Ariege places to visit and attractions

Below you can explore some of the most popular highlights and places of interest in the Ariege department of Midi-Pyrenees. See also our Ariege travel guide

Audressein

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Audressein is a very small village in a picturesque river valley, visited for the ancient frescoes in the porch of the church

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Ax-les-Thermes

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A spa town since the 19th century, Ax-les-Thermes is now better known for being close to the Ax-3 Domaines ski region

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Camon

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The fortified village of Camon, listed as a 'most beautiful village of France' is one of our favourites in this region

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Foix

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The narrow medieval streets, the imposing castle above the town and the lovely setting make Foix an unmissable destination in Ariege

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Grotte de Lombrives

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Not the most famous caves perhaps but the Grotte de Lombrives is the largest cave system in France

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Mirepoix

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In Mirepoix it is the beautifully preserved centre of the bastide town that is the highlight for visitors

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Montjoie-en-Couserans

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The tiny village of Montjoie-en-Couserans is included because it is the start point of a picturesque driving tour of the surrounding villages

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Montsegur

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In Montsegur be sure to visit the cathar castle with its lovely far-reaching views

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Pamiers

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The largest town in Ariege, Pamiers has several notable monuments including the cathedral and the church

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Saint-Girons

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Saint-Girons is a quiet town, a perfect chance to see an unspoiled local town typical of this region

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Saint-Lizier

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A small village in the Natural Regional Park of the Ariege Pyrenees, Saint-Lizier is very picturesque and also has a cathedral and other notable monuments

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Tourtouse

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Although tiny, the castle (and picnic area) in the centre of Tourtouse make a detour recommended

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For more information see the Ariege guide

 
 

Market towns & days in Ariege

all markets in morning unless otherwise stated

Aulus-les-Bains: Sunday (high season only)
Ax-les-Thermes: Thursday (high season only)
Ax-les-Thermes: Tuesday & Saturday
Belesta: Tuesday & Thursday
La Bastide-de-Serou: Thursday
Lavelanet: Wednesday & Friday
Lezat-sur-Leze: Saturday
Mazeres: Thursday
Mirepoix: Thursday & Monday
Pamiers: Tuesday & Saturday
Saint-Girons: Saturday
Saverdun: Friday
Seix: Wednesday (high season only)

Tourist attractions to visit in Ariege

The following sites have received official "tourist classifications"...

Sites of Natural Beauty

Fontaine Intermittente de Fontestorbes

Vallée de Vicdessos

Listed 'Remarkable Gardens'

Parc aux Bambous

Regional Natural Parcs

Pyrenees Ariegeoises

Villages classified as "most beautiful villages"

Camon: Tourist guide

Saint-Lizier: Tourist guide

UNESCO world heritage sites

Audressein Église Notre-Dame de Tramesaygues (monuments on French pilgrim routes): Tourist guide

Saint Lizier cathédrale (monuments on French pilgrim routes): Tourist guide