The small city of Lourdes in south-western France is known worldwide for the 18 apparitions of Our Lady of Lourdes to Bernadette Soubirous in 1858.
Lourdes is a place of pilgrimage. 200 million people have visited the shrine since 1860. The Catholic Church has officially recognised 67 miraculous healings, stringently examined for authenticity.
Lourdes is 668 kilometers south from Paris. By car, it is a long way unless you stay a week in this lovely area. You could also be on your way to Spain.
There are direct flights by Air France to Pau near by and direct TGV trains. See schedule and booking.
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Lourdes is a pilgrimage city. For the faithful, it is the encounter with our Lady of Lourdes and the pilgrims. Masses take place in various languages. Check Sanctuary web site for mass schedule.
For skeptics, Lourdes is a fascinating place to be respected. Skip the commercial street leading to the sanctuary. Attend a mass in Pie X Basilica or at the Grotto. Stay in the gardens feeling the pilgrim faithful atmosphere. You will be deeply moved.
Lourdes is at the foot of the Pyrenees, the beautiful mountains at the border between France and Spain. Three sights close to Lourdes are worth the trip: the Gavarnie Cirque (Distance between Gavarnie and Lourdes is 40 kilometers), the Pyrenees National Park and Pic du Midi. Enjoy nature around Lourdes.