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The Massane forest nature reserve

You’ve probably already heard of the Tour de la Massanne. But have you heard of the beech forest? Listed as a Nature Reserve and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this beech forest is the focus of attention of researchers the world over.

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A cathedral of beech trees

The canopy of the Massane beech forest stretches as far as the cross-border ridges.

In free evolution for 150 years, this beech cathedral is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Let’s be humble in the face of this human heritage and stay on the beaten track…

Nature Reserve since 1973

The Massane National Nature Reserve, also known as the Couloumates forest, is located in the easternmost part of the Albères massif, covering 300 hectares at altitudes ranging from 600 to 1150 m, with the Pic des 4 Termes as its highest point. It lies at a veritable biogeographical crossroads. Most of the forest consists of beech trees. La Massane has become one of the classic stations of international zoology, on a par with the forest of Fontainebleau.

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