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Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Ariège

The small village of Bethmale is at the heart of the department of Ariege. It takes place not far from Saint-Girons, in Castillonnais.

This ancient megalithic site takes its name from its beautiful landscape, and the Gascon and Beth Malh, meaning beautiful Rocky Mountains. nice and quiet place, the village owes its fame to the cheese which he gave his name. Very old, this delicious gourmet product made from cow's milk, was created in the early Middle Ages.

If ariégeois this village does not have an architectural heritage of exception, however, it is worth a look for its environmental heritage. At the heart of the mountains of the department, Bethmale reveals rocky landscapes and lakes, to the delight of nature lovers.

Note however that the site reveals some houses with typical architecture of this part of southern France.

Geographical information

Latitude42.8836010 (N 42° 53’ 1”)
Longitude1.0638090 (E 1° 3’ 50”)
AltitudeFrom 638m to 2838m
Surface area31.61 km²
Population98 inhabitants
Density3 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureFoix (63 km, 1h08)
Insee code09055
IntercommunalityCC du Castillonais
TerritoryMidi-Pyrénées, Pyrenees

Nearest cities & towns

Arrien-en-Bethmale3.1 km (8 min)
Les Bordes-sur-Lez5.2 km (11 min)
Castillon-en-Couserans7.2 km (13 min)
Audressein8.2 km (16 min)
Cescau8.8 km (17 min)
Salsein9.3 km (16 min)
Sor10.2 km (19 min)
Arrout10.8 km (19 min)
Argein11.1 km (17 min)
Bonac-Irazein11.8 km (19 min)
Engomer12 km (20 min)
Villeneuve12.2 km (21 min)
Aucazein12.9 km (20 min)
Balacet13.2 km (22 min)

Things to see and do

Full of charm, the tiny village of ariégeois Bethmale is a natural paradise where you can observe preserved landscapes. On the town, it is not discovered within three pools, the main one pond Bethmale. The village is also part of the Regional Natural Park of the Ariège Pyrenees.

Places of interest

Natural sites


Monday 25 september
Min. 14°C - Max. 20°C
Tuesday 26 september
Min. 12°C - Max. 23°C
Wednesday 27 september
Min. 11°C - Max. 27°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Fauna & flora discovery hike
Nature and the great outdoors25 € to 35 € Castillon-de-Saint-Martory (32 km)
Canyoning, rafting, climbing and hiking
Sports sensations35 € to 50 € Malvezie (33 km)
White water rafting on the Garonne
Sports sensations33 € Antignac (38 km)
Visit of an art gallery and an exhibition cloister
Arts and CraftsFreeCarla-Bayle (40 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Gr 78
Village visitEasy4h00Galey (13.5 km)
The Greenway
HikeEasy4h00La Bastide-de-Sérou (33 km)
Along the waterway
Village visitIntermediate2h00Carbonne (48 km)
Sailhan - Azet - Ens
HikeEasy4h00Sailhan (60 km)


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