A divine selection of fresh fruit, vegetables, cheese, olive oil, cured meats, speciality foods, fish and wine await the visitor to Les Halles market housed in an elegant building in the centre of Lourdes. This Market which opened in 1900 was mainly influenced in its design by the Parisian architect Baltard who designed the imposing St Augustin church and Les Halles in Paris. This is surely Heaven on earth for foodies - a riot of colours, textures, aromas and sights stimulate the senses in an almost miraculous manner. A visit to any local market gives a unique insight into how locals live, eat and interact with each other. This is a vibrant place, orderly in layout, each stall a work of art and the produce on display reflecting the adjoining Pyrenean and Basque culture. Local wines such as Jurancon, first in France to obtain AOC status, dominate. In 1553 the future King Henry IV of France was baptised with drops of Jurancon leading to it being hailed as "The wine of the King and the King of wines". It is a superb white wine available in all styles - dry, sweet and very sweet. If in the area enjoy this market and taste the great Jurancon white wines Les Halles in its own way is as unique as the English Market in Cork or even the iconic Boqueria in Barcelona.
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