Sports in Saint-Martory
Going out on nice walks, fishing and hunting are possible on the property, depending on the season.
The chateau’s 40 hectares property is covered with tree plantations (American red oak trees, European oak trees, maple trees and many more varieties) and borders the Garonne river for a few kilometers. Several trails have been opened to enjoy nice walks on the property regardless of the season.
Trout fishing season is open generally from May until September. The Garonne river is a very good spot for fly fishing. The local fishermen’s association is run by Fife, the owner of Cafe de la Place in St Martory and a local figure. He will be happy to provide permits and also give recommendations regarding the best spots in and around St Martory.
Hunting season is open generally from September until January / February. The property is a famous spot for dear and boar, as well as hare and pheasant.
The village has a full-size field that can be used for free, 5 minutes walking from the chateau.
Two hard tennis courts are available at no cost in the village. They are situated next to the football stadium.
Countless sport options are available within a one hour drive range, from golf to horseback riding, cycling famous Tour de France stages and the full range of summer and winter mountain sports.
The closest course is located 5 minutes away in Salies du Salat (6 holes) and another course is located 20 minutes away in Montrejeau (9+6 holes).
A nice course with beautiful mountain views is 40 minutes away at La Bastide de Serou, roughly halfway between St Girons and Foix.
Another nice course in Lannemezan, 40 minutes away by A64 highway.
In Gers, a beautiful course at Château Barbet 50 minutes away.
The oldest golf course of Continental Europe is situated in Pau, roughly 1 hour 15 minutes south (using A64 highway).
Finally, numerous golf course options exist around Toulouse itself.
Saint-Martory is located nearby several legendary Tour de France Pyrenees hills, including Portet d’Aspet (which can be seen from the property), Tourmalet, Luz Saint Sauveur and Luz Ardiden etc. For bicycle fans no further comments are necessary!
Mountain water sports
Rafting, canoeing and other water mountain sports can all be organized with Antignac Rafting, 45 minutes away from the chateau.
There are countless options in nearby Hautes Pyrenees and Ariege departments. Google search will provide innumerous options of clubs and suggested itineraries depending on your level.
The closest ski resort is 45 minutes away from the chateau at Le Mourtis.
Roughly one hour away lies an excellent ski resort just above the thermal city of Bagnères de Luchon.
In the nearby Hautes Pyrenees department, several first class resorts (Luz Ardiden, Hatacam, Cauterets, Saint Lary Soulan, Peyragudes, Grand Tourmalet) are available.
Finally, on the Spanish side of the Pyerenees lies the resort where the King of Spain goes every winter: Baquera.
And, for the adventurous ones, we can organize helicopter pickup at the chateau and virgin powder skiing on the Spanish side of the Pyrénées.
The south-west of France and Toulouse in particular is the home of French Rugby. Don’t hesitate to go to town, watch a game of the Stade Toulousain. It is always worth it!
All the rest
You can also ask for tips and suggestions at the “Office du Tourisme” of St Martory and visit the following sites for general info about our region: