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lourdes sanctuaire

Whether you are a believer or not, Lourdes remains an extraordinary place to visit. Made a pilgrimage site after a series of apparitions of the Virgin Mary in 1858, the city has since become a tourist spot visited and inhabited by people from all over.

Suggestions :
• visit the Sanctuary and take holy water
• see or participate in religious ceremonies
• eat food from all over the world (Sri Lanka, Africa, Tibet, Poland…

By car 1/2 hour drive from Luz  down down the gorges
By bus see timtables at the Tourism Office


Discover the balcony of the Pyrenees and treat yourself to one of the most inimitable views of all the chain, with a 360 view of the surrounding mountains, sometimes a sea of ​​clouds or even slopes bursting with snow.

Former meteorological center turned observatory, you will find a fun museum on the site's astronomy and history, a pontoon where you can feel the void under your feet and even a planetarium! Also enjoy the restaurant / snack where you can recover from all these emotions around a meal at altitude.

In summer • Via col du Tourmalet, mythical place of the Tour de France, to the village of La Mongie (40 min drive) 

• Pic du Midi cable car, which will take you to the observatory, at an altitude of 2877m

In winter • +10€ on the ski pass in the Grand Tourmalet resort, for access to the cable car 

• Access to the cable car via the Tourmalet slopes


A site where you can experience the grandeur of Nature, this natural circus bordering the national park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Gavarnie is proud to host on its wall the largest waterfall in mainland France, which is also one of the most important waterfalls in Europe. A family walk can take you either to the Hôtel du Cirque, a café that offers a splendid view of the circus and its waterfall, or, for the more motivated, to the very foot of the waterfall ... So bring your raincoats!

In summer, discover the Gavarnie Festival which, for two weeks, offers you a memorable show every evening, with the circus in the background.

In winter, find snow-covered landscapes of fairy tales by following the snowshoe trails offered by the village.

By car from Luz to Gavarnie ~1/2h drive
Paid parking 24h  (cars 5€ / camping-cars 8€)
By bus  see the timetabel
Once there Walking departure from Gavarnie village


Located in the Cauterets valley, the Pont d'Espagne is one of the essential destinations in the Pyrenees. Go up on foot or, with the help of a chairlift, discover unforgettable viewpoints, notably that of Lac de Gaube. In the heart of the Pyrenees National Park, discover relaxing natural places with your family.

From the lake, take the hiking trails for all levels that will lead you to the heart of the national park (the Oulettes valley, the Marcadau valley ...) If you plan to go on hikes lasting several days or just explore the paths, n do not forget to bring an IGN map.

By car  From Luz > direction Argelès-Gazost > direction Pierrefitte-Nestalas > direction Cauterets > Pont d'Espagne
By bus see timetables at the Toursim Office