Lourdes located in the southwest of France, a small town in the Pyrenees, and also a transportation hub for the tourists nearby. It is covered with snow and ice in winter, and the business facilities are almost completely closed. Therefore the best season to visit Lourdes is between March to October.
It’s said that in 1855, the blessed Virgin Mary appeared in the Masabiya Cave in Lourdes to a shepherd girl, and directed her to find a living spring in the muddy ground below the cave. For more than 100 years, the springs of the Masabiya Cave have never stopped flowing, and Lourdes has become a world-famous pilgrimage site, receiving more than 6 million visitors each year. Compared with the Vatican, Lourdes is a pilgrimage site which is much more pure and has fewer tourists. In a sense, the town of Lourdes is more like an open courtyard, all of which are built around the cathedral where the cave is located.
If you feel burdened and want to free yourself from the urban world, I suggest that you come to Lourdes to feel the atmosphere of the Holy City and the power of faith. In this wonderful place, without the hustle and bustle from the city, you are definitely more relaxing and can almost feel that your soul is purified as well. If you are a Catholic, Lourdes must have occupied a seat in your heart already and this may be a place you will want to come at least one time in your life.
Transportation from Toulouse to Lourdes round tour:
By train, it takes less than 2 hours and cost you from 20 to 40 euros depending on the time you choose.
By bus, it takes 2 h 55 mins and cost you 18 euros.
Driving can be a good idea as you can enjoy the scenery on the road and it’s only 170 miles which takes you less than 2 hours!
by Yusi YUAN