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Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Ariège

In the foothills of the Pyrenees, the village Montségur, 900 m above sea level, located at the bottom of the valley Lasset adopt a plan of rectilinear in "cassock" meaning that all houses village are oriented to sunrise. The village of Montségur now classified village, dates from the 14th century. Originally a family settled near a spring named Orjac always. For several years the village was called for Orjac then take the name of the castle that dominates: Montségur. The village should not be confused with the Cathar village built on the peak Montségur the 13th century and has hosted half a century, the Cathar community. The "castrum" Cathar was also razed after taking Montségur and a new habitat was therefore built at the site of present village of Montségur.

Geographical information

Latitude42.8714780 (N 42° 52’ 17”)
Longitude1.8337210 (E 1° 50’ 1”)
AltitudeFrom 630m to 2365m
Surface area37.16 km²
Population132 inhabitants
Density3 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureFoix (33 km, 36 min)
Insee code09211
IntercommunalityCC du Pays d'Olmes
TerritoryMidi-Pyrénées, Pyrenees

Nearest cities & towns

Montferrier6.1 km (9 min)
Fougax-et-Barrineuf8.3 km (11 min)
Villeneuve-d'Olmes8.9 km (12 min)
Bénaix11.9 km (17 min)
Lavelanet13.1 km (18 min)
Bélesta13.4 km (18 min)
Nalzen14.2 km (17 min)
Saint-Jean-d'Aigues-Vives14.7 km (21 min)
Raissac14.7 km (21 min)
Dreuilhe14.7 km (21 min)
Roquefixade15.7 km (23 min)
L'Aiguillon16.5 km (23 min)
Péreille16.6 km (24 min)
Laroque-d'Olmes17.8 km (25 min)

Things to see and do

The famous Schloss Montségur famous for its Cathar history, one of the last areas of resistance to northern barons and the pope is the major attraction of the place. From the castle you have a panoramic view of mountains and plains of the country. In the present village is the archaeological museum with objects excavated by archaeologists, this epic. Of course, the town has beautiful hiking trails accessible to all. For most athletes of great hiking trails (trail Cathar Trail fellows) who cross the town.

Places of interest

Information points
Leisure centres
Natural sites

Events and festivities

During the summer are offered local festivals, exhibitions of paintings and sculptures, concerts and garage sale.


Castle Montségur
Castle Montségur
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Thursday 19 october
Min. 12°C - Max. 19°C
Friday 20 october
Min. 10°C - Max. 21°C
Saturday 21 october
Min. 12°C - Max. 20°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Fontaine intermittent Fontestorbes.

Lake Montbel.

Bastide of Mirepoix.

Castles Roquefixade, Foix, Puivert Lagarde.

Abbaye de Camon.

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Visit an Artistic Cutlery studio
Arts and CraftsFreeLa Bastide-sur-l'Hers (11.3 km)
Rafting on the River Aude
Sports sensations28 € Alet-les-Bains (37 km)
Cellar tour, show and tasting at Maison Guinot
Local flavours6 € Limoux (37 km)
Horse ride in the mountains
Nature and the great outdoors15 € to 65 € Matemale (39 km)
Fly fishing at the heart of the Catalan Pyrenees
Nature and the great outdoors95 € to 375 € Bolquère (45 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Pic du Midi
HikeIntermediate3h30Roquefeuil (14.3 km)
Touyre Gorges
HikeIntermediate2h00Belloc (17.5 km)
The Green Line
Mountain bike itineraryIntermediate8h00Mirepoix (24 km)
Madrès Peak
HikeIntermediate3h00Roquefort-de-Sault (33 km)
The Greenway
HikeEasy4h00La Bastide-de-Sérou (37 km)


Bed & breakfasts

Vacation rentals



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