Adé is a village in the Hautes-Pyrénées, in Occitania, bordering the city of Lourdes and 17 km south of Tarbes.
With a population of around 800, the municipality benefits from the attractiveness of its famous neighbor where more than 5 million pilgrims converge each year. It is also close to the airport of Tarbes-Lourdes-Pyrenees and has created an activity zone on the road that leads to it.
However, the village, rural and green character of the commune, bordered by wooded hills, has been preserved.
Once famous for its cow breeding, Adé is a pleasant stage for visitors, tourists or pilgrims.
Several interesting historical elements are worth seeing in Adé. This is the case of the ramparts of the medieval castle built in the eleventh century to monitor the road to Tarbes and which belonged to the counts of Bigorre. It was devastated by the English in 1360.
On the central tumulus, the old castle chapel has long been preserved. Several times remodeled, it was definitively replaced in 1878 by a church dedicated to Saint-Hippolyte and whose plans were drawn by Leopold Hardy, the architect who had already realized the basilica of the Immaculate Conception of Lourdes. The attentive observers will thus be able to discern some elements of resemblance between the two buildings, but not at the level of the dimensions, of course. Equipped with three naves, the church houses a representation of the martyrdom of St. Hippolytus on an inner tympanum.
On the main road that runs through the town (the RN21 connecting Tarbes to Lourdes), finally to see the chapel of the Rosary. Its construction dates back to the eleventh century. However, it has been revised and it is now logically a Marian chapel dedicated to the Virgin of Lourdes.
In a completely different way, a passage to the Water Fair can be distracting and pedagogical. The association proposes sound and light shows realized thanks to 650 jets of water activated with prowess and also presents a museum space devoted to water (history, tools, energy). Open every day from mid-April to the end of October. Shows at 2:30 pm and 3:30 pm. Price: from 4 to 7 euros. Information and reservations at +33 5 62 94 29 74.
Finally, the environment of the municipality makes it possible to consider many marked hiking trails (starting or crossing its territory). From the wooded heights of the village, superb panoramas on Lourdes or the valley of Tarbes will reward the walkers. Information and brochures on +33 5 62 56 70 00.
On the last weekend of April, over three days, the Exquis Mots festival offers theatrical performances, readings and meetings with writers.
The second Sunday in July, a garage.
In the middle of June, feast of Saint-Jean (convivial meal and animations).
The first weekend of August, the patronal festival takes place over three days and offers convivial meals, balls, parade of bandas (bands) and a pedestrian race.