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LourdesFrance

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.

Top hotels in Lourdes

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel Panorama
Hotel Panorama
4 out of 5
11/13 Rue Sainte-Marie - BP85, Lourdes, Hautes-Pyrenees
£92
per night
2 Apr-3 Apr

Located in the heart of Lourdes, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Basilica of St. Pius X and Grotte of Massabielle. Pyrenees National Park and Hautacam ...

4.2/5Very Good! (325 reviews)

"The front desk people were not friendly. The restaurant where the paid buffet breakfast was served was a little difficult to get to. The elevator that had restaurant marked on the button was not there when you get out and you had to go down the stairs and down another set of stairs to get to the ..."…"

Reviewed on 20 Mar 2020

Hotel Panorama
Appart'hôtel Saint Jean
Appart'hôtel Saint Jean
£39
per night
1 Apr-2 Apr

Situated in the historical district, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Lourdes Wax Museum, Rosary Basilica and Grotte of Massabielle. Château Fort de ...

4/5Very Good! (481 reviews)

"Very close to grotto ans basilica. Staff was helpful and speak English. Breakfast was great - good service for the price ! Its simple like being in a retreat"…"

Reviewed on 30 Dec 2019

Appart'hôtel Saint Jean
Villa L'Orante
Villa L'Orante
22 rue du Docteur Boissarie, Lourdes
£76
per night
1 Apr-2 Apr

Situated in the historical district, this bed & breakfast is within a 10-minute walk of Museum of Miracles of Lourdes and Grotte of Massabielle. Rosary Basilica ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (28 reviews)

"I loved staying there. The owner is very nice and you can’t beat the proximity to the sanctuary."…"

Reviewed on 2 Mar 2020

Villa L'Orante

Popular things to do in Lourdes

Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary
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Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary

4.5/5(52 reviews)

The smaller basilica in the Sanctuary of Notre Dame de Lourdes is an artistic marvel, famed for its colorful mosaics and themed chapels.

Grotte of Massabielle
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Grotte of Massabielle

5/5(43 reviews)

Join the millions of visitors who flock to one of the most famous pilgrimage sites in the world, a place associated with miraculous visions and healing waters. 

Notre-Dame de l'Immaculee-Conception
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Notre-Dame de l'Immaculee-Conception

4.5/5(52 reviews)

One of the most eye-catching monuments in Lourdes is the basilica that sits above the grotto, part of a wider sanctuary of impressive churches.

Basilica of St. Pius X
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Basilica of St. Pius X

5/5(33 reviews)

Marvel at a 20th-century subterranean cathedral with a huge capacity, built to accommodate the masses of devoted pilgrims visiting Lourdes. 

Lac de Lourdes
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Lac de Lourdes

5/5(4 reviews)

Go mountain biking or trekking around the circumference of this vast and picturesque lake that stands beside a golf course. 

Lourdes Covered Market
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Lourdes Covered Market

Get a taste for Lourdes through its eclectic array of honeys, jams, wines and cheeses in this quaint covered market.

Top activities in Lourdes

Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes Guided Tour
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Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes Guided Tour

100% of travellers recommend
£80
Per adult
LOURDES 2/3 Day Pilgrimage from Paris, St. Bernadette 175th
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LOURDES 2/3 Day Pilgrimage from Paris, St. Bernadette 175th

£491
Per adult
St.Teresa Lisieux, Mt.St.Michel,Lourdes, 5-Day Private Paris
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St.Teresa Lisieux, Mt.St.Michel,Lourdes, 5-Day Private Paris

£1,339
Per adult

Reviews of Lourdes

4.6

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

22 Oct 2019

Must visit place. You can feel blessed by the presence of OUR LADY

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

21 Sep 2019

Lovely atmosphere,enjoyed much of our stay.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

15 Sep 2019

A fascinating place.

4/5 - Good

Ian

15 Sep 2019

Had a great time and looking forward to visit the place again.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

7 Sep 2019

Lovely place, all being well would love to visit again to Lourdes and the neighbouring places.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

3 Sep 2019

Peace and feel good factor