Jardin Méditerranéen du Mas de la Serre


Run in partnership with the Biodiversarium aquarium, this fragrant hilltop garden is a fine place to get acquainted with the local flora, with exotic plants arranged around a natural amphitheatre in the hills above Banyuls. It’s 2km west of town via the D86.

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1. Biodiversarium

1.06 MILES

At the southern end of Banyuls’ seafront promenade, this aquarium, which was modernised in 2017, houses an intriguing collection of Mediterranean marine…

2. Site de Paulilles

1.91 MILES

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3. Fort St-Elme

3.26 MILES

Built in 1552 by Spanish king Charles V between Collioure and Port-Vendre, this hilltop fort was designed as a key piece of the coastal defence system. It…

4. Moulin de la Cortina

3.63 MILES

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5. Musée d’Art Moderne

3.71 MILES

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6. Château Royal

3.88 MILES

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7. Église Notre-Dame des Anges

3.97 MILES

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