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TownL'Hospitalet-près-l'AndorrePorta at 8 km (10 min)
Insee code09139Mérens-les-Vals at 10 km (10 min)
Postcode09390Porté-Puymorens at 16.7 km (18 min)
Latitude42.5870150Ax-les-Thermes at 19.5 km (24 min)
Longitude1.7976890Orgeix at 20 km (22 min)
AltitudeFrom 1279 to 2816 metersSavignac-les-Ormeaux at 21 km (24 min)
Surface26.12 km²Orlu at 22 km (26 min)
Population94 inhabitantsVaychis at 23 km (26 min)
Density3 inhabitants/km²Sorgeat at 23 km (28 min)
Chief townFoix (at 61 km, 57 min)Tignac at 24 km (27 min)
DepartmentAriègeAscou at 24 km (30 min)
RegionMidi-PyrénéesSearch another town


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The village is located at 1430 m altitude in the upper valley of the Ariege, just before the Andorran border.

It is a typical village in stone, with its hiking trails, fountains ...

According to the chronicle of Vich, Hospitalet owe its foundation to the knight Bertrand Enveight nephew of Susan Enveight, dowager-Jordan, where the boundaries came up Saillens (common Mérens-les-Vals) . Surprised by the year 1003 with his horse through a snowstorm on the western side of the neck Puymorens Enveight the knight made a vow, if he had saved his life to build a hospital or a shelter house with oratory dedicated to Saint Suzanne, patron of his aunt. At the same time, he opened his sword the belly of his horse, tore out the guts and put in their place. By this ingenious method, he warmed himself, could wait until the weather and find his way. He kept his promise and we still see today the chapel he had built near the bridge called Sainte Suzanne. This became the patron saint of Hospitalet. His feast day is August 11. The sanctuary of St. Suzanne was held by monks of the Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem. At that time, the population consisted of Hospitalet July-August religious service attached to the hospital, assisted by a few volunteer workers (Donats) who helped care for travelers and pilgrims, to herding and cultivate the land. All lived very soberly.

In 1791, when the formation of the territory of Commons, the Refuge was a hamlet Mérens-les-Vals. Its first mayor was Peter Astri. Until the mid 17th century, the Refuge was designated as the Hospital de Sainte Suzanne, in memory of its founding. After the plague of 1631 and the records of Vital Mérens-les-Vals, it appears that the village has a church, under the patronage of St. Susanna, and a cemetery separate from Merens. The church bell, dating from the 17th century, was recast in 1843. His weight is 164 kg and note E-flat.

Village near the border, L'Hospitalet knew the invasion of Spain in April 1793 (where they were repulsed by the National Guard and troops of General Marbot) in 1811 and 1812 where they "went down" in the region Ax and even to the gates of Tarascon.

The iron mines Puymorens used to forge the Ariège valley make it, too, a necessary and a relay in line with its vocation. In 1865, the RN 20 to Mérens stopped. Not until the late 19th century stagecoaches crossed the neck of Puymorens.

Avalanches have remained in the memory: that of January 4, 1895, those 16 and December 25, 1906??

Its border location and topography make Hospitalet a crossroads: a Post Office was opened on 1 October 1898. The arrival of the railway with its extension to Ripoll allows the opening of the tunnel construction of the railway, October 20, 1908, in the presence of Delcasse, former minister. A hydroelectric plant is installed and a customs post.

In 1896, L'Hospitalet includes 28 houses for 34 households and 139 inhabitants.


The village is at the heart of the mountain, discovering Wilderness Sisca / Pédourès, Bésines ... Many lakes and ponds suitable for fishing, overnight possible mountain refuge (Bésines, Rulhe, Juclar).

In winter, ski touring reigns as the snowshoe. Wildlife is everywhere, the chamois, mouflon of Corsica in the valleys of Worn ...

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TransportTrain station of L'Hospitalet-près-l'Andorre


In June: fire on St. John.

In July, Republican meals.

Early August: village fete, concert, fireworks ...

15 August: feast day.

Late August: Race Isard: Mountain Run.

Many nature activities throughout the summer in partnership with the Association local nature.

Many mountain trips open to all with mountain observatory Orlu.


12 km from Pas de la Casa: ski resort Granvalira, multiple businesses ...

At 18 km from Ax-les-Thermes: ski resort of Ax 3 Domaines, the Couloubret spa center, spa, ride mountain ...

22 km: Mountain Observatory Orlu: heart of the mountain, museum sensory, wolf park, tree trail, nature reserve, visit the hydroelectric power ...

27 km: the career of talc Luzenac.

At 32 km: the eagles Lordat Castle and visiting the castle, Romanesque churches Axat ...

Discovery of the Aude and Pyrenees-Orientales nearby.

Leisure activities
NameType of activityPriceTown
Hike in the Ariège mountainsNature and the outdoorsFrom 20 € to 25 €Ax-les-Thermes (15 km)
Mountain break, snowshoeingNature and the outdoorsFrom 155 € to 496 €Ax-les-Thermes (15.2 km)
Horse ride in the mountainsNature and the outdoorsFrom 14 € to 25 €Matemale (26 km)

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French cuisine restaurantLe Chalet  
Le Chalet this is primarily a warm and friendly atmosphere at an exceptional service. In the heart of the Pyrenees and close to the spa town of Ax-les-baths, the discover card offers...
Located 15.3 km from L'Hospitalet-près-l'Andorre31 € per person 

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Farm with 5 bedroomsAuberge Cal Xandera    
A 18th century farm in the heart Angoustrine the Catalan Pyrenees. For a quiet, getaway or vacation, Brigitte and Houccine welcome you to the authenticity and simplicity.
Located 16.7 km from L'Hospitalet-près-l'Andorre70 € the double room 
House with 3 bedroomsLa bruyere chez martine    
Chez Martine, you will discover the warmth, friendliness, good living in a house of character situated in a small mountain village. Another way to discover France the 'Bed & Breakfast'...
Located 23 km from L'Hospitalet-près-l'Andorre52 € the double room 
House with 4 bedroomsLa pommeraie    
In the heart of the Pyrenees National Park and ideally located between the plate and beille Goulier and near AX les Thermes and Pas de la Casa, you can relax with the seasons indulging...
Located 29 km from L'Hospitalet-près-l'AndorreFrom 55 € to 90 € the double room 

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Apartment for 4 personsRésidence les Tennis  
This apartment is located in a building with private parking, very close to the pool, tennis and mini-golf course, 650 m from the city center, gondola and spas. This apartment of 68...
Located 14.6 km from L'Hospitalet-près-l'AndorreFrom 370 € to 480 € per week 
Apartment for 4 personsAppartement T2 42m² pour 4 personnes   NEW
-Access 10 minutes to the resort - to the ski slopes by gondola to Ax les Thermes. 2 bedroom apartment of 42 m² for 4 persons in residence on the third and last floor to Ax les Thermes....
Located 15 km from L'Hospitalet-près-l'AndorreFrom 180 € to 250 € per week 
Apartment for 7 personsApt T3 de 85 m² dans villa avec jardin  
-Access 10 minutes to the resort - to the ski slopes by gondola to Ax les Thermes. Rent 3 rooms apartment in villa with garden : 1 living room with double sofa bed table chairs hd plasma...
Located 15.2 km from L'Hospitalet-près-l'AndorreFrom 250 € to 500 € per week 

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243 places over 6 haSunêlia Le Malazéou    
At 700 meters at the entrance to the resort of Ax-Les-Thermes in the Ariège, the campsite Sunêlia The Malazéou open all year except in November, on a site of six hectares hilly and...
Located 15.9 km from L'Hospitalet-près-l'AndorreFrom 19 € to 29.50 € per day 
179 places over 7 haHuttopia Font-Romeu    
Located in the south of France (Catalan Pyrénées), Huttopia Font-Romeu offers exceptional views to the mountains. The camping is situated in a forest, at the entrance to the village...
Located 22 km from L'Hospitalet-près-l'Andorre 
75 places over 2,8 haCamping la prairie     NEW
In the Regional Natural Park of the Pyrenees, in the heart of the wild Vicdessos Valley, a quiet and pleasant camping along the river, which invites you to relax and enjoy in peace...
Located 29 km from L'Hospitalet-près-l'AndorreFrom 19 € to 22 € per day 

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Résidence des Hauts Plateaux - Hotel in L'Hospitalet-près-l'AndorreRésidence des Hauts Plateaux    
Located at the foot of the Bonascre slopes in Ax Les Thermes, 30 metres from the cable car and with easy access to Saquet and Campels ski resorts, this residence offers a heated indoor...
Located 12.8 km from L'Hospitalet-près-l'AndorreRoom from 55 €
Village Vacances Le Tarbesou - Hotel in L'Hospitalet-près-l'AndorreVillage Vacances Le Tarbesou     
Le Tarbesou is a holiday park overlooking the Pyrenees and situated in Ax 3 Domaines ski resort, 400 metres from the slopes. It features a bar, a restaurant and free Wi-Fi access. The...
Located 13 km from L'Hospitalet-près-l'AndorreRoom from 89 €
Domaine de la Vallée d'Ax - Hotel in L'Hospitalet-près-l'AndorreDomaine de la Vallée d'Ax     
Located in Ax-les-Thermes, residence Domaine de la Vallée d'Ax is just 20 km from Andorra. It offers modern studios and apartments, and free on-site parking. A balcony with mountain...
Located 14.5 km from L'Hospitalet-près-l'AndorreRoom from 45 €

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Résidence des Hauts Plateaux
Located at the foot of the Bonascre slopes in Ax Les Thermes, 30 metres from the cable car and with easy access to Saquet and Campels ski resorts, this...
Résidence Privilège Resorts Les Chalets D'Ax
This Residence Privilege is located in Ax-Les-Thermes, 800 metres from the town centre and ski lifts. It offers free WiFi...
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