Picturesque high mountain village between nature, culture and ski resort

Municipality of Mijanes

Altitude: 1 m
Location: located in Donezan on the Bruyante river, on the border of the Aude department.
Number of inhabitants: 60
Distances: Quérigut 6 km - Ax-les-Thermes 12 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", "medium".

You can find the Mijanès-Donezan ski resort there, from 1470 m to 2000 m above sea level, created in 1961 and counting no less than 45 km of slopes (including 36 km of cross-country skiing), 5 ski lifts and 10 slopes for downhill skiing.

In terms of heritage, we note the Noubals Dam, located at an altitude of 1229 m and completed in 1949, as well as the hydroelectric dam, whose reservoir occupies 16 hectares for a volume of 2 million m3. 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 1300th century, the Gouffre du Mounégou (324 m long and XNUMX 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.

Opening hours of the town hall:
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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