Pilgrimage to Lourdes, France: What to Do
With a little research and planning, the quaint town of Lourdes is completely conquerable in one weekend.
Here is the list of things to see and do, ranked by importance. If you can hit the first 5, you will undoubtedly feel satisfied with your pilgrimage, but the additional attractions are just in case you are feeling ambitious!
1. The Baths. Everyone goes to Lourdes with the intent of submerging in the healing baths, but as I have previously posted, whether you will be able to dip in or not is a bit of a gamble. Alas, I would still stake out in line for a few hours with a snack (nutella and banana crepe perhaps?) and a book to read (how about the bible?) as you will definitely incur a wait.
- From April to October: Week-days: 09.00 am – 11.00 am / 2.30 pm – 4.00 pm / Sundays and Holidays: 2.00 pm – 4.00
- From November to March: 10.00 am – 11.00 am/ 3.00 pm – 4.00 pm / Sundays and Holidays: 2.30 pm – 4.00 pm
2. The Grotto. The Grotto is open all year long, and can be accessed at night by avenue Mgr Theas. It is important to remember that you must refrain from speaking while in the area immediately outside of the Grotto. There is a line to walk through that moves at a steady pace, discouraging you from praying or reflecting inside the cave. It will take a few minutes to an hour to pass through but you can let your hand graze over the contours of the cave walls as you wait, which is rather inspiring. When you emerge from the Grotto, you will see rows of metal pews to pray and listen to the rosary.