With its vast stretches of water and very special ecosystem, ponds known as “bassines”, dry lawns which grow naturally on the clay and sand terrain, humid pine forests and the vestiges of what Gascogne used to look like, the Arjuzanx reserve is a former mine, now rehabilitated.
There are many natural habitats of great value in terms of heritage. Located on the principal migration corridor, the Arjuzanx reserve is home to many rare species, and is a major site for migrating birds and biodiversity. It is actually the largest site in France for grey cranes, with 25,000 coming to hibernate.
You can tour Arjuzanx by yourselves or with a naturalist guide. There are 25 km of trails for rambling, mountain-biking and horse-riding. You can also go bathing (lifeguard in the summer) on the beach of the Arjuzanx lake (147 ha). The water is beautifully clean, and there are also canoes and paddle boats for hire.
The Visitors Centre is the starting point for all itineraries and the new entrance to the reserve. The 400-sq.m centre dispenses information and puts on educational exhibitions as well as affording superb views of the lake. The history and natural heritage are explained via a circuit featuring an immense fresco, large mock-ups, visual animations, tactile tables etc. A boutique and snack bar are available to visitors.
Tél. : +33 (0)5 58 08 11 52