10. Chateau de Foix

Perched atop a formidable crag and built on an older 7th-century fortification, the imposing Chateau de Foix dominates the ancient town Foix at the edge of the Parc Naturel Régional des Pyrénées Ariégeoises and was once the capital of the historic County of Foix. There are three remaining towers of the castle; the free-standing round tower now houses the Musée de l'Ariège. Near the church are many handsome old half-timbered houses. The area surrounding Foix has many Romanesque churches of the 11th and 12th centuries as well as caves with prehistoric rock drawings, notably the Grotte de Niaux and the Grotte du Portel. The Chateau de Foix is a 2 hour 15 minute drive from Le Belvedere.