Tarbes

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Tarbes
Tarbes, Musée des Beaux-Arts
Tarbes, Musée des Beaux-Arts
Coat of arms of Tarbes
Coat of arms
Tarbes is located in France
Tarbes
Tarbes
Coordinates: 43°14′N 0°04′E / 43.23°N 0.07°E / 43.23; 0.07Coordinates: 43°14′N 0°04′E / 43.23°N 0.07°E / 43.23; 0.07
Country France
Region Midi-Pyrénées
Department Hautes-Pyrénées
Arrondissement Tarbes
Canton Chief town of 5 cantons
Intercommunality Grand Tarbes
Government
 • Mayor (From 2001) Gérard Trémège (PR)
Area
 • Land1 15.33 km2 (5.92 sq mi)
Population (2011)
 • Population2 48,166
 • Population2 density 3,100/km2 (8,100/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 65440 / 65000
Elevation 284–326 m (932–1,070 ft)
(avg. 304 m or 997 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Tarbes (French pronunciation: ​[taʁb]) is a commune in the Hautes-Pyrénées department in south-western France. It was known as Turba or Tarba in Roman times.1

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. The 1st Parachute Hussar Regiment and 35th Parachute Artillery Regiment are stationed in Tarbes.

Geography

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 and Spain, can be seen from the town.

Climate

Tarbes features an oceanic climate (Cfb), with relatively hot summers, mild winters and abundant rainfall.

Climate data for Tarbes, France (altitude 360m, 1981–2010) (Source: Météo-France, Infoclimat.fr)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 22.6
(72.7)
29.2
(84.6)
28.9
(84)
27.6
(81.7)
31.8
(89.2)
36.8
(98.2)
38.2
(100.8)
38.1
(100.6)
35.8
(96.4)
33.8
(92.8)
27.6
(81.7)
26.1
(79)
38.2
(100.8)
Average high °C (°F) 10.3
(50.5)
11.3
(52.3)
14.2
(57.6)
15.8
(60.4)
19.5
(67.1)
22.8
(73)
25.1
(77.2)
25.2
(77.4)
22.8
(73)
19.0
(66.2)
13.7
(56.7)
11.0
(51.8)
17.6
(63.7)
Average low °C (°F) 1.0
(33.8)
1.5
(34.7)
3.7
(38.7)
5.6
(42.1)
9.5
(49.1)
12.8
(55)
14.9
(58.8)
14.9
(58.8)
11.9
(53.4)
8.7
(47.7)
4.3
(39.7)
1.8
(35.2)
7.6
(45.7)
Record low °C (°F) −17.9
(−0.2)
−14.4
(6.1)
−9.8
(14.4)
−3.4
(25.9)
−1.8
(28.8)
−1.6
(29.1)
5.9
(42.6)
5.3
(41.5)
1.3
(34.3)
−2.2
(28)
−9.6
(14.7)
−13.4
(7.9)
−17.9
(−0.2)
Precipitation mm (inches) 95.0
(3.74)
81.1
(3.193)
87.0
(3.425)
111.7
(4.398)
111.6
(4.394)
78.0
(3.071)
56.0
(2.205)
68.1
(2.681)
71.6
(2.819)
88.1
(3.469)
102.5
(4.035)
96.7
(3.807)
1,047.4
(41.236)
Avg. precipitation days (≥ 1.0 mm) 11 9 10 13 13 10 7 9 9 11 10 10 120
Mean monthly sunshine hours 118 129 169 170 189 198 205 206 190 151 117 109 1,951
Source #1: climat.meteofrance.com2
Source #2: infoclimat.fr3

Sports and recreation

2006 Tour de France stage held in Tarbes with a large turn out

Transport

The Gare de Tarbes railway station offers direct connections with Paris, Bordeaux, Toulouse, Bayonne and several regional destinations. The A64 motorway connects Tarbes with Bayonne and Toulouse. It is also served by the small Tarbes-Lourdes-Pyrénées Airport situated 10 kilometers away of the city centre.

People

International relations

Tarbes is twinned with:

See also

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