Activities

Activities

General
The house is full of leaflets and information of things to do in the local area - if you discover any we have not mentioned please do tell us and we will add them.

There are very good tourist offices in both Saverdun and Foix which will have details of these and much much more in the region.

ariege.com is a great website for things to see & do in the area.
Canoeing, Climbing etc
Canoeing and White Water Rafting are very popular holiday activites in
France.

With the nearest place to do it from (Le Vernet d'Ariege) being only 20
minutes by car, Lissac is the perfect place to stay for beginners and entusiasts alike.

At St Girons, about 60 minutes by car, you can do Rock Climbing,
Canyoning, Caving and explore the the dizzy heights of the Adventure Park.
Cycling
You will frequently see cyclists going past Lissac as it's very good terrain for cyclists to train.  The Tour de France stops at a local village and causes a lot of excitement.

Downhill Free Ride Mountain Biking, Couserans - Set up by Alternative VTT, extreme mountain biking enthusiasts are courses that take you through the forest and down the various ramps from 50cm to 3m high, tables, double's, wall rides, step downs, road gaps etc.

Also the Ronde de L'Isard for the under 23's is worth a view if you're aroud in May.
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Golf
There are lots of very popular golf courses in the area - see
www.golf-midi-pyrenees.com for details.
Horse Riding
We have had some real adventures on horseback in the Pyrenees.
 
You can go out for as little as an hours ride (for any level) to five days doing the annual drive of horses, goats, sheep and cows up to the mountains, to take advantage of the summer pastures.  Known as Transhumance this is not for beginners, but an unbeatable experience!

Centre Equestre Boutou - Massat

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Skiing
The nearest slopes (Ax Les Thermes, with 75km of pistes) are about a 40 minute drive from Lissac, well worth the trip and a lot of fun.

Although the house doesn't have central heating there is an abundance of wood and once the fires are roaring you would't notice the difference!
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Swimming
Obviously the 40' x 20' pool at Lissac (with underwater lighting!) itself takes some beating...but for those more adventurous types there's a 1/2 mile swimming lake at St Y'bars, 5 minutes away by car.  There is a bar/glacerie for rewards when you've swum the length and back!

A bit further away (10 mins by car) is the Lac de Carla Bayle, which in addition to swimming has sailboarding, fishing, canoeing and a picnic area.

Pamiers has a great municipal pool with very high diving boards for the fearless.

Saverdun has a lovely picnic area by the river and is also a popular place to swim.
Walking
There are endless possibilities for walking around Lissac.

You can either stroll out from Lissac and simply enjoy unspoilt French countryside, or you can be more specific and below are just some of the more obvious attractions for those who like walking;
  • Roquefort
  • Montsegur
  • Grotte de Mas d'Azil - great drive-through caves, with picnic site and restaurants in the village.
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Wine Tasting
Plenty of the local vineyards open their doors (and their barrels) for visitors far and wide...
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Other Activities


1. Wolf Park (La Maison des Loupes, Orlu)
Wolf reserve with goats, donkeys and pigs as well. Look out for feeding times (mourrissage) as you see the wolves at their best then.

2. Riviere Souterraine de Labouiche
Series of underground caves that you travel through on barge-like boats. Nice on a hot day - you may even need a sweater.

3.Foix Castle - worth combining with a trip on market day.

5. Lac de Mondeley, Gabre
A good picnic site with adventure-type playground and snack bar, and you can walk around the lake.

6. Parc Animalier - 5 minutes from Lissac, a small animal farm near St Ybars.

10. 450 Year Old Forge de Montgailhard
A village which recreates 125 trades and crafts of rural French life. Guided tours available

11. Prehistoric Parc
Experience a day from 14,000 years ago in the Ariege Pyrennes. Discover the lakes, waterfalls, landscapes and sculpted herd of bison in 13 hectare parc.

12. Bison Farm
A farm with Bison, Deer, Goats and other species. Near Lapenne, north of Mirepoix

13. Butterfly Farm
All types of butterfly imaginable. Based in Col del Teil near Lavelanet.