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Visit Tarbes

Learn about the Hussars and take the charming little train around the vast gardens in the Gateway to the Pyrenees.

Tarbes is a cultural and gastronomical hub full of architectural gems and religious structures. It is known across France for its spectacular gardens and as the birthplace of Marshal Ferdinand Foch, one of the nation’s most iconic military heroes. Stroll through the town center to piece together the culture and history of this fascinating town.

Among the town’s highlights is the Massey Garden, an enormous park adorned with buildings of English Imperial design. Ride the small train around the vast gardens to see its Orangerie and lake, where you might see ducks, geese and peacocks.l.

Snap photos of the impressive Massey Museum building. It showcases the region’s fine arts, its topography and the Hussars, a group of 18th-century cavalrymen who lived in the area.

Get your bearings in the spacious Place Marcadieu, a square that marks the town center. It has an elaborate fountain at its core and a covered market in the Halle Marcadieu that opens on Thursday mornings. Dine at a café or restaurant surrounding the square and try the local specialty of Tarbais beans in the cassoulet or garbure stews.

Admire the 17th-century classical façade of the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de la Sede. Enter the church and gaze up at its intricate vaulted ceiling. A few blocks west is the Mairie de Tarbes, the elegant city hall.

Expect hot summers and mild winters in this fairly wet region. In winter, explore the ski slopes of the Pyrenees Mountains, a half-hour drive away.

The town is located in the Hautes-Pyrénées department in the southwestern region of France. It is close to the Spanish border and just a 30-minute drive northeast from nearby Lourdes. Fly to the Tarbes – Lourdes Pyrénées Airport and drive north for 7 miles (11.3 kilometers) to reach the town. Get around by bus or rent a bike from the Place du Foirail.

Tarbes is a lively and fascinating commune based around a magnificent set of gardens.

Top hotels in Tarbes

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Le Rex Hotel
Le Rex Hotel
4 out of 5
£81
per night
22 Dec-23 Dec

Located in the heart of Tarbes, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Nouveautes Theater, Birthplace of Marechal Foch and Cathedrale Notre-Dame de la Sede. ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (184 reviews)

"Great location. Plenty of bars and restaurants in walking distance."…"

Reviewed on 17 Oct 2019

Le Rex Hotel
Hôtel Foch
Hôtel Foch
3 out of 5
£58
per night
14 Dec-15 Dec

Situated in Tarbes, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Birthplace of Marechal Foch, Cathedrale Notre-Dame de la Sede and Nouveautes Theater. Massey Garden ...

4.4/5Excellent! (52 reviews)
Very good central hotel

"Really good hotel, very central, well appointed. Clean, friendly staff, good buffet breakfast."…"

Reviewed on 19 Dec 2018

Hôtel Foch
Hotel de l'Avenue
Hotel de l'Avenue
2 out of 5
80 Avenue Bertrand Barere, Tarbes
£45
per night
11 Dec-12 Dec

Situated in Tarbes, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Massey Garden, Birthplace of Marechal Foch and Cathedrale Notre-Dame de la Sede. Nouveautes Theater ...

4/5Very Good! (23 reviews)

"Fast check in and check out. A good overnight stop. Thanks!"…"

Reviewed on 29 Oct 2019

Hotel de l'Avenue

Popular things to do in Tarbes

Cathedrale Notre-Dame de la Sede
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Cathedrale Notre-Dame de la Sede

Enjoy a stop at Cathedrale Notre-Dame de la Sede, a landmark worth seeing in Tarbes. While in this trendy area, find time to visit its temples.

Birthplace of Marechal Foch
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Birthplace of Marechal Foch

Inspect the intriguing architecture of this 18th-century building, where a French military hero lived the first 12 years of his life.

Nouveautes Theater
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Nouveautes Theater

You can enjoy a show at Nouveautes Theater during your stay in Tarbes. While in this trendy area, find time to visit its temples.

Massey Garden
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Massey Garden

Explore the great outdoors at Massey Garden, a lovely green space in Tarbes. While in this trendy area, find time to visit its stunning cathedral.

Rosary Basilica
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Rosary Basilica

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.

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.

Top activities in Tarbes

Our lady of Lourdes Sacred & Religious Guided Tour
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Our lady of Lourdes Sacred & Religious Guided Tour

£75

Visit the Sanctuaries of Our Lady of Lourdes with a professional and friendly guide. Get ready to visit a wonderful site which attracts 6 million visitors per year. In the morning, you will be greeted by a professional guide and begin an unforgettable journey around the Sanctuaries.

2-Day PRIVATE tour from Paris / LOURDES, St. BERNADETTE
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2-Day PRIVATE tour from Paris / LOURDES, St. BERNADETTE

£419

Travel into the footsteps of Saint Bernadette of Lourdes and uncover the famous places where she saw the apparitions in this 2-day tour departing from Paris. You can even bathe in the miraculous baths if you wish so.

LOURDES: COME FOR A DAY - Day-trip from PARIS
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LOURDES: COME FOR A DAY - Day-trip from PARIS

£253

Thanks to the TGV (high-speed train), Lourdes is accessible from PARIS in a day roundtrip return. It will be a long journey but you can visit the cave and pray the holy lady. More than a tourist excursion, it is a journey that requires humility and meditation.