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Tarbes at an altitude of 1,000 feet is the capital of the Haute-Pyrenees department in south-western France. It has been dubbed ‘The Gateway to the Pyrenees’, and many of the best places to stay in Tarbes offer stunning views over the snow capped mountains to the South.
Tarbes lies one and a half hours from the Atlantic and a mere thirty minutes from the nearest ski area. With a population of nearly 50,000, it is a busy town with all the attractions that you might expect. There are some interesting churches to visit, most notably the Notre-Dame-de-la-Sede Cathedral with its classical facade, and there is a museum dedicated to the Second World War French resistance. This is also the birthplace of Marshal Foch, the famous First World War commander.
There are some lovely parks and gardens in Tarbes. A definite ‘must see’ is the 23 acre Jardin Massey, established in the nineteenth century by Placide Massey, a horticulturalist at Versailles. It is on the list of ‘the ‘Remarkable Gardens of France’ and contains an orangery, the Hussar museum, a cloister and a School of Art and Ceramics, plus many rare trees and flowers.
Another visit not to be missed is one to the Haras de Tarbes. Set up by Napoleon in 1805 the building is set in the centre of town surrounded by eight hectares of land. You'll find a fascinating history, beautiful architecture and much more.
Tarbes is situated 19 kilometres to the north of Lourdes, and with its airport served by many low cost carriers, it is easily accessible.
The town makes an ideal base, whether you're here for the mountains, or on pilgramage, or simply want to explore the wider area. This great position means that the best places to stay in Tarbes are often very busy, so get organised and book well ahead.
The best places to stay in Tarbes
For Contemporary Style
- Le Rex is a chic modern hotel right in the centre of town. The rooms have a sleek minimalist design. With very good conference facilities, this is an ideal base for either business or pleasure. And with rooms from as little as €99 per night, it's great value too.
Best Hotels in Tarbes
Le Rex 74 rooms from $103Tarbes
Contemporary hotel located in the centre of Tarbes. Rooms are sleek and modern with minimalist designs that optimise space and comfort. Equipped with meeting facilities to accommodate for 200 people, making it perfect for business or seminar weekends.Business meetings - Well equipped with a business centre and meeting room for business conventions.Active Holiday - Great area for golfing and walking holidays, as well as city exploring.Sights nearby - Religious pilgrimage site Notre Dame de Lourdes Sanctuary is eleven miles away.