A pretty village in the valley of the stream Bessous. The restoration of the church, which dates to the twelfth century AD, is almost complete. It has a horizontal octogonal 32 square metre stained glass window in the roof which is of note. There is also a park and petanque/boules area to the rear of the church.

Have a Look at the village website.


A mediaeval bastide town, classified as a Grand Site Midi-Pyrenees, Mirepoix is well worth a visit or six. Here, as well as the practical amenities such as supermarkets, shops, doctors, pharmacies etc, you will find a vast choice of restaurants and pavement cafés perfect to while away the time people watching with a glass or two of local wine. Sit under the couverts and admire the original beams and carved faces. The Monday morning market should not be missed.  From spring through to late autumn Mirepoix hosts a series of festivals, fêtes and exhibitions.


The mediaeval cité and canal du midi are UNESCO world heritage sites. The cité is not to be missed. During the summer, it is best to visit either early in the day or in the evening. A great place to wander, maybe stop at one of the cafés for a cool drink or have a meal in one of the many restaurants. The fireworks display annually on the 14 July is superb.


Classed as one of the prettiest villages in France, it is known as the village of roses. Well worth a visit.


This tiny village boasts a church built into the rocks, on a site which some say dates back to roman times. The current church dates to the 10th century. Well worth a visit. There is also a visitors centre for the village and also for the Tabariane at Teilhet.  A pleasant cafe in the village serves lunch and snacks.

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Visit the Tabariane- a merovingian burial site (5th to 8th century). It is a pleasant walk from Le Cazal with great views, following the GR78.


Foix is the capital town of the Ariege. The chateau towers above the town. Another pretty town to meander, plenty of quaint streets and buildings. Market on Friday morning.


Pretty hilltop town which is very pleasant for an evening walk.


There is a castle, a museum and a popular swimming lake.


Limoux is a pretty town – worth a visit in all seasons. There are a good number of events throughout the year. One of note is the carnival which takes place from January to April. The town is attractive and lively. There is also a canoeing and kayaking centre on the river. Market on Friday morning.


Known as the Cité Rose or the pink city due to the colour of the brickwork. A beautiful city which is a joy to explore on foot, crammed with churches, museums and historic buildings. Also, there are plenty of bars, cafés and restaurants. On the outskirts, you can find the Airbus factory tour,  Aeroscopia museum and space centre. It is essential to prebook.