Our beautiful area has a rich natural and cultural heritageSightseeing in Ariege and is easy going stay in our campsite
Discover the many natural treasures contained in our campsite ...
Just a good pair of shoes to go to meet beautiful landscapes
PATH OF THE CAMPING
Distance : 3,5 km
Duration : 1h
Start : l’entrée du camping
This path allows to discover the environment saved the campsite. You will observe the flora and fauna of a 50-hectare park preserved.
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AROUND THE LAKE MONTBEL
Distance : 16 km
Duration : 4 h
Start : nautic base of LERAN
The lake of MONTBEL straddles the three towns to MONTBEL, LERAN and CHALABRE. Its area is 570 hectares and its capacity of 60 million m3.
Along the way you will discover the hamlet Baylards, an area of birdwatching, MONTBEL church and gazebo overlooking the lake
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At the foot of the Pyrenees, straddling the Ariege and the Aude, what set this greenway. Close to its starting point, you will discover the historical landmarks of Cathar resistance against the persecutions of the Middle Ages: the castle of Montsegur, the count of Foix city or the castle of Roquefixade.
Arrived on the greenway, another discovery awaits you: that of the path taken by trains in the last century. The path is indeed built on an old railway line Lavelanet-Mirepoix, which served the transportation of passengers, mail and cargo between 1903 and 1971. This is because one of these goods was the way that textiles is also called « the path of filatiers« .
To find nearby
Located a few kilometers of Camping de la Serre, the fortified town of Mirepoix will welcome you in all seasons. At the heart of Cathar Country of the Pyrenees, the city is labeled Country of Art and History. You can observe its covered fifteenth century and beautiful half-timbered houses on wooden galleries.
Attractive, Mirepoix offers numerous activities from April to November (Medieval Festival of Puppetry Art créatitudes artisans, apple festival …).
Do not miss:
- the big Monday morning market !
- large Medieval: 3rd weekend of July
The region of castles
Castle of MONTSEGUR
Refuge Cathar church and « faidits » Montsegur was a hotbed of the thirteenth century. On 16 March 1244, the fortress fell to the hands of the besiegers and the Cathars were forced to abandon their liver or die in the flames of a bonfire, 205 of them perished
Léran Castle has a dungeon 13th, 15th, restored in 1875 and 1883; battlements of the tower, gables of its roofs, turrets pepper shakers, its battlements and watchtowers, certainly evoke medieval architecture but it is actually a reconstruction « old » conducted between 1875 and 1883 by Clement Parent , a disciple of Eugène Viollet-Le-Duc. Inside a grand staircase Louis XIII fireplace from Mirepoix (former bishop) and a library on the 2nd floor with windows with wood paneling and fireplace are remarkable.
His framing assemblies are traditionally particular to the region; for example there is the « hallmarks » of over seven meters high.
The Cathar castles, the castle of Puivert is certainly one of the best preserved. It is also one of the most interesting monuments of the fourteenth century. With its 35 meter high tower in which four splendid rooms overlap, six defense towers, this fortress dominates the old glacial lake Puivert. Its recently restored tower offers views of the plain of Quercorb north, west Montsegur in the Pyrenees peaks and east, the peak of Bugarach.
Lagarde Castle is located on the French town of Lagarde, Ariege, near Mirepoix. Built in the eleventh century by Ramiro I of Navarre on a hill overlooking the valley of Hers-Vif, it was the object over the centuries many changes, initially defensive time (until mid-sixteenth century) and to transform, during the seventeenth century, into a splendid leisure palace. The castle is built on a square plan: four monumental towers quadrangular flank residential buildings. The whole is enclosed in several fora, successive terraces and ditches.
The castle gradually falls to retire from the Revolution. Early in the twentieth century, the fact remained that already remains bearing witness to its magnificence and grandeur of its past
The castle (twelfth and fifteenth centuries) consists of an enclosure that surrounds a central square tower of 11m side, complete with turrets at each corner. In 1231 the family was dispossessed Terms of the castle in favor of a former lieutenant of Simon de Montfort, Pierre de Voisins. At the end of the thirteenth century, his son Gilles de Voisins, rebuilt the town as a country house and began construction of the current castle. In the early fourteenth century, the castle still house a small Cathar community.
The origin of the castle dates back to the tenth century. Taking the castle in the late fifteenth century resulting in the destruction of the fortifications, advanced structures, walls and filling tanks. The castle was rebuilt in 1741 by the Comte de Segur governor of Foix. When the castle was used as a prison Foixa, a building was built leaning against the north tower. 1820, restoration and expansion of the county jail. The castle consisted of three towers, the north tower contained the dungeon. The central tower dates from the tenth century. The southern, circular plan would twelfth century. A platform cantilevered ends it. The interior is on four floors, vaulted cloister arch, each lit by a large cross.
Fixture in the region, less than an hour from the campsite
The city of Carcassonne
The city of Carcassonne, medieval complex unique in Europe consists of a double wall, 52 towers and 2 concentric enclosures, at 3 km of ramparts: the first enclosure date of the Gallo-Roman period, the second of the XIth and XIIth centuries and finally, Viollet le Duc has restored all the nineteenth century.
Saint-Maurice Cathedral Mirepoix
Nine years after the flood of Mirepoix Saturday, June 16, 1289, the former Benedictine church on the left bank of the Hers was restored and enlarged. On May 6, 1298 1 Jean de Lévis and Constance de Foix laid the foundation stone on this site and inaugurated the new parish church of Saint-Maurice.
In 1317, Pope John XXII established the new diocese of Mirepoix in bishopric. By the width of its nave (22 m), it ranks first in France and second in Europe.
One can admire the bell tower and the Gothic porch and a crucifix (XIV c.), Vault keys of which two are particularly noteworthy, the great organ of the German invoice and richly carved pulpit (XVI century)
Rock church of Vals
Strange and beautiful sanctuary of the middle valley of Hers, the church of Vals is a unique attraction of its kind.
This is undoubtedly one of the oldest monuments of the Ariege, as the site itself has delivered the remains of the Bronze Age and a sacrificial deposit Gallic and Gallo-Roman.
The church is built in a cave in favor of a cleft partially supported by a stone frame. Once the opening of the cave was free whereas today a mask wall entry.
After twenty to three steps to reach level 1 of the sanctuary which is a natural rock mixing and masonry construction.
A unique and mysterious places at 20 minutes from the campsite
Intermittent Fountain Fontestorbes
She is so curious that giant fountain it has always called inhabited by fairies. For if there are other intermittent sources in France and in the world, none has such a speed and such regularity. It is indeed 1800litres to second that flows out at the peak flow for 36 minutes. Then she stops for 32minutes. This phenomenon occurs intermittently during the dry season from July to October approximately.
For lovers of underground spaces ...
The Niaux cave is one of the last caves to still be open to the public.
By the light of a lamp, with the emotion of an explorer, for 800 meters, follow the steps of the guide and access the Black Lounge: a majestic room where more than 80 paintings of animals, remarkably executed in black lines, associated with enigmatic geometric signs available to youNiaux cave
The Lombrives Cave, the largest in Europe, is 26 years in the Guinness Book of Records.
This exceptional cave is discovered with a small train. Its rooms are majestic with truly impressive dimensions.
The long tour routes take visitors into a world full of mysteries and leave unforgettable impressions.Lombrives Cave
You board here for a most unusual cruise on the « Venice Ariégeoise« . The tour is guided and commented 60 m underground, comfortably seated in a boat of 12 people.
You will follow the underground river on nearly 1.5 km. The course, exceptionally long and varied, takes you from gallery to rooms, decorated with a multitude of concretions and gours through the waterfall Salette.The underground river Labouiche