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Activities in Lourdes

Explore the Hautes Pyrénées: follow the guide

The Hautes Pyrénées are packed full of fabulous heritage with breath-taking countryside, valleys flooded with sunshine, and azure-blue lakes. Lourdes and its surroundings are brimming with must-see places to indulge in culture, nature, history and religion that Lourdes Hôtels Services gives you the opportunity to visit through bespoke organised circuits.
Having been based in the region since the 60s, we know it like the back of our hand and offer à la carte excursions for visitors travelling as part of a group. Whatever the theme of your stay, the time spent in our hotels, the daily pace that you want to follow… we’ll personalise and organise your getaway in Lourdes from start to finish. You and your group will travel by coach visiting the exceptional sites you’ll have previously chosen to visit, either on your own or with a multilingual guide. Visit the major sites in the Hautes-Pyrénées from Lourdes to the Pic du Midi, visiting Gavarnie on the way, a site on the UNESCO World Heritage list, or Pont d’Espagne stone bridge at Cauterets, there’s nothing like them in the world. Our professional guides will suggest visits to a land of water and relaxation, a kingdom of balneotherapy and fantastique landscapes, Henri IV’s castle, the Bétharram Grottos, the little Artoute train and many other cultural treasures. Excursions to the Pays Basque on the Atlantic coast or Spain can round off the palette of offers suggested.

Those who like being active will set out on the region’s paths to explore its secret corners, a lake, forest or plateau with a clear view… and enjoying the easy living in our valleys.

When you get back to the hotel, you have full- or half-board enjoying the special attention paid to your well-being. The various activities on the premises you can do when you want will round out your personalised stay from the start to the end.
Experience the Pyrenees at your own rhythm
Those who like doing sport casually or regularly won't be left out. Our nature sites provide the opportunity to do lots of leisure activities. Everyone can enjoy the Pyrenees at their own pace, canyoning in our white waters, trekking along our hiking paths, paragliding from our take-off tracks, climbing signposted walls or playing golf on our 18-hole golf courses...
The Pyrenees by bike
As our hotels are located near the legendary cols of the Pyrenees, they are ideally located to enjoy cycle touring. Famous for its mountain biking, climbs to the cols (Soulor, Aubisque, Hautacam, Tourmalet…), trail running tracks and hiking paths, the region provides limitless opportunities for bike enthusiasts to pedal away at top speed or at a slower pace. All destinations start out from the 4**** Alba hotel, our exceptional bike hotel devoted to looking after cyclists.
Your team building has no limits
Do you want to thank your teams and build them by giving them a spectacular trip to the heart of the Hautes-Pyrénées? Our modern establishments with warm, friendly spaces meet your expectations to accommodate your employees during Team Building sessions. You’ll be able to choose from meeting and conference rooms, cosy lounges, outdoor terraces… for different sizes of groups. The excellent geographic location at the heart of the Pyrenees means we can offer unusual, fun and innovative activities that are great for getting what you want from them. Lourdes Hôtels Services takes care of organising your team building sessions.
Before you get here and throughout your stay, we’ll host your event from A to Z following an activities schedule that we’ll have drawn up together beforehand.

Our à la carte team-building offers

Do you prefer doing outdoor sports (biking, hiking, rafting…) or discovering history and culture? Open-air picnic or lunch at the hotel? Cocktail reception or themed evening? Are you staying for a weekend or several days?

Thanks to our active programmes, you’ll discover Lourdes and its surroundings as you combine work, sport and leisure going on unforgettable excursions.

We offer all-inclusive packages that we personalise to suit what you want and your objectives to give you a completely bespoke experience.

Anything is possible. Our only limits are the ones you set.

And our seminar rooms accommodate various seat numbers for your business meetings. All are modular and have a full technical installation.
Discovering our religious, historic and natural preserved heritage
Famous for the sanctuaries, the Pyrenees mountains in the background, the legendary cols, generous gastronomy, preserved terroir and wealth of outstanding sites, Lourdes and its surroundings stand out for their religious heritage, historic riches and wild nature.
As it is nestled at the foot of the Pyrenees, Lourdes is the perfect base for setting out on a walk as a tourist, hikes or mountain biking and a host of ways to escape.

Choosing to come to Lourdes means following the paths of spirituality and following in the footsteps of Bernadette Soubirous. It also means exploring the Pyrenean area and wandering through authentic landscapes shaped by history. And ultimately it’s an opportunity to go up to the mountain villages and reflect on the centuries they have seen go by.

Lourdes, a spiritual destination

Apart from the unmissable places for pilgrimage, Lourdes is full of museums and other places full of culture. Visit the Wax Museum in the town centre where you’ll find yourself immersed in the great period of Christianism.
At the Petit Lourdes Museum, Lourdes is laid out in miniature. It’s a piece of art by Georges Simonin who devoted 25 years of his life making the incredibly realistic model. Seen from above, you’ll observe each detail of the path Sainte Bernadette followed from her birth until leaving for Nevers.
Bike enthusiasts will get on their bikes and pedal on the banks of the Gave de Pau river whereas others will climb as far the high-up fortified castle where the Pyrenean museum, stronghold and royal prison will tell you the stories of their 1000-year-old history.
Wandering through the streets of Lourdes, you’ll stop at the Moulin Boly where Bernadette Soubirous lived – it is the only surviving mill from the Moulins du Lapacca – the isolation cell, hospice or the neo-Roman Parish Church.
Our outstanding, must-see sites
Our hotels are in a strategic location for setting out from Lourdes. They are located at the gateway to the city to make all your excursions exploring the Bigorre and Béarn easy. You’ll take the Funicular Railway up to the Pic du Jer and hike up to the summit. From there, you can take in the breath-taking 360° view of Lourdes, Tarbes, Pau, Argelès-Gazost valley and the Pyrenean summits.

You can wander along the signposted paths of the Gaves walking and cycling path. You’ll wander along its 18 km at your own pace on foot or by bike; or head towards Pau on the Henri IV trail by taking the former Roman road for 50 km.

Will you be ready to experience your first journey to the centre of the earth? Meet at the Bétharram Caves that you’ll explore in a small boat and train.

At more than 2800 m of altitude, the Pic du Midi du Bigorre is one of the most spectacular summits in the Hautes-Pyrénées. The view of the sunset from the viewing point is stunning.

Nature lovers will marvel at the endemic flora and fauna in the Pyrenees National Park. Forests, pastureland, summits, glaciers, lakes, torrents, cirques and valleys shape your excursion’s decor, where you’ll visit the must-see Pont d’Espagne stone bridge, Gaube lake, Marcadau valley, waterfall route and limestone Gavarnie cirque.

Before heading back to Lourdes, you’ll stop by the Les Cauterets thermal water resort, with its 19th-century wooden station and famous Le Rocher baths.
In Lourdes
Surrounding area
Activities & Sightseeing
Activities & Sightseeing
Major site
Notre-Dame de Lourdes Sanctuaries
The sanctuary of Notre-Dame de Lourdes has constituted the biggest centre for French Catholic pilgrimage since Bernadette Soubirous saw the Virgin Mary declaring to be the Immaculate Conception, four years after Pope Pie IX proclaimed the dogma of the Immaculate Conception, this was Our Lady of Lourdes. The appearances in Lourdes started on 11 February 1858 in the small grotto of Massabielle, not far from the village, along the Gave de Pau river and would last for several months. Bernadette experienced the Virgin Mary eighteen times in total. After looking into them, the bishop of Tarbes, Bertrand-Sévère Laurence, recognised the appearances on 18 January 1862 in the name of the Catholic Church.

1 Av. Mgr Théas,
65 108 Lourdes
Moulin de Boly
Bernadette Soubirous was born in Moulin de Boly on 7 January 1844. She lived in the mill with her parents for 10 years. She called it “the mill of happiness”. At the time it was one of many mills along the “Le Lapacca” stream (channelled today under boulevard de la Grotte) flowing into the Gave de Pau river. Inside you can see the bedroom were Bernadette was born, the kitchen as well as the old mill and its millstones (restored in 2012).
The fortified castle and its Pyrenean Museum
With more than 1000 years of history, this vast stone vessel invites you to travel through Pyrenean space and time. Enjoy an exceptional panoramic view of the town, the Sanctuary and the Pyrenees.  Enjoy an exceptional panoramic view of the town, the Sanctuary and the Pyrenees.  Enjoy an exceptional panoramic view of the town, the Sanctuary and the Pyrénées.  Make your way through preserved architecture. Travel through looking at the largest French and Spanish Pyrenean collections. Take a moment to breathe in the botanical garden.
Petit Lourdes Museum
Petit Lourdes transports you into the past in Bernadette’s footsteps and shows you the authentic history and true birth of Lourdes in 1858. Taking a walk surrounded by nature, admire its old houses in true masonry, its waterways and old mills reproduced in a pleasant bonsai and flower garden...  It has been open since 1954 and was built by a passionate person who devoted 25 years of consecration to Petit Lourdes.

68 Av. Peyramale,
65100 Lourdes
Lourdes Lake
Lourdes lake is a stone’s throw from the town centre, near the Golf course, and has a host of activities to do (walking, fishing, mountain biking, pedalo, etc.). It’s a quiet, pleasant place with a 6-km or so walk to be done around Lourdes lake, which is perfect for doing with your family or going for jog at the week, or getting round it on a mountain bike. You can also picnic there, and there are freely accessible playground equipment for children to enjoy. In addition, from June to September, canoeing-kayaking and stand-up paddle activities are run by the "Esquimau Kayak Club” association.
Lourdes Golf Course
For more than 30 years, Lourdes Pyrenees Golf Club has made a name for itself on the sporting scene regionally and nationally with men’s and women’s teams. It is an club open to 150 golfers who take part regularly in 50 events organised by the Sporting Commission. It also has an active golf school, a welcoming and friendly club. Everyone from beginners to experienced golfers finds the pleasure of playing golf, learning new things, meeting and sharing.

Chem. du Lac
65100 Lourdes
Pic du Jer Funicular Railway
59 av. Francis Lagardère
La Ferme Du Bon'Air
In the centre of the Pyrenees, it’s in the most famous town of the Hautes-Pyrenees, Lourdes, that you’ll find a quiet place surrounded by greenery with many animals roam calmy, which you can admire and stroke... for you or your children to enjoy.

Route de la Forêt,
65100 Lourdes
Walking and cycling path
Explore one of the most beautiful valleys in the Pyrenees on foot, by bike or on rollerblades. Panels all along the 18-km circuit tell you about the villages you come across and the services they offer. The wealth of their heritage is certainly worth a visit!

Other hiking itineraries regularly invite you to getaways that you’ll enjoy if nature is something you like:
- The paths of Le Lavedan;
- The paths along the banks of the Gave;
- The mountain and touring bike paths.

Walking and cycling path with certification for 4 disabilities: motor, mental, hearing and visual (section between Lourdes and Pierrefitte-Nestalas). As the section between Pierrefitte and Cauterets is not tarmacked, it is accessible to people on foot or mountain bikes only.

Bétharram Sanctuary
17 km from the town centre
A sanctuary to the Virgin Mary from the 17th century, a unique masterpiece of Baroque art in Bearn, listed by the Historic Monuments. Tradition relates that the Virgin saved a little girl from drowning there by holding a branch out to her under the bridge (beth-arram means beautiful branch in Bearnese) and more than eighty miracles were listed there in the 17th century.

Visits throughout the year from 9am to 12pm and 2pm to 6pm.
Bétharram Grottos
15 km from the town centre
The Bétharram grottos are a set of French grottos at the border of the Pyrénées-Atlantiques and Hautes-Pyrenees départements. Visiting them on foot, a small boat, and then a little train, enables you to discover the features of how grottos are formed combined with an underground hydrologic network.

The grotto is open every day:
- From 22 May to 30 October 2021: visits from 9am to 12pm (last departure at 11:30am) and 1.30pm to 5pm (last departure at 4.30pm)
- From 10 July to 27 August: visits from 9am to 6pm (last departure at 5:30pm)
- From 27 August to 30 October: visits from 9am to 12pm (last departure at 11:30am) and from 1:30pm to 5pm (last departure at 4:30pm)

Chemin Leon Ross
65270 Saint-Pé-de-Bigorre
Gavarnie cirque
57 km from the town centre
Imagine a glacial cirque at a peak of 3000 metres of altitude, with one of the highest waterfalls in Europe (427 metres) at its centre: this is the Gavarnie Cirque!

65120 Gavarnie-Gèdre

Pont d’Espagne
38 km from the town centre
The Pont d’Espagne is an exceptional natural site at the centre of the Pyrenees National Park. It is honoured to be one of the Occitania Great Sites. It is the starting point for many mythic, not-to-be-missed rides to do when visiting Cauterets: Gaube lake, Les Oulettes, Le Marcadau and many others.

Pont d'Espagne, Puntas
65110 Cauterets

Col du Tourmalet
46 km from the town centre
At 2,115 m, it has a spectacular view of the Bastan valley to the west, and the Gripp valley to the east. At the foot of the Pic du Midi, it is a legendary pass of the Tour de France.

Pic du midi
47 km from the town centre
Set out as a group or with your family to discover a magical, majestic place at the top of the Pyrenees. The Pic du Midi is one of the absolutely must-see Midi-Pyrenees Great Sites if you’re in our beautiful region, and everyone can take the cable-car to get to it.

First departure: 9:30am. Last departure: 3:30pm (5pm if open to see the sunset during school holidays) Last return from the Pic du Midi: 5pm (6pm if open to see the sunset, from Saturday 18 December 2021 to Sunday 2 January 2022 and 7:30pm: from Saturday 5 February 2022 to Sunday 6 March 2022)

65120 Sers

Dungeon of Eagles
18 km from the town centre
Beaucens castle in the Hautes Pyrenees, has one of the most prestigious collections of birds of prey: Kites, Vultures, Eagles, Sea Eagles, Falcons and Buzzards can be seen with Parrots. A spectacular show set to music and full of emotion is one to see from the Spring holidays to the end of September, 15km from Lourdes. Children and adults are mesmerised.

April to July: 3:30pm and 5pm
From 1 to 22 August: 3:30pm and 6pm
And until September: 3:30pm and 5pm

100 Rue du Château
65400 Beaucens

Henry IV Castle PAU
42 km from the town centre
Pau castle is the city’s emblematic monument, standing in the town centre, facing the Pyrenees, on a rocky spur overlooking the Gave river. The town’s development is closely related to it.

Open every day from 9:30am to 11:45am and from 2pm to 5pm

Rue du Château
64000 Pau
Mauvezin Castle
36 km from the town centre
Unmissable! Experience the Middle Ages. This fortress was built on a rocky spur from the 12th century, and finished at the end of the 14th century by Gaston Febus. Mauvezin castle dominates all of the Toulouse-Bayonne route from its castellated dungeon. The inner courtyard is a perfect example of mediaeval military architecture, in which replicas of war machines are displayed. A guide in costume of the time will show you around and fascinate visitors with the castle’s history. In the rooms, you’ll discover the lifestyle of the time, the museum and temporary and permanent exhibitions, like the one about Gaston Febu. Gifts and literary, history and art books can be found in the shop. All year round, theme days are organised for school children (tours and educational workshops: heraldry, measurements and money, archaeology). In summer you can take part in many events every Sunday and on public holidays: jugglers, music and mediaeval songs, theatre... Mauvezin Castle is owned by the Escòla Gaston Febus association.

Open every day non-stop from 1:30pm to 5:30pm

10 Rue du Château
65130 Mauvezin
Biarritz, the elegant seaside town on the Basque coast in southwest France, has been a popular destination since the crowned heads from all over Europe chose it as a holiday resort in the 1800s. Surfers also love it for its big beaches and surf schools. The Virgin’s Rock is the emblem of Biarritz, it is a rocky outcrop with a statue of the Virgin Mary standing on it. The Rock can be accessed by a walkway, and gives a panoramic view of the gulf of Gascony.

64200 Biarritz
Pays basque
The French Pays Basque or North Pays Basque is the part of the Pays Basque in France. It represents the northern Pays Basque, with the 3 historic Basque provinces of Labourd, La Soule and Basse-Navarre. It is also the western part of the Pyrénées-Atlantiques département.
Cité de l'espace Space Museum
The Cité de l'espace is a scientific culture centre focusing on space exploration, devoted as much to astronomy as astronautics. The Cité de l'espace was inaugurated in June 1997 in Toulouse.

Av. Jean Gonord
31500 Toulouse
The Artouste Train
This is one of the most beautiful rides in the region. The Artouste Train, the highest in Europe, (2000 m altitude), gives you the original and unique opportunity to get to marvels of nature in the mountains, discover the azure blue Artouste lake, or set out to encounter pastoralism, where animals graze freely.

– In low season: departures possible at 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm and 2pm. The last return train departs at 5:15pm
– In high season: departures possible at 9am, 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm. The last return train depart at 7:15pm.

Station d'Artouste
64440 Laruns
Pyrenees Wildlife Park
12km from the town centre
The Pyrenees Wildlife Park is a zoo and wildlife park created in Argelès-Gazost in 1999 over about 14 hectares.

Open every day. In July and August from 9:30am to 7pm. From April to September and the end of October from 9:30am to 6pm, from 1 to 19 October from 1pm to 5pm.

60Bis Av. des Pyrénées
65400 Ayzac-Ost
Lutin pecheur Park
18 km from the town centre
The Pyrenees trout welcomes you all year round so you can enjoy fishing (without a permit). The equipment is lent for free and the trout caught are weighed at the end! You also have access to a free exhibition and the shop. We have a full range of artisan trout products: fresh, gutted, smoked, in fillets, steaks... but also tinned: flaked, soups, rillettes, terrine, marinated, cooked meals... Come and visit us, we’d love to see you!

From 02/01/2021 to 31/12/2021: from 9am to 12pm and 3pm to 6pm
Open on Mondays – Tuesdays – Wednesdays – Thursdays – Fridays
Closed on Sundays – Saturday afternoon

From 02/01/2021 to 31/12/2021: from 9am to 12 pm
Open on the Saturday morning
Closed on Sunday – Saturday afternoon

45 Rte du Sailhet
65400 Lau-Balagnas
Lau Folies Watersports Centre
11 km from the town centre
At the heart of the Gaves valley, in a superb setting, the LAU FOLIES Watersports Centre welcomes you every day of the week including Sunday mornings.

38 Rte du Sailhet
65400 Lau-Balagnas
First Paragliding Flight
22 km from the town centre
The difference between a paraglider and anything else that will get you in the air is that it is simple. It’s a plane that weighs a few kilos, folds into a bag and takes off in a few metres on any small bit of slope.

1 Rue de la Lannette
65400 Lau-Balagnas
First Parachute Jump
28 km from the town centre
A parachute jump from a helicopter! First time in a helicopter + first time doing a parachute jump is the Pyrenees at all costs! Exceptional panoramas are waiting to be seen from the helicopter and during the jump. The helicopter gives the opportunity to do an open air activity on attractive sites far from the hustle and bustle of towns and cities. The landing areas are friendly spaces that enable you to come as a family and/or have a picnic.

Imp. de l'Aviation
65000 Tarbes
Chloro'fil Park
12 km from the town centre
Here you can have adventures in the trees from the age of 4: everyone will enjoy guaranteed thrills in complete safety thanks to the continuous lifeline system. Our circuits change and advance in height and difficulty, enabling you to try a treetop adventure course and/or to challenge yourself – for those who are sporty –, on more sustained circuits with increasing difficulty, from the green circuit to the black circuit, via the purple circuits, which take you up to great heights... (We won't say anymore... except that there are very long ziplines...).

Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays 1:30pm/6:30pm

Chem. de Pouey Castet
65400 Boô-Silhen
Hautacam Leisure Park
27 km from the town centre
Winter and summer, Hautacam is a real life-size playground, for anyone who loves thrills. This leisure park is unique in France, and has been designed for young and old alike to enjoy, inviting you to multiply experiences and discover everything there is to enjoy about the mountain. From preserved nature, incredible panoramic views, the range of original, sporty activities, to the fun atmosphere and affordable rates… Get ready to enjoy an outstanding time at the heart of the Hautes Pyrenees!

65400 Beaucens
The Luz Zipline
33 km from the town centre
The LuzTyroLine is a High Ropes Course, which is completely different to all the circuits you may have done in the trees. It’s a circuit with wild cliffs as a backdrop that you can only get to using LuzTyroLine. The LuzTyroLine is a High Ropes Course, which is completely different to all the circuits you may have done in the trees. It’s a circuit with wild cliffs as a backdrop that you can only get to using LuzTyroLine.

Circuit open daily from 15 June to 15 September from 9am to 6pm.
Bookings are every hour from 9am and until 6pm

Rte de Gavarnie
65120 Luz-Saint-Sauveur
Asson Zoo
26 km from the town centre
Asson Zoo is French zoological gardens in Nouvelle-Aquitaine, in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques, near the town of Asson. It was created in 1964, and presents around 500 animals of a hundred or so species, over five hectares.

Sunday: 10am–6pm
Monday: 10am–6pm
Tuesday: 10am–6pm
Wednesday: 10am–6pm
Thursday: 10am–7pm
Friday: 10am–6pm
Saturday: 10am–6pm

6 Chem. de Brouquet
64800 Asson
Via Ferrata
26 km from the town centre
The via Ferrata gives you the opportunity to climb the rocky faces without knowing much about climbing techniques. A lifeline cable enables you to move along the face permanently and stay safe independently.

Saturday and Sunday
The Via ferrata may be used from 9am to 3 pm

Hameau Conce
65110 Cauterets
Rafting canyoning
8 km from the town centre
Our activities are idyllic, sporty, and everyone can do them, guaranteeing unforgettable moments with family and friends. We specialise in organising events, such as hen and stag parties, unique team-building outings, and will organise your Multi-activities stay for you: Rafting Canyoning, Via Ferrata, climbing.

Sunday: 8:30am–7pm
Monday: 8:30am–7pm
Tuesday: 8:30am–7pm
Wednesday: 8:30am–7pm
Thursday: 8:30am–7pm
Friday: 8:30am–7pm
Saturday: 8:30am–7pm

65400 Agos Vidalos
Jardin des bains
11 km from the town centre
Your well-being as the seasons go by
In 2011, the historic Les Thermes d’Argelès-Gazost building was extended to include the Jardin des Bains: a space entirely dedicated to Well-being, Relaxation and Fitness.

The treatment course treatments take place every morning, between 6:30am and 1:30pm (according to how many people there are), from Monday to Saturday.
The Thermal switchboard is open all year: April to November from 7am to 1pm.

27 Av. Adrien Hebrard
65400 Argelès-Gazost
The Caves de Jurançon in Gan
50 km from the town centre
In being keen to make the best wines while respecting our territory and the people who work it, we have adopted a quality, traceability and eco-friendly approach for several years. In 2007, we were awarded triple certification: ISO 9 001 (Quality), ISO 14 001 (Environment) and FSSC 22 000 (Food safety). We have made respecting the environment a priority. First of all by implementing Integrated Agriculture, then today with the highest level of certification: "High Environmental Value".

53 Av. Henri IV
64290 Gan
The Bains du Rocher
30 km from the town centre
At the heart of the Pyrenees National Park, between a modern look and “Belle Époque” architecture, you have 2,500m² dedicated to well-being. The Bains du Rocher provides a space dedicated to relaxation and well-being in a universe that is as original as it is refined, with a jade floor and pebbled walls.

From Monday to Friday: from 3pm to 7:30pm
Saturday: from 10am to 12:45pm and from 2pm to 8pm
Sunday: from 10am to 12:45pm and from 2pm to 6pm

Av. du Dr Domer
65110 Cauterets
22 km from the town centre
Aquensis is a unique spa centre in the Hautes-Pyrenees, an architectural gem where the body and mind freely let go... Wood, Pyrenean marble and light are a host of natural elements the serve as the backdrop to the Relaxation Space.

Open 7 days / 7
Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays from 10:30am to 8pm
Tuesdays and Sundays from 12:30pm to 8pm
In the evening, the pools must be left 15 minutes before the time indicated
The reception closes every day at 7pm

3 All. Tournefort
65200 Bagnères-de-Bigorre