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Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Ariège

The village of Sem in Vicdessos Valley, lies at the foot of Ganchette peak at about 1000 m altitude. The village's history is intertwined with that of mine rancid. Iron mine, operated for nearly two millennia, a low furnace discovered some years ago shows that it operated in the 3rd century. The mine, which the count of Foix gave the enjoyment of ore miners, operated until 1930.

Today the village has only about 25 permanent residents, but summer is filled with festivities organized by various associations and the municipality.

Geographical information

Latitude42.7683460 (N 42° 46’ 6”)
Longitude1.5187290 (E 1° 31’ 7”)
AltitudeFrom 825m to 2042m
Surface area5.22 km²
Population25 inhabitants
Density4 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureFoix (35 km, 36 min)
Insee code09286
IntercommunalityCC d'Auzat et du Vicdessos
TerritoryMidi-Pyrénées, Pyrenees

Nearest cities & towns

Vicdessos2.5 km (7 min)
Auzat4.4 km (11 min)
Goulier5.4 km (11 min)
Orus5.7 km (15 min)
Suc-et-Sentenac6.8 km (15 min)
Illier-et-Laramade7.1 km (16 min)
Capoulet-et-Junac8.1 km (12 min)
Siguer8.2 km (14 min)
Miglos9.8 km (18 min)
Niaux10 km (14 min)
Alliat10.6 km (17 min)
Gestiès11.5 km (22 min)
Lercoul14 km (26 min)
Tarascon-sur-Ariège14.7 km (21 min)

Things to see and do

If we can always take to walk the Way of the mines, it is not possible to enter the galleries are closed to visitors. But the bravest can always go to the "Trench" area of ​​the first open pit at the top of the peak of Ganchette accessible by the GR10. The less courageous can stop at the village where a small "museum" (for mayor) preserves the memory of the mine.

Sem is also known for its "dolmen" which is a stone erratic left by the glacier Bassiès there are just over 10,000 years.

Events and festivities

Evening of theater, organized by the Movement in Sem second half of July.

Blues Festival, organized by Love Blues in Sem in August.


Saturday 21 october
Min. 6°C - Max. 16°C
Sunday 22 october
Min. 5°C - Max. 12°C
Monday 23 october
Min. 2°C - Max. 15°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Sem may also be the starting point of hiking for the day-trip to the neck or Rizoul Grail or to the village in the valley of Lercoul Siguer.

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Visit an Artistic Cutlery studio
Arts and CraftsFreeLa Bastide-sur-l'Hers (38 km)
Visit an art gallery and exhibition cloister
Arts and CraftsFreeCarla-Bayle (48 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
The Greenway
HikeEasy4h00La Bastide-de-Sérou (28 km)
Pic du Midi
HikeIntermediate3h30Roquefeuil (39 km)
Touyre Gorges
HikeIntermediate2h00Belloc (43 km)
The Green Line
Mountain bike itineraryIntermediate8h00Mirepoix (46 km)
Gr 78
Village visitEasy4h00Galey (53 km)


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