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Lourdes, an important pilgrimage town
Lourdes, the Marian city
Lourdes is a small town located in southern France. It is a world renowned place and a pilgrimage site for Christians. In 19th century a small local girl claimed that a lady appeared to her in a Grotto and the later told her that she was the Immaculate Conception. The faithful ones believed she was the Virgin Mary. Since that time, Lourdes has become a place of spirituality surrounded by a beautiful landscape. Indeed, Lourdes can be the ideal starting point to visit the Pyrenees Mountains. The Lourdes railway station is less than 1km from the sanctuaries of Our Lady of Lourdes.
Visit the sanctuaries of Our Lady of Lourdes, to discover where the Virgin Mary first appeared. Don’t miss the Basilica of Rosary and the underground basilica. The sanctuaries are open 24 hours a day, all year long. Masses are celebrated every day from the month of April to October. Don’t miss the torchlight Procession in the evening and drinking the water from La Source spring. It is believed to have healing properties.
From Lourdes, you can take the funicular train to reach the summit of Pic du Ver. The panoramic view is stunning. You can also take an excursion to Cauteret-Pont d’Espagne to see its waterfalls and to Gavarnie, a UNESCO world heritage site. Don’t leave without going to the Pic du Midi de Bigoore Observatory, one of the highest in Europe.
Being a very popular destination, Lourdes has more than 200 restaurants offering all kinds of cuisine. However try the garbure, a local delight. It is a vegetable soup with confit duck. If you want to avoid crowds, head to a back-street tavern for tender Pyrenean lamb with Tarbais haricots.
Lourdes is not what we can call a hot shopping destination. However those who are of Christian faith will de delight by the choice of religious memorabilia and souvenirs. Statuettes of saints, rosaries and candles are everywhere. Flanking the famed Grotto, the Sanctuary starts a run of hundreds of shops selling virgin emblazoned paraphernalia.
Lourdes Tourist Office
Place Peyramale, 65100 Lourdes.
Tel: +33 5 62 42 77 40
The city’s tourist office has a helpful personnel, insider information and tips as well as handy maps and brochures. The city’s tourist office also arranges tours and excursions and is a focal point for local accommodation.
Getting to and from Lourdes
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Trains are a convenient way of reaching many towns and cities throughout Europe. The majority of cities in Europe have a minimum of one train station, while larger, more populated cities have two or more stations. Train stations, in general, are located in the heart of the city. Review the map below to get an idea of where the train station(s) in Lourdes can be found.
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