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Lourdes Visitor information

Lourdes is a small town located in the South-western France along the bottom of Pyrenees Mountains. Known for its intriguing and lovely designs, gorgeous cathedrals and cobbled alleys.

It is also the castle town of France. As the historic castle of Lourdes from the roman times, dates back from the 11th and 12th century. It has a spectacular location, located on the hilltop at the edge of the city. There are many historic remains and it houses the local arts and artifacts museum.

You can also visit the breathtaking Pyrenean abysses, also called the Gouffre d’Esparros, as they are immensely popular as a protected site, the gorgeous underground site brimming limestone stalagmites is a natural cave of limestone rock formation. Covered with aragonite, gypsum and calcium, it has formed mineral gardens. 

Events

The National pilgrimage of Saint Rosaire is held in October each year. This event dates back to the 16th century, it is hosted by the Sanctuary of Notre Dame du Rosaire, and it consists of the pilgrimage itself and the mass. 

The Holy Music Festival is the first major event to take place each year in March, performances are hosted by various religious sites in Lourdes. The festival changes themes every year. 

The last greatest event of Lourdes would be the « Atelier Imaginaire Festival » held in October each year, it is an extensive cultural manifestation, and is probably the most important in Lourdes. It lasts 15 days, the activities are involving plays, readings and debates. 

Access by train

Your journey will be in two parts, Eurostar to Paris, Gare du Nord then onwards to Lourdes on a TGV from Gare Montparnasse, Paris. If you're travelling as a family group the train is a great option as you can sit together and move around easily.

Access by plane

The nearest airport is Tarbes-Lourdes, approximately twenty minutes drive from the town itself. Air France operates a daily scheduled service from Paris, while a large number of charter flights from all over Europe use the airport also.

How to get around ?

The small sized town of Lourdes can easily be searched out on foot. It’s not just the size that enables this manner of getting around, but also the fact most of the attractions are clustered into a single area.

History of Lourdes

According to believers, the Virgin Mary appeared to Bernadette Soubirous on eighteen occasions in 1858 at the small grotto called Massabiele, near Lourdes. The town hence became one of the most popular pilgrimage places in the world, it has become a major place of Roman Catholic gathering and of miraculous healings.

One of the most important and popular sites to visit is the Sanctuary of our Lady of Lourdes, it surrounds the catholic shrine, managed by the Roman Catholic Church. The history of this place comes from the 14-year old peasant girl named Bernadette Soubirous who saw apparitions of Virgin Mary who introduced herself as Immaculate Conception. The grotto is the hot spot for pilgrims known for miraculous healing water. 

Le cachot which was an old prison is also worth a look as it is one of the most iconic places in Lourdes, it’s centered on Bernadette Soubirous and her family. The dingy residence was where the family was forced to stay for financial issues, they lived there until 1858. It was from this place that Bernadette used to visit Virgin Mary at the Massabielle grotto. 

And the last but not least, the way of the Cross is a famous pilgrimage place in Lourdes as the winding route goes to the hilltop crossing distance of around 1.5kms. This represents the journey of Jesus Christ with his cross.

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