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

photo of Audressein


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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photo of Ax-les-Thermes


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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photo of Camon


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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photo of Chateau de Foix

Chateau de Foix

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


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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photo of Grotte de Lombrives

Grotte de Lombrives

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


In Mirepoix it is the beautifully preserved centre of the bastide town that is the highlight for visitors
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photo of Montjoie-en-Couserans


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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photo of Montsegur


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


The largest town in Ariege, Pamiers has several notable monuments including the cathedral and the church
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photo of Saint-Girons


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


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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photo of Tourtouse


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

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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: See tourist guide

Saint-Lizier: See tourist guide

UNESCO world heritage sites

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

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