Foix, a charming medieval town at the foot of the Pyrenees nature reserve, is ideally located for those wishing to savour the tranquillity of the mountains while also enjoying lively atmosphere of a small town.

Name: Valorme
Location:
Foix – Midi-Pyrénées region
Open:
All year round
Course types:
General French, French for Specific Purposes
Organisation of classes:
Small groups (2-6 participants); one-to-one classes on request.
Price: From €460 to €530 per week (no accomodation)- €460 to €780 per week with accommodation. Quote and terms and conditions available on request.

Description

You will stay in a renovated old building in a quiet city-centre street. The classroom is on the ground floor and overlooks a courtyard with a garden. Upstairs are 4 studio apartments for participants and the apartment of your teacher and her husband.

  • Your hosts:
    Your teacher, Corine, plans classes tailored to your needs and accompanies you at your lunches and during your outings and visits in the region.
  • Your accommodation:
    You can stay on site in one of the comfortable studio apartments, which can accommodate 1 or 2 people and have a Wifi connection. The studios overlook the courtyard and garden and offer a beautiful view over the Château de Foix. Each studio has a wet room and toilet and an equipped kitchenette. Towels, sheets and hairdryer are provided. You will have free access to the lounge, with TV, DVDs, books and magazines – as well as to the courtyard and garden. Valorme offers you a place to learn and communicate but also to rest and relax.

Activities

Valorme offers activity programmes that take you to the heart of French culture. Examples of visits:

  • A land of heritage:
    Delve into the history of the Foix region:
    – Prehistory: explore the Niaux Cave, decorated with Magdalenian paintings, a masterpiece of cave art.
    – History: Discover the region’s Cathar history (Château de Montségur). Admire the architectural heritage of medieval villages, Romanesque churches and the various châteaux that dominate the region.
  • A land of nature:
    Discover the beauty of the region through (easy) mountain hikes and admire the picturesque views.

The Region

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Famous in France above all for featuring in a well-known nursery rhyme, the town of Foix is situated at the foot of the Pyrenees in south-west France. This small town became an important city in the Middle Ages. You can still appreciate its medieval flavour when strolling along its narrow streets, towered over by its fabulous 11th-century castle. Around the town, many prehistoric and historic sites illustrate the region’s heritage and wild natural beauty. Foix is easy to get to, with airports and railway stations nearby. It is 1 hour 15 minutes from Toulouse and 1 hour 50 minutes from the Spanish border by train, and 1 hour from Carcassonne by car. Mountain lovers will appreciate the outdoor activities on offer, such as hiking, climbing, potholing and skiing.

Our review

Valorme achieves a perfect blend of professionalism and friendliness. You will practise French all day long with an experienced teacher, who tailors the programme to your needs, interests and wishes, and accompanies and supports you throughout your stay. Corine pays particular attention to your individual progress and well-being. The studio apartments are designed for the comfort of visitors and will allow you to enjoy sociable moments while retaining a certain degree of freedom.

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