Ok, it may not be politically correct to say this, but the thought of recommending a visit to Lourdes, a small town normally filled with elderly religious invalids, does not appeal to me.
Actually in the region of Hautes-Pyrénées, Lourdes is approximately 40km southeast of Pau.
The town has only 15000 permanent inhabitants, but 270 hotels and 5 million visitors a year.
All of this has arisen because of an apparition seen by a teenage girl in 1858.
The vast church and Esplanade du Rosaire is an impressive sight, but all geared to allowing access to colossal crowds, with a big open space for religious services.
When the frail Pope visited in 2004, visitors had to park their cars up to 40km away!!!
So come and join the crowds to pray for a miracle cure to your rheumatism, drink some foul tasting water from a cup shared by many other sick people, and light a candle in the Grotte Miraculeuse.
Unique Suggestions: The buildings around the Esplanade du Rosaire are impressive, in a vulgar 'wedding cake' type of way.
It is all an experience. You never know, miracles might happen and you can hang your crutches in the grotte before you leave!!
Maybe visit in the winter, when the crowds are less.
Fun Alternatives: Visit your local doctor or therapist and take a detour to soak up some Vitamin D on a sunny Mediterranean beach ;-)