Tarascon Sur Ariege

Tarascon sur Ariege, at the confluence of the Vicdessos and Ariege rivers, and no less than five separate valleys, was an important strategic point in the medieval period, and a major centre of iron-working until the start of the 20th century.

The area has been populated since prehistoric times - the cave-painting sites of Bedheilac and Niaux are not far away.


On the edge of Tarascon you can even visit a reconstruction of two caves at Niaux that are closed to the public, at the Prehistoric Art park. The “Salon noir” holds drawings of bison, whilst the “Dune of the Steps” has imprints of children’s feet, dating from around 15,000 years ago.

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