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The Capestang Lagoon (Capestang)

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The Capestang lagoon is a place of real ecological interest. Classified as a Natura 2000 area, this lagoon hosts a wealth of vegetation and attracts numerous species of birds, which come there to nest (egrets, harriers, teal, spoonbills, herons, greater flamingos, etc.)

A tour of the lagoon is organised once or twice a year. Contact the tourist office for more information.

 

 

A long time ago, the sea reached the foot of the village of Capestang, the name of which refers to “cap de l’étang” or “head of the lagoon”. From the Early Middle Ages onwards, its saltmarshes made the Capestang lagoon a major source of income for the region, and one that the archbishops of Narbonne were quick to exploit. Nowadays, largely dried-up and situated on private land (a hunting area), the Capestang lagoon is a place of real ecological interest.

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