etween 11th February an 16th July 1858? The blessed Virgin Mary, appeared at the Grotto of Massabielle to Bernadette Soubirou a young girl of 14 years. The words and actions that the Blessed Virgin exchanged with Bernadette form the Message of Lourdes. Lourdes appears to be the second most frequented place of pilgrimage after Rome. Lourdes the second hotel town in France, is an authentic Pyrenean town full of charm. Dominated by its medieval fortress which has been home to the Museum of Pyrennees, its it the most important museum of Arts and Popular traditions of Pyrennes. The old town is an invitation to walk round its steep alleyways and numerous remains which are testimonies of a rich historical past. Discover this active and dynamic moult-faceted Bigourdan town, where you be able to practice a large variety of leisure activities in a relaxation-inducing natural environment. Lourdes is also the gateway to the Mountain Stream Valleys, a region of spa towns and skiing where winter sports lovers discover a new resort every day.