Foix Travel Guide

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Foix Things to Do

  • St-Volusien

    This church is - after the castle - the main sight in Foix. It was Roman originally and then destroyed in the Wars of Religion. It was rebuilt after that, beginning in 1609 and completed in 1670.It's well worth a look inside.

  • Château de Foix

    Was it worth the trip from Toulouse? Absolutely.The history (dating from the 11th century) is impressive. So is the structure - 3 towers. Then there's the location on top of a rock above the town. Last but not least, the views from up there are stunning. It closes over lunchtime (12-2) so plan your visit around that. Some guided tours are offered,...

  • Auberge Miranda

    After seeing the castle you'll be thirsty and needing a seat. It's a steep climb to get there and lots of steps to climb once you do.Do like me and stop for a beer afterwards. You'll find a good selection of places in the old town, and I chose one of the most attractive.

  • Le Park de l'art Prehistorique

    Close to Foix,about 15 Km, south on the road to Andorra, in the next village of Tarascon,you can see this interesting theme park.The Prehistoric Art Park's outdoor installations show how caves are formed by water flowing over rock,and also the life on this remote age.

  • Grotte de Naiux

    Grotte de Niaux - 09 400 Niaux The Caves are open every day of the year except 25th Dec, 1st Jan, Mondays in November to March and all national holidays. Like the others it is guided tours hourly. Another one where you need to do some route homework before you set out as it is (or was) poorly signposted. Cracking views of the mountains from the...

  • Grotte du Mas-D'Azil

    Mas-d'Azil, W of Pamiers, 09103. Fascinating limestone caves at the centre of the ancient Azilian culture.Guided tours leave hourly so check with them first because if you arrive at a popular time you can sit outside just trying to get your car into the car parking! Well worth the wait though. s. | Admission charge | Opening Times: Daily

  • Remember the past.

    You cannot visit a town with a 1,000 year old castle without very soon realising what inhuman atrocities took place there during centuries of conflict. It is a sobering and salutary reminder that even in ones own lifetime such things were - and still are -perpetrated .We made our way over to read the inscription on the Memorial in the Square. Foix...

  • Explore the narrow streets.

    A fascinating tour can be made on foot around the old town. Sadly many of the oldest buildings are crying out for restoration and I guess for the people who live in them maintenance and repairs must be a heavy drain on finances. The town was once rich in minerals - including gold found in the waters of the Ariège but gold panning came to an end in...

  • Visit the Parc Pyreneen de l'Art...

    If you are in the area of Foix or visiting the Grotte de Niaux, this is a really fun thing to do, especially if you have the kids along. If you are visiting the Niaux Caves and don't speak French, you might visit the Theme park first to get information on the caves in English. They have a laser audio tour of a cave reproduction. They also have...

  • Chateau de Foix

    Foix Castle was built around the year 1000 AD, strategically placed on the top of a hill.In 1002 the castle belonged to Roger, first count of Carcassonne. The castle continued to belong to the counts of Foix for several centuries. The castle was never taken during the Albigensian crusade, but French King Philippe the Bold in 1272 did manage to take...

  • The Tower.

    This is the tallest tower at Foix Castle,inside you can see some very interesting expositions about the medieval age .

  • Le Château de Foix : Château comtal (Xth...

    Succédant à une construction fortifiée (castrum) des VIIe et VIIIe siècles, le château est signalé dès 987. En 1002, il figure dans le testament de Roger 1er, comte de Carcassonne qui lègue la forteresse à son cadet Bernard. Jusqu'a la Révolution, la forteresse demeure siège de garnison. La tour Ronde élevée au XVème siècle est la plus récente, les...

  • On the way up to the Castle.

    This picture was taken on the way up to see the castle,also you can see here a partialview of Foix.

  • Nature

    Foix is located at Midi Pyrenees,so when you visit this city,don't miss explore the mountains and see the beautiful landscapes.Also you can find here some nice ski resorts and good accomodations in small hotels or gites,they are the French version of bed and breakfast, along this area.

  • The largest cave in Europe

    On this area of France you can find some beautiful and interesting caves to see,this one it is the largest in Europe: LOMBRIVES,also close to Tarascon and Foix another one not to be missed is:NIAUX Cave drawing.


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    by iaint Written Mar 13, 2015

    I arrived in town at lunchtime (12 noon) and saw a few local people going into this place, so I followed.

    Within 15 minutes it was full. All locals, lunching out. Quite a few had the French equivalent of lunch vouchers.

    The staff were running around demented. The patron even had to help out (he's in his 80s) by making a few leisurely coffees. The service was excellent in spite of the rush - it's probably like that every day. I was there for just on an hour.

    I had the menu du jour - carrot salad, then a turkey leg (jambonette, they called it) with peas and a chocolate dessert. All that plus a coffee for €13.80. Superb value for money.

    No Michelin stars were involved, of course.

    Favorite Dish: Hmmm... the pavé chocolat, but it was all good!

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Foix Transportation

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    by iaint Updated Mar 13, 2015

    I took the train to Foix, from Toulouse.

    75 minutes each way. €23 return - no doubt a bit cheaper for being booked in advance and on the internet, plus my esteemed 60+ status. I didn't need any kind of stigmatising 60+ card for that last reduction - just my passport to prove my age and identity.

    The trains were modern, fast and comfortable but there are quite a few stations to be stopped at.

    The station at Foix is a little bit north of the old town, but no more than a 10 minutes walk. It's well maintained and welcoming.

    Inside Foix station exterior train interior 1 train interior 2
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  • Under the Mistletoe - or Gui.

    This is not so much a Tip as a comment with a question - specially for botanists, arborologists or anyone who knows that mistletoe is not just for kissing under at Christmas time. We started our journey in the Pyrenees Atlantiques and travelled through the foothills of the pyrenees towards Foix. The further east we got in to the Ariège Department...

  • Visite de la vieille ville...

    La place Parmentier Cette place a la particularité d'abriter une des plus belles maisons à colombage de Foix. Situé sur l'un des itinéraires vers Saint-Jacques de Compostelle, l'hôpital Sant-Jamme occupait la place de l'actuel Hôtel de ville; en 1837, l'hôpital est détruit et cède la place au collège de Foix qui devient lycée en 1881. Le 14 juillet...

  • In the streets again...

    Rue du Rival Classée monument historique en 1926, la porte du N°37 de la rue date de 1617. Rue de la Préfecture La rue est agrémentée d'une belle maison avec caryatides. L'abbaye de l'ancien monastère de Saint-Volusien (XVIIIème siècle) est décrétée bien national en 1790, puis acquise par le département qui en fait le siège de son administration...


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