Pyrenees Great Places Days Out

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Places to See, Things to Do



Great fun at Carcassonne

Carcassonne - La Cite: walled medieval city, castle, cathedral.


The famous walled 'Cite de Carcassonne' is NOT TO BE MISSED!  The medieval 'Cite' was reconstructed in the 19th Century and has complete walls, fortifications, a castle, churches, plus many shops and restaurants.





Cite de l'espace, Toulouse - 1 hour drive

If there is a rainy day, or just for a change of scene(?), then a day out at 'Space City' near Toulouse (as seen on BBC's 'Holiday' 7th Feb 07) is definitely worth a visit - plenty for all the family!  The Imax 'Space Station' film is a must for all and the restaurants serve very good quality and reasonably priced lunches for adults and the little ones....definitely a recommended visit.

Toulouse itself is also well worth a visit - cosmopolitan shopping and wonderful architecture.


St Girons Market and St Lizier

Every Saturday throughout the year, one of the largest markets in Southern France is held at St Girons.  The market is crammed with fresh fruit, vegetables, cheese and meats.  Many local artisans have stalls selling everything from ironwork to silks.  Wander around this extensive, quintessential French market.  Buy a delicious picnic, then drive a few miles to the beautiful, quiet town of St Lizier.  A perfect picnic place can be found just above the Bishops Palace.  A pleasant couple of hours then can be spent wandering the streets of St Lizier.  The cloisters in the abbey are a definite highlight.


Narbonne/Narbonne Plage: the nearest, beautiful white sandy Mediterranean beach.

Superb, long, sandy and very clean beaches can be found all along the Mediterranean coast, from the beautiful fishing town of Collioure to well beyond the cosmopolitan city of Montpellier.  The beach at Narbonne Plage is as good as anywhere.  Why not relax on the soft, clean sand, swim in the shallow, warm Med, then have a meal or stroll around the beautiful and historic Roman town of Narbonne.



Plateau de Beille Nordic Skiing & Mountain Biking/HikingPlateau de Beille

Above Tarascon, a Nordic skiing area that is fantastic at any time of the year for walking, cycling, skiing, sledging or just for enjoying the magnificent views.  There is a good cafe/restaurant, toilets, ice cream, etc!





Ax Les Thermes, the WolvesAx Les Thermes & the Orlu Nature Reserve

A very pleasant drive down the Ariege valley to Ax Les Thermes.  Lunch or pick-up a picnic, dabble your feet in the warm volcanic pool.  Then a beautiful 20 minute drive through the spectacular Orlu valley to the 'Maison de Loupes'. 


Alternatively, you may want to go Marmot spotting along the slightly higher levels of the Orlu valley, through the National Nature Reserve.  The Marmots are wild but approachable and can be seen close to the path-side after about an hour's walk.



Puivert Chateau and beach

How about a castle and beach trip?  Why not try the impressive Cathar Castle at Puivert.  In beautiful surroundings the castle could fill a couple of hours exploring, then you can cool down and have fun in the clean, safe swimming lake in the village.  You can hire 'peddlelo' and canoes.  The beach is soft, fine sand which is cleaned daily.You could then visit the charming Medieval town of Mirepoix.....

























































































































































































































About Rich & Yvett. 




Rich was born in York, England and has lived in the Ariege for 8 years.  Yvett is Hungarian and is a fluent French speaker.  After 10 years living & working in Budapest, she sought a quieter life in France....


Since 2010, Yvett & Richard have built a new life together around the Leze valley, initially with a B&B in Le Fossat and now

after 2 years of renovation, a new 'project', Le Courtal, set in the peace & tranquillity of the rolling Ariege hills, surrounded by oak forests, abundant wildlife, pretty villages and friendly people.


They both love very much the pace of life, the simple, fun, colourful culture & cuisine plus the opportunity to routinely explore

the magnificent Pyrenees. They feel very fortunate to be able to live in the Ariege and enjoy very much to share this experience with everyone who stays in their home.