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Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Ariège

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.

Geographical information

Latitude42.5870150 (N 42° 35’ 13”)
Longitude1.7976890 (E 1° 47’ 52”)
AltitudeFrom 1279m to 2816m
Surface area26.12 km²
Population91 inhabitants
Density3 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureFoix (38 mi, 57 min)
Insee code09139
IntercommunalityCC de la Haute Ariège
TerritoryMidi-Pyrénées, Pyrenees

Nearest cities & towns

Porta5 mi (10 min)
Mérens-les-Vals6.2 mi (10 min)
Porté-Puymorens10.4 mi (18 min)
Ax-les-Thermes12.1 mi (24 min)
Orgeix12.6 mi (22 min)
Savignac-les-Ormeaux12.8 mi (24 min)
Orlu13.8 mi (26 min)
Vaychis14.1 mi (26 min)
Sorgeat14.5 mi (28 min)
Tignac14.6 mi (27 min)
Ascou14.7 mi (30 min)
Perles-et-Castelet14.7 mi (28 min)
Ignaux14.8 mi (30 min)
Unac16.8 mi (30 min)

Things to see and do

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 ...

Places of interest


Events and festivities

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.


Monday 10 august
Min. 21°C - Max. 32°C
Tuesday 11 august
Min. 19°C - Max. 32°C
Wednesday 12 august
Min. 19°C - Max. 30°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

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

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Horse ride in the mountains
Nature and the great outdoors15 € to 40 € Matemale (15.9 mi)
Descent in the Artigue canyon
Sports sensations72 € to 536 € Niaux (18.8 mi)
Marc Canyon discovery canyoning
Sports sensations45 € Auzat (20 mi)
Visit an Artistic Cutlery studio
Arts and CraftsFreeLa Bastide-sur-l'Hers (26 mi)
Tour of the Canalettes caves
Nature and the great outdoors6 € to 11 € Villefranche-de-Conflent (29 mi)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Around the ramparts of Mont-Louis
HikeEasy40 minLa Cabanasse (17.5 mi)
Pic du Midi
HikeIntermediate3h30Roquefeuil (19 mi)
The Carança Gorges
HikeAthletic3h30Thuès-Entre-Valls (22 mi)
Madrès Peak
HikeIntermediate3h00Roquefort-de-Sault (23 mi)
The Lakes of Nohèdes
HikeAthletic7h30Nohèdes (25 mi)


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