The home of Saint Bernadette, Lourdes is one of the most famous towns in France and amongst the most popular places of pilgrimage on the planet.
The town was put on the map in 1858, when 14-year-old Bernadette Soubirous witnessed a series of 18 visions of the Virgin Mary in a Lourdes grotto.
A huge religious complex has sprung up around the site of the grotto, and visitors come to Lourdes in the millions every year, seeking cures and inspiration.
Sites to visit on a trip to Lourdes include the Miraculous Cave itself, its walls worn smooth by the hands of pilgrims, as well as Bernadette’s birthplace and family homes.
While you're here, take in stupendous views over Lourdes and the surrounding Pyrenees from the summit of Pic du Jer (948 meters/3,109 feet), accessible by funicular.
Lourdes is 175 kilometers (108 miles) west of Toulouse, in the neighboring Pyrenees region. Regular trains run between the two cities, taking just under 2 hours one way.
The Sanctuary of Notre Dame of Lourdes is on the left bank of the River Pau, on the opposite side of the river from the train station.
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Visit the famous Catholic pilgrimage site of Lourdes on this two-day independent trip from Paris by TGV, France’s high-speed train. This don’t-miss independent ... Read more
Duration: 2 days (approx.)