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Sur les pas des contrebandiers

Along one of the most beautiful stretches of the coastal path, walk in the footsteps of the smugglers of Banyuls and their municipal and smuggling republic between 1780 and 1850.


Fauna, Flora, Geology, History, Point of view

Provide good hydration, walking shoes, hat or cap and windbreaker depending on the weather or the season. Respect nature and bring back the waste. For those curious about the flora and underwater fauna, provide mask and snorkel.

Take the coastal path that runs along the beach of the former Heliomarin center (Sana beach for the Banyulencs).
Further on, notice this proud and haughty rock-tower called Castell de velut (velvet castle). It owes its name to the discovery by customs officers of a piece of Genoa velvet hidden by smugglers in an excavation in the rock. The path winds along the cliff and dominates the cove dels tamarius (tamarinds) then the cove of the pistoline and its remolinats (whirlpools).
Further on, just before Cape Ullastrell, the cove of the felouga where the customs felucca the Lynx was set on fire with thorns by the Banyulencs in 1833.
The path arrives at Fourat (the hole) passes in front of dwellings (former fishermen's houses) and the beach
To arrive at the Paulilles site where the Nobel dynamite factory and the workers' village were installed. Currently, you can visit a museum, a Catalan boat workshop, an exhibition hall and the director's garden with its exotic trees and flowers.

The coastal path continues on the north side to Argelès-sur-mer and on the south side to Cerbère, on the other side of the border you take the GR92 to Roses and more.

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