The Region

Hotel Lons is located in Foix, the prefecture of Ariège and central point to discover the richness and diversity of the Ariège department. Whether your stay in Foix is just a stop on your way to Andorra, Spain, Lourdes or the Mediterranean.

Whether you want to take the time to discover the hidden treasures of Ariège. Find here the inspiration to organize your visits.

Le château de Foix

The county town of Foix

Overlooking the city and offering an exceptional view, the Castle of Foix is a must-see for your visit to Foix. History lovers, children and adults will spend a very pleasant time there, from the museum to workshops presenting medieval arts and techniques.
Then stroll through the historic and commercial centre of the city and discover the architectural sights such as half-timbered houses, and the artisans of our valleys.
On Friday mornings, enjoy the weekly market, stretching from the vilotte alleys to the grain market, and taste local specialities. Do not forget the Saint-Volusien Abbey Church where you may have the chance to hear the organ resonate. And if you want to hear about the history of Foix County, contact Noémie for a guided tour full of discoveries.
When summer arrives, many festivals and events enliven the city such as Resistances, Jazz in Foix, Ingenious Africa, Trad'estiu, or the sound and light show "Foix Land of history".
More detailed information is available on the website of the Foix Tourist Office.


Ariège, from prehistory to the present day

Many traces of time are still present in our beautiful region. Follow in the footsteps of prehistory, discovering the drawings of the cave of Niaux, visiting the cave of Bedeilhac or the cave of Mas d'Azil. The Prehistoric Park will complete your trip with its many workshops and exhibitions. And to discover more geological sights, venture on the boats of the underground river of Labouiche or visit the cave of Lombrives.
Then, discover the trades, techniques and tools of the past by visiting Les Forges de Pyrène.
Many remains of the Cathar castles are still visible to us, from the famous castle of Montsegur to the castle of Roquefixade, the castle of Lordat, so many beautiful walks with a historical backdrop.
The medieval city of Mirepoix, its half-timbered houses on wooden galleries, its "Maison des Consuls" and its cathedral also make it a stop rich in discoveries.
Finally, also discover the curiosities and specificities of our territory today for example, the quarry of Talc de Luzenac, still in operation. And for a timeless break, visit Camon, labeled "Most beautiful village in France".

Ariège on foot

In the heart of the Ariège Pyrenees, there are many possibilities to spend time and discover the surrounding nature, and hiking is undoubtedly the best known.
From Foix, and as a warm up, walk up to the Terrasses du Pech (opposite the hotel) to observe the city from above, or even from the Saint-Sauveur, the view will not disappoint you.
As soon as the fine weather arrives, let yourself be seduced by the surrounding peaks and set off to conquer the high-altitude lakes. The Lac de Montbel, the Lac de Bethmale or the Etang de Lers, accessible by car, will be the perfect excuse to breathe the fresh Ariège air. As a family, take a walk in the Orlu nature reserve, listen carefully and open your eyes wide, maybe you will see the marmots enjoying the heat of the sun. As for experienced hikers, you can discover the ponds of Bassiès or climb to the top of Mont Valier.
And if the mountains have conquered you, set off for several days, or even several weeks, towards Spain on the Chemin des Bonshommes (GR107), on a journey through time on the Cathar trail (GR367) or even join the ocean or the sea by taking the GR10.

Ariège: nature and sport

There are many natural and sporting activities in Ariège and if hiking is not your cup of tea, perhaps you may find amongst the rest of our recommendations the shoe that fits.
Ariège is also a land of cycling, regularly hosting stages of the Tour de France but also offering races like the Ariègeoise. Reach the city of Saint-Girons peacefully via the Green Lane or confront the Wall of Péguère, there is something for all levels and tastes.
Thrill seekers? Try paragliding, go rafting down the Ariège river, or try climbing. There are many possibilities to get your adrenaline pumping.
Summer and winter, the plateau de Beille will offer you a breathtaking panorama.
When the snow arrives, cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, snowboarding or snowshoeing can be practiced in the many resorts in the region; from more family-friendly resorts like Mont-d'Olmes or Chioula, to the snowy slopes of Ax-3-domains.  And after a sporty day, relax in the Couloubret baths (thermal baths).
But don’t forget, the weather changes quickly in the mountains so be sure to check the weather conditions!