Lourdes Travel Guide

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Lourdes Things to Do

  • The Grotto

    Expect masses of people there. I was overwhelmed, but the others in our group who had been in Lourdes very often told me it was actually a small crowd. Get in line to go to the grotto and - I don't think it's necessary to mention this to any VTer - be respectful and quiet. Watch out for wheelchairs. Where you can see a bike lane in other towns, you...

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  • The Rosary Basilica

    It is built on a rock known as Massabielle. The basilica is surrounded on the north and south by two ramps of 130m in length, perharps acting as two open arms to welcome the pilgrims. On the west is the front of the Rosary Basilica while on the east is the Crowned Statue. The two ramps are adorned with statues facing inwards towards the church...

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  • Cross

    After being betrayed by Judas Iscariot, Christ was taken to the Sanhedrin leadership. He was mocked and beaten, still he refused to deny that he was the Son of God. The jewish leaders hand Christ over to Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor of the province and ask for the death penalty. The Roman punishment was crucifixion, where the person would...

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  • Miraculous Spring - La Source

    On February 25, 1858 Bernadette Massabielle has one of the many apparitions attributed to her. Our Lady of Lourdes instructed her to go to the spring and drink from it and wash in it. Some have claimed that they have been healed by drinking water from the spring. Studies have found that the water has no special properties at all, its just normal...

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  • Maison Paternelle de St. Bernadette

    Tour the home in which St. Bernadette and her family once lived. The house includes a mill, kitchen, Bernadette’s bedroom, various objects, photographs etc. Open: Apr-Oct: daily 9am-12:15pm and 2:15-7pm

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  • Le Cachot

    Almost everywhere you go in Lourdes there are places associated with Bernadette and her family. The Cachot was were they lived in 1858, at the time of the apparitions. It was a disused prision, and the whole family lived in one small room.

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  • Light a Candle

    Many believe that if you light a candle in conjunction with a prayer, then the prayer will continue to be prayed as long as the candle burns. In the grotto at Massabielle, there are many candle stands with candles of all sizes available for lighting. There is a charge of course to cover the cost of the candles and the bigger the candle the bigger...

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  • Christ Falls for the first time

    While being mocked and ridiculed (which the statues here do not show) Jesus bears his cross, falling under its weight for the first time

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  • Christ receives his Cross

    After being betrayed by Judas Iscariot, Christ was taken to the Sanhedrin leadership. He was mocked and beaten, still he refused to deny that he was the Son of God. The jewish leaders hand Christ over to Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor of the province and ask for the death penalty. The Roman punishment was crucifixion, where the person would be...

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Lourdes Hotels

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  • Grand Hotel Moderne

    I was extremely comfortable during my stay at the Hotel Moderne. From the welcoming and efficient...

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  • Hotel Padoue

    Upon booking I had requested an accessible room for my mother and was assured each and every hotel...

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  • Saint-Andre

    The service was friendly and efficient. We felt very welcome here. It is well located within walking...

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Lourdes Restaurants

  • Basic,French Food

    We had booked full board, so we had breakfast , lunch and dinner in the hotel. Breakfast I'm happy to say was not typical French, but buffet style with cheese, honey and several kinds of jam, cereal and joghurt.Lunch and dinner were traditionally French, always an appetizer, for dinner also some soup, main dish followed by dessert and cheese. I...

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  • Excellent restaurant in Lourdes

    A+ restaurant. Great atmosphere, superb and friendly service, excellent food. It is listed in the red Michelin guide with only the basic one fork grade but it deserves more than that. everything was excellent but the desserts were absolutely wonderful.

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Lourdes Nightlife

  • Candlelit Procession

    Experience history and attend a candlelit procession where pilgrims march in homage to Mary every evening at 9pm as it has been done since 1872. Everyone is invited to carry a candle and a statue of Mary is carried through the crowd. Whether you believe or not, you will have a wonderful experience. After the procession, there is a mass at the...

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  • Lourdes is a very Religious Place

    Lourdes, France is a holy place where hundreds and thousands of people go to pray to the Immaculate Virgin Mother. Regardless of your religion or belief, you would meet all walks of life, all kinds of religious people in Lourdes. Many many and thousands of sick, healthy, worried, troubled, tourists, and all walks of life go to Lourdes. There are...

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  • Torchlight procession

    Each evening at about 9pm, the pilgrims gather, each holding a lighted candle and walk in procession around the domain. Its outside, so you need to wear clothes that keep you warm and dry.

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Lourdes Transportation

  • Lourdes SNCF station

    Lourdes SNCF station was somewhat small, very clean and welcoming by comparison with most of the train stations I saw in France. Things were well labelled, there was a a nice cafe right outside the entrance and a pleasant waiting room if you needed to wait for a train. Of course, there are masses of travelers coming into Lourdes on pilgrimage and...

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  • Respect the lunch hour!

    We took the city bus line 2 from the sanctuary to the station of the furnicular to go up to Pic du Jer.The bus was on time, we paid for our tickets - 2,20 Euro return - and the bus took us through the centre of Lourdes to the station.In the station we saw signs saying that the last furnicular down would leave at noon, the next one two hours later....

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  • Geneva to Lourdes

    31 May 2011 -See if in Geneva Ryanair or easyjet flies to Lourdes. In Lourdes they have a small airport and there is a shuttle that charges very reasonable to pilgrims or visitors to Lourdes. If not then you can either fly from Geneva into Paris or Geneva to Barcelona. On either both cities, (since both cities are at the nose of Lourdes traveling...

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Lourdes Shopping

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    There are many many souvenir shops on your way to the Lourdes Basilica. Here you will find all the information you want to know about the story of Bernadette, a shepherd girl who started the whole pilgrimage to Lourdes from all over the world!

    What to buy: There are so many special items sold in these shops. Whether you believe or not, you should definitely get some water bottles here to bring home some of the "holy water" from the grotto. They have bottles in all shapes from the plain to special bottles shaped like the Virgin Mary as Bernadette claims to have appeared here. They also sell religious items of all types, rosaries, prayer cards, jewelry, holy statues, art, etc. While the majority of the items are religious, you will also find traditional gifts here.

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Lourdes Local Customs

  • Local Memorial to the War Dead

    Like most French towns, Lourdes has a memorial to honor her children who were lost in war.Though the memorial was intended to honor the victims of the first world war, the names were later added to the memorial from the Second World War and later wars.Location Place PeyremaleLourdes was a strategic location in the sense that being so near the...

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  • Jubilate 1858-2008

    It is 150 years since the apparitions, and Lourdes are celebrating the event. So it should be a good year for a visit. Many of the places of interest have received a face-lift, and the little town is even more welcoming than usual.

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  • Lining up with the masses at the Holy...

    As you pass back along the side of the cathedral, after you've visited the grotto, be sure and fill a small plastic jug or two with water from the springs here. This is where Bernadette was instructed by the Virgin Mary to dig, on a spot where no water had previously existed, and voila! so she located the holy springs. Folks believe this water has...

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Lourdes Warnings and Dangers

  • The Walmart for Religious Items

    Just because Lourdes attracts pilgrims en masse you might think that somewhere along the line there might be some limits to the commercialism that runs rampant in Lourdes. To be honest, this was a big turn off for me. Almost the whole downtown area of Lourdes near the grottos is packed to the rafters with souvenir stores peddling the usual stuff....

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  • leaving early from Lourdes/Tarbes...

    HOP Air, a subsidiary of Air France operates reasonably priced flights out of Lourdes/Tarbes airport, however, please be careful about what time you are leaving. Why?There are no early morning services to Lourdes/Tarbes airport, so you will have to take a cab, which will cost about 40 euro (from near the train station). The flight lasts about an...

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  • danger

    pilgrims visiting Lourdes need to be very careful as professional pickpockets mingle with pilgrims and in a place like Lourdes you can be inclined to think people are all there for the spiritual pilgrimage when in fact these people mingle everywhere especially at the grotto and believe it or not in churches whilst mass is conducted as we found out...

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Lourdes Tourist Traps

  • forgetting what you were there for

    lourdes being a famous pilgrimage site is like disneyland when it comes to souveneir shopping. most people spend more time shopping than going to the sanctuaries. which is a shame in my opinion.

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  • This was my 6th time in Lourdes and

    As just mentioned above this would be my 6th time to visit Lourdes. I have brought a group of 30 people from Barcelona to Lourdes and at one time I brought 6 handicappped elderly people to Lourdes, then brought some friends as well, made all the arrangements as I have then established friendship with the locals giving hotel discounts and store item...

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Lourdes Off The Beaten Path

  • Go up the mountain

    Usually I would never put this tip in the off-the-beaten-path section, but most tourists coming to Lourdes come as pilgrims and never do this "touristy" stuff.Lourdes is close to the mountain Pic du Jer and there's a furnicular going up. The organizers of our pilgrimage tour had been to Lourdes more than 20 times and had never made it up there.We...

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  • Hiking in The Pyranees

    On some of the surrounding areas of lourdesthere are some absolutely fantastic hiking opportunities. Start out early in the day and just wander around and youl be supprised on what beauties of nature you might come across

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  • Pyrenean Alps - Les Cimes

    There is a hotel / Restaurant South east of Lourdes about 2 hrs drive. A must stay or at least Dine!!!

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Lourdes Favorites

  • Lourdes Tourist Office

    I was very pleased with my interactions with the Lourdes Tourist office, both before and during my visit to the city this year. Lourdes has a good app for Ipad that I used to familiarize myself with the attractions and do some planning, one of relatively few in Southern France that had an app that was truly helpful.Emails were answered promptly and...

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  • June 2013 floods

    As many of us saw on news programs, Lourdes suffered greatly from once in a lifetime floods this summer. Many places around town will have pictures showing the devastation and their gratitude to the emergency responders who did such a fine job as well as the unity of the community and those who helped get the city back in order.For the most part...

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  • We Love Going To Lourdes!

    Lourdes is a very small town in the Hautes-Pyrénées département in southwest France. Which is only eight hours drive from Barcelona, Spain. Lourdes happens to be one of the largest Catholic pilgrimage nearest Barcelona, and one of the most popular Catholic shrines in the world.Lourdes lies 497 miles south of Paris in the foothills of the Pyrenees...

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The Stations of the Cross
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Parish Church of Lourdes- Sacre Couer
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The Old Presbytery
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The Holy Stairs
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get some water from the spring
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Chateau-fort of Lourdes
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"PISINA" BLESSED POOL OF ST. BERNADETTE.
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The sanctuary, some practical tips
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The sanctuary
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Lourdes water tap wall
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The Grotto or where to say those prayers
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TOUR DU FRANCE
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Visit the cathedral
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Bus Service from Lourdes Airport
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Bernadettes House
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Become a Volunteer
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The Pic du Jer
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The Candle Light Procession
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The Way of the Cross
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Lourdes, Train Station - FRANCE
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Bus from Lourdes/Tarbes Airport to town
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See Lourdes from Above!
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Holy Water from the Grotto
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From Both Sides
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Château-Fort de LOURDES
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visit the sanctuaries
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from paris
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The Rosary Basilica
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The living spring--Grotto of Massabielle
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1700 hour ROSARY
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Golden Crown On Top of the Basilica Church
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