In the historic Gallo-roman village of St. Lizier, on the Route de Sainte Jacques de Compostelle, our Garden Apartment is situated above the market town of St. Girons with a spectacular panorama of the Pyrenees. There has been a bishopric here since the 6th century and you can visit the Bishops Palace and museum, the Cathedral of Notre Dame de la Sede, the beautiful Toulousaines style 11th century church of St.Lizier with it's octagonal bell tower, serene cloisters and the 18th century pharmacy - all a stroll from the apartment. The village boasts a superb restaurant in the Bishops Palace, its terrace overlooking the mountains and just across the road from the apartment is 11 place de l'eglise where you can also eat in or outside and enjoy the view and a light lunch in the summer. Also in the summer, there is another little cafe-bar which offers snacks and drinks. This sunny Garden Apartment is on the ground floor with easy access from secure parking. It has a private terrace and the apartment has been entirely renovated providing comfortable accommodation for four with two en suite bedrooms, spacious open plan living area and French windows onto the terrace. There is a good WiFi connection.
MAKE A NOTE OF THESE SPECIAL DATES; From the end of May to mid June you can take part in the annual TRANSHUMANCES EN COUSERANS and join the walks with the shepherds and herders as they take the cattle, the sheep and the beautiful black Merens horses up to the high pastures for the summer. Bring your picnic and enjoy this very traditional Ariegeoise event en famille.
AUTREFOIS LE COUSERANS - the 23rd year of this colourful recreation of the old days in the Ariege countryside with a grand parade through St. Girons You will see the traditional costumes, the old cars and farm vehicles, and plenty of cattle, horses and goats decked out for the parade. Everyone gets into the festival mood and you could just end up with a soaking from the turn-of-the-century fire engine. www.autrefois-le-couserans.com
And from mid July to mid August, St. Lizier, and surrounding churches, play host to the annual DAVID LIVELY concert season which brings international performers and local choirs and orchestras together for an extraordinary feast of top class music. Check website www.tourisme-stgirons-stlizier.fr for dates and the programme.
And you can always check out our tourist office which has lots of ideas and information on what's going on in this area throughout the year - they're very helpful - www.tourisme-stgirons-stlizier.fr.