Activities and stroll

These pages do not present an exhaustive description of all places to be discovered in Ariège department! The objective is only to suggest some ideas of stroll and possible activities around the lodging in Les Cabannes. In order to help you in the preparation of your stay, we suggest that you consult the websites devoted to this beautiful area.

 

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Ax : Ax-les-Thermes
Hot springs in Ax les Thermes are recommended for the rheumatisms treatments, respiratory problems and O.R.L. affections. A large hot water pool accessible to all tourists (77°C) allows feet to be released. A new ludic centre dedicated to hot springs is opened at Couloubret. This centre is close to cinema and Casino which offers games, machines, Texas Hold' EM poker. The centre of the town is also the starting point of the cable car for Alpine skiing.



 
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1 - Beille plateau
A vast plateau located above 1 800 meters. Exceptional site with 360 degrees panorama. The vastness of the site generates pleasure and freedom to cut the breath.

The amateur of pure space is welcome here. 70 km of Scandinavian ski trails for skating or traditional ski, Scandinavian Zone of Evolution, served by the ski-lift school, 45 km of tracks for rackets and Scandinavian walk, space toboggan made safe with 4 tracks, track for sledge school with the base Angaka, track Alpine skiing initiation.



 
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2 - Bonascre
Close to Spain and Andorra, the Ax les Thermes resort and its three areas, Bonascre, Saquet and Campels opens on the most beautiful panoramas of the Ariège Pyrénées. They are coated with snow at the early beginning of winter.
During summer, the cable car from Ax to Bonascre is opened, as well as the chair-lift "the white hare" allowing Saquet to be reached.
They are operating:
From July 5 to July 11 and August 18 to August 31: opened every day from 9:30 to 12:30 and from 13:45 to 18h00
From July 12 to August 17: opened every day from 9:30 to 12:30 and from 13:45 to 19:00.



 
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3 - Ascou Pailheres
At the middle of a pine trees forest, Ascou is a family ski resort including 15 trails, 6 ski lifts, a snow garden, a learning track, a sledge trail, animations, a restaurant and services. This domain is adapted for all levels, and allows enjoying pleasure of skiing.


 
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4 - Chioula resort
• The Chioula pass and its cross-country skiing resort.
• After Ax les Thermes, a small ski resort is hidden at Chioula pass. Adapted for families, this small ski resort proposes many cross-country skiing trails, and is the starting point for walking and racket marked routes. Equipments can be rented on site, and food is also available at the tracks starting, and at the top. Then, one can discover the landscapes in the forests, or along the pass. White vastnesses as far as the eyes can see. It is recommended by very good weather!!
• During the summer, very pleasant walks are possible in these mountains.


 
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5(a) y 5(b) - Andorra
Very important ski resorts with fields connected together allowing long courses. Le Pas de la Case at 55 kms from Les Cabannes, frontier town of the Andorra principality, is an attractive destination for reduced price shopping. Be aware, that except alcohol, cigarettes, CD, sugar, milk, it is necessary to know the French prices because the difference is still not significant, and the guarantees are often shorter and especially difficult to make them respected. On the other hand, do not hesitate to visit the principality and to leave the main road.
For example, you will be agreeably surprised by the visit of Ordino city through Ordino collar.



 
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6 - Labouiche
6 kilometers far from Foix, through RD 1 in Vernajoul village, the underground river of Labouiche is one of principal geological curiosities in Ariège.
It is also the occasion of an attractive 2500 meters excursion in a boat, at 60 meters underground. It is the longest course of this type in Europe. One discovers a unique scenery and environment. The overall length of the cave is approximately 12 kilometers.


 
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7 - The Orlu wolf park
An enthralling animals park, within a splendid landscape.

Not to be missed!


 
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8 - The Pyrène iron works
The Pyrène iron works offer the visitors two museums, e.g., the Old Trades Museum and the Iron Museum. A further 30 minutes visit with animated workshops allows our ancestors’ life to be better understood.


 
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9 - Prehistory park
On 13 hectares, you will discover all the prehistory art, in a magic park of water and rocks. This is a visit within a unique space for discovering, learning, having fun and reviving prehistory. Outside, the traces torrent flows in games and water effects. The sounds labyrinth offers three different sound courses. Free animations and workshops are available every day in the park. A free kennels is also available.


 
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10 - Lombrive
The Lombrive cave is the largest one equipped for European Union visitors. One of the rooms is as large as Paris cathedral. Several visit trails are proposed. Concerts and dining spectacles are held in the cave in July and August. In order to facilitate the access, a small train on panoramic road brings the visitor up to 200m from the entrance.


 
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11 - Prehistoric caves

Bedeilhac
Owing to the abundance of its furniture art, the great diversity of the parietal techniques, its occupation areas in deep cave, its proximity of exceptional sites like Mas d’Azil and Enlène and of decorated caves like Niaux, Fontanet, Portel, Tuc d' Audoubert and les Trois Frères, Bédeilhac constitutes a significant stake for understanding the social relations between human groups during Tardiglaciaire. (G. SAUVET, M. BARBAZA).

Niaux
The Niaux cave, universally known, competes with Lascaux for the great quality and excellent conservation of its 13 000 year old paintings. It can be reached through Tarascon; then drive on D8 for approximately 5 kms (Auzat and Vicdessos direction).

Vache
The Vache cave is a small one located in Alliat en Ariège; it has vestiges and works of art from the Magdalenian.


 
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12 - La route des “Corniches”
Circuit: Cabannes, Verdun, Appy, Lordat, Bestaic, Collar of marmare, Collar of Chioula, Ax-the-Thermal baths, through the cornices road.


 
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13 - Aigles du château de Lordat
965m high, the Lordat castle is one of the oldest and vastest feudal residences of the Foix county. Several times per day, a flying spectacle takes place within this prestigious historical domain. The site accommodates eagles, peregrine falcons, vultures, buzzards, …

Opened from Easter holidays to beginning of November (April, May, June, September, October and November: every day from 14:15 to 16:30 (except Tuesday).
45 minutes demonstration at 11:30, 15:00 and 16:30 (july/august) and at 15:00 the other months.


 
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14 - Trimouns talc career
The Trimouns talc career is located in Luzenac. It employs 310 permanent workers and 110 seasonal workers. Because of its geographical situation, the career is operated from April to November, but the factory works all the year.
With the Pyrenees chains as background, giant machines extract, sort and transport talc on giant steps.
Visits from half May to half October.
Warm clothes and binoculars are recommended. For visiting, please contact the Tourism Office Tourism of Ax valleys,
Tel.: 05 61 64 68 05.


 
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15 - Mercus nautical base
Fine sand beach, green peninsula, beach-volleyball, pedal boats, water skiing, wake-board, restoring with shaded terrace… at ten minutes from Foix, within a unique natural landscape, the Mercus nautical base offers unforgettable holidays in Ariège during all summer. Opened 7 days a week until September 15. The Mercus base owns a unique nautical ski-lift, equipped with a 750 m cable.


 
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16 - Riète and Laparan dams
While driving on the beautiful Aston road on few kilometres, ones arrives at Riète dam, the oldest built on the Aston river. While continuing on his road, one arrives at the more recent Laparan dam. Hikers can reach Andorra (Soldeu) through the Garsan refuge and the Fontargenta Lake.


 
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17(a) 17(b) - Circuit for St Girons

Very beautiful circuit for going to St Girons, while passing through Tarascon, the Vicdessos valley and the l’hers collar, Aulus, Ustou, Seix, Oust, St Girons. Another route, through Tarascon, Saurat, the Port collar, Massat, St Girons. The outward journey can be performed by one way and the return by the other.
St-Girons: smiling Couserans capital. Its alive and picturesque fairs (2nd and 4th Monday in the month) and markets (Saturday) attract several times per month the whole population from the surrounding mountains.


 
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18 - Foix
The Foix castle (Xe – XVe century) dominates the city. It is protected by impregnable walls. It was built at a period of great insecurity, armed robbery and territory competition.



 
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19 - The Mas d-Azil cave
The Mas d’Azil cave is crossed by N 119. It was dug by Arize river in the solid mass of Plantaurel (the Pyrenees ariégeoises).

It was occupied at various prehistoric and historical times and it owns its name from a prehistoric culture, Azilian. The Arize door which marks the South cave entrance consists of a 51 m high and 48 m broad porch for 48. The Mas d’Azil city deserves a very pleasant visit.


 
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20 - Mirepoix
Very pleasant medieval small town. Colourful farm markets are held regularly during the summer. Good stage towards Carcassonne. Very famous apple fair on the third weekend of October.


 
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21 - Towards Carcassonne
The Carcassonne City is a medieval architectural unit. It is located at the south-east of the actual city. This strengthened medieval City, whose origins go back to the Gallo-Roman period, owes its fame from its double enclosure, reaching nearly 3 km and comprising 52 towers, and dominating the Aude valley. The completely inhabited City also includes a castle and a basilica (the Saint-Nazaire basilica) through the cornices road.


 
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22 - The yellow Train
The small yellow train is a rail link connecting Latour de Carol to Villefranche de Conflent. It is a true umbilical cord binding Cerdagne to the Roussillon plain.
It holds a record: culminating at 1500m, it is the highest regular railway in the world.
The average speed of the yellow train is 30km/h.
This line owns the highest train station in Europe: Bolquère, located at 1952 m.

Recommendation: this is a splendid trip only by good weather; take the 1st train of the day in Latour de Carol which is much less crowded than the following.


 
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23 - Odeillo and Mont Louis
The Solar furnace is the world Symbol of solar energy in France. The Odeillo large solar furnace is located in Font-Romeu-Odeillo-Via en Cerdagne, in the Eastern Pyrenees department. The Odeillo location was selected for:
• duration and quality of its direct light sunning (more than 2400 h/year)
• atmosphere purity. One finds, in the vicinity, the precursor Mount-Louis solar furnace installed in the Vauban fortress. This fortress accommodates also a commandos training centre. In the vicinity also, in Targassonne, you will find the THEMIS solar power station.


 
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24(a) et 24(b) - Access to the sea
One can go easily to the nearest beach in Canet, either through Lavelanet and Quillan (approximately 137 km) or through the Puymorens collar (Tunel), Cerdagne, Villefranche-de-Conflent, and Perpignan (159 km touristic road).



 
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