Lourdes, world pluralist
At the foot of the highest mountains and pressed up against the first Pyrenean foothills, each year the city of Lourdes welcomes over 6 million visitors from around the world. A capital of spirituality in the world, it draws its strength from the physical relationship it has with its visitors.
In the Marian city, spirituality fits into the strength and beauty of the site, the marks from the past and contemplation of the shrines. Since the apparitions of the Virgin Mary to Bernadette Soubirous in 1858, the Pyrenean town has been filled with peace and brotherhood, following the pace of its visitors on the banks of the Gave.
Some essential sites in Lourdes
The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes covers an area of 52 hectares within which there are 22 places of worship. Some of these gathering places are essential so that you don't miss anything on your visit to the Sanctuary.
From the famous Grotto of Massabielle to the Church of St Bernadette passing through the Notre Dame du Rosaire basilica, go explore the Sanctuary and its history.
the Château fort de Lourdes: an ancient, never conquered fortress, classified as a historical monument and Museum of France. This site offers a breath-taking panorama over the city, the Sanctuary and the Pyrenees. Its walls are also home to a botanical garden at the foot of the 14th century donjon and the Pyrenean Museum.
the Pic du Jer: the most beautiful panorama of the Pyrenees from Lourdes, the Pic du Jer overlooks the city and is recognisable by its large cross, illuminated at night. It is reached by a hundred-year-old funicular that brings us to the summit at 1000 meters in altitude in a few minutes. At the summit, there is a walking trail that leads to the observatory: a gazebo with a 360° view of Lourdes, Tarbes, Pau, the Argelès-Gazost Valley and the Pyrenean peaks.
Lourdes is located 16 km from Lestelle-Bétharram, 25 km from Nay.