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Shine a light on the Cathar Pyrenees

Let’s explore the Ariège tourist destinations just a stone’s throw from the Cathar Pyrenees! This page reveals the treasures to be visited close to home: places rich in discovery and emotion that will complete your stay in the Ariège department. Spread your wings around the Cathar Pyrenees and set off on an unforgettable adventure!


Naturally free

The Ariège department is divided into “micro-destinations”, each with its own unique history and must-see sights… From the Couserans to the Cathar Pyrenees, from the south of Toulouse to the north of Spain, they are rich in unreachable fortresses, caves, steep, distant peaks, rivers and torrents, greenways – in short, ADVENTURES!

A feeling of freedom

Arize Lèze

The Arize and Lèze valleys, just 1 hour from Toulouse, offer a voyage of discovery.The Grotte du Mas d’Azil reveals its mysterious prehistoric and geological past, while Xploria plunges visitors into the heart of evolution and the world of living organisms. Nearby, the astronomical observatory offers a unique head-in-the-stars experience. With picturesque villages such as Carla-Bayle, enjoy a captivating artistic discovery in the heart of the art valleys. As for nature lovers, they’ll delight in the hiking trails, bike and mountain bike circuits and peaceful lakes. For gourmands, local markets overflow with authentic flavors and farms open their doors for an immersive family experience. History, art, nature and gastronomy come together for a memorable getaway!

Heart of the Pyrenees


Come and enjoy an enchanting experience in the heart of the majestic central Pyrenees, in the Couserans region. Let yourself be charmed by the historic town of Saint Lizier and stroll through the vibrant market of Saint Girons. Explore living traditions such as the transhumance and treat your taste buds to delicious local cuisine. Immerse yourself in the thermal waters of Aulus les Bains, an activity that began in the 19th century. Discover unspoilt flora and fauna, home to isards, lammergeiers and Pyrenean lilies. The Couserans is a natural and cultural treasure trove that promises an unforgettable experience.


Destination Foix Ariège-Pyrénées

Come to the heart of the Ariège region, where the towers of Château de Foix stand tall, where time has stood still at the Forges de Pyrène, and where you can embark on a journey along the underground river of Labouiche. A rich heritage awaits you, as do the thrills of white-water rafting and paragliding. Don’t miss out on the region’s highlights: the medieval castle festival, the Tour de Foire and Jazz festival in Foix, or the autumn festival at Les Forges. As you can see, it’s impossible to get bored in the heart of the Cité Comtale!

Ariege plains

Portes d'Ariège Pyrénées

Welcome to Portes d’Ariège, a corner of paradise nestled at the foot of the majestic Pyrenees, where 35 charming communes are bathed by the soothing waters of the Ariège and Hers rivers. Discover a unique destination that celebrates culture through its festivals and lively celebrations, preserves its historical heritage and amazes you with its natural landscapes offering breathtaking views of the Pyrenees. Immerse yourself in the history and authenticity of the Ariège region, while enjoying the fresh air and natural surroundings. Explore the treasures of Pamiers and the bastide town of Mazères, and get ready to discover the sites, museums and villages of this destination. Come and join us for an exceptional getaway in the Plaine d’Ariège!

Free to recharge your batteries

Pyrénées ariégeoises

Book your mountain vacation for hiking in unspoilt natural surroundings, for outdoor and white-water activities, and for visits to must-see tourist sites such as Grotte de Niaux and Parc de la Préhistoire.In winter, skiing, snowboarding, skating, snowshoeing, tobogganing, dog sledding – you name it! From Ax 3 Domaines to Beille, Ascou and Le Chioula, Mijanés and Goulier… All year round, take advantage of the benefits of thermal water for spa treatments at Ax-les-Thermes or Ussat-les-Bains, or just relax at the Bains du Couloubret. The history of our mountains and their heritage, pastoralism and local produce will add to your stay with unforgettable experiences… Don’t miss the festivals, the major events and the many activities on offer.Don’t miss the festivals and major events, and take advantage of the many activities for the whole family all year round… The Ariege Pyrenees, your oxygen bubble destination!

Great joys and small pleasures

Try it out in the Cathar Pyrenees