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Mirepoix

Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Ariège

Mirepoix - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Ariège
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The bastide town of Mirepoix was rebuilt in the 13th century following a flood. From its medieval past it has preserved a 14th-century fortified gate and a stunning market square surrounded by beautiful half-timbered houses whose first floors jut out over the square creating an arcaded walkway below. The café terraces, shops and traditional market on Monday mornings make it a lovely spot to visit. Make sure you stop and admire the old facade of the Maison des Consuls for its typical medieval wood carvings.

Next to the square stands the southern French Gothic-style Saint-Maurice cathedral with a vast 48-metre long and 22-metre wide nave.

The town organises a host of events: Les Fêtes Historiques with shows and a costumed procession on the third weekend of July; a puppet festival at the start of August; and one dedicated to apples on the third weekend in October!

Additional information
Mirepoix

City Mirepoix located in the heart of Cathar lands, was rebuilt according to the regular plan houses after extensive flooding in 1289. Instead retained its original structure and medieval. You can observe timbered houses on wooden galleries. Mirepoix is famous for the Maison des Consuls ornate carved wood pieces and the Saint-Maurice and its nave of impressive size (22 meters wide).

Things to see and do

Places of interest

Information points
Monuments
Natural sites
Performance halls

Events and festivities

Mirepoix offers many activities throughout the year: medieval festivals, international festival of puppet apple festival.....

And especially not to miss the big market on Monday morning where you will enjoy a stroll among the stalls in a friendly and colorful (flea, fruits, vegetables, clothes, jewelry, meats, spices...).

Detailed information

MiMa - Puppet Art Festival
Artistic creations based on puppet art for children and grown-upsAugust 2021

Photos

Beautiful houses
Beautiful houses
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The church
The church
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Gargoyle
Gargoyle
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other gargoyle
other gargoyle
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beautiful facades
beautiful facades
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In the church
In the church
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arcades
arcades
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On the spot
On the spot
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Details under the arches
Details under the arches
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colorful facades
colorful facades
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Wooden Statues
Wooden Statues
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Visits, leisure and activities nearby

A few kilometers you can find the church of Vals. It is a rock Carolingian church, a unique monument, which is one of the most curious of the Ariege sanctuaries. It was carved into the rock using access as a natural fault in the rock. The church consists of three floors and the apse and the choir are decorated with remarkable Romanesque frescoes of the 11th century. These frescoes certainly contribute to the church of Vals one of the most visited shrines Ariege.

Direction Olmes in Roquefort-les-Cascades. About thirty feet high, cascades produced an exceptional phenomenon: a tufa. Very beautiful landscape and scenery to discover.

Visit the charming fortified village of Camon, his surprising Benedictine priory, or follow along with a passionate guide, the trail that leads to the discovery of dry stone huts on the hills above the village.

The castle of Montsegur, near Montferrier, which is the busy center of Catharism, a symbol of the strength of any one country to the Crusader invaders. You have to climb a trail. Halfway you must pay the price of the tour. After some extra effort, you will reach the summit provides a panorama of the entire Plantaurel Soularac and the Pic Saint-Barthélemy. But it is the castle itself, which will amaze you.

The road of Romanesque churches.

The greenway Pyrenean Mountains.

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Hotels

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