Water Sports in Lourdes
Lourdes is known for the miraculous properties of its waters, we might suggest that their virtues go far beyond the sanctuaries... to deep beneath the earth where it has sculpted the remarkable cave network of Betharam.
But there is no miracle needed to enjoy this break - an introduction to stand-up paddle, swimming on Lourdes Beach, choice of white water activities, a stroll around the lake, all so easy, no miracles for this great family break, it is just the Hautes Pyrenees!
From 913 € /family Based on 2 adults + 2 children
- 2 days/2 nights in 3 star hotel on a B&B basis
- 1 introductory session of stand-up paddle with an instructor
- Choice of other water sports activity
- 1 lunch on the water's edge
- Access to Lourdes Beach
- Visit to the Betharram caves
- Visit to the Sanctuaries
to book this holiday package or receive informations
- Stand-up paddle instruction
- Choice of waters sports: rafting, canoraft, kayak, hydro
- Visit to the Betharram caves
Arrival and settle into your hotel.
Breakfast. Multiple water sports day - swimming, lunch on the water's edge at Lourdes Beach, introductory session of stand-up paddle, choice of other water sports.
Breakfast and departure from your hotel. Visit to the Sanctuaries and to the Betharram caves.
Lourdes and its surroundings
Each year more than 6 million visitors from more than 140 countries visit Lourdes. It was in 1858 in this small mountain town that a young girl called Bernadette saw 18 separate apparitions of the Virgin Mary in a cave close to the river. Cosmopolitan, magical and mythical… Lourdes is one of those extraordinary other worldly places. It is the second most visited town in France after Paris, but Lourdes possesses a calm and tranquility to offer a place of prayer, charm and legend which leaves nobody insensitive. The 11th century castle is classed as a historic monument, it also has a Pyrenean museum. A ride on the Pic du Jer funicular railway offers a fabulous view over both the town and the chain of the Pyrenees.
You will adore
Not to be missed is the torchlight procession which takes place every evening at 9 pm from April to October - the cosmopolitan ambience of this mountain town - a visit to the Castle and the Pyrenean museum - the view over the Pyrenees from the Pic du Jer funicular railway - the sp-rituality and the faith of the pilgrims.
The Betharam caves:
The Betharam caves are some of the most remarkable in Europe and certainly offer the most surprises to the visitor. During a visit one can understand how these caves were formed and continue to evolve to this day. The part which is open to visitors is 2.8 kms long with a height gain of 80 metres. The route along the river is 3.5 kms long. Visitors access the caves by a natural opening, the higher part has many magnificent natural formations. A chasm makes the junction between this part of the network and that where the river flows. The lower part follows a natural gap in the rocks, created by water. The visitor then leaves the caves through a tunnel which was dug between 1913 and 1924.
The Betharam caves cross two departments, one enters in the Pyrenees Atlantique and leaves in the Hautes Pyrenees. There is ample shaded parking for 500 cars. A shuttle bus makes the liason between the parking and the cave entrance which is 2 kms away. After the visit a small train transports visitors and stops at a superb building constructed in 1924, it was one of he very first in France to be constructed in reinforced concrete. In the hall of this building there are souvenirs, minerals, fossils and post cards for visitors to buy. The underground circuit finishes close to the parking area.
The Pic du Jer funicular railway:
Easily recognised by the cross at the summit, the Pic du Jer towers over the town of Lourdes and offers a magnificent panorama over the Pyrenees.
The +: Access is by funicular railway, the summit which is at 1000m of altitude is then easily reached in just a few minutes.
A visit to the Castle:
Classed as a historical monument, it played a major part in Lourdes history during the 11th and 12th centuries. Since 1921 it houses a Pyreneam museum, one of the 'Museums de France', it possesses one of the most important collections on the history of the French and Spanish Pyrenees (costumes, furniture, rituals, agriculture, pastoralism, artisans...).
The + are the wonderful botanical gardens on its terrace.
- From 913 € /family -
- Based on 2 adults + 2 children
The price includes
2 nights in 3 star hotel on a B&B basis - Activities in July y August: 1 introductory session of Stand Up Paddle + choice of other water sports activity + 1 lunch on the water's edge + access to Lourdes Plage - Visit to the Betharram caves - Booking fee.
The price does not include
Lunchs - Local taxes - Insurances - Personal expenses.