The Ariège is an attractive destination for those interested in prehistory as it has the largest concentration of caves (grottes) in France, the most famous of which are at Niaux and Mas d'Azil. In addition the département boasts a wonderful natural, pastoral and cultural heritage: scenery alternating between valleys and the Pyrenees mountains, lakes and rivers, plains and forests, as well as medieval castles, typical villages and museums of history, art and traditions. With over 5,000 kilometres of waymarked footpaths, more than 300 kilometres of rivers and 10 winter sports resorts, it's also a dream destination for outdoor activities such as hiking, horse riding, mountain biking, skiing, fishing and river sports. You'll be spoilt for choice!
Ariège Pyrenees Regional Nature Park