Forget the city, its walls, its stress, its frantic pace, reconnect with nature, with others and with oneself. This is the promise in Ariège Pyrénées. The beauty of the landscapes, the nature, the great outdoors… we take the time to live, to discuss, to share.
If this is your first time in Ariège, This page is made for you ! What is there to see in Ariège Pyrénées, what will I discover? We draw up the table here so that you can then facilitate your research.

Ariège… the south-west, Occitania, the Pyrenees!

Ariège is a department of Occitanie region, in the heart of Pyrenees chain. It is a joyful combination of conviviality and cuisine from the south-west, associated with unspoiled nature and Pyrenean traditions. 

Located in a triangle between Toulouse, Carcassonne andAndorra, its anchoring in Pyrenees and its proximity toSpain have shaped its history.

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Nature above all

When you discover a place for the first time, it is necessary to grasp its essence, identity and philosophy in order to best prepare your experience. Here are the main lines to help you prepare your stay as well as possible and your experience there.

For nature loversYou should know that the landscapes of Ariège extend from the hilly hills of the piedmont to the peaks of 3000m above sea level.

Grandiose landscapes of the Pyrenees, rivers, waterfalls, lakes, forests, hills and plains… 5000km of marked trails allow you to explore Ariège on foot, on horseback, by bike. 

Ariège is also revealed through activities that allow you to play with the elements: Paragliding, rafting, canyoning, canoeing, kayaking, climbing, via ferrata, skiing, snowshoeing ...

Regional Natural Park of the Ariège Pyrenees

Le Regional natural park of the Ariège Pyrenees represents 40% of the Ariège department!
A fauna and flora very varied flourishes freely in the confines of the park: chamois, capercaillie, bearded vulture, marmots, ibex… 1700 plant species identified, some of which are remarkable for their rarity and endemic character.

Liberty as a legacy

Remains of the prehistory, Middle ages and the wars of the 20st century, Ariège has always witnessed struggles for Freedom and leaves us today with wonderful memories. Land of legends, secrets, small and big stories… it's intriguing!

Des caves cave paintings, castles, high places of Catharism or residence of the future king of France Henri IV, hiking trails to the poignant story: GR107 Chemin des Bonshommes, the path to Freedom, the Cathar trail… Breathtaking landscapes, adrenaline-pumping activities… Ariège can be discovered in all its facets!

Great sites not to be missed

For heritage buffs, the department is full of natural and prehistoric caves: Niaux cave, Mas d'Azil cave, Cave of the Cow, Lombrives cave, underground river Labouiche are the best known.

The Cathar period also marked the history of Ariège, a period of inquisition when the Catholics went on a crusade against the heretics… the Cathars fled to Spain where they took refuge in the castles to resist. Many remains bear witness to this period: Montségur castle, Foix castle, Roquefixade castle, Lordat castle ...

100% Pyrenean gastronomy

Needless to say again that we are in the southwest ... and in the Pyrenees ! Ariège is the pastoralism, shepherds, farms, farms, this gives good exceptional products that can be fetched directly from the farm or from open air markets. Gascon meat, delicatessen, cheese goat, cow, sheep, seasonal fruits and vegetables,honeys… For picnics or to take home. Indispensable also, the typical dishes to taste quite simply in the restaurant! 

Iconic local products

The friendliness of our biggest EVENTS

Ariège it's more than 400 cultural and sporting events all year round, a national stage with eclectic programming. From the street festival The Great Paths to Ax at Jazz festival in Foix, through village festivals, concerts, artist residences, shows, workshops, conferences… culture and conviviality come together in complete freedom.

We welcome you with smiles and singing accents, the accent is more or less pronounced it is necessary at times to listen, but it does not matter, you will always be welcomed "Avé pleasure!" " ?


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