The Ariège offers a wide variety of landscapes, the Couserans region lies in foothills of the Pyrenees where open landscapes and gently sloping hills alternate. You can also walk in the high mountains along the French - Spanish border. The Montcalm with its 3077 meters is the highest peak in the region. Something for everyone. Besides the exceptional flora, the fauna is also very varied, from wild boars, chamois to griffon vultures. The GR10 crosses the department from east to west.
Pays des Portes de l'Ariège.
This part of Ariège is the closest to Toulouse. From the plain of Toulouse you can already see the chain of the Pyrenees. If you visit this region you should definitely visit the famous cave Mas d'Azil. Access to the cave is spectacular, as the river and the road run 420 meters through this cave. You can actually drive there by car. The village of Carla-Bayle, surrounded by city walls illuminated at night, is also worth a visit.
Pays du Couserans.
The Couserans is a region with mountains, hills, meadows, lakes, waterfalls and forests that are part of the Regional Natural Park of the Pyrenees of Ariège. Between the 18 valleys at the foot of the majestic Mont Valier, some have remained isolated until the recent past, allowing them to retain their own identity, such as the Bethmale valley.
The river Ariège is the backbone of this region stretching from Foix to Hospitalet near Andorra, with the Donezan to the east, a peninsula with high mountains and beautiful forests. Foix is the capital of the Ariège with the castle of Foix as a tourist attraction.
This region is at the crossroads of Atlantic and Mediterranean influences, so that the landscape alternates both softwood and hardwood forests. In this region are also important relics from the Middle Ages, such as the castle of Montségur, the symbol of Catharism. There are also many Romanesque churches to be found.