"Loop of Albères" Nature has come knocking
"Loop of Albères" Nature has come knocking

"Loop of Albères" Nature has come knocking

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Bike ride to discover the natural heritage around the villages of Albères.

4 points of interest

  • Fauna

    Ferme de découverte de Saint-André

    A veritable conservatory, the “Discovery Farm” contributes to the knowledge of species and biodiversity, as well as to the safeguarding of certain endangered species. An astonishing variety of sheep from the five continents can be observed. Some 300 animals are to be discovered on 3 hectares through fun and educational routes.
  • Lake

    Sant Marti Lake in Palau

    This magnificent lake has been landscaped with a wide variety of plants for the enjoyment of walkers. Health trails and games for children also decorate this place for the enjoyment of all. It is also and above all a true fisherman's paradise. Here fishing permits are sold by the day.
  • Cultural heritage

    Church of Saint André

    Romanesque church classified as a historic monument, it was the church abbey of a Benedictine monastery in medieval times. Built between 10th and 12th centuries, it houses magnificent marble sculptures from the 11th and 12th centuries, notably a lintel in sculpted marble from the 11th century - akin to that of St Genis des Fontaines - which marks the 1st Romanesque sculpture in Roussillon! Guided tours offered in season by La Maison d'art roman”,
  • History

    Maison de l’art roman de Saint André

    This interpretation center is dedicated to the old Romanesque abbey of Saint-André (current parish church). It allows the discovery of Romanesque art in a fun and interactive way. You can admire copies of medieval sculptures preserved on the site or scattered in other places in the department. The permanent exhibition presents the history and pre-Romanesque and Romanesque architecture of the former Benedictine abbey of Saint-André. It places them in their context in Catalonia


  1. When you leave the town hall car park, go to the right and start following the signs. Leave Saint André in the direction of Taxo.

  2. Take a portion of cycle path 1 that you leave quickly

  3. You will reach "La ferme de découverte". Continue your road towards Palau-del-Vidre. Arriving in the village, you cross the main road to get to the lake of San Marti, now, turn around and advance for 200m.

  4. Continue straight to reach the heart of the village and then head towards Ortaffa. You pass the activity site "Rando et Chariots".

  5. Continuing your way, you return again on the cycle path.

  6. Leave the cycle path passing under the expressway and go, on the dirt road, towards Saint-André.

  7. Attention, at the school 's level, you have to borrow a fording; it can sometimes be closed after heavy showers. End your route in the historic center of Saint André.

  • Departure : Car park of the city hall of Sorède
  • Arrival : Car park of the city hall of Sorède

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