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Top 7 things to do in Lourdes

Lourdes is the second most popular tourist city in France. Nestled by the foothills of the Pyrenees mountains, this city is the most visited pilgrimage shrine in the Christian world. Pilgrims visiting Lourdes for its healing qualities bathe in pools of water from Bernadette's spring. Everything you will want to feast your eyes upon is in walking distance, and of course there's the castle where you can get a panoramic view of all the beautiful sacred buildings and countryside.

  • The Grotto of Massabielle

    1. The Grotto of Massabielle

    St. Bernadette's visions of the Virgin Mary are said to have occurred here, as she was told about a spring in the grotto to drink from, and now her story leads many Pilgrims to this sacred place to take the water and pray for miracles.

  • Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes

    2. Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes

    This immense building can't be missed, situated on top of the rock above the Grotto of Massabielle and behind the Basilica of the Rosary. 

  • The Rosary Basilica

    3. The Rosary Basilica

    When she appeared at Lourdes, the Virgin Mary seemingly held a rosary in her hand. Its three arches depict the joyful, sorrowful, and glorious mysteries Catholics meditate on.

  • 4. Maison Paternelle de St. Bernadette

    This was the house of Bernadette’s parents after the visions and you can see items which belonged to the Soubirous family. The house is still run by Bernadette’s descendents.

  • 5. The Holy Stairs

    Pilgrims go up these stairs on their knees, which are a copy of the holy stairs that led up to the praetorium of Pontius Pilate in Jerusalem. 

  • Chateau-Fort of Lourdes

    6. Chateau-Fort of Lourdes

    Capture superb views of the city and the Pyrenees as you climb this impenetrable fortress. There's also a botanical garden and the Pyrenean Museum.

  • Lourdes Covered Market

    7. Lourdes Covered Market

    Everyday in the summer you can come here and experience quality gastronomic offerings, including alpine cheese, hams, jams, and other local delicacies.

Frequently asked questions about Lourdes

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  • Do I have to be religious to appreciate a place like this?

    Lourdes might resonate more with you if you're religious, but it's still a lovely place to go just to see the beautiful buildings, the castle, the Pyrenees, and the general quaintness of the City of Miracles.

  • Are there many sports facilities around this area?

    Indeed there are! Lourdes has nine tennis courts, which are open all year round and there's a golf course on the south side of Loudes Lake. Plus there's plenty of options for indulging in white water sports, plus hikes and walks around the wonderful Pyrenees.

  • Anything to be wary of?

    Although this isn't a big city, sadly there can still be pickpockets around since there's crowds of tourists in condensed places. Be wary and keep your belongings close to you and in front of you when possible.

Good to know

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    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
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  • Best time to visit
    April through October are the peak months to visit and enjoy beautiful mild weather. Before going, check in with hotels, as during off season some hotels and sites are closed.

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What people are saying about Lourdes

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 130 reviews

Roberto was not only such an informative guide but an attentive and considerate one, for my elderly parents in their 80s. Roberto brought to life, the story of St Bernadette around the beautiful city of Lourdes. As my mum has some difficulties walking and I was concerned we might delay Roberto in this tour, he assured me, telling me not to rush my mum. This was very thoughtful of Roberto and I was very grateful to him.

Susan ,our guide was very knowledgeable . She patiently answered our questions . Provided not only the history behind the place but current news about it also . This is the reason why we prefer to take guided tours . Take It in the morning so you will have free time on your own in the afternoon for the baths and to visit the other churches

Wonderful tour! Susan did an amazing job. We learned so much from her. We would recommend taking this tour on the first visit to Lourdes. It's different when every detail is explained.

It was very nice to know St. Bernadette more. Our guide Bob was really nice and knows everything. God bless him.

Tatiana was very informative and knew what we were interested in