Nature and environment


A protected natural environment

The Upper Aude Valley has a wide range of natural heritage shaped by the combination of several factors: the climate, landscape, geology and, above all, human activities. These factors make the Upper Aude Valley a rich and varied region where nature can be enjoyed and where humans make all the efforts to respect and protect the environment.

Educational booklets have been created to help teach environmental issues in this area and increase awareness among local people and visitors. These booklets are available at the Tourism Office.



The royal "Fanges" forest
A former royal forest, the national forest of Fanges was developed under Colbert who wanted the lofty fir trees to be used for the vessels of the Sun King. It is located at the end of a karst plateau bound on one side by the Pierre Lys gorges and on the other by the Quillan to Fenouillèdes road via Saint Louis pass. With more than 100 caves, sinkholes and avens, the geology enthusiasts will find what they want.

The Forests of Callong and Picaussel
This forest has a remarkable variety of floral species. Fir trees and beeches grow side-by-side with Holm oaks and Kermes oaks, scotch firs and birches. Mushroom lovers can look for delicious ceps, morels and "rousillous” and may see roe deers, red deers and wild boars.


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