Lourdes, located in a region with a rich natural heritage, is much more than a pilgrimage destination. It offers a wide range of opportunities for spa treatments. For sports lovers in winter the ski slopes are only 40 minutes away, and in the summer, if you fancy paragliding, rafting, fishing and other excursions, you are spoilt for choice.
Selected excursions :
Pic du Midi de Bigorre :
The Pic du Midi de Bigorre is a superb destination for high mountain tourism for holidays and weekends: family outings, tourist excursions, school trips, business events and seminars. All year round, you can take the cable car from La Mongie, at the foot of the Col du Tourmalet. At the summit: the finest views of the Pyrenees, a museum of astronomy and history of the Pic du Midi and a traditional mountain restaurant. Return by ski or by mountain bike.
Cirque de Garvanie :
If you stay in the village of Gavarnie you will be able to explore this area of the Parc des Pyrénées, with the cirques of Estaube and Troumouse, the lush green Vallée d’Oussoue, and the magnificent ‘Brèche de Roland’, a mountain gateway to Spain. In winter, Gavarnie is a family ski resort where you can do downhill skiing or cross-country skiing in the heart of and around the edge of the cirque.
Grottes de Bétharram :
The Grottes de Bétharram rank amongst the finest grottos in the world and are definitely the most interesting to visit because of the large variety of formations. Their natural beauty allows the visitor to understand the development of almost inactive and active grottos. They contain 5 separate storeys like those of a house, each hollowed out during a different era.
In Cauterets you will find a village dedicated to sport, where you can experience thrills in all those sports that involve sliding or gliding, with health spas, and thoroughly modern sports and leisure facilities. A very special spot in the High Pyrenees and the perfect antidote to boredom