Whilst there are several times of the year to choose from, is seen as the time to fly to Lourdes, however, it is possible to get good deals throughout the year. If you are looking for warm weather when you arrive off of your flight to Lourdes then July is statistically the hottest. November is historically the period with most rainfall.
Which day is cheapest to fly to Lourdes?
At the moment, Monday is the most economical day to take a flight to Lourdes. Tuesday is likely to be the most costly.
What time of day is cheapest to fly?
To get the best value, try booking a flight in the morning when visiting Lourdes. Generally the prices will increase for flights at noon as these tend to have higher demand.
Most travelers visiting Lourdes are on pilgrimage – some praying for miracles, some cures and some just to soak up the atmosphere of this very special town in south-western France.
Lourdes’ origins date from 1858 with Bernadette Soubirous, a 14-year-old peasant girl. That year, she experienced apparitions of a white-robed lady in a small grotto called Massabiele by the banks of the Gave de Pau. The lady told Bernadette to tell the village priest to build a chapel on the spot. Later, she revealed herself to be Mary. On the day of the 16th apparition, Bernadette, in a trance, dug in the ground until she discovered a small spring. Over the next few days this spring became a pool and is now known as the Baths of the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes, where pilgrims seek spiritual refreshment.
Up to six million pilgrims and tourists make their way to this little town in the foothills of the Pyrenees each season. After Paris, Lourdes has the most hotels in France. No po-faced town, there is plenty of nightlife. Night time too is when thousands process with flickering candles. The sight is beautiful, stirring and spiritual.
There is a network of public transport in Lourdes and the city buses will take you to most place and sanctuaries in town. Trains connect Lourdes to other French cities and are an easy way to explore the area. Many pilgrims arrive by coach on an organised tour so if that is what you are after, book well in advance with specialised tour companies. If you want to explore the Pyrenees, renting a bicycle might be the best option.
“In the Footsteps of Bernadette” is a tour offered to pilgrims, taking in the places associated with her. These include her birthplace, the village of Bartres and the path from Bartres to Lourdes.
The riverside sanctuary flanks the grotto and is the site of the churches, the bathhouse, and the taps for filling up those Virgin-shaped plastic bottles purchased in the town.
St. Mary’s Ukrainian Catholic Church is a five-domed affair. Designed by Myroslav Nimciv, its interior decorations are by Jerzy Nowosielski, the famous artist. The church is a ten-minute walk from the basilica and the grotto.
Lourdes is at the foot of the Pyrenees. The Pic du Midi is south of Lourdes. The cable car departs every 15 minutes and the visit takes two hours. The Cirque de Gavarnie in the nearby Pyrenees National Park is a fabled beauty spot.