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Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Ariège

Town of Ariege, Montbel is in the Pyrenean foothills, bordering the Aude department. Member of the Community of Municipalities of the country of Mirepoix, this small village of a hundred inhabitants takes place just on the edge of the dam-reservoir Montbel.

Quiet and wilderness Ariege, the village of Montbel is ideal for a quiet holiday, enjoying the many leisure activities offered by the town, be they sports or even cultural order. At the heart of a thriving and beautiful nature, the village does not lack charm and interest.

Ideal for exploring the many attractions that account Ariege or even the Aude, the town hosts many visitors each year.

Geographical information

Latitude42.9762170 (N 42° 58’ 34”)
Longitude1.9759710 (E 1° 58’ 33”)
AltitudeFrom 345m to 587m
Surface area17.36 km²
Population121 inhabitants
Density6 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureFoix (42 km, 49 min)
Insee code09200
IntercommunalityCC du Pays de Mirepoix
TerritoriesMidi-Pyrénées, Pyrenees

Nearest cities & towns

Chalabre4.4 km (9 min)
Sainte-Colombe-sur-l'Hers4.7 km (10 min)
Montjardin6.9 km (12 min)
Sonnac-sur-l'Hers8 km (13 min)
Le Peyrat8.5 km (12 min)
Villefort8.9 km (14 min)
Rivel9 km (13 min)
La Bastide-sur-l'Hers9.6 km (14 min)
Léran10.4 km (14 min)
Camon12.1 km (18 min)
Régat13 km (17 min)
Puivert13.1 km (18 min)
Aigues-Vives13.7 km (19 min)
Laroque-d'Olmes13.7 km (20 min)

Things to see and do

The main tourist attraction is its Montbel reservoir dam, an artificial lake that was created in 1985. This place is the site of many activities such as fishing, water sports, or the observation of many bird species pass through this region.

On the town, one can also admire the ruins of Saint-Blaise chapel.

Places of interest

Leisure centres

Events and festivities

Every year on July 13, the village of Montbel holding its party at Lake Montbel with a meal, a dance, a musical aperitif or fireworks.


Friday 18 june
Min. 15°C - Max. 29°C
Saturday 19 june
Min. 17°C - Max. 31°C
Sunday 20 june
Min. 16°C - Max. 29°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Interactive medieval leisure park
Entertainment8 € to 19 € Chalabre (2.8 km)
Rafting on the River Aude
Sports sensations33 € Alet-les-Bains (23 km)
Guided tour of the City of Carcassonne
Culture and education18 € to 120 € Carcassonne (41 km)
Horse ride in the mountains
Nature and the great outdoors15 € to 42 € Matemale (45 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Touyre Gorges
HikeIntermediate2h00Belloc (5.5 km)
The Green Line
Mountain bike itineraryIntermediate8h00Mirepoix (14.7 km)
Pic du Midi
HikeIntermediate3h30Roquefeuil (17.4 km)
Madrès Peak
HikeIntermediate3h00Roquefort-de-Sault (32 km)
Visit to Saint-Hilaire Abbey
HikeEasy3h00Verzeille (33 km)


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