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About Mirepoix

A medieval bastide town in the shadow of the Pyrenees, Mirepoix is a beautiful destination for a cultural escape, romantic break or family holiday. The area’s accommodation options consist of simple B&Bs, private villas and historic landmarks-turned-hotels, filled with character and charm. Our pick of the best places to stay in Mirepoix, for example, is a restored Benedictine monastery with warm, welcoming hosts and glorious gardens: an escape to remember.

Mirepoix itself is a lovely town with a pretty market square surrounded by pastel-painted half-timbered houses. Now home to cafés, shops and eateries, the Place des Couverts is a wonderful community hub, and a great place to get a sense of the area. Admire the carved façade of the medieval Maison des Consuls, explore the stark ruins of the Château de Lagarde and marvel at the Gothic interiors of the Saint-Maurice Cathedral.

Keen adventurers will love paragliding, hiking, cycling and horse riding. The Ariège region, dotted with Cathar ruins, is brilliant for relaxing outdoorsy pursuits, and you’ll find it generally quieter than in the heart of the nearby Aude. Summers are busy, though, so book your room at one of the best places to stay in Mirepoix well in advance.

The Best Places to Stay in Mirepoix

For Historic Charm

  • L'Abbaye-Château de Camon is a former Benedictine monastery. Dating back to the 10th Century, this elegant historic landmark offers grand rooms with antique furnishings and floral wallpapers. The swimming pool and landscaped gardens are gorgeous. Hugely romantic, this is also a tranquil choice for keen ramblers. Foodies will adore the five-course evening menu. A low-key gem.


  • If you'd prefer a self-catering option, we suggest that you visit our online partner Booking.com.


  • Fly to Carcassonne Airport and journey 45 minutes by car or bus to Mirepoix. Alternatively, Toulouse-Blagnac Airport is just over an hour's drive away. Visitors from regional hubs — such as Paris, Lyon, Dijon or Marseille — can easily travel to Carcassonne or Toulouse by high-speed train and on to Mirepoix by road from there.
  • Ariège is wonderful for a road trip! Contact our online partner Rentalcars if you would like to hire a car.
  • Visit between May and September for temperatures ranging from 18°C - 26°C, but bear in mind that this is also peak season. May and September are generally best for cooler hiking and biking.



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Best Hotels in Mirepoix

  • L'Abbaye-Château de Camon Mirepoix (Languedoc) 6 rooms from £121

    Country Escape  -  A luxorious former abbey and 16th centruy palace where one can unwind in style in the cloistered gardens or exquisite salon.
    Foodies  -  Gourmands will be in heaven- the five course menu dégustation is not to be missed, nor is the extensive wine list.
    Sights nearby  -  Make sure to visit the medieval city of Mirepoix, just a ten minute drive down the road.
    Birdwatching  -  Bring your binoculars, this region plays host to many rare and exotic breeds of bird.
    RestaurantSwimming PoolGardenPet friendlyViewsParking
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays

    This Benedictine monastery dates back to the 10th century. Expect grand spacious interiors and comfortable rooms in an historical, romantic setting within a picturesque village in the Cathar region not far from Toulouse. Its superb cuisine is a particular highlight. See More

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