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Tarbes

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Tarbes is a commune in the Hautes-Pyrénées department in the Occitanie region of southwestern France. It is the capital of Bigorre. It has been a commune since 1790. It was known as Turba or Tarba in Roman times. Tarbes is part of the historical region of Gascony.Formerly of strong industrial tradition, Tarbes today tries to diversify its activities, particularly in aeronautics and high tech around the different zones of activities which are increasing. The recent development of and other regional specialties also shows a willingness to develop the agri-food industry thus justifying its nickname of "market town". With 116,056 inhabitants in 2011, it is the in the Occitanie region. Its 42,888 inhabitants are called Tarbaises and the Tarbais.It is the seat of the diocese of Tarbes-et-Lourdes. The 1st Parachute Hussar Regiment and 35th Parachute Artillery Regiment are stationed in Tarbes.GeographyLocationTarbes is a Pre-Pyrenees town within the rich agricultural plain of the river Adour, 155km southwest of Toulouse, 144km to the east of Bayonne, 70km southwest of Auch and 20km northeast of Lourdes. Tarbes is 1 hr 30 mins from the Atlantic Ocean, 2 hrs 50 mins from the Languedoc coast and 35 minutes from the nearest ski resorts. It is located at an average elevation of 304m.
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Le Caminadour
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National Park
Pyrenees National Park
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Specialty Museum
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Side trips from Tarbes

Observatory
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Castle
Château de Pau Pau
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Historic Walking Area
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Outdoor Activity
Les Gorges de Kakuetta Sainte-Engrace
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Cathedrale Notre-Dame de la Sede
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Specialty Museum
Le Carmel
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Park
Le Parc Bel Air
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Church
Eglise Saint-Jean-Baptiste
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Duration: 30 minutes

Museums in Tarbes

Specialty Museum
Maison Natale du Marechal Foch
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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History Museum
Musee de la Deportation et de la Resistance
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Duration: 1h 30 min

Parks in Tarbes

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Park
Parc Paul Chastellain
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Duration: 1h 30 min

Historic Sites in Tarbes

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Church
Eglise Sainte-Therese
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Duration: 30 minutes

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