Fly To Lourdes, France
Located in the magnificent Pyrenees Mountains, and home to a number of traditional villages, ski resorts and spas, Lourdes is the ideal base from which to explore the Midi-Pyrénées region. Enjoy south-west France and its natural beauty in summer, or ski the magnificent snow-covered slopes in winter. This beautiful little market town in the mountains is a popular tourist destination and is well-known for the miracle that apparently occurred here, when a village resident called Bernadette Soubirous, saw the Virgin Mary no less than 18 times.
Whether you visit as a pilgrimage, or come to enjoy the town’s cosmopolitan atmosphere, you’ll find lots to enchant you in Lourdes.
Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African passport holders travelling to Lourdes do require a Schengen Visa for France. Allow plenty of time for Visa processing, and ensure your passport is valid for 6 months after your return date, and that you have 2 blank pages available for entry stamps.
- The South African Embassy is in Paris. 59 Quai d'Orsay, 75343, Paris Cedex 07. Phone: + 33 1 5359 2323. Fax: + 33 1 4550 3044. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: afriquesud.net.
See and do
Each year, over a million pilgrims come to Lourdes to see the shrine here, which marks the spot where the Virgin Mary appeared to Bernadette Soubirous when she was 14 years old. But there are a number of other fascinating historical sights to see in the city, too, including the Castle, an impressive old fortress that was once the home of Counts, then a Royal prison and finally a garrison. In 1921 it was transformed into the Pyrenean Museum. For a magnificent view of the Pyrenees, take the funicular railway to the Pic du Jer, 1000m up. If you’re energetic, you can climb there instead!
Just 3km from the centre of Lourdes you’ll find Lourdes Lake, a huge glacial lake in a magnificent, tranquil setting where people enjoy walking, mountain biking, fishing and canoeing.
Tarbes–Lourdes–Pyrénées Airport – LDE
Located 10km southwest of Lourdes in a small town called Ossun, Lourdes Airport (code LDE) is halfway between Lourdes and the town of Tarbes in the heart of the Pyrenees Mountains. It serves the city as well as its surroundings. The airport is the gateway to 12 Pyrenees ski resorts, as well as thermal spa resorts and towns.
Most of the airport traffic (around 70%) comprises charter flights visiting Lourdes as part of a Catholic pilgrimage.
Food and beverage: Wikiwàn Restaurant/Café.
Currency Exchange: ATMs are located in the airport terminal.
Lost Luggage: Lost luggage should be handled by your individual airline’s help desk. Report items lost or found within the airport terminal to Lourdes Airport Lost & Found located on Level 0, Arrivals.
Airport Hotels: There are no hotels at Lourdes Airport. Nearby: Citea Lourdes Camino, Grand Hotel Gallia & Londres, Grand Hotel Moderne, Hotel Roissy, Mercure Lourdes Imperial, Victoria Garden Foch.
Car Hire: Avis, Budget, Europcar, Enterprise, Hertz.