The thousand-year-old fortress of Lourdes, which has never been conquered, is a listed historical monument. This site offers exceptional views of the city, the Sanctuaries and the Pyrenees. Inside it now hosts a botanical garden at the foot of the 14th-century keep, and the Pyrenean Museum.
The best panoramic view of the Pyrenees, from Lourdes. The Pic du Jer that overlooks the town can be recognised by its big cross, which lights up at night. It is accessible by taking a century-old funicular railway, which will take you up toward the summit at an altitude of 900 meters in just a few minutes, on a very scenic journey.
Les Halles forms the culinary heart of Lourdes, where people shop for fresh fruit and vegetables as well as specialty ingredients or weekend treats. Expect locally produced cheeses, charcuterie and many more. Make sure to try the traditional local pastry gâteau à la broche, which is a cake cooked on a spit in front of an open fire.
For a break from cultural or religious sites, this farm offers a fun and intriguing alternative surrounded by lush greenery. Meet and pet locally reared animals including ponies, guinea pigs and more. There are plenty of picnic areas for a leisurely lunch and if you’re visiting the town with young children, this farm provides a welcome diversion from the slew of historic sites.