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The Albères massif in Argelès-sur-Mer

Head in the clouds

From the sea to the mountains?
That’s our credo! Culminating at an altitude of over 1000 metres, the Albères mountain range proudly dominates the beach and village of Argelès-sur-Mer. Perfect for a refreshing break in the mountains.

 Peaks over 1000 metres high

The Albères mountain range, which proudly dominates the beach and village of Argelès, stretches across the entire southern half of the town’s vast territory.

It’s a rugged massif, cut by deep valleys framed by peaks, some of which reach heights of over 1,000 meters. Now 45% forested, the mountain offers a wide variety of landscapes.

 Mediterranean vegetation

The massif’s foothills are covered with Mediterranean vegetation, characterized by garrigues dominated by rockrose and gorse. This widespread thorny bush features on the Argelès coat of arms.

In addition to olive trees, two main species populate the wooded areas of this sector: holm oak and cork oak. Higher up, this flora gives way to a forest of ash, birch, hazel and chestnut.

From an altitude of 600 metres, there is a precious beech forest, classified as a nature reserve in 1973. Finally, above this beech forest, open pastures are home to the little Massanese cows, a semi-wild breed of cattle that graze here in summer.

 a place to live and pass through

The Argelès mountains have always been a place of life and passage. Even 50 years ago, it was densely populated. It was inhabited very early on, as evidenced by the two dolmens erected not far from the Château de Valmy.

The richness of the Albères massif, both botanically and historically, offers a wide choice of walks. Whether you’re on foot or mountain bike, a seasoned walker or just a stroller, it’s great fun to discover this massif by following the long and short trails that the hooves of smugglers’ mules once traced.

 On my way I can cross...

  • Massanese cows
  • Olive trees
  • Beech trees
  • Chestnut trees