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Lourdes showing night scenes and performance art as well as a large group of people

Lourdes, world-famous as a pilgrimage site, is a town with a very rich heritage, which deserves to be explored in all its forms.

The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes has attracted millions of pilgrims from around the world, since the Virgin Mary appeared there in 1958. Since then, a constant stream of visitors, often sick and hoping for a miraculous cure, have flocked to the sanctuary. Three basilicas stand on the site: the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, whose stained glass windows tell the story of the apparitions, the Basilica of our Lady of the Rosary, whose mosaics glorify the mysteries of the rosary, and, lastly, the gigantic Basilica of Saint Pius X, which is built entirely underground.

The site stands on 52 hectares with 22 places of worship, including the famous Grotto of Massabielle, where Bernadette Soubirous, a local 14-year-old girl, saw apparitions of the Virgin. The water from this source is reputed to be a source of healing and mercy for the 6 million pilgrims who visit Lourdes each year, making it the third most visited sanctuary in the world, after the Vatican and Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico.

On a more historical note, the Tour du Garnavie is a monument to pilgrims who have crossed the Pyrenees since the Middle Ages, The 13th century Château-fort, now a museum, is a perfectly preserved example of the history of the Crusades. A detour via the Halles Baltard, in the town centre, is an opportunity to buy some of the many delicacies the region has to offer: cep mushrooms, foie gras, croustades and berlingots de Cauterets. A feast for the taste buds for people of all religions!

If you don't come on foot for a pilgrimage, Lourdes is served by two airports: Tarbes-Lourdes-Pyrénées airport, 6 miles away, and Pau airport, 28 miles away. Lourdes train station is specially adapted for visitors with health issues, while the A64 motorway is the most direct route by car.

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The price is £29 per night from 25 Aug to 25 Aug
Located in the heart of Lourdes, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Eglise Paroissiale du Sacré Coeur, Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary and Basilica ...
4.1/5Very Good! (355 reviews)
"Staff was very friendly and helpful. Although speak e little English, they try to do their utmost best to communicate and help you out.The breakfast was nice. The distance from and to the sanctuary is not so far."

Reviewed on 26 Nov 2019

Grand Hôtel Gallia Chapelle & Spa NUXE
Grand Hôtel Gallia Chapelle & Spa NUXE
4 out of 5
26 Av Bernadette Soubirous - BP83, Lourdes, Hautes-Pyrenees
The price is £126 per night from 30 Jul to 30 Jul
This family-friendly Lourdes hotel is located near the airport, within a 10-minute walk of Basilica of St. Pius X and Massabielle Grotto. Hautacam Ski Resort ...
4.3/5Excellent! (131 reviews)
"Some small issues but a good place to stay in Lourdes."

Reviewed on 18 Aug 2020

Grand Hôtel Gallia Chapelle & Spa NUXE
Hôtel Royal
Hôtel Royal
3 out of 5
2 rue Saint Joseph, Lourdes, Hautes Pyrénéennes
The price is £62 per night from 28 Jul to 28 Jul
Situated in the historical district, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Basilica of St. Pius X, Basilica of the Immaculate Conception and Basilica of Our ...
4.2/5Very Good! (88 reviews)
"reception were fantastic......................................................................................................................................."

Reviewed on 2 Nov 2019

Hôtel Royal
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