Car Hire Lourdes Tarbes Airport
Find your perfect car hire at Lourdes Tarbes AirportOffering a postcard-perfect backdrop with the Pyrenees mountains framing every view, no wonder Lourdes is one of France’s leading destinations.
But there’s more to Lourdes than jutting aesthetics. You don’t have to scratch far below the surface to see it’s a significant spiritual centre too. A series of churches and other sacred sites sit alongside an impressive collection of museums.
Discover this enchanting region in full with an Avis car hired at Lourdes Tarbes Airport.
Plan your journey from Lourdes Tarbes AirportA trip to Lourdes either as part of a pilgrimage or simply out of an interest in history won’t disappoint. With the city centre just a 15-minute drive down the N21 from Lourdes Tarbes Airport, the many sights of Lourdes are within easy reach.
This city’s reputation as a sacred spot has grown ever since apparitions of the Virgin Mary were reportedly seen by a local girl called Bernadette, back in 1858.
Nowadays pilgrims flock to Lourdes to see the cave (“La Grotte de Massabielle”) where the visions are said to have happened. It's even possible to visit the house where Bernadette was born and learn more about her life at the Museum St Bernadette.
Another popular cultural attraction in Lourdes is the Musée Grévin. Here, the story of Bernadette and Christ are told through intricate wax works depicting various religious scenes and figures.
For spectacular views over Lourdes head up to the summit of Le Pic du Jur, situated 300 metres above the city. This can be reached via a chair lift through beautiful alpine scenery. A large cross is erected at the top, which is illuminated at night, while a walking trail leads to the observatory where panoramic views can be admired.
Lourdes’ fascinating attractions are waiting to be discovered. Just get in your Avis rental car and drive.
Beyond LourdesWith your Avis hire car, you’ll find there’s much to see and do in Lourdes and its stunning surrounds.
Steer south for just an hour and a half and you’ll reach the stunning lakeside resort of Loudenvielle. A hot tourist spot, this town in the heart of the Louron Valley is brimming with crisp mountainscape, perfect for outdoor pursuits such as hiking, kayaking and camping.
Besides offering a stunning natural setting, this family-friendly location boasts a number of top attractions, including Ludéo water park and Arixo – a film museum located in an old farmhouse. Here you can learn all about the valley’s heritage.
Head west for around an hour and a half to discover the perfectly preserved city of Bayonne. Boasting a rich cultural heritage, the city is famous for its delicious chocolate so those with a sweet tooth take note.
Often referred to as the capital of French gastronomy, Bayonne boasts numerous chocolatiers. The local ham, Jambon de Bayonne, is also highly prized.
Historic architecture from various periods can be appreciated when wandering around the city, but to really delve into the past, visit the Basque Museum.
If you’re more interested in sweet treats, head to the Bayonne Chocolate Workshop at L’Atelier du Chocolat. Here you can learn about the history of the chocolate industry, see how it’s made and taste a number of different varieties.
An Avis hire car gives you the freedom to explore the Lourdes region to the fullest and at your own pace.