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The department of Ariège nestles in the Pyrenees, next to Andorra, its highest peaks visible from Toulouse. It is one of the least populated, most unspoiled regions of France, whose inhabitants have held fast to their traditions. Local towns retain features of medieval architecture and numerous species of butterflies, orchids and raptors thrive here thanks to the continuation of ancient farming practices.

The Ariège stands across a corridor between Africa, Spain and Europe. The numerous castles, fortified towns, and churches bear witness to the rich history of the area.