3 spa resorts, 9 ski resorts, rivers for swimming, this territory means good for you! A department of the Pyrenees backed by Spain and Andorra, Ariège offers you its traditions, its authenticity and a preserved nature. 40% of its surface area is integrated into the Regional Natural Park of the Ariège Pyrenees, this terroir is home to a rich mountain biodiversity, both faunistic and floristic. This living and inhabited mountain also sees, in summer, the transhumance of sheep, cows and horses of Merens. The Ariège reveals grandiose landscapes from the rolling and green hills of the foothills to the high aerial and rocky peaks above 3,000 m in altitude - the Pique d'Estats, the Pic de Montcalm and the Pic du Port de Sullo -, passing through several passes used by the Tour de France. It is hard not to fall under the spell of the authentic Gascony mountain of the Couserans region with its 18 valleys alternating meadows and lakes, waterfalls and forests. Among its jewels, the jewel remains the wild valley of Bethmale. In addition to its sumptuous nature, there is a whole gourmet heritage around hearty dishes including aigo bullido, egg soup, azinat, a kind of potato, duck and goose confit, foie gras, garbure, confit and cabbage soup. Not to mention, a heritage of history and culture: prehistoric caves and Romanesque churches, Cathar castles and medieval towns... An original Ariege production? Talc is extracted from the quarries of the Ax-les-Thermes valleys. And, of course, you won't miss Foix and its castle.

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Ariège has two tourist seasons: summer and winter. Summer is the season for hikers and lovers of landscapes, air and nature, but also for mountain music festivals. In winter, the ski resorts come alive. The thermal season, for its part, runs from about mid-March to the end of November. All seasons are suitable for discovering the small Ariège capital of Foix and its castle, put in summer it is more pleasant and the tourist affluence remains sustainable. The same applies to the route of Cathar castles and Romanesque churches, fortified churches and churches with painted decorations (17th century). In winter, while skiers are skiing down the slopes, non-skiers can discover the Pays des Portes de l'Ariège, the nearest sector to Toulouse, against a backdrop of the Pyrenees chain. You can visit the cave site and its prehistoric museum all year round. The village of Carla-Bayle with its illuminated ramparts at night is also worth a visit. Rugby fans will be kept informed of the match schedule. They are numerous and generally spectacular.

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