La Flambée

Nice restaurant that serves typical French food and pizzas. Located just off the main square in la rue Porte d’Amont.

Most servers speak very good English so good if you want to take a break from speaking your best French!

The Stop Pub Café.

On the border of the departments of Aude and Ariège, hidden in the heart of Cathar country, you'll find an unusual little hang-out... The Stop Pub Café.
A convivial café/ bar, a bistro

if you will. A meeting place, opening its doors to art, music and conviviality!

... and all this in a setting both vintage and modern, unique but familiar, cozy but  festive too!

https://www.lestoppubcafe.fr/

Buvette du Lac de Puivert

Fantastic setting right by the lake. Serves a range of food and drinks in casual atmosphere.

Puivert

The small village is located about 9 km from Chalabre. The lakeside area in Puivert has many shaded areas, with barbecues, ideal place for a picnic with the family.

There is also a small restaurant, La Buvette du Lac, right by the lake that serves food and drinks (including beer and wine).

Puivert castle is on top a hill overlooking the village and its lake, reaches an altitude of 605 m.

There are a couple of restaurants in Puivert including the Pamir which serves Afghan specialities and pizzas.

The Pamir

There is also a local brewery that also has a restaurant. See BDQ

Mirepoix

At the heart of Mirepoix is one of the finest surviving arcaded market squares - Les Couverts- in France. The square is bordered by houses dating from the thirteenth to the fifteenth centuries.

The medieval Maison des Consuls (council house) has rafter-ends carved with dozens of images of animals and monsters, and caricatures of medieval professions and social groups.

Maison des Consuls

The cathedral of St-Maurice has the second widest Gothic arch in Europe (after Girona in Catalonia, Spain). The foundation stone was laid by Jean de Lévis on the 6th May 1298. Construction continued, with interruptions, over the next six centuries. The cathedral was restored in 1858 and 1859 by Prosper Mérimée, and Eugène Viollet-le-Duc.

Building in main square

La Porte d'Aval dates from 1372.

Mirepoix's bridge is 206 meters long and has seven arches. It is the work of architect Jean-Rodolphe Perronet (1708–1794), whose best known works are the Pont de la Concorde in Paris (1787–1791) and the bridge of Nantes. Work on its construction was started in 1776. Near the bridge is the 'chêne vert', an ancient oak tree about 800 years old.

The first mention of the ancient Château de Terride dates from 960. It was captured (together with Mirepoix as a whole) by Simon de Montfort on 22 September 1209. The castle took the name of 'Terride' in the 16th century.

Andorra - duty free shopping

The tax haven Principality of Andorra with it's capital Andorra la Vella is an easy drive and is full of shops where you can buy cheap spirits and cigarettes. For example a 1 litre bottle of Bombay Sapphire Gin can be picked up for under €11.

See this article https://www.frenchentree.com/living-in-france/shopping/duty-free-shopping-in-andorra/ for more information

Gorges de Galamus

Located at the heart of the Fenouillèdes massif, on the border of the departments of Aude and the Pyrénées-Orientales, in France, the Gorges de Galamus are a real challenge for drivers. It’s an amazing drive along a balcony road that is so narrow in places that two cars could not possibly pass. If you can cope with nausea inducing narrow roads with sheer drops, then this is the place for you!

The roads to cross the gorges, extremely narrow and dangerous, are D10 and D7, and both are a challenge for car drivers. Crossing the gorges by car is possible all year but in summers the road becomes very busy and the traffic problems are obvious. In July and August there’s a special regulation. These roads through the gorges are very lovely but can also be very challenging if you are driving, with many sections too narrow for cars to pass and a strong chance you will need to reverse around a blind corner on a narrow road!
The gorges are located in the towns of Cubières-sur-Cinoble and Saint-Paul-de-Fenouillet in the Pyrénées-Orientales and have a length of 2km. Because its narrowness, it is impossible to turn back. The views are stunning for passengers but you can't stop for the driver to see the views too. The weather is unpredictable. Expect high winds often.

Les Gorges de Galamus (site officiel)

Crapahut Adventure Park

The park offers walks through the tree tops on rope ladders.

Fontaine de Fontestorbes - BELESTA (09)   06 19 79 42 66 http://www.parc-accrobranche-ariege.com/

Carcassonne

Perched on a rocky hilltop and bristling with zigzag battlements, stout walls and spiky turrets, the fortified city of Carcassonne looks like something out of a children’s storybook when it's seen from afar. A Unesco World Heritage Site since 1997, it’s most people’s idea of the perfect medieval castle.

The Cité Médiévale, as the old walled town is now known, attracts over four million visitors every year, peaking in high summer. Time your visit for late in the day (or better still, for spring or autumn) to truly appreciate the old town's medieval charm.

Go-Kart track

There is a go-kart track near Lavalanet where you can try your hand at go-karting. For more information see the website http://www.karting-ariege.com/