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LourdesFrance

This serene mountain town has rustic charm and natural beauty and is the site of one of Europe’s most famous divine encounters.

Venture beneath the magnificent 19th-century church in Lourdes and into the grotto where a young woman encountered the Virgin Mary. Look around the house where she lived and travel to a nearby vantage point to enjoy spectacular mountain scenery.

Start your Lourdes visit at the Sanctuaires Notre-Dame on the south bank of the Gave de Pau. In the small cave beneath the Basilique du Rosaire, 14-year-old Bernadette Soubirous reported that she was visited by the Virgin Mary 18 times. Leave a candle near the entrance, join the Mass in the grotto or stand in line to bathe in the marble bathtubs filled with Lourdes waters.

No visit to the grotto is complete without also witnessing the beautiful church aboveground. This was completed in 1899 in a Romano-Byzantine style. Admire the three tall spires that dominate the exterior. Step inside to see the interior walls decorated with exquisite mosaics.

Follow the river east to the Maison Paternelle de Ste-Bernadette. This rickety home was bought for Bernadette and her family by Lourdes’ abbot after her visions. Today it is a museum run by her descendants with a range of artifacts including photos and the bed where she slept.

Leave the sprawling streets to visit the Pic du Jer mountain peak just south of town. Tackle the 3-hour hike to this natural lookout or choose the shorter funicular ride. Experienced bikers can attempt the steep trail. Reach the summit for breathtaking views back across town and toward the giant Central Pyrenees. Make a gentle stroll back down.

Lourdes is a small town in southern France, approximately 28 miles (45 kilometers) southeast of Pau and an 8-hour drive south of Paris. Because it attracts millions of pilgrims annually, you will find numerous accommodations with hotels to suit all budgets. Sit in small cafés or eat at some of the excellent hotel restaurants that are often open to people staying elsewhere.

Experience one of Europe’s most beautiful pilgrimage locations at Lourdes.

Top Hotels in Lourdes

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel Aneto
Hotel Aneto
3 out of 5
5 Rue Saint Felix, Lourdes
The price is $36 per night

Situated in Lourdes, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Lourdes Wax Museum, Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, and Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary. ...

Hotel Aneto
Zenitude Hôtel-Résidences L'Acacia Lourdes
Zenitude Hôtel-Résidences L'Acacia Lourdes
3 out of 5
1 A Chemin de Lannedarré, Lourdes, Hautes-Pyrenees
The price is $47 per night

Located in the heart of Lourdes, this golf residence is within a 15-minute walk of Museum of Miracles of Lourdes and Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary. Basilica ...

3.9/5Very Good! (424 reviews)

"It’s good to choose the studio or apartment according to your needs especially with a disabled person."…"

Reviewed on Dec 16, 2019

Zenitude Hôtel-Résidences L'Acacia Lourdes
Appart'hôtel Saint Jean
Appart'hôtel Saint Jean
1 Avenue Du Paradis, Lourdes, Hautes-Pyrenees
The price is $45 per night

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Lourdes Wax Museum, Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, and Basilica of Our Lady of the ...

4/5Very Good! (487 reviews)

"Pleasant and good service"…"

Reviewed on Mar 11, 2020

Appart'hôtel Saint Jean

Popular places to visit in Lourdes

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

5/5(81 reviews)

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

Massabielle Grotto
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Massabielle Grotto

5/5(50 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. 

Basilica of the Immaculate Conception
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Basilica of the Immaculate Conception

5/5(89 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.

Lac de Lourdes
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Lac de Lourdes

5/5(6 reviews)

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

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

5/5(39 reviews)

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

Pic du Jer
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Pic du Jer

4.5/5(4 reviews)

Ride a historic funicular railway up the side of a mountain for stunning views of the pilgrimage town of Lourdes, framed by the Pyrenees. 

Top things to do in Lourdes

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

$100
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
LOURDES: COME FOR A DAY - Day-trip from PARIS
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LOURDES: COME FOR A DAY - Day-trip from PARIS

$561
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

$758
Per adult
Lisieux, Lourdes & Fatima, 7-Day Private from Paris by train
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Lisieux, Lourdes & Fatima, 7-Day Private from Paris by train

$1,492
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

$1,605
Per adult
Lourdes Private Spiritual walking tour
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Lourdes Private Spiritual walking tour

$45
Per adult

Reviews of Lourdes

4.8

Top Destination

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4 - Good 13.934426229508198%
3 - Okay
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5/5 - Excellent

Gloria

Apr 4, 2020

Ill keep coming back to Lourdes whenever I can.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 28, 2020

I think the winter is the off season so not a lot is open. Still beautiful, but just check to make sure restaurants and stores are open!

5/5 - Excellent

Chris

Feb 14, 2020

A Worldwide known Place of Pilgrimage, Lourdes is a peaceful Place of Worship. Staying in Apart'Hotel Le Pelerin was comfortable, handy,. It made our stay easier and more relaxing.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 16, 2019

It was a beautiful city to visit especially Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 26, 2019

After lunchtime restaurants are open again at 6 or 7 o'clock p.m. Between 3 and 6 p.m. you cannot find restaurant to lunch.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 17, 2019

Beautiful Sanctuary with Basilica and Grotto. Lourdes was fascinating, but visiting towards the end of the season provided limited choices for restaurants.

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