Thanks to the bright lights and religious souvenir shops, Lourdes has gained the reputation of being a ‘Catholic Blackpool.’ It’s still one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Christendom, with over six million people flocking to the Southern French town to pay homage to the Virgin Mary: who is said to have appeared to St Bernadette in a local grotto.
Once you’ve partaken of the holy water there’s plenty to see and do in the surrounding area. During the winter months you can ski at La Mongie, during the summer head to the jazz festival in Marciac, and during the autumn you can sample the new season wines from the local Madiran region. Book flights to Lourdes today and discover the best of the Hautes-Pyrénées.
Airports in Lourdes
Tarbes–Lourdes–Pyrénées Airport (LDE) is the nearest airport to Lourdes, and also serves the city of Tarbes. The airport itself is small but charming, with a cafe bar, restaurant and chapel on site. Passengers also benefit from one hour of free Wi-Fi: perfect for uploading those holiday snaps before you fly home.
Airlines that fly to Lourdes
Ryanair is currently the only airline flying from the UK to Lourdes.
Getting into Lourdes
The No. 2 bus runs past the airport and serves major destinations in the Hautes-Pyrénées, including Lourdes and Tarbes as well as a few mountain towns. One way tickets cost €2* (about £1.60) regardless of your final destination. Public transport can be quite scarce in the rural parts of the Hautes-Pyrénées, so if you’re staying in a remote chambre d’hote it’s well worth hiring a car. Avis, Enterprise, Europcar and Hertz are all based at the airport. There are also taxis available outside the airport, and private transfers are available on request.
*Prices subject to change
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Airports near Lourdes
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