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The small town of Lourdes in the southwest of France is located at the foothills of the Pyrenees. With a resident population of barely 15,000 residents, Lourdes attracts over five million tourists every year, most of whom come to the region for its prevalence as a site of pilgrimage for Roman Catholics. Situated at an elevation of nearly 1,400 feet above sea level, the small town of Lourdes affords pleasant weather pretty much throughout the year. The best part is that this town houses the most number of hotels in France, coming second only to the capital, Paris. Venere features a comprehensive Lourdes hotels comparison of each hotel in the region and makes booking your ideal hotel room an easier task. With authentic guest reviews and hundreds of real-time images uploaded by guests, Venere is the perfect site to help you pick a hotel.
What's Lourdes Like?
The region of Lourdes is most popular for being a pilgrimage site, the most famous of them being the Marian apparitions of Our Lady of Lourdes. However, the town also attracts millions of non-pilgrims with its spectacular scenic beauty as well as rich history and culture. Known for its greenery and serene surroundings, the Notre Dame of Lourdes Sanctuary is a must-visit for both pilgrims and tourists alike. The spring waters from the grotto in Lourdes are considered to have miraculous powers and have been the reported source of many healings. Another gorgeous tourist attraction is the Ukrainian Catholic Church of Saint Mary's, with its stunning architecture and Byzantine-era design. The Château fort de Lourdes, is a historic castle at the entrance of the seven valleys of the Lavedan.
How to Get Along with Local People in Lourdes
The French are fairly open minded, but a bit more conservative than other Europeans when it comes to things like doing business and eating. It would be useful to watch your table manners, as the locals tend to take it as an insult if not done properly. The locals love wine, and any invitation to dine or hang out with one of them should be accompanied by a bottle. Public drunkenness however, is heavily frowned upon, especially in this region that is considered to be most sacred. The town is served by the local airport of Tarbes-Lourdes-Pyrenees, and the local train station offers TGV services as well as regular train services, meaning that getting to and from the town is not a problem. Plan your next holiday, pack your bags, and book your Lourdes hotels using Venere!