In the south of Ariège, on the border with Andorra, are the Ariège Pyrenees. Between mountainous landscapes and activities, there are many experiences to live between hiking, relaxing stays and the discovery of prehistoric caves. Far from ready to eat, there are beautiful treasures there: a rich culture and generous inhabitants. Small villages, high-altitude lakes, majestic ridges, herds in the summer: everything here is authentic.
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Over 14 years of history
The Ariège Pyrenees are marked by the imprint of prehistoric men, no less than 3 caves dating from the Stone Age are there. Each of them has its own specificities and is worth the detour! You can, for example, discover the habitat of Cro-Magnon men at the Cave of the Cow, follow in their footsteps at the Bédeilhac cave, and above all live a unique experience by browsing the cave of Niaux.
Indeed, the cave of Niaux is one of the rare decorated caves still open to the public in France, in just a few minutes, we discover with amazement the works of our ancestors dating back more than 14 years… thrills guaranteed!
To find out more, discover the hidden corners of the mythical caves of the Ariège mountains, meet the giants of the Ice Age or learn how to make fires, it's at Prehistoric Park that it happens! It is a unique and fun site that appeals to the whole family.
Land of well-being
Whether it is to relax or to heal oneself, thermal water has always been recognized for its benefits on the human body. The virtues of thermal watersAx-les-Thermes et Ussat-les-Bains no longer need to be proven: they are, depending on where you are, antispasmodic, sedative, balancing, remineralizing and healing.
Ax-les-Thermes thermal baths offer the possibility of cures all year round, it is one of the few establishments to offer it in France.
But who says thermal water, does not necessarily say cure. It is possible to take advantage of the benefits of the Axéenne for a purely recreational purpose at the thermoludic center of Couloubret baths with its hot water pools (indoor and outdoor), sauna and hammam.
An outdoor destination
For those keen on outdoor activities, it is impossible to get bored in the Ariège Pyrenees ! In summer or winter, each season has its share of thrilling activities, in the heart of the Regional Natural Park of the Ariège Pyrenees.
Summer on the water and seen from above!
Canyoning, Rafting, canoe Kayak, so many names that make you want to take the plunge! The Ariège Pyrenees and their mountains are rich in their canyons, of their rivers and their flowing waters! One can slip, plunge, sauter and live a unique moment with loved ones.
To gain height, there are plenty of spots and neither does the means! By climbing natural walls in climbing ou via ferrata, rushing from the mountain in paragliding or by crawling through the trees Tree Climbing park, easy to try the experience!
However, it is impossible to speak of gaining height without mentioning the beautiful peaks of the Ariège Pyrenees, a destination known for its magnificent views and extraordinary hiking.
Top 5 hikes in the Ariège Pyrenees
The vertiginous roads of the destination as well as the ski resorts, in summer, lend themselves perfectly to the practice of bike road and mountain biking.
Hit the slopes in winter
In winter, the landscapes of the Ariège Pyrenees take on their white coat.
And for winter sports lovers, the mountain turns into a real paradise ! Thrill seekers can hit the slopes in alpine skiing or via snowboard à Ax 3 domains, Ascou, Mijanés ou Goulier. Nordic skiing is practicable at Beille in Chioula and in Mijanés, the opportunity to combine sporting activity and discovery of the beautiful snow-covered areas.
On the whole of the territory, it is possible to go hiking in ski touring or via snowshoes to enjoy the snow in a different way, far from the hustle and bustle of the resorts.
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