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Cheap flights to Lourdes, France

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Are there currently restrictions on travel to Lourdes related to COVID-19?

Yes, there are currently restrictions on flights to Lourdes along with the rest of France. Before you book or search for flights, consider the following restrictions: France has restricted the entry of all travelers arriving from states outside the wider European area (EU, UK, Andorra, Vatican City, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino and Switzerland) Nationals of France and their spouses and children, long-term residents with French residence permits and their spouses and children, long-term residents of EEA Member States, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Switzerland, the United Kingdom or the Vatican City and their spouses and children on their way home, and healthcare professionals may still enter the country. Airline crew, personnel of diplomatic and consular missions and international organizations with offices in France and their spouses and children, and merchant seamen may also still enter. Travelers arriving from outside of the countries listed above must have an International Travel Certificate to enter and transit France, which must be obtained prior to departure via the French consular offices abroad or online at https://www.interieur.gouv.fr. Travelers arriving from the UK or from a country that is not an EU member, Andorra, Vatican City, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino or Switzerland are requested to comply with a voluntary 14-day self-quarantine upon arrival. Those arriving from within the European area except the UK are exempt from this regulation. Travelers arriving in overseas French territories, as well as any travelers showing symptoms of COVID-19, will have to carry out a mandatory 14-day quarantine at home or in a facility chosen by the government. Mask wearing is obligatory for all travelers above the age of 11. France is expecting to open its borders to travelers from French Overseas Territories starting on June 27, but travelers from other areas outside the EU will continue to be restricted until at least July 1. There are special regulations for travelers transiting through France to return to their country of residence. Only direct transit to reach your country of residence is permitted. Transiting travelers may not leave the international zone and will not be admitted to France. Luggage must be checked through to the final destination, and travelers will not be permitted to leave the international zone to collect and recheck baggage. The duration of transit must be less than 24 hours.. If you are looking to book a trip to Lourdes and are outside of the restricted areas, please take the proper precautions and stay informed about traveling during COVID-19.

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.

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Best Time to Fly to Lourdes

The peak season is between March and September when the weather is at its best and most tourists and pilgrims flock to Lourdes.

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Getting around Lourdes

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.

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Lourdes Travel Information

  • “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.

 

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