Visit The Ariège – Pyrenees montains chain
ARIEGE, with its 14,000 years of history, is a living memory of the turbulent history of mankind.
For 14000 years, it has kept within it the most beautiful jewels of art, architecture and human know-how.
The Ariège, located in the Occitan region (formerly Midi-Pyrenees) is bordering Spain and Andorra in the southwest of France.
District of the Pyrenees, Ariege is a very large regional natural park, renowned for its exceptional mountain landscapes, its fauna and its unique flora.
We welcome you at Le Petit Pyrénéen, campsite Mas d’Azil with swimming pool
Discover the Ariège seen from the sky by this video
Ariège, Cathar country
The Occitan department is also loaded with history of the Middle Ages, ancestral land of Catharism. The Cathar castles, the castle of Foix, the bastide of Mirepoix, the castle of Montségur are the legacy.
During your holidays or weekend in Ariège-Pyrénées, in the heart of nature, you will be close to major cities that have made the fame of the southwest: Foix, Carcassonne, the medieval city, Lourdes, place of pilgrimage or Toulouse, the pink City.
Ariège nature, walks and hikes
Nature getaway on foot, enjoy an huge playground and exploration, from the Piedmont Hills to the summit of Montcalm Peak at 3077 meters. You will appreciate the contrast of the landscapes by borrowing for example the GR10 which crosses the Ariège-Pyrenees from East to West to discover exceptional natural sites such as the Valley of Haute Ariège, the valley of Vicdessos, the high Couserans. Ariège on foot, these are trails in the forest, through the hills, crossed bridges, point of breathtaking views, this is the program of your walks and hikes in Ariège-Pyrénées.
During your outings, you may have the chance to see some of the animals of the mountain: marmots, chamois and other birds. The department is meshed with small mountain villages which you can admire the authenticity, and enjoy the warm welcome of the inhabitants.
Passionate about history, heritage, hikers, explorers, adventurers, contemplatives or sportsmen, lovers of nature and open spaces, the Ariège Pyrénées country is for you.
Whether you are on a motorhome, in a tent or looking for comfortable family accommodation, Le Petit Pyrénéen campsite welcomes you with family or friends.
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What to do in Ariège-Pyrénées?
The GROTTE MAS d’AZIL (cave): exceptional site with its 65m high arch, under which pass the road and the river. This place must see or review after 2 years of redevelopment has been the refuge of several populations of prehistoric men.
THE CASTLE OF FOIX: it is the castle of your dreams of child.
THE CASTLE OF MONTSEGUR: it is an integral part of the Country of Art and History of the Cathar Pyrenees.
FORGES OF PYRENE: discover the Ariege of the past! The 5 hectares of this timeless hamlet stage 120 trades, mostly missing, a collection of 6500 tools, several workshops led by craftsmen and an original show on everyday life at the beginning of the last century.
THE CITY OF SAINT LIZIER: one of the most beautiful villages in France with its palace and cathedral.
PARK OF PREHISTORY: over 13 hectares, relive the origins of Man and immerse yourself in the sources of art.
Hikes around the Mas d’Azil: discover nature and heritage around the Mas d’Azil through 10 village loops and 1 Natura 2000 loop.
Mountain biking at Mas d’Azil: Great mountain bike crossing, various courses including the regional championships.
Way of Saint Jacques de Compostelle: GR 78
Fishing: Trout Mas d’Azilienne invites you on its sector for an easy fishing. You can also fish for pike-perch at Lake Feilheit.
The lakes and streams are also full of gougeons, poles, carp …
The picking of mushrooms: cepes, chanterelles … inhabit the forests of the mountains of the Plantaurel Massif.
Enjoy your holidays at campsite le Petit Pyreneen, at Mas d’Azil Village, campsite Ariege Pyreneen country – France !