Distance: 7 km
Duration (average) : 02h
Level: Medium
Elevation: 84 D +
Departure: FITOU
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Discover the Pla de Fitou or Ventenac depression: one of the peripheral wetlands of the lagoon complex of Salses / Leucate, in the shape of a basin and made up of plots of vines. There is also an old gypsum quarry (plaster) named here "Les Gourgues" which flooded and little by little was colonized by fauna and flora that appreciate humidity.

Walking

Your itinerary

FITOU

IGN map reference (s): IGN 2547 West

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Step 1

Departure: after leaving your car at the Col du Pré car park above the village of Fitou, start the walk by taking the scree below the road. Walk along the vines, you will see on your left a meadow illustrating the humid nature of this sector.
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Step 2

Walk along the surrounding wall of the Saint Aubin hermitage, which is private property today. Beautiful views of the Fitou vineyards. A little further, the fountain of the customs officers, reputed to be inexhaustible, located near the Gourgues de Ventenac. The water temperature (13° approx.) remains constant with the seasons. It was used to water the flocks and relieve the shepherds.
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Step 3

A return trip allows you to discover LA COMBE DE RÉMIOLS, a unique site in the Aude department in the heart of the scrubland, dominated on each side by steep slopes, where ancient stone walls bear witness to the past cultivation of almond trees. , olive trees, fig trees…
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Step 4

Back on a small paved road, go up above the Gourgues de Ventenac, then retrace your steps to continue the loop.
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Step 5

Leave the asphalt to take the gas path which crosses the scrubland and brings you back to the car park.

Be careful, the fire risk is often high, especially in summer, and can lead to flower bed closures. Find out before you go consulting the fire risk map for outdoor activities.
Fires strictly prohibited. Do not smoke and never throw cigarette butts in nature. Fires are numerous and catastrophic in our region. In the event of a fire or accident: give alert 18 or 112 from a cell phone.
Protect yourself from the sun and take enough water with you.
Avoid picking flowers and plants. Take all your trash. Close fences and keep dogs on a leash in pasture areas, villages and protected areas.

Mountain bike routes: the routes are often shared with hikers or other users (cars, tractors, etc.). Be careful and always anticipate that a pedestrian may be present around a bend to have time to brake if necessary. Pedestrians have priority in principle, slow down at crossings or stop if the configuration of the terrain requires you to do so.
Thank you and happy hiking!

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