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Totally detached from the daily grind, the cosmopolitan, magical, legendary city of Lourdes is one of those places of timeless beauty.

Every year, some 6 million visitors from over 140 nations come to share their stories and their hopes in this city where, in 1858, the Virgin Mary appeared to Bernadette in a riverside cave, eighteen times.
Lourdes is the second most visited city after Paris, yet it has retained a certain tranquillity and an atmosphere of holiness and grace that make it a charming place for moments of contemplation. This legendary site leaves nobody indifferent.

Although it is best known for its spiritual history, Lourdes also features curiosities such as the fortified castle towering above the city centre and the Pic du Jer which offers outstanding panoramic views over the city itself and the surrounding area.

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