TripAdvisor Members offer plenty of advice for wonderful day trips to enjoy, using Lourdes as your home bases. Here are just a few:

1. “A day trip to Gavarnie is to be recommended. A very picturesque village with the Pyrenees towering overhead. Lots of quaint shops and the scenery on the way to and from is wonderful. Coach trips from Lourdes to Gavarnie are available daily.”

2. “I went to Lourdes last year, hitchhiked from Maubourguet, then caught the bus from the train station to Argeles-Gazost, a beautiful little town on the edge of the Pyrenees . . . spent a couple of days there, a really nice chateau, very good guided tour. There is a lovely park at the eastern end and a promenade between the chateau and the park with very good view of the Pyrenees; you can read the names of the different mountains on the on the balustrade, you have to line the groove on the balustrade up with the highest chimney. Had a good time there, very good food and some nice shops.”

3. “Pau about a 45 minute drive is a hidden gem of a town and Tarbes is good for supermarket shopping all in easy reach.”