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Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Ariège

Town of Ariege, Vicdessos is a small village of just over 600 inhabitants that lies between 652 and 1585 meters and covers almost 600 hectares in the Regional Natural Park of the Pyrenees. At the foot of the Montcalm, Vicdessos is an ideal place to enjoy breathtaking scenery and the quiet of the mountain town.

The village lies at the foot of the border with Spain and Andorra, providing the opportunity to explore the wonders of neighboring countries. Visitors enjoy the beauty of the surrounding nature and the many possible outdoor activities on the village of Vicdessos and all its surroundings.


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

Latitude42.7682580 (N 42° 46’ 6”)
Longitude1.4992980 (E 1° 29’ 57”)
AltitudeFrom 652m to 2472m
Surface area53.14 km²
Population714 inhabitants
Density13 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureFoix (19.6 mi, 33 min)
Insee code09334
IntercommunalityCC de la Haute Ariège
TerritoryMidi-Pyrénées, Pyrenees

Nearest cities & towns

Auzat1.2 mi (4 min)
Orus2.8 mi (11 min)
Illier-et-Laramade4.5 mi (13 min)
Capoulet-et-Junac5.2 mi (9 min)
Siguer5.2 mi (10 min)
Miglos6.2 mi (13 min)
Niaux6.3 mi (11 min)
Alliat6.7 mi (14 min)
Gestiès7.3 mi (18 min)
Lercoul8.8 mi (23 min)
Quié9.3 mi (18 min)
Tarascon-sur-Ariège9.3 mi (18 min)
Génat9.4 mi (23 min)
Ussat9.9 mi (19 min)

Things to see and do

Vicdessos is best known for the beauty of its natural heritage as well as for its many outdoor activities.

The Church of Our Lady, whose presence is attested from the late eleventh century, was once called Saint-Martin-de-Sos. It has a beautiful square bell tower Romanesque and a Gothic portal. Inside, the organ dating from the seventeenth century has been classified as an historic monument as an object.

The Vicdessos natural heritage is more amazing including the proximity of several ponds and other mountain lakes. Pond Peyregrand, ponds Neych with a beautiful cabin shepherds and flocks season the pond Redouneilles cows or sheep, or pond Brouquenat are ideal destinations for hiking.

Many trails allow you to enjoy including Montcalm massif and its many peaks like that of Estates. From above, it has unique views of the surrounding country.


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.

Places of interest

Leisure centres
Natural sites

Events and festivities

Regularly in the year Vicdessos is the setting for festive or cultural events that give life to the whole region.

Vicdessos The market is held every Thursday from 8h to 13h.

A user-friendly beer festival is offered every year in March with entertainment, food and wine tastings.

In September, up to the fair at St. Mathieu with sheep competitions, rides and other entertainment of all kinds.

Every year in September, the valley of Auzat and Vicdessos offers its classical music festival Franco-Italian, with the organization of concerts everywhere in the area.


Blues Festival, organized by Love Blues in Sem, early August: first evening in the church of Sem (acoustic concert); second evening, big concert in Vicdessos (market hall).


Thursday 20 april
Min. 9°C - Max. 21°C
Friday 21 april
Min. 9°C - Max. 17°C
Saturday 22 april
Min. 9°C - Max. 18°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
Descent of the Artigue Canyon
Sports sensations72 € to 536 € Niaux (5.7 mi)
Visit an Artistic Cutlery studio
Arts and CraftsFreeLa Bastide-sur-l'Hers (25 mi)
Driving range at Les Oliviers Park
Sports sensations14 € Gaudiès (30 mi)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
The Greenway
HikeEasy4h00La Bastide-de-Sérou (17.3 mi)
Pic du Midi
HikeIntermediate3h30Roquefeuil (25 mi)
Touyre Gorges
HikeIntermediate2h00Belloc (28 mi)
The Green Line
Mountain bike itineraryIntermediate8h00Mirepoix (29 mi)
Gr 78
Village visitEasy4h00Galey (32 mi)


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