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Where to go

Where to go and what to do

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The Ariège region of the central French Pyrenees

An official site giving details of what to see and what to do in the area

Ariège and the Pyrenees

Another tourist site for the region - lots on the history of the area, cycle routes and the natural history of the region.

Foix Castle


 - the 'county town' of the Département. Meander in its medieaval streets, visit the Chateau of the Counts of Foix . Friday is market day - something for everyone. (30mins)

Mirepoix Country

Mirepoix is only 20 minutes drive from us. Its main square has most of its original covered galleries dating from the 13th and 14th centuries. Market day is Monday. Lots of restaurants and bars.


The commercial centre of the area but a town steeped in history. There are trains to Toulouse (1hr) - at least one every hour. Main market, spread over three squares, on Saturday also Tuesday and Thursday. (25mins). Indoor and outdoor swimming pool

Les Monts d'Olmes

Les Monts d'Olmes is our local ski station but offers activities all the year round. There is also cross country skiing at Chioula.

Ax les Thermes is a main ski centre but is a facinating place to visit any time of year, newly opened thermal baths (~ 1 hr)


This site takes you to information about the castle at Carcassonne and you can follow links to all the other castles in the area including those in Cathar country. The old cité is a world heritage site and the Canal du Midi passes through the city.

 Montsegur Lavelanet
Just 15mins from us, excellent local market on Fridays, supermarkets, Textile Museum. On a clear day Montsegur can be seen from the centre of the town. Starting point for the Voi Verte a 38km walking and cycling trail following the route of the old railway line from Lavelanet to Mirepoix.
 Key to church Laroque
Our closest village for shops, excellent butcher in the small shopping precinct, as well as a boulangerie, tabac, bar, pharmacy, cash point, Thai restaurant and take away pizza. It is easy to drive through Laroque but take the time to visit the old town square and the church on the top of the hill.  This is a good viewing point and has information panels, the church itself has the most magnificent new oak doors and a rather large bolt and key on it's old door!

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