Things to do in Lourdes

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Lourdes Attractions

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Places of interest in Lourdes

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Lourdes attractions

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Top places to visit

1. Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary

Step into an explosion of color and artistry in the impressive Basilica of Notre Dame du Rosaire, which is also known as the Rosary Basilica. This Byzantine-styled cathedral is smaller than its two neighbors, but is perhaps more artistically striking. Visit this active place of worship and stay to marvel at the mosaics.
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The smaller basilica in the Sanctuary of Notre Dame de Lourdes is an artistic marvel, famed for its colorful mosaics and themed chapels.

2. Massabielle Grotto

The Grotto of Massabielle, also known as the Grotto of Apparitions, is visited by about 6 million pilgrims every year. Visit the site of a spring which was unearthed by a teenage peasant in the 19th century after a visitation from the Virgin Mary. Hear stories of how the water that flows here is said to have healed countless visitors since it was first discovered.
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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.

3. Lac de Lourdes

The Lac de Lourdes is a spectacular basin of water surrounded by undulating verdant terrain. The stunning lake covers an area of 128 acres (52 hectares) and sits just outside the city center of Lourdes. It makes for a serene and picturesque setting. Bring the whole family to enjoy the range of activities around this glacial lake.
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Go mountain biking or trekking around the circumference of this vast and picturesque lake that stands beside a golf course.

4. Basilica of the Immaculate Conception

Join flocks of devoted pilgrims on a trip to the Basilica of Notre Dame de l’Immaculée-Conception. This distinctive landmark is hard to miss; a towering 19th-century church that sits above the Grotto of Massebielle, a world-famous pilgrimage destination. Visit to marvel at the architecture and to experience a moment of reflection inside the hushed interior.
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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.

5. Basilica of St. Pius X

Travel to Lourdes and there is a slim chance you will miss the Basilica of St. Pius X. Although this cathedral is impressively large, it’s also built entirely underground. Stand in awe of its gigantic nave and watch as it fills with tens of thousands of pilgrims thronging to the town on religious feast days.
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Marvel at a 20th-century subterranean cathedral with a huge capacity, built to accommodate the masses of devoted pilgrims visiting Lourdes.

6. Pic du Jer

Picturesque Lourdes is a historic town ensconced by the Pyrenees and one of the best ways to see it in its context is from the top of Pic du Jer. Ride to the top of the mountain on a charming old funicular railway. Once you are there, follow walking trails and find an observatory for panoramic views of this stunning corner of France. Make sure you bring your camera to the top of the peak so you can capture memories of this special place.
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Ride a historic funicular railway up the side of a mountain for stunning views of the pilgrimage town of Lourdes, framed by the Pyrenees.

7. Lourdes Covered Market

The Lourdes Covered Market offers a fascinating insight into the customs and culinary traditions of the region. Its many stalls, serving up all kinds of food, are sheltered beneath the roof of a late 19th-century structure. Chat with the local vendors and enjoy the gastronomic delights in this bustling market.
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Get a taste for Lourdes through its eclectic array of honeys, jams, wines and cheeses in this quaint covered market.

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