The summer holidays are over... but the off-season is just beginning! Take advantage of the mild autumn days to discover a new facet of the city.
This moment, which some call the Indian summer, just after the summer hustle and bustle and before the enchanting calm of winter, is ideal for discovering the city’s natural and emblematic sites, on foot or by bike !
Why not start your walk with the natural site of Quinconces-Saint Brice? This protected area presents an astonishing mosaic of landscapes, natural habitats and species, between the municipalities of Andernos and Arès. Shaped since the 19th century by various activities such as fish farming, grazing, forestry, sandpit, it is now managed by the Conservatoire du Littoral to preserve its fauna and flora and is freely accessible to the public all year round.
You will discover several bodies of water: the old fish tanks, but also a large pond, supplied with fresh water by a water intake on the Cirès River, and the St Brice reservoirs, one being an equipped swimming pool and the other a more natural pond where you can see lagoon syngnaths, small marine fish from the seahorses family.
Along the Conche de Saint-Brice, the landscape changes and as far as the eye can see, there are salt meadows, dune grasslands and salt mudflats. The many maritime pines with unusual shapes are renewed by natural seeding. The surrounding Coulin forest offers a beautiful diversity of woodland, between pine and oak forests.