The Pyrenees are known for their amazingly beautiful nature spots. In Gavarnie, Cauterets, the Bouillouses Reserve, lakes, peaks and forests are nestled in the heart of unspoiled mountains, bordering Spain. Ideal for hiking and trekking, whether for the day or roaming over several days, the Pyrenees are the opportunity to discover real natural nuggets!
In Ariège, grandiose hikes, out of sight
Ariège is the least explored part of the Pyrenees, the least known, the one where we will have the chance to observe a quiet, preserved fauna, lakes nestled in secret valleys, summits from which the view will leave speechless! In short, where you will do your best hikes ! And all this 1 hour from Toulouse and Carcassonne!
Among these hikes, the most emblematic are certainly that of the Mont Valier, Lord of Couserans, the Pic du Mauberme, border with Spain, the Peak of Tarbesou and the ponds of rabassoles, the Montcalm and the Pique d'Estats, and the Bassiès ponds ...
If you are not yet convinced, the blogger Anne Dubndidu gives you a little recap of her three favorite hikes in the Ariège Pyrenees?
Ariège is also the perfect destination for multi-day trekking, with its many loop or return itineraries, whether cross-border with neighbors such as Aude, the Pyrénées Orientales or even Spain! The most beautiful roaming hikes are:
- le Cathar trail, from Port la Nouvelle to Foix
- le snowmen path, from Foix to Berga in Spain
- la great crossing of the Pyrenees GR10, from Hendaye to Banyuls
- le Perics Tower, a loop of refuges in refuges between Ariège and Pyrénées Orientales
- le Biros Tower, a 4-day trek in the Couserans
Iconic hikes near the Ariège
Near the Ariège, you will also have beautiful hikes to do! The Lake Oo in Haute Garonne, is an emblematic hike, just like the Carlit peak, the Bouillouses lakes, or the Canigou! 3 hours drive from Foix, we find the Cirque de Gavarnie, the Vignemale or the Pic du Midi de Bigorre!
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