Grand Site of Salagou
And the Cirque de Mourèze
In the heart of the Hérault county, the "Grand Site du Salagou - Cirque de Mourèze" is ideally located between the Mediterranean coast and southern Larzac. For more than 40 years, Lake Salagou has mixed the deep blue of its waters with the scarlet red folds of the "ruffe", a 250 million year old rock. The lake is linked to an artificial reservoir built in the 1960s and fed by the Salagou River. This "Grand Site" is a real paradise for geologists, paleontologists and naturalists. Classified as a Natura 2000 area, it offers a mosaic of landscapes, an incomparable geological richness and an extraordinary diversity of habitats hosting a large number of plant and animal species. Among the 21 bird species protected at European level is the famous Bonelli's eagle.