Must-see sites, city of miracles
A thirty minute drive from your campsite Le Hounta, Lourdes, its funicular, its lake, its castle and its unmissable Sanctuary located near the Massabielle cave, but also its numerous activities... Don't wait any longer to discover one of the most visited Marian cities in the world.
Would you like to visit Lourdes, in the Hautes-Pyrénées, in the form of a game? Before setting off on your adventure, don't hesitate to use the Randoland cards, which are practical for children and available at the Lourdes tourist office. A small tourist train offers you a short tour of the town in 45 minutes. Before going to the medieval fortress, take advantage of a family offer that will allow you to access the Pic du Jer at the same time by funicular. Looking for thrills? For older children, Lourdes is also an exceptional playground. Rafting, hydrospeed or kayak, glide down exceptional rapids. The smaller streams offer you the possibility of canyoning. The Hautacam leisure park, with its summer and winter activities, promises great family days out. The Chloro'fil Park takes you to new heights with its tree courses. The more scientific and explorers will appreciate the caving. Finally, the more spiritual ones will not fail to discover the Sanctuary of Lourdes, its basilicas, including the buried one, the cave of Massabielle...
The Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes
With family, friends or alone, to enjoy all the benefits of such a visit, live an unforgettable experience by discovering this unique site in the world. Lourdes is without doubt a city of emotion, a city of miracles where thousands of visitors and pilgrims from all over the world are welcomed. Located on the banks of the Gave de Pau, the Sanctuary of Notre Dame de Lourdes offers the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of Bernadette Soubirous on a spiritual and historical walk. Extend your visit to the Grotto of Massabielle, the very place of the apparitions, at the heart of which is the spring discovered by Bernadette in 1858.
The castle and its Pyrenean museum
From the top of its rocky peak, a majestic castle dominates the town of Lourdes. More than 1000 years of history separate us from the life around the castle. Discover this monument whose fortifications and defensive elements are still visible today: keep, drawbridge, portcullis, watchtowers, enclosures and artillery platform. A small treasure nestled in the heart of this medieval space, the Pyrenean Museum, classified as a "Musée de France", houses the most important collections in the world on the history of the French and Spanish Pyrenees (earthenware, traditional costumes, Pyreneanism...). This year, the museum is 100 years old! Near the Hounta campsite, from April 2021 to September 2022, exhibitions, film screenings, conferences, concerts, meetings with the public and many surprises are being organised. Together with the Gavarnie tower, also known as the Guigne tower, an ancient watchtower of the city walls of Lourdes, the fortified castle remains the last defensive remains of Lourdes, a fortified city in the Middle Ages.