Foix tourism and travel guide

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

Foix is situated in the Ariege department and Occitanie region.

Important note

This page features a summary of highlights that you might like to explore near Foix. For detailed visitor information see the Foix travel guide.

Attractions in Foix

The chateau de Foix is an impressive medieval castle on a rocky spur in the Ariege valley : Chateau de Foix

Below you can see some of the places that we have visited and reviewed and can recommend when you are sightseeing close to Foix in Occitanie.

Popular places to visit nearby include Pamiers at 16 km and Grotte de Lombrives at 17 km.

Foix, France: places to visit and attractions

Note that all distances below are 'direct' and real driving distances will be greater!

Chateau de Foix

Chateau de Foix

Castle less than one km (direction south-south-west)

The chateau de Foix is an impressive medieval castle on a rocky...

See Chateau de Foix guide


at 16 km (direction south-south-west)

The largest town in Ariege, Pamiers has several notable monuments including the...

See Pamiers guide
Grotte de Lombrives

Grotte de Lombrives

Cave at 17 km (direction south)

Not the most famous caves perhaps but the Grotte de Lombrives is...

See Grotte de Lombrives guide


at 21 km (direction east-south-east)

In Montsegur be sure to visit the cathar castle with its lovely...

See Montsegur guide


at 25 km (direction east-north-east)

In Mirepoix it is the beautifully preserved centre of the bastide town...

See Mirepoix guide


Most Beautiful Village at 30 km (direction east)

The fortified village of Camon, listed as a 'most beautiful village of...

See Camon guide


at 34 km (direction south-east)

A spa town since the 19th century, Ax-les-Thermes is now better known...

See Ax-les-Thermes guide


at 37 km (direction west)

The tiny village of Montjoie-en-Couserans is included because it is the start...

See Montjoie-en-Couserans guide


at 38 km (direction west)

Saint-Girons is a quiet town, a perfect chance to see an unspoiled...

See Saint-Girons guide


Most Beautiful Village at 38 km (direction west)

A small village in the Natural Regional Park of the Ariege Pyrenees,...

See Saint-Lizier guide


at 41 km (direction west-north-west)

Although tiny, the castle (and picnic area) in the centre of Tourtouse...

See Tourtouse guide


at 46 km (direction north-west), in the Haute-Garonne department

The stroll along the river and the surrounding medieval red-brick buildings make...

See Rieux-Volvestre guide


at 47 km (direction north-west), in the Haute-Garonne department

Ransacked as a cathar town in the 12th century, Carbonne was rebuilt...

See Carbonne guide


at 48 km (direction north-east), in the Aude department

Slightly away from tourist routes, Castelnaudary has a pleasant canal port and...

See Castelnaudary guide

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Map of places to visit near Foix


Markets in and near Foix

  • La Bastide-de-Serou: market Thursday (15km)
  • Pamiers: market Tuesday & Saturday (17km)
  • Lavelanet: market Wednesday & Friday (20km)
  • Mirepoix: market Thursday & Monday (25km)
  • Belesta: market Tuesday & Thursday (28km)
  • Saverdun: market Friday (29km)
  • Aulus-les-Bains: market Sunday - seasonal market only (30km)
  • Mazeres: market Thursday (31km)
  • Ax-les-Thermes: market Thursday - seasonal market only (34km)
  • Ax-les-Thermes: market Tuesday & Saturday (34km)

More information about Foix, Midi-Pyrenees

Tourist attractions near Foix, France

What to do at Foix? Some places with official tourist classifications and other places of interest to visit nearby that should provide inspiration if you are visiting Foix.

Heritage sites

Most beautiful villages in France

(see also beautiful French villages)

Regional Natural Parcs

  • Pyrenees Ariegeoises (15km)

Remarkable gardens

  • Parc aux Bambous (23km)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Fontaine Intermittente de Fontestorbes (28km)
  • Vallée de Vicdessos (32km)
  • Cirque d'Anglade (43km)
  • Cirque du Sisca (43km)
  • Lac du Bouillouses (55km)
  • Lac des Bouillouses (55km)

Geography and distances

Foix is in the south of France - it is the prefecture (capital) of the Ariege department (general information: Foix is 657 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Foix

Canton: Foix

Arrondissement: Foix

Department: Ariege

Region: Midi-Pyrenees

New region: Occitanie

Postcode: 0

Distance to Foix

from Foix (prefecture): 1 km

from Paris: 657 km

from Calais: 887 km

from Nice: 465 km

from Bordeaux: 271 km

from Strasbourg: 784 km

Getting here

For driving distances to Foix from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 13 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Arabaux, Brassac, Cos, Ferrieres-sur-Ariege, Ganac, Gudas, Loubieres, Pradieres, Prayols, Saint-Jean-de-Verges, Saint-Martin-de-Caralp, Saint-Pierre-de-Riviere and Vernajoul.

This page in French: Visiter Foix