SwimmingOutdoor activities near Base Calames Rooms to Rent and house rental in the Ariege, Pyrenees, France.

Swimming holiday activities


An indoor pool in Tarascon is open to the public throughout the year.

At Aston, about 20 minutes drive away, you'll find an excellent outdoor facility with a curly slide, baby pool, jets, beach area and café/bar.

The nearest lake to swim is the Mercus lake with a sandy beach, kids play area and barbecues. The water can be a little chilly!. For something a bit warmer there are several fantastic lakes around the Ariege. Pick of the bunch are probably the 'Lac de Montbel', 'Puivert' and the 'Lac de Mondély' (see above) all feature sandy beaches, warm water, fantastic scenery and wildlife, and are rarely crowded. The 'Lac de Mondély' is around a 45 minute drive from the accommodation and was ranked second in the Sunday Times 'The 20 hottest European beaches for 2010' survey.

The nearest Mediterranean beach is Narbonne Plage, around 2 hours drive and the Atlantic coast is just a little further.

We have our own blow up pool which is great for younger kids (and cocktails before dinner!) complete with mountain views.

Rock Climbing

Rock Climbing in the Ariege Pyrenees

The Ariège is steadily building a reputation as one of the best rock climbing destinations in France, with around 2400 routes spread over 50+ crags. Read more.


Cycling in the Ariege Pyrenees

Tour De France climbs on the doorstep and less strenuous valley roads, there's something for all cyclists. Read more.


Walking in the Ariege Pyrenees

The Ariège is a paradise for walkers of all standards. With over 500km of waymarked footpaths there's plenty to go at! Read more.

Winter Sports

Winter Sports in the Ariege Pyrenees

A number of ski resorts nearby cater for skiers of all abilities in stunning locations. Read more.

Kids Activities

Kids activities in Ariege

Many of the activities on offer to adults are also available to kids in one form or another and its a great place to try out some adventurous activities in a supervised and secure environment. Read more.