The most beautiful photo spots in Ariège

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Ariège is a very natural territory, nestled between the Pays Toulousain and the Pyrenees. The landscapes and viewpoints are very diverse. Whether you like to take photos of natural sites, or whether you prefer beautiful cities and old stones, you will find what you are looking for. From the Regional Natural Park of the Ariège Pyrenees of Couserans to the Pays de Foix, let's go for a photo road-trip in the heart of Ariège.


Opening photo of the article: Lake Bethmale ©AdobeStock Marc-Andreu

Angle of view at each street corner in the medieval city of Foix

Foix is the gateway to the Ariège Pyrenees. It is a strategic site, occupied since Gallo-Roman times. Its name refers to its position at the center of a fork formed by the Ariège and Arget rivers. The historic center has retained its medieval structure with its narrow streets and pontils. A guided tour reveals all the secrets and hidden corners of this beautiful medieval city. Here is a good opportunity to find new photos, from unusual angles.

Foix Castle Photo: AdobeStock_Tom Goossens


Attacking the Citadel of Saint-Lizier

Saint-Lizier is a “town of art and history” in Couserans. It was the seat of the bishopric. Today the Palace of the Bishops has been transformed into a museum. The city is one of the major stages on the Ways of Santiago de Compostela and it is its religious heritage that attracts pilgrims and tourists. You will find beautiful monuments to photograph and some are unusual...

Want to take a break and bring back a regional and artisanal product from the Couserans, made with passion? Agathe and Cyril are waiting for you at the Mefizot workshop, where they make artisanal liqueurs from the Couserans. They harvest their raw materials by hand to make high quality macerated liqueurs. Mint, lemon, wild myrtle, hand-picked verbena, clementine, orange... exceptional products to offer yourself or to friends. A tasteful souvenir of the Couserans!

Photo: AdobeStock_Marc-Andreu


Unmissable souvenir photo in one of the "most beautiful villages in France"

Camon is one of the "most beautiful villages in France" for its beautiful medieval heritage and it is the only site in the Ariège which benefits from this honor in the department. It is not for nothing that it is nicknamed the Little Carcassonne of Ariège. He was the witness of the Cathar persecutions and we feel that it is a place which has a soul. You will photograph impressive fortifications, a priory and charming houses, nestled in small alleys. It is located in the Pays d'Olmes, on the banks of the Hers, and benefits from a very pleasant natural environment.

Camon Photo: Lesley Williamson


Perspective on the half-timberings of Mirepoix

In the Couserans, Mirepoix has been an important town since the Middle Ages. It is a 14th century Bastide. In addition to its interesting architecture, linger on its central square with its half-timbered houses, perched on wooden galleries. It is the heart of the city, a place of exchange for centuries, where markets and events are still held today.

Mirepoix Photo: AdobeStock Pernelle-Voyage


A heart to take in the middle of Couserans

In the Ariège Pyrenees Regional Nature Park, Lake Bethmale is one of the most popular photo spots in Ariège. It must be said that this heart is very difficult to take… in a photo. Finding the right angle to showcase its stunning shape and magical color isn't that easy. To do this, you will have to walk the forest paths that border it. You have beautiful walks in store!

Lake Bethmale Photo: AdobeStock Marc-Andreu-

Enchanting image and water effect in Roquefort-les-Cascades

The petrifying Cascades of Roquefort-les-Cascades are nestled within a lush forest in the Massif du Plantaurel. After a bucolic and romantic walk, you will be surprised by the extent of this tuffière. With a striking size, it will offer you extraordinary photos. Lose yourself a bit in the surroundings… Certain viewpoints are hidden by vegetation, but these jagged limestone sections are not lacking in interest.

Roquefort waterfall Photo: AdobeStock Fourcade.N


Creativity challenge on Lac de Montbel

If the Lac de Montbel is a magnificent natural site, it is also a leisure area very popular with families. You can practice all kinds of sports and activities here. It is very lively in all seasons. And while some are having fun, others can indulge in their photographic pleasures. Lac de Montbel is a creative space where photographers can capture amazing moments.

Montbel Lake Photo: Lesley Williamson


Snapshot in the history of the Cathars, at the Château de Montségur

Montségur is a rocky outcrop, inhabited since prehistoric times. However, it is enough to climb to the top, to understand the harshness of life in this strange and enigmatic place. The Château de Montségur has become the emblem of Catharism, because its strategic position and its construction being one with the mountain have enabled it to resist many attacks.

Montsegur Castle Photo: AdobeStock Daoud


Legend and mystery on the Devil's Bridge

Some places mark by their presence. The Devil's Bridge is steeped in legend, which almost gives it a soul... For a very long time, it has inspired photographers. Perspective on its arcades, dizzying sensation on the river below, and feeling of loneliness in this lost forest, there is no doubt that the photos you will bring back will not leave you indifferent.

Devil's Bridge Photo: Lesley Williamson

Ariège is an ideal region for photography and there is no shortage of photo spots. Beautiful catches await you on site and we let you discover them and share them with us!


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