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La Clape Massif conservation area

La Clape - from the occitan term clapas meaning "pile of stone"

Once a wooded island, this protected area of 15,000 hectares is around 15 by 8 km in size with its highest point at Pech Redon with an altitude of 214 metres. It is the largest natural conservation area in Languedoc Roussillon (classification in 1973).

A remarkable natural site

The typical landscape is composed of a succession of high rocky plateaus separated by narrow ravines dominated by garrigue - the typical lowland scrub of the mediterranean. Facing the sea are large pine groves principally composed of Aleppo pines. It has a unique endemic fauna and flora including, for example, Centaurea corymbosa locally known as Knapweed of la Clape. To the north-west green oaks and downy oaks mix with stone pines, looking very much as the vegetation cover did five thousand years ago.

An "appellation communale" within the AOC Languedoc

Vine growing is present across the massif, from where wine has been exported around the mediterranean since Roman times.

Locals have perfected this heritage across the centuries to make the massif the cradle of one of the most prestigious French wine labels - the AOC Languedoc - La Clape.

Adventuring around the Massif de la Clape you'll have the chance to savour the produce of many different wine producers. Its location between the land and the sea makes it the natural link between the communities of the coastline and the surrounding countryside. It is the green heart between Narbonne and the  Narbonne-Plage resort. 

The massif has been disfigured by fire many times in the heat of summer. Hikers and visitors are reminded to respect the area by not leaving litter and observing elementary safety precautions: do not smoke, no not light fires, do not leave glass on the ground.

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