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Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Ariège

City Mirepoix located in the heart of Cathar lands, was rebuilt according to the regular plan houses after extensive flooding in 1289. Instead retained its original structure and medieval. You can observe timbered houses on wooden galleries. Mirepoix is famous for the Maison des Consuls ornate carved wood pieces and the Saint-Maurice and its nave of impressive size (22 meters wide).

Geographical information

Latitude43.0882260 (N 43° 5’ 18”)
Longitude1.8737250 (E 1° 52’ 25”)
AltitudeFrom 276m to 462m
Surface area47.28 km²
Population3297 inhabitants
Density69 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureFoix (36 km, 35 min)
Insee code09194
IntercommunalityCC du Pays de Mirepoix
TerritoryMidi-Pyrénées, Pyrenees

Nearest cities & towns

Besset3.5 km (5 min)
La Bastide-de-Bousignac4.2 km (5 min)
Coutens4.4 km (6 min)
Moulin-Neuf6.5 km (8 min)
Tourtrol7 km (9 min)
Saint-Quentin-la-Tour7 km (10 min)
Malegoude7.1 km (10 min)
Saint-Julien-de-Gras-Capou7.6 km (11 min)
Sainte-Foi7.9 km (9 min)
Roumengoux8 km (12 min)
Cazals-des-Baylès8.3 km (13 min)
Lagarde8.6 km (11 min)
Manses9.1 km (12 min)
Saint-Gaudéric9.2 km (10 min)

Things to see and do

Places of interest

Information points
Natural sites
Performance halls

Events and festivities

Mirepoix offers many events throughout the year: medieval festivals, international puppet festival, apple festival .....

And especially not to miss the Monday morning you will enjoy a stroll among the stalls in a warm and colorful atmosphere (antiques, fruit, vegetables, clothes, jewelry, meat, spices ...) large market.

Detailed information

MiMa - Puppet Art Festival
Artistic creations based on puppet art for children and grown-upsAugust 2017


Friday 28 april
Min. -1°C - Max. 14°C
Saturday 29 april
Min. -1°C - Max. 18°C
Sunday 30 april
Min. 4°C - Max. 23°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

A few kilometers you can find the church of Vals. It is a rock Carolingian church, a unique monument, which is one of the most curious of the Ariege sanctuaries. It was carved into the rock using access as a natural fault in the rock. The church consists of three floors and the apse and the choir are decorated with remarkable Romanesque frescoes of the 11th century. These frescoes certainly contribute to the church of Vals one of the most visited shrines Ariege.

Direction Olmes in Roquefort-les-Cascades. About thirty feet high, cascades produced an exceptional phenomenon: a tufa. Very beautiful landscape and scenery to discover.

Visit the charming fortified village of Camon, his surprising Benedictine priory, or follow along with a passionate guide, the trail that leads to the discovery of dry stone huts on the hills above the village.

The castle of Montsegur, near Montferrier, which is the busy center of Catharism, a symbol of the strength of any one country to the Crusader invaders. You have to climb a trail. Halfway you must pay the price of the tour. After some extra effort, you will reach the summit provides a panorama of the entire Plantaurel Soularac and the Pic Saint-Barthélemy. But it is the castle itself, which will amaze you.

The road of Romanesque churches.

The greenway Pyrenean Mountains.

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Visit an Artistic Cutlery studio
Arts and CraftsFreeLa Bastide-sur-l'Hers (14.9 km)
Swin Golf des Oliviers
Sports sensations14 € Gaudiès (15.1 km)
Cellar tour, show and tasting at Maison Guinot
Local flavours6 € Limoux (29 km)
Wine tasting at the Domaine Rose et Paul
Local flavoursFreeArzens (29 km)
Rafting on the River Aude
Sports sensations28 € Alet-les-Bains (32 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
The Green Line
Mountain bike itineraryIntermediate8h00Mirepoix
Touyre Gorges
HikeIntermediate2h00Belloc (9.6 km)
Pic du Midi
HikeIntermediate3h30Roquefeuil (31 km)
Visit to Saint-Hilaire Abbey
HikeEasy3h00Verzeille (37 km)
The Wonders of the Cathar Country
Car itineraryEasy9h00Verzeille (37 km)


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