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Medieval jewels,
Vibrant past to discover

Visit Aude and Ariège between culture, heritage and nature

Discover the Cathar castles and their history

Staying at the Chalets du lac Belcaire is going on vacation in a region with a rich historical past. In the heart of the Cathar country, attack one of the heretical bastions and admire breathtaking panoramas. You will be seduced by these citadels perched above the void. Discover these little-known castles and learn more about the crusade against the Albigensians:

  • Visit the remains of the castle of Usson as well as the heritage house, place of memory and discovery, with its archaeological remains and models.
  • Discover the castle of Lordat, a unique site that offers many activities : shows, stargazing, raptor flight…
  • Set on the top of a rock, the castle of Montségur rises to 1,207 meters above sea level. The castle walls and the keep are still standing. In addition to the visit, discover the history of Montségur thanks to the dedicated museum.
  • Stroll through the narrow streets of Puilaurens, arguably the best-preserved royal fortress established in the region. The walls and towers marked by time are steeped in stories and legends.
  • The castle of Arques consists of a quadrangular enclosure pierced by a Gothic gate and an elegant keep, flanked by four turrets, making it a masterpiece of medieval Gothic architecture.
  • Peyrepertuse is at the top of a limestone cliff enjoying a magnificent panoramic view. The scale of its remains and the quality of its constructions make the castle the most important and remarkable example of military architecture of the Middle Ages of Languedoc.

Natural curiosities: the essentials to visit during your stay

Discover the treasures of natural architecture, geological singularities and their legends, known or unknown, which will be all atypical and unique outings. Among the natural curiosities not to be missed:

  • Solve the riddle of the fountain of Fontestorbes. The water that comes out of the cave flows intermittently. The river cascades for 36 minutes and 36 seconds and then stops for 32 minutes and 30 seconds.
  • Classified and protected, visit the Aguzou cave with a guide. Tours are in small groups for a day or half day. Play caving and explore the underground world to discover its wonders.
  • Recognized as one of the largest in Europe, the cave of Lombrives fascinates visitors with the immensity of its galleries, the impressive size of the stalactites and the intoxicating color of its lake.
  • A walk allows you to admire the Roches Tremblantes. These bulky stones would have the power to tremble when pushed, at least according to legend. 500 meters away is the Devil’s Chair, a rock carved into the shape of an armchair. It is said to be a very old place of worship.
  • The Niaux cave is one of the last in France to allow access to more than 80 prehistoric paintings.
  • The immensity of its cavities, the modern lighting and the prehistoric remains it contains are all wonders to discover in the Mas d’Azil cave ! Upon arrival, the interpretation centre allows you to discover the life of the first men. Then, leave for 1 hour of guided tour that will make you relive the excavations of archaeologists.
Enigmatic nature,
Curiosities to explore.
Discover Fontestorbes fountain
Discover Roche Tremblante

Cultural visits to do in Aude and Ariège

Want to have fun while learning? Camping Les Chalets du lac Belcaire offers ideas for cultural outings retracing the history of an entire region. Visits as informative as they are fun. Crafts, archaeology, history, there is something for everyone.

Museum of Quercob

In the Quercob Museum, you can understand and discover medieval music through the reconstruction of instruments from the Middle Ages. The past century is also represented in the museum, through the trades of yesteryear around the village and scenes of everyday life.


Dinausoria is entirely dedicated to dinosaurs and their contemporaries, this museum offers a real journey through time through unique collections. Sheltered by a large glass and steel shell, more than 2000 m² of exhibition await you.

The forges of Pyrene

Les forges de Pyrene is a village of yesteryear but very much alive where the trades and tools of yesteryear take back a place of choice. Discover the gestures and methods of a bygone era.

Prehistoric Park

Both park and museum, the Park of Prehistory is the essential place to discover, whether you are young or old, the life of Cro-Magnon while having fun. You will learn how to hunt, cut flint, light fires, excavate like an archaeologist or paint on the walls of a cave.

Discover the story,
Learn while having fun!

Family outings

What to do with your family during your camping holiday? Find the top activities to do with all the members of your tribe. Aude and Ariège reserve a multitude of family activities for you to share unforgettable moments. Some suggestions to make around…

Crapahut Adventure Park

On an exceptional site of 4 hectares, spend a pleasant moment around various activities at the Crapahut Parc Aventure : tree climbing, escape game, laser game … Children, teenagers or adults, you can evolve on different courses.

The castle of Chalabre

Medieval workshops and animations will immerse you in a chivalrous universe. The park the castle of Chalabre has the only ” Medieval Tree Accrobranch ” of France and the ” Trappe du Courage” ! Ever more impressive aerial games that will challenge you. For children under 12, on the back of a pony, equipped with a spear, train yourself in the initiatory journey of chivalry.

The House of Wolves

Discover, in the middle of the forest, the animal park La maison des loups entirely dedicated to the wolf. In a preserved natural environment, you will observe the packs of wolves of Europe, Poland, Canada and the Arctic. A time devoted to the mini-farm will delight young and old alike….

The red train of Axat

Discover the Eastern Pyrenees and the Cathar Country aboard the tourist train, Le train rouge d’Axat. The journey between vineyards, green valleys, desert plateaus and forests is commented. The Cathar Castle of Quéribus, the Tour del Far, the relay of força real, are the elements of the décor!

The Bison Farm

The bison farm is a vast farm in a natural setting of 70 hectares where bison, deer, fallow deer, elk, yaks, etc … live in semi-freedom

Precious memories
for young and old
Visits, our animations and the lakeside