The Vals site is above all an environment conducive to human settlement, a church carved into the rock and magnificent Romanesque frescoes.

The site of Vals bears witness to a very ancient human occupation dating back to protohistory and is in the form of natural faults developed and completed by architectural elements.

The church, built on three levels and cut in the rock, is dedicated to the Virgin; it turns out to be extraordinary and mysterious. Inside you can admire superb Romanesque frescoes dating from the beginning of the XNUMXth century and exhibiting affinities with those of neighboring Spanish Catalonia and much in common with those of Saint Lizier. Three periods of the life of Jesus are illustrated, the Virgin being obviously in the spotlight.

From the terrace, a grandiose panorama covering all the Ariège Pyrenees is offered to you ...

Opening hours (summer): every day from 10 a.m. to 18 p.m.
Opening hours (winter): every day from 10 a.m. to 17 p.m.


Cathar Pyrenees

Located to the east of Ariège, on the border of the Aude, this territory, labeled "Country of Art and History", revolves around [...]



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Equipments and Services


  • Parking
  • Marked trails
  • Picnic tables


  • Groups of 10 to 50 people welcome