As a group
Come and explore the capital of the Bigorre region!
Here are our ideas for themed sightseeing tours, to explore the various sites. Choose the one that suits you best, combine the tours, and you’re sure to have a great time in Tarbes!
Nature and heritage sites
Massey Gardens is classified as a Remarkable Garden.
This wonderful 11-hectare garden is full of different plant species for a botanical tour around the world. Whether you’re a gardener yourself or not, you’ll be impressed!
On the north side of the garden, in Musée Massey, you’ll discover a one-of-a-kind collection of military clothing and the iconic era of the Hussars.
On the 1st floor, the Fine Arts collection is also well worth the detour.
At the south entrance to the garden, the former chapel of the Carmelites order is now a contemporary art exhibition area displaying the work of well-known artists.
Haricot Tarbais, a basket of goodies and Madiran
On Thursday mornings, Marcadieu market is the place to be for local producers from the south-west. There’s a great, friendly atmosphere here and everyone wears the traditional beret!
Brauhauban market is so much more than just a daily market, it is a welcoming and lively place.
Book a table for a traditional lunch in one of the many restaurants around the market.
See our recommended places to go to take a piece of our region back home with you!
All about the horses and the people
The Haras (stud farm) is a historic natural estate in the town centre and is classified. It was created by Naopleon in 1806, is the birthplace of the Anglo-Arabian breed and a living museum!
The guides will unveil the history and secrets of the stables with Empire-style architecture, a collection of horse-drawn carriages, the vast tack room and the magnificent Maison du Cheval.
Depending on the day, you might even see Laurent, the farrier, working iron in his forge or Anouck Sirvent, artist in residence and you can watch the horses at work in the military section or the mounted police of Tarbes.
Historic town centre
Tarbes Cathedral is the most ancient monument in Tarbes
and can be found in the historic district, recognised by its cobbled streets.
Since it was built in the 12th century, the monument has undergone additions, repairs and modifications throughout all periods in history.
There are some remarkable decorative features inside, including the superb high altar and the Baroque-style canopy.
Before leaving, look for Louis XVI’s testament engraved on a black marble wall!
We recommend visiting Marshal Foch’s childhood home for the fabulous architecture.
You’ll discover a typical house of the Bigorre region, and see how the famous Marshal once lived.