Ariège has a rich parietal and prehistorical heritage, as evidenced by its famous caves of Niaux and Mas d'Azil. In addition to these treasures, there is a wonderful natural, pastoral and cultural heritage that can be discovered through its landscapes, alternating valleys and Pyrenean mountains, lakes and rivers, plains and forests, its medieval castles, its typical villages, and its museums of history, art and tradition. With more than 5,000 kilometres of marked trails, more than 300 kilometres of rivers, and ten winter sports resorts, it is also an ideal destination for outdoor recreation such as hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, skiing, fishing and white water sports. More than enough for you to explore! In order to quickly find your campsite in this southern region of France, we recommend that you do it as early as possible by going on the HomeCamper website. You will be able to discover all the offers available in the Ariège from HomeCamper hosts who will offer you the opportunity to stay directly with the locals while preserving the camping spirit!
A stone's throw away from Spain and Andorra, Ariège is a department where traditions persist. The transhumance of cows, sheep and even Merens horses is still relevant in the Ariège region. A land of history, Ariège has many Cathar sites that bear witness to the history of the department, such as the Château de Monségur. Romanesque buildings such as St Lizier Cathedral are essential places to visit. Its large regional nature park, its passes used by Tour de France runners, its prehistoric caves (including the aforementionned cave of Niaux) make Ariège an ideal place for green tourism. The many animal parks will delight young and old alike. There are also many unusual places to visit, such as the world's largest talc quarry, the underground river of Labouiche or the Dolmens of Mas d'Azil.
Rhythmic all year round by festivals, Ariège is also a dynamic department.
In terms of sport, the 9 resorts offer skiers something to enjoy in winter sports. Hiking (to the Orlu reserve for example), walking, mountain biking or horse riding, as well as many white water sports offer beautiful sporting activities. We advise you to visit exceptional villages in Ariège, notably the village of St Lizier or the curious village of Saint Marin d'Oydes which was built around a church.
The weather is mild most of the year round in the Ariège department. If you can't stand the high heat and big crowd of people, avoid the months of July and August. However, the month of May is an excellent choice to visit the whole department allowing you to discover this specific part of southern France in complete tranquility, while you can enjoy swimming in the blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea.
Whether you own a caravan, a motorhome, or a van, get ready for a roadtrip filled with unique camping and sightseeing experiences!