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Foix Office de tourisme
29 rue Delcasse Foix

Tel:+33 (0)5 61 65 12 12
Fax:+33 (0)5 61 65 64 63

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Foix is certainly worth a detour with its castle turrets and battlements standing out against the skyline.  In 1290 Foix became home to the counts of Bearn.  The most dynamic count was Gaston Fébus who appreciated literature and poetry but also ordered the death of his own brother and son.  The counts resisted French rule until 1607 when the area was annexed and fell under the rule of King Henri IV. 

Below the castle you'll find an 11th-century church and narrow streets lined with medieval, half-timbered houses.  Look out for the small bronze fountain 'de L'Oie' (goose) on rue des Marchands

Foix is a great base for exploring the Vallee de L'Ariege and will appeal particularly to those who enjoy mountain biking and pre-Pyrenean walking.  Others may prefer the underground river of Labouiche which forms an impressive limestone subterranean gallery.

What to See - Foix Attractions

Les Forges de Pyrene
Village of Montgaillard, 09000
an open-air museum that recounts bygone days with old ironworks and a sawmill
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Daily but Oct-Dec not Mon pms | Tel: +33 (0)5 34 09 30 60

Musee de la Prehistoire
Mas-d'Azil, W of Pamiers, 09103
a prehistory museum with artefacts from the Magdalenian period
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Daily | Tel: +33 (0)5 61 69 97 71

Foix 09000
organise canyon clambering, mountain biking or hiking trips
| Admission charge | Tel: +33 (0)5 61 65 01 10

Grotte du Mas-D'Azil
Mas-d'Azil, W of Pamiers, 09103
the fascinating limestone caves at the centre of the ancient Azilian culture
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Daily | Tel: +33 (0)5 61 69 97 71

Musee departemental de l'Ariege
Chateau de Foix, Foix 09000
an archaeological museum with military exhibits housed in the castle
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Daily but Nov-Apr: not Mon-Tue | Tel: +33 (0)5 61 65 56 05

Chateau de Foix
Foix 09000
the castle presides over the town and affords splendid views more information
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Daily but Nov-Apr: closed Mon & Tue | Tel: +33 (0)5 61 65 12 12

Rue du Camp, Pamiers 09103
a church with 17th-century nave and brick façade with two towers