Where to stay in Tarbes

Where are we going for the vacations? How about the South-West and the Hautes-Pyrénées? Here’s a quick rundown of where to stay in Tarbes!

Prefecture of the Hautes-Pyrénées department, Tarbes is a small town located on the Pyrenean axis, linking the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea, in the foothills of the Pyrenees. The historic capital of the Bigorre region, Tarbes is an industrial city – whose flagship is the aeronautics industry – and is renowned for its agricultural production. Tarbes, whose population is estimated at just 40,320, was occupied from the 3rd century BC, just before being colonized by the Romans. Unaffected by the mountain cold of Lourdes, Tarbes enjoys a climate marked by hot, stormy summers and increasingly mild winters.

Looking for a place to stay in Tarbes? Before setting off for the Pic du Midi de Bigorre (2,876 meters above sea level), choose to stay in Tarbes for a bit of sightseeing! Here’s our list of places to stay in Tarbes.

Downtown

Centre-ville de Tarbes

Photo credit: Flickr – Mr Thinktank

Tarbes town center is quite green. It’s no coincidence that the town won the 2002 « Towns and Villages in Bloom » award: 83 hectares of green spaces dot the city. The first place to visit is Jardin Massey and its eponymous museum, spread over 11 hectares, offering a green oasis in the heart of the city. Being close to this park can be a good choice for a peaceful place to live in Tarbes.

A stone’s throw away, the Parc des Haras, created by Napoleon I in 1806, extends over 9 hectares. The Bel Air, Chastellain and Échez parks are ideal for strolling, picnicking or reading on the lawns. Near the Fontaine de Tarbes, take a look at the city’s architectural heritage: the Notre-Dame de la Sède cathedral – first built in the 12th century – is a listed historic monument. As in all towns, the center is a busy shopping area, home to most of the town’s bars and restaurants.

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L’Arsenal

No, it’s not the English soccer club, but the former industrial district of Tarbes, rehabilitated – one might even say gentrified – into a residential area, perched to the north of the town center. Up Avenue Alsace-Lorraine, you’ll find the city’s major retail outlets, towards the Route de Vic zone.

Why choose L’Arsenal for your Tarbes accommodation? L’Arsenal is the city’s industrial and service hub. Here you’ll find the remnants of a bygone era, where former factories are now shops, restaurants and leisure facilities, such as the Mega-CGR (11 screens), bowling alley and laser quest center. Tarbes is a small town, so there’s not a lot to do in the outlying districts, but if you’ve had your fill of the city, there’s still plenty to do in the region: you can choose to book a room in Lourdes – for its many museums, fortified castle, shrines, Massabielle grotto and basilicas – and then head to Bagnères-de-Bigorre, for accommodation right next to the Pyrenees.

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Map of hotels and accommodation – Tarbes