March 18, 2017

Vineyards in Paulilles, Cote Vermeille. South of France

Once again a walk in the vineyards in springtime. The Madam enjoys the view over to the Madeloc summit in the distance. This is the fine vineyards at the little bay Paulilles just outside the village Port-Vendres - not far from the border to Spain along the rugged coast and curved old coastroad.

From the net:
Paulilles is located about 2 miles (3 km) south of Port-Vendres behind the Las Portas pass along the scenic Route Départementale 914. It is a small scale Mediterranean bay, forming a prairie down to the sea between the Béar cape, and the Oullestrell cape and forms three beaches: Bernardi, del Mitg, Fourat separated by small cliffs in the bay. The original forest has been well preserved and is typical of the Mediterranean region. Local flora is well represented with the Armeria of Roussillon (Armeria ruscinonensis Girard), the polycarpon of Catalonia (Polycarpon polycarpoides), the Thymelaea hirsuta, the Limonium tremolsii, and also Tamarix (Tamaricaceae), and Gattiliers (Vitex agnus-castus).
All the waters around Paulilles are also protected by Natura 2000, for its Posidonia oceanica, a species of seagrass that is endemic to the Mediterranean Sea and Coralline algaes that offers shelter and nursing home for the rich aquatic life.[4] This marine plants forms large underwater meadows of high importance to the environmental conservation of the region.

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