A small city at the foot of the Pyrenees, Lourdes has been a place of Catholic pilgrimage since 1858, when the Virgin Maryappeared several times to Bernadette Soubirous.
The "Marian city" welcomes more than 6 million pilgrims and visitors from all over the world each year.
The heart of the site of the sanctuaries is the grotto of Massabielle and the basilica of Notre-Dame-du-Rosaire, overlooked by the basilica of the Immaculate Conception.
It also includes the impressive Basilica of Saint Peter X.
Other places to discover:
- The fortified castle of Lourdes
- Old Lourdes
- The Gavarnie Tower
- The Nativity Museum
- The Lourdes Museum
- Lourdes Lake
The Pic du Jer, recognizable by its large cross illuminated at night, offers a magnificent panorama over Lourdes, Tarbes, Pau, the Argelès Gazost valley and the Pyrenean peaks.