Tarbes-Lourdes-Pyrenees International Airport is less than 12km away from Hotel Campanile Lourdes and is well connected on international European flights. Meanwhile, there are direct six-hour trains to and from France’s capital city Paris, to the north. The bus system will take you to all major towns and cities around the Pyrenées.
Owing to its location, Pyrenées cuisine generally combines French and Spanish gastronomic culture, with main dishes usually being made up of chicken, goose or duck. The region also produces speciality cheese, truffles and ham. A busy tourist town, Lourdes is full of restaurants, cafes and bars offering a range of tasty food and drink, honouring the region’s delicacies.
As you might expect considering its holy stature, Lourdes is home to a number of large religious events, including the National Pilgrimage of St Rosaire, which takes place each October, and the Day of Peace in August, both attracting visitors from across the globe. From June, the Lourdes Fêtes is a two month festival, featuring plenty of daily entertainment.
St Bernadette Soubirous – as she became known after Pope Pius IX verified her claims in 1862 – did not just see the Virgin Mary once. The legend goes that the 14-year-old saw the holy figure on 18 different occasions overall. The first time was on 11 February 1958, when the girl was collecting firewood with her sister and a friend.
Tourism centre [http://www.lourdes-infotourisme.com]
Tourism website [http://www.lourdes-france.com]
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