"Marvellous Mirepoix" Mirepoix by lomi

Mirepoix Travel Guide: 5 reviews and 22 photos

Lovely Ariege

The locals are called Mirapiciens. Mirepoix is a lovely historic town in the Hers valley of the Ariège département, in the south of France, between Carcassonne and Pamiers.

I think it is one of the most charming medieval town squares in France.
The square is bordered by amazing looking houses dating from between the 13th and 15th centuries.

Cafe bars & small resturants sell plat du jour from 8 euros a head, bookshops (in English & French) giftshops, and many small private shops.

My favourite is the Weekly (Monday) market selling everything from farm produce, boullabaise, seafood, honey, local wines, live chickens, fruit & vegetables, to clothes, jewellery, household items and bric a brac & antiques.

The locals are friendly, the food is wonderful and the location is in a stunning part of the Pyrenees. Plus the area around Mirepoix is crammed with historic trails, old churches with frescos, and Cathar castles .

The focal point of the square is the medieval Maison des Consuls (council house), whose rafters are carved with hundreds of unique portrayals of animals, monsters, and caricatures of medieval social groups.

Did you Know?

a mirepoix is a mixture of diced vegetables, carrots, onions and celery sauted in butter. It is used to flavor stews, soups, stocks, etc. It was created in the 18th century by a chef of the Duc de Levis-Mirepoix.

See my other Mirepoix guide, as Mirepoix is listed three times in VT
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Europe > France > Midi-Pyrénées > Mirepoix
Europe > France > Midi-Pyrénées > Mirepoix
Europe > France > Midi-Pyrénées > Mirepoix-sur-Tarn

Choose the second one.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Peaceful and relaxing, attractive
  • Cons:Quite out of season, but I love it.
  • In a nutshell:A town surviving on private enterprise and tradition
  • Last visit to Mirepoix: Dec 2008
  • Intro Updated Nov 1, 2011
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