Short Breaks in France

11 Place Garrigou, Tarascon sur Ariege, 09400, France.
Tel. from UK:  0033 561 65 24 41
Tel. within France: 05 61 65 24 41

Tarascon sur Ariege is a small traditional town surrounded by spectacular countryside in the foothills of the French Pyrenees.

     Place Garrigou.

Our townhouse is in Place Garrigou in the mediaeval part of Tarascon sur Ariege, department 09, in an area of outstanding natural beauty in the foothills of the Pyrenees, 90 mins. drive from Toulouse and near to Foix and Pamiers.  
90 mins. drive further south is the duty-free principality of Andorra which lies in the mountains between France & Spain.

For more info. on the general area:

N.B. There are several Tarascons in France. We are in Tarascon sur Ariege, department 09, Midi Pyrenees, south of Toulouse, Foix and Pamiers.

For more info. and availability please don't hesitate to email me:

The property is not suitable for dogs - sorry!

        Night view of Place Garrigou from the house.

We offer 2 double rooms, one on the first floor and one on the second floor each with a shower room with washbasin and wc. Our lovingly renovated townhouse looks out onto Place Garrigou (pictured above), a big square in the old part of town - directly opposite is the church and beyond that is a view of the mountains towards Andorra and Spain.

           Rue Naugé winding its way down to the river.

 The small picturesque town of Tarascon sur Ariege is not glitzy, ritzy, not the Riviera. Its real, traditional France - not many tourists, lots of down-to-earth, everyday people doing what the French do so well - eating, drinking and generally enjoying life in the slow lane.

Theres a market down by the river on Wednesday and Saturday mornings plus other markets in nearby towns and villages on other days of the week.

There are many activities on offer in the area to suit all ages and tastes - walking, climbing, cycling, bird watching, speleology, sightseeing (Cathar castles, museums, chateaux) etc.
Alternatively, one can just sit and watch the world go by!

Tarascon has music festivals during the summer months and celebrates the transhumance in May and September (moving animals to and from the mountain pastures).
There are many other fetes to entertain too!

                          Fete du feu de Saint Jean.

The Tour de France cycle race goes through the area normally in July.  

Below is Mark Cavendish in the green jersey, heading into the small mountain town of Vicdessos.

There's plenty of breathtaking countryside for walks and picnics.        

Soulcem Valley.

The Castella overlooking the River Ariege in Tarascon.

Mont Sédour from Ussat.

Ussat les Bains, 20 mins walk from Tarascon.

Barri d'en Haut church, 60 mins. walk from Tarascon.

                     Scarce swallowtail butterfly.

                              Wildflowers galore!

 We charge 50 Euros per room per night plus 5 Euros per person for continental breakfast.

Towels and bed linen are provided.

Travelling from the UK:

There are low-cost flights to Carcassonne where car hire is available.
There are also flights to Toulouse where car hire is available or transfer by bus or train is available from Toulouse centre (reached by shuttle bus).

Both airports are approx. 90 mins drive from Tarascon sur Ariege.

LD Lines and, Eurotunnel, etc. offer channel crossings if travelling by car.

                               Lovely blue skies.

L'église a Barri d'en Haut, an hour's easy walk from Tarascon.

L'Ariegoise cycle race starts and finishes in Tarascon.

        Place Garrigou after the feu de St. Jean bonfire.

            L'Eglise de la Daurade, Place Garrigou.

                              Le tour de France.

            Les Vaches du Plateau de Beille in the summer.

Plateau de Beille cross-country ski station in April.

Ussat - an easy stroll along the river from Tarascon.

Local Merens horses in the Soulcem Valley.

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