Grotto of Massabielle

The Grotto of Massabielle is the very religious and tourist core of Lourdes. It is the place which has put Lourdes on the tourist map of the world and the source which inspires pilgrims to retrieve, religiously speaking, their identity and to cure, medically speaking, their sundry afflictions.

The Basilica of the Immaculate Conception

The Basilica of the Immaculate Conception (the Upper Basilica) is also worth visiting since it overtops the entire religious site around the Grotto, and it is the second most valuable edifice within the patrimony of the Sanctuaries.

Basilica of the Rosary

Of all the religious edifices in Lourdes, the Basilica of the Rosary should definitely be mentioned. It too is connected to the Marian apparitions in 1858, and is part of the patrimony pertaining to the Lourdes Sanctuaries. Basilica of the Rosary Lourdes

Visit the Museum of the Miraculously Healed

In terms of museums, the Museum of the Miraculously Healed is but a natural stop on the tourist circuit of Lourdes. Opened to visits both for believers and skeptics.

Visit The Museum House of St. Bernadette

In order to get a more intuitive grasp of the life and role of Bernadette Soubirous, the girl who turned Lourdes into a catholic Mecca, one should always visit the House (Museum) of St. Bernadette.

The Wax Museum

The Wax Museum seems to be one of the most popular attractions in Lourdes. Actual size scenes are displayed rendering various religious scenes to tourists’ satisfaction.

Visit Pau

Once in Lourdes, tourists should definitely visit the nearby city of Pau. Pau is replete with opportunities sunken under the heavy and elegant greenery the city is famous for.

Visit Tarbes

The nearby Tarbes should also be taken into consideration in terms of attractions in the surroundings of Lourdes.

Trekking in Pyrenees National Park

But, above all else, the Pyrenees National Park is the one which comes with the greatest wealth of natural attractions nearby Lourdes. It ensures a magnificent backdrop to Lourdes, and it also stands out as an excellent opportunity of nature exploration.

Sport in Lourdes

Lourdes and its surroundings are not all about prayer. There are plenty of water sport opportunities here one should never overlook. Horse riding is highly practicable around Lourdes.

Wine and Cheese

Cheese and wine tasting reveals a less sober facet of Lourdes and offers tourists the possibility to get in touch with the genuine joie de vivre so characteristic of the regional cuisine in general and with the Lourdes cuisine in particular.

Miraculous water baths

In addition, drinking or bathing in the allegedly miraculous water flowing from the Grotto of Massabielle is both a chance of satisfying one’s curiosity and of checking on their own whether the Lourdes miracles are genuine or not.

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