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Make a holiday rental house or property in Ariege, France your home away from home

Ariege, a department in the Midi-Pyrenees region of southern France, borders both Spain and Andorra to the south. It is especially interesting location for anyone with an interest in pre-history, as the department has the highest concentration of pre-historic caves in France. However, there is far more on offer from a self catering Ariege property, with extensive access to the Pyrenees, and all the sport and leisure opportunities that entails.

Things to do on holiday in Ariege, France

The great outdoors are of course the main attraction in Ariege, especially in the summer when walking, cycling, horse riding and fishing offer an unbeatable way to get into the unspoilt natural environment. Trout fishing in Ariege can be on a diverse range of waterways, from fast flowing streams to hidden mountain lakes.

Walking, cycling and riding under the snow capped peaks, through lush valleys and deep forests can not be beaten for enjoyment and relaxation. Longer hikes into the mountains are spectacular, as you stumble across long forgotten castles and villages which defy belief. Pack donkeys or guides can be hired to help with your exploration too.

In winter, the mountains of Ariege have 10 ski stations for skiers of every level and some magnificent cross-country skiing trails. Snowshoeing is a fast growing winter and there are extensive trails in Ariege.

Spring fills the rivers and streams with raging melt waters, and flocks of kayakers and white water rafters fill the self catering Ariege properties to tackle the waterways. There are over 400km of accessible and practicable stretches of white water.

Rock-climbing, cannoning, caving and the adventure parks of Acro’lus and Horizon Vertical are sure to get the adrenaline pumping from an Ariege holiday rental too.

Weather in Ariege, France

For many, September and October represent the best times to visit the magnificent countryside of Ariege, as the walking, cycling and riding temperatures are warm, but not too hot. Every season brings visitors with different activities in mind. From March until early September sees self catering Ariege properties filled with fishermen, whilst from April onwards, the snowmelt filled rivers attract kayakers and white water rafters. Winter of course brings the skiers, snowboarders and winter hikers.

Flights to Ariege, France

Ryanair operate a direct service from London Stansted (STN) to Carcassonne (CCF), about 30 minutes outside of Ariege. Alternatively, easyJet operate services from London Gatwick (LGW) to Toulouse Airport (TLS), roughly one and a half hours from the self catering holiday villas in Ariege.

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                                                                                                      The location of the gîte is excellent, very convenient for Mirapoix and and visiting an number of other places in the region. The gîte is well equipped and spacious, with a wonderful swimming pool. The hosts are very friendly and helpful. We had a splendid holiday and would go back.
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                                                                                                      We loved the location, the house, the people, the weather and the peace and quiet. Loved the place.

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                                                                                                      The property is located above the main village of Ascou. It offers lovely views and a restful environment in which to unwind and relax. The house provides good cooking and bathing facilities with all the facilities you need. There are a variety of walks that can be taken directly from the house each offers its own rewards in terms of wildlife and scenery. At night you can enjoy the sunset with the drink of you choice and watch the owls and bats. The main town of Ax Les Thermes is a 10-15 minute drive away and offers a range of restaurants and bars. The main square is a lovely place to enjoy a coffee and cake and people watch. The markets offer a wide choice of local produce for home cooked meals. The area is crammed with historical interest and we much enjoyed visits to the caves at Niaux and Lombrives. The Museum of Prehistory at Tarascon is excellent and the Cathar castles are worth visiting too. If you like hiking, there are great routes on the local Grand Routes (GR) the Pic de Tarbesou is beautiful with lakes to sit beside and enjoy a well earned picnic lunch. The Spa in Ax Les Thermes is a great place to recover from a long day hiking. Wonderful! Overall we loved the house, village and the area as a whole. A special mention for the local people as they were so friendly and helpful. Thank you Marie-Claire. A 5 star holiday location.
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                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Aug 2017