Feel like taking a break and discovering Lourdes on a weekend away? Take advantage of direct flights from London to discover the Marian town and the Pyrenees. Fall in love with Lourdes!
Your arrival in Lourdes
When you arrive at Lourdes airport at 5pm, you will have several easy options for getting to the town of Lourdes. A taxi service is available for a quick transfer to your accommodation. There is also a shuttle bus at the airport, which will take you to Lourdes station and the tourist area. Once you’ve put down your bags, you’ll be ready to enjoy a perfect weekend!
The torchlight procession
After your first dinner in Lourdes, head to the Sanctuary to attend the Marian torchlight procession. This unmissable highlight of the day in Lourdes is a unique moment of communion between the many pilgrims who take part in the event. This emotionally charged experience is sure to make an impression on you!
The next day, after an early breakfast, set off to explore the Pyrenees on an organised excursion and be amazed by our majestic sites. In the morning you will visit the Pont d’Espagne bridge, at the heart of the Pyrenees National Park, and can recharge your batteries by the torrents and waterfalls. Various hiking trails will allow you to explore the area fully. After a break at the spa resort in Cauterets, it will be time to go to Gavarnie and its natural cirque. When you stand before it, the immensity of the place cannot fail to move you. Set off for a walk from the village and explore this amazing backdrop, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. More athletic visitors can go to the foot of the Grande Cascade, one of the highest waterfalls in Europe…
Once you get back to Lourdes at the end of the day, you can attend a performance of the “Bernadette de Lourdes” musical, an excellent way of immersing yourself in the history of Lourdes and the apparitions…
A day in Lourdes
At 9.30am every Sunday, the international mass brings together pilgrims of different nationalities in the surprising Basilica of St. Pius X. At the end of the morning, discover the Château Fort de Lourdes, a fortified castle, and its Pyrenean Museum, which is celebrating its centenary this year. After stopping for lunch, you can take a walk in town and discover many attractions and museums: Le Petit Lourdes, the Wax Museum and many historical locations connected with Bernadette Soubirous. There’s something for everyone. At the end of the day, go and unwind on the shores of Lourdes Lake, take a seat on a terrace and enjoy the sunset…
Your last little escape before you head home
On Monday, before you set off for the airport, take a detour via the Halles de Lourdes. This architecturally distinctive covered market is an ideal place to discover the local specialities. Sample the gastronomy of the Pyrenees, and why not pick up a tasty souvenir to pop in your suitcase. At the end of the morning, head for the Pic du Jer. A funicular will take you all the way up the peak. At the top, you can have lunch and enjoy an incredible panoramic view of Lourdes and the Pyrenees. Then it will be time to head off to the airport for your flight back to London, bringing home memories to treasure forever.