Local Activities

When the Mountains are calling.......



Local Activities

Quillan is a popular centre for anyone interested in water sports such as white-water rafting or kayaking. The town is also next to the very scenic Gorges de Pierre Lys, Saint Georges and Galamus

Other highlights within easy reach are the Cathar castles at Montsegur,Peyrepertuse and Queribus as well as the Cathar Cite of Carcassone.

We are surrounded by the magnificent mountains of the Pyrenees and their equally magnificent lakes, so have an almost endless number of walking/climbing routes as well as some of the best road cycling routes in Europe. Mountain Biking (Velo Tout Terrain) is also extremely well catered for here with a number of dedicated routes in the local area. 

Spring &Summer events

Summer in the Pyrenees can be like heaven on earth. Temperatures can soar over 40 deg Celsius in Quillan and the Mountain Lakes are set up in full beach mode. Big open blue skies make for heady days spent in the hills, alternatively a jaunt down to the Mediterranean coast is a complete change in scenery and challenges any beach on earth for beauty

Autumn Activities

Autumn is a wonderful time to visit the Pyrenees, the scenery is a stunning mix of reds, oranges, yellows and greens. The climate can be excellent, we often see mid to high 20 deg Celsius ranges late into October. Autumn Hiking is also fantastic, as is Photography.


Spoiler Alert! Quillan is not a ski resort! However, we have several small ski areas within 45 minutes drive, Ax 3 Domains is a fantastic resort and is 1hr away, and the huge ski area of Grandvalira is 1hr30 from the lodge with skiing up to 2610m. Our fully catered Ski weeks include daily transport to the areas along with expert advice so that you can pick the best area each day based on weather, skillset and how sore the heads are in the morning!

Road Cycling

The Pyrenees boasts some of the very finest cycling routes in Europe. Locally we have a number of climbs used in the Tour de France,  the Col de Saint-Louis, Col de Coudons and the Col de Portel are on our doorstep, the Col de Montsegur is a few km away.


Hiking is a Pyrenean speciality. Our in house produced route cards along with our knowledge of many trails will help you choose from low level, mid mountain or High level walks with varying lengths, ascents and degrees of difficulty/exposure. Multi day treks can also be arranged, either with return transport to the lodge or by a pre booked refuge in the mountains

Mountain Biking/VTT

We have many marked enduro trails around Quillan and further afield. We also have the luxury of lift assisted Mountain Biking in Ax-3-Domains and can transport you there daily. Both tradtitional and electric bikes can be hired locally.