Bagneres De Bigorre

The town of Bagneres-de-Bigorre, not far from Lourdes in the Hautes-Pyrenees department, is an attractive town which first developed in Roman times as a spa centre.

Frequented in the middle ages by French nobility, there are many impressive buildings, such as the house where Jeanne d’Albret, mother of Henri IV, stayed when she was taking the waters.

In the 19th century, Bagneres was the centre of a flourishing marble quarrying industry, and the rococo facade of the spa itself - the Grands Thermes - is faced with Bagneres marble.

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The rocks under the town are worthy of note too, and in the caves of Medous can be seen some of the best sheets and organ-pipes - stalactites, that is! - to be found in the whole country.




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