Merens-les-Vals tourism and travel guide

Photo of Merens-les-Vals in Ariege

Photo is of Ax-les-Thermes at 7 km from Merens-les-Vals

Visit Merens-les-Vals: highlights and tourist information

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Merens-les-Vals is situated in the Ariege department and Occitanie region.

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

Popular places to visit nearby include Ax-les-Thermes at 7 km and Montsegur at 24 km.

Merens-les-Vals, France: places to visit and attractions

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



at 7 km (direction )

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

See Ax-les-Thermes guide


at 24 km (direction )

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

See Montsegur guide
Grotte de Lombrives

Grotte de Lombrives

Cave at 26 km (direction north-west)

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

See Grotte de Lombrives guide


at 37 km (direction east-north-east), in the Aude department

Be sure to take a stroll through Quillan as part of your...

See Quillan guide
Gorges de l'Aude

Gorges de l'Aude

Scenery at 37 km (direction east-north-east), in the Aude department

The Gorges de l'Aude are a scenic highlight to explore close to...

See Gorges de l'Aude guide


at 39 km (direction north-west)

The narrow medieval streets, the imposing castle above the town and the...

See Foix guide
Chateau de Foix

Chateau de Foix

Castle at 39 km (direction north-west)

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

See Chateau de Foix guide
Chateau de Puilaurens

Chateau de Puilaurens

Castle at 41 km (direction east-north-east), in the Aude department

Castle Puilaurens is a Cathar castle of France in a beautiful mountain...

See Chateau de Puilaurens guide


Most Beautiful Village at 42 km (direction north-north-east)

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

See Camon guide


Most Beautiful Village at 42 km (direction east), in the Pyrenees-Orientales department

The medieval streets in the heart of Mosset have helped it become...

See Mosset guide


Most Beautiful Village at 44 km (direction east), in the Pyrenees-Orientales department

Villefranche-de-Conflent is a fascinating place to explore, with a fortified ancient village...

See Villefranche-de-Conflent guide


at 45 km (direction east), in the Pyrenees-Orientales department

If you are wanting a spa break in the Pyrenees mountains the...

See Molitg-les-Bains guide


at 46 km (direction east-north-east), in the Aude department

A small village with lovely views, it is also the legends associating...

See Rennes-le-Chateau guide


at 48 km (direction east-north-east)

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

See Mirepoix guide

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Map of places to visit near Merens-les-Vals


Markets in and near Merens-les-Vals

  • Ax-les-Thermes: market Thursday - seasonal market only (7km)
  • Ax-les-Thermes: market Tuesday & Saturday (7km)
  • Belesta: market Tuesday & Thursday (29km)
  • Lavelanet: market Wednesday & Friday (31km)
  • Quillan: market Wednesday & Saturday (37km)
  • Aulus-les-Bains: market Sunday - seasonal market only (43km)
  • Esperaza: market Thursday & Sunday (44km)
  • La Bastide-de-Serou: market Thursday (51km)
  • Limoux: market Friday all day (54km)

More information about Merens-les-Vals, Midi-Pyrenees

Tourist attractions near Merens-les-Vals, France

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

Heritage sites

  • Mont-Louis citadelle (Vauban fortifications) (29km)
  • Villefranche-de-Conflent enceinte / fort (Vauban fortifications) (44km)

Most beautiful villages in France

(see also beautiful French villages)

Recommended detour towns (fr: plus beau détour)

Regional Natural Parcs

  • Pyrenees Catalanes (28km)
  • Pyrenees Ariegeoises (50km)

Churches and religious monuments

  • Eglise de Sainte-Marie (Corneilla-de-Conflent) (46km)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Cirque du Sisca (10km)
  • Lac des Bouillouses (17km)
  • Lac du Bouillouses (17km)
  • Fontaine Intermittente de Fontestorbes (29km)
  • Vallée de Vicdessos (32km)
  • Gorges de la Pierre-Lys (36km)
  • Réserve naturelle régionale de Nyer (39km)

Geography and distances

Merens-les-Vals is in the south of France at 39 kilometres from Foix, the department capital (general information: Merens-les-Vals is 690 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Merens-les-Vals

Canton: Ax-les-Thermes

Arrondissement: Foix

Department: Ariege

Region: Midi-Pyrenees

New region: Occitanie

Postcode: 0

Distance to Merens-les-Vals

from Foix (prefecture): 39 km

from Paris: 690 km

from Calais: 922 km

from Nice: 456 km

from Bordeaux: 310 km

from Strasbourg: 803 km

Getting here

For driving distances to Merens-les-Vals from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 2 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Orgeix and Orlu.

This page in French: Visiter Merens-les-Vals