Tarbes is a French town and commune, in the département of Hautes-Pyrénées, of which it is the préfecture. It is part of the historical region of Gascony. It is the second largest metropolitan area of Midi-Pyrénées, with 110,000 inhabitants.
It is the seat of the diocese of Tarbes-et-Lourdes.
To the south of Tarbes is the pilgrimage town of Lourdes
and the border with Spain
. The Pyrenees
mountains, lying along the border between France
, can be seen from the town.
Sports and recreation
Tarbes was the birthplace of:
- Bertrand Barère de Vieuzac (1755-1841), one of the most notorious members of the French National Convention
- Théophile Gautier (1811-1872), writer
- Ferdinand Foch (1851-1929), the commander-in-chief of Allied forces in World War I
- Henri Génès (1919-2005), actor and singer
- Cécile Ousset (born 1936), pianist
- Olivier Azam (born 21 Oct, 1974), French rugby union player.
- Lionel Beauxis (born 24 Oct, 1985), French rugby union player.
- Nicolas Lopez (born 14 Nov, 1980), French sabre fencer.
Tarbes is twinned with: