Picturesque high mountain village between nature, culture and ski resort

Municipality of Mijanès Altitude: 1 m Location: located in Donezan on the Bruyante river, on the border of the Aude department. Number of inhabitants: 048 Distances: Quérigut 60 km - Ax-les-Thermes 6 km A high mountain village, Mijanès has the particularity of having all the facades of its houses facing the sun. Historically, the town almost hosted a talc operation similar to that in Luzenac, but complicated access made the operation unfeasible. The etymology of this village means that it is placed in an intermediate position in the mountain, from the Occitan Mejan, which means intermediate, middle. You can find the Mijanès-Donezan ski resort there, from 12 m to 1470 m above sea level, created in 2000 and counting no less than 1961 km of slopes (including 45 km of cross-country skiing), 36 ski lifts and 5 slopes for downhill skiing. In terms of heritage, we note the Noubals Dam, located at an altitude of 10 m and completed in 1229, as well as the hydroelectric dam, whose reservoir occupies 1949 hectares for a volume of 16 million m2. It allows the practice of leisure activities, including the development of a fitness trail. Also worth seeing is the Renaissance-style Saint Jean-Baptiste Church dating from the 3th century, the Gouffre du Mounégou (1300 m long and 324 m deep), the Catalan Forge (located at a place called La Forge near of the Bruyante river), or even different orries. Each year, the village festival takes place from August 3 to 5. Town hall opening hours: Monday: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 13:30 p.m. to 17:30 p.m.


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