The Ariege not only offers the usual summer mountain pursuits of walking, running, cycling, canoeing or climbing. From here you can visit the Lombrives Cave which is the largest cave in the European Union, or pay a visit to Montsegur Castle which is situated at 1,207m, this symbol of Cathar resistance dominates the surrounding valleys, or travel the stony, winding 5km road up to the spectacular Frau Gorge. If you are interested in wildlife, there are birds of prey to be found at Lordat Castle and wolves at the Wolf House in Orlu. The list of things to do is endless. If you simply want to relax and ponder life’s great mysteries then maybe a visit to the thermal spa in Ax-les-Thermes is what you need.
The Areige Pyrenees is a great place for walkers of any ability. There are any number of stunning walks, through villages, to waterfalls and lakes or mountain summits. The choice is endless.
For the runners amongst you we can advise you on the many routes from the house and in the surrounding mountains and forests. There are races most weekends, on the road and also mountain trails.
Whilst running or walking why not visit one of the many manned mountain refuges to grab a coffee or replenish your energy reserves.
It is in the Pyrenees that Le Tour de France is often won or lost. You don't have to match the professionals for speed and endurance to enjoy cycling through this wonderful landscape. From a leisurely family outing to a heart-stopping mountain descent the Pyrenees provides the perfect backdrop. The cols and mountain roads around Pyrenees Haven make for some testing days out.
For mountain bikers the Vallees d'Ax has some 135km of signposted routes. During the summer months the ski station at Ax 3 Domaines opens its ski lifts for mountain bikers providing 1300m of hair-raising descents!
Nothing can quite compare to floating down the Ariege river with the sun beating down, a stunning day out made even better with a picnic on the river bank.
How about swinging off the side of a mountain with a only a D ring and a carabiner holding you on! Via ferratas can be found in the valley and also in Andorra.
Horse riding in the mountains and swimming in the lakes, the list goes on and on. But sometimes it is just nice to sit with a good book dangling your feet in a thermal pool, whilst sipping from a glass of wine...
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