Come and enjoy the magic spectacle of our peaks and our mountain lakes: the Roquefort Falls, the Cirque de Cagateille, the Fontaine Intermittente de Fontestorbes (Fontestorbes Intermittent Spring), and many other magnificent natural sights. Travel on foot, on horseback, on a donkey, on a bike - or in a car. Chateaux, citadels and walled towns will inspire young and old alike: come to the Ariège in the footsteps of the Cathar knights of old, or Charlemagne, or Gaston Pheobus. For an extraordinary experience, why not come up the mountain? Don't delay - come and enjoy a huge breath of fresh air in the Ariège!
Pas de la Casa is one hour away from Tarascon sur Ariège, on the border between France and Andorra. It has two main assets: a winter sports resort at 2000m for downhill skiing, and a commercial zone for duty-free shops. With its five ski resorts, Andorra is perched at a height of around 2000m above sea level. It is one of the smallest countries in Europe, and you can relax among the mountains at the "Caldéa" Recreational Spa Centre. How about doing a bit of shopping before going home?
The Ariège is a paradise for explorers of lost worlds. Come and find the traces left by early man: remains of footprints, flint tools, jewels, and rock paintings - all this makes the Ariège Pyrenees a major site for prehistory and prehistoric art. The Niaux Caves, in Le Mas d'Azil, La Vache and Bedeilhac together with Le Parc de la Préhistoire (Prehistoric Park) are there for your journey back in time. If you go back even further, you will even find dinosaurs...
More than 5000km of marked trails, suitable for the experienced hiker and for beginners - everyone will find walks to suit them, whether on the plains with their easy paths, or high in the mountains accompanied by a guide. Here, the summits have names to make you dream: Montcalm, highest point of the Ariège region, reaching 300m, Mont Valier, the Pic des Trois Seigneurs, and many more. For a hiking trip, a trek lasting several days, the great classic is the GR10 route, which crosses the Pyrenees, passing through the Orlu and Le Valier nature reserves. Guaranteed mountain atmosphere.
Come and treat yourself in the Ariège - the fresh mountain air will give you a great appetite! Two gastronomic influences, from Gascony and the Languedoc, combine in the Ariège in a simple but tasty local cuisine: "Azinat", the Ariège "beef stew", our cold meats (dry sausage, liverwurst, pâtés, country hams etc), our cheeses (Bethmale or Moulis), our pastries (croustade, millas), Hypocras (Gaston Phoebus' aperitif) and so many other good things prepared by our local craftsmen chefs. Enjoy some regional produce here at our restaurant and in our "Les Sens du Terroir" shop.