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Just a stone's throw away from the beaches, the coastal nature reserves

coastal nature reserves Mediterranean sea

Far from the crowd, get to know the fabulous water and land sites, rare species of animal and vegetable of the coastal nature reserves. The Massane, Mas Larrieu, the salt lake of Canet-St-Nazaire and the Marine reserve of Cerbère-Banyuls and its incredible underwater trail. ... The natural protected site of the saltwater lake of Canet-St-Nazaire (894 ha)

The natural protected site of the saltwather lake of Canet-St-Nazaire

saltwater lake of Canet-St-Nazaire

(894 ha)

Acquired by the Conservatoire du Littoral in 1978, favourite spot for pink flamingos in summer, the salt lake is an area which welcomes more than 200 species of both migrant and non migrant birds.
It is also home to a remarkable mosaic of environments and a particularly rich flora.
The fisherman’s village, renovated in 1993, welcomes a large number of visitors as well as the discovery trail which has been developed along the banks of the lake. (Mountain biking, health trails...)...
More information: Tel. +33 (0)4 68 86 72 00

Nature reserves



    Situated to the north of Argelès-plage, being 145ha in area, the National Nature Reserve is one of the last wild natural sites of the plain and coastline of Roussillon. Interspersed with scattered woods and reed beds bordering the branches of the Tech river, the Reserve has preserved its natural appearances as well as its uniqueness as regards biology. The visit allows to explore a wide variety of landscapes created by the juxtaposition, on a small area, of different natural environments: reed beds, meadows, dunes and mouths of the Tech river. You will admire a great number of birds including grey herons, common black-headed gulls, European bee-eaters and gulls.



The nature reserve of Mas Larrieu



the nature reserve of Mas Larrieu Argelès sur Mer

(145 ha)

To the north of Argelès beach, the national nature reserve of Mas Larrieu is one of the last wild and natural sites on the Roussillon. plain and coastline.
Punctuated by scattered areas of woodland and reeds following the curve of the Tech River, the Reserve has managed to retain its natural aspect as well as its uniqueness on the biological front.
A visit will allow you to discover the varied landscape, created by the juxtaposition of different natural environments over a small surface of land: reeds prairies, dunes and tributaries of Tech.
You will be able to spot numerous birds such as the wading heron, black-headed gull, European bee-eater…
The area has been developed with a discovery trail, information boards, and a picnic area to make your visit all the more pleasant.
More information: Tel. +33 (0)4 68 81 15 85