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Saint-Ybarsan unspoilt jewel

Saint-Ybars, a medieval treasure

Immerse yourself in the enchanting atmosphere of Saint-Ybars, an ancient jewel nestled in the heart of the Ariège region. This picturesque commune combines medieval history and natural beauty. Stroll through its charming alleyways and soak up its peaceful ambience. Surrounded by verdant hills, Saint-Ybars offers visitors an authentic getaway, a true haven of peace where time seems to stand still.


A peaceful getaway

Welcome to Saint-Ybars, a historical treasure trove waiting to be discovered! Founded in 944, this village is brimming with charm and authenticity. The deed of paréage in 1241 marks a major turning point, giving birth to the bastide, offering a fascinating urban structure. Once known by the evocative name of “Sauveterre”, Saint-Ybars will captivate visitors with its protective character and breathtaking scenery. Set on the‘impregnable Mount Arbolag, the town reveals breathtaking panoramas and invites you to lose yourself in its medieval alleys steeped in history.


St-Barthélémy church

The church of Saint-Ybars has a rich history dating back to the 12th century. Built in the Romanesque style, it bears witness to the importance of faith and spirituality in the life of the community.

Over the centuries, the church has undergone modifications and restorations, preserving its original architecture while adapting to stylistic evolutions.

Lake St-Ybars

Lac de Saint-Ybars is an ideal place to spend a day in nature.

With areas dedicated to picnics, you can enjoy an al fresco meal while admiring the view.

Lovers of fishing can rejoice, as the lake also offers excellent fishing opportunities.

Also, dining options are available nearby, allowing you to taste local dishes after a busy day by the lake.

Just 3 km away, discover Cosméane, a farm of donkeys where magic happens. Learn more about their lives and their role in the production of donkey milk. You’ll have the unique opportunity to meet these gentle and inquisitive animals.

As a bonus, you can also discover how milk is transformed into cosmetics, creating a complete immersive experience.