour
Entertainment28 € Lourdes

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Events and festivities

Les Nouvelles Saint Pierre de Festivals (June 29-July 14).

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Grotto where the Virgin Mary appeared to Bernadette Soubirous
Grotto where the Virgin Mary appeared to Bernadette Soubirous
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fortified castle
fortified castle
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Panorama (© JE)
Panorama (© JE)
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Basilica Park : the Gave de Pau
Basilica Park : the Gave de Pau
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Funiculaire du Pic du Jer
Funiculaire du Pic du Jer
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Rosary Esplanade Sanctuary - Basilica
Rosary Esplanade Sanctuary - Basilica
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Lake Lourdes and Lourdes Beach
Lake Lourdes and Lourdes Beach
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Basilica of the Rosary and the Immaculate Conception
Basilica of the Rosary and the Immaculate Conception
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Rosary Basilica
Rosary Basilica
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Basilica of the Rosary
Basilica of the Rosary
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Rosary Basilica
Rosary Basilica
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Basilica of the Rosary - rosette ceiling
Basilica of the Rosary - rosette ceiling
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underground Basilica of St. Pius X
underground Basilica of St. Pius X
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Interior of the basilica (© JE)
Interior of the basilica (© JE)
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Pilgrims in front of the cave (© JE)
Pilgrims in front of the cave (© JE)
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Pilgrims in front of the cave (© JE)
Pilgrims in front of the cave (© JE)
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Sanctuary - Rosary Esplanade
Sanctuary - Rosary Esplanade
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grotto of Apparitions
grotto of Apparitions
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Golf Lourdes
Golf Lourdes
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Castle of Lourdes (© Jean Espirat)
Castle of Lourdes (© Jean Espirat)
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Basilica (© Jean Espirat)
Basilica (© Jean Espirat)
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cave (© Jean Espirat)
cave (© Jean Espirat)
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cave (© Jean Espirat)
cave (© Jean Espirat)
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