THE SALANQUE means “salted land”. Formerly marshlands it is now used to cultivate various outdoor crops as well as for vineyards – especially for the production of Muscat de Rivesaltes. The Salses le Château Fortress and the Rivesaltes Memorial also herald the name of this region even further afield.
Rivesaltes - Lieu d’intérêt historique et vin doux naturel
Renowned world-wide for its Muscat A.O.C. wine, Rivesaltes enjoys a climate ideal for wine production. Since 1931, the statue of Marechal Joffre (1852-1931) on horseback, has stood in the centre of town. Born in Rivesaltes, he was an eminent soldier and politician, elected in 1918 to join the Académie Française – which upholds the French language.
LOOK AT the furnishings in the church, dedicated to Saint Andrew… specifically the Baroque reredos and an organ dated 1824. Take a look at the Clock Tower and the largest sundial in Europe.
MUST-SEE VISIT : the Memorial of the Rivesaltes Camp, built in 2015 on the site of a former internment camp, is an important site of remembrance.
Salses-le-Château - Monument historique incontournable des Pyrénées-Orientales
Following a particularly bloody battle in 1496, Ferdinand II of Aragon decided to build a partially-buried fort capable of resisting artillery. This exceptional building, built extremely quickly (1497 - 1502) in view of its size, is rectangular in shape with a tower at each angle. In 1691, Vauban made some modifications. Today it is one of the must-see sites in this Catalan Region.
DISCOVER the lagoon ecosystem from the Salses-Leucate shallow lake.