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Albères landscapes in Roussillon: heritages, dynamics, challenges

General presentation

The Albères massif forms the eastern end of the Pyrenees mountain range. Where the hills drop down to meet the Mediterranean Sea, they form a rocky coastline of steep and bevelled slopes. These arid slopes, partially wooded with holm oaks and cork oaks and covered by a dense maquis of cistus, rosemary, heather and gorse are, in parts, converted into terraced vineyards which produce designation of origin wines. Changes in contemporary methods of production, along with the pressure caused by both residential and tourist activities, highlight the stakes of preserving and enhancing this heritage.

Indicative program

Friday 07/09 afternoon

  • Journey from Mende to Banyuls by bus, arrive and settle in at the hotel

Saturday 08/09 morning

  • Foot trail along the seashore from Banyuls to the ancient manufactory of Paulilles Presentation of the heritage process by a sociologist
  • Lunch in the middle of the typical vineyards of banyuls

Heritage site of Paulilles cove


Located between Cap Béar and Cap Oullestrell, this former Nobel dynamite factory was rehabilitated in 2008 thanks to the Conservatoire du Littoral and the Department of Pyrénées Orientales.

Saturday 08/09 afternoon

  • Little break on the beach (possibility to take a dip in the Mediterranean sea)
  • Transportation to the site of Valmy
  • Presentation of the typical Albères Landscapes and the management of land use conflicts by a representative of the municipality (local council?)

Saturday 08/09 evening

  • Degustation of famous Banyuls and Collioure sweet wines with local producers
  • Local dinner (Paella or Figueroa) in the park of Valmy
  • Projection of Film archives of Roussillon landscapes in the Jean Vigo institute and discussion with a professor of History at the Perpignan University

Memories of littoral and mountain landscapes: extracts from film archives

Filmer    Inst. J. Vigo

Sunday 09/09 morning

  • Landscape discovery of vineyard terraces and olive trees orchards with a representative of the wine producers union, a geologist and an olive oil producer + tasting of the products

 The price includes transportation from Mende to Perpignan, degustation, meals, visits, local guide and 2 nights in a double room

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