Pyrenees for families
Creative Holiday Ideas for enjoying the Great Outdoors.
'One of the best adventure holidays locations for families in Europe.'
Fun. Unspoilt. Not crowded or expensive. Discover the Ariege.
1 hour from Toulouse | 1.5 hours from Carcassonne.
We have lived in the Ariege Pyrenees since 2006. Our children, as you can see from the above photos, have grown up enjoying all the fun of the great outdoors in the Pyrenees! Our guests have enjoyed a similar experience. We can help & advise on planning your Pyrenees family holiday. If you stay in our accommodation, we can book activities, provide transport support if required. Our recommendations are based on first hand experience.
Below are some specific activities & places that give you an idea of what is on offer in the area:
Tree climbing adventure park near Carla Bayle: >website
Canoeing, kayak near Tarascon: >website
Underground river Labouiche near Foix: >website
Wolf Park in the Orlu Valley: >website
Orlu Akrobranch Tree climbing adventure park: >website
Plateau de Beille cross country skiing, luge, dog sleighs: >website
Prehistoric Park: >website
There are many other caves, castles, animal & adventure parks, swimming lakes, etc to explore.
The Ariege has many spectacular, very high and extremely challenging mountains. However, there are many well signposted walks that offer gentle, generally flat walking that allows the whole family to easily enjoy the magnificent scenery. We have a number of walking books and many maps, covering the whole area and all abilities. For the younger ones, 4-5 years upwards, there is the 'Les Sentiers d'Emilie en Ariege', with clear maps and route guides (In French!) covering local walks such as around Lac Mondelely to superb walks in the high mountains such as the National Park in the valley of Orlu, near Ax Les Thermes, where Marmots can be seen on the path side!
A favourite was a circular walk to Chateau Roquefixade above. The walk is from the village, up through beautiful beech and oak woods, up onto the top of the limestone ridge with superb views to the high mountains, through pastures with grazing cattle then a drop down to the evocative and impressive Cathar castle. You then continue your decent back to Roquefixade village. About 2 hours walking, 200 meters of climbing, 3 km.
We have a spacious family gite set in woodland near the pretty village of Sieuras, close to the picturesque artistic village of Carla Bayle. There is with a pretty swimming lake & a tree climbing adventure park just 10 minutes drive .....please contact us for more information about our special offers & availability...
We can advise on winter activities in the Ariege. We ski, both Alpine & X-country plus we have our own snow shoeing equipment.
Ski resorts are within a one hour drive from us.
Le Courtal Gite Sieuras 09130
m: 00 33 6 16 22 66 53