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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



    Nestled on the coast Vermeille, in the hollow of the caps Béar and Oulestrell, between sea and vineyards, this former dynamite factory implanted by Alfred Nobel in 1870 experienced between 2006 and 2008 a spectacular redevelopment by the joint will of the Conservatoire du Littoral, owner, and the Department, manager. Now a haven of peace and nature, this green haven of 32 ha enhances the history and industrial memory of places, the discovery of natural heritage and the Catalan maritime heritage through the barques restoration workshop.



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