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Paulilles Cove

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The Paulilles Cove is natural "site classé". It contains three of the most beautiful Mediterranean Sea coves at the foothills of the Eastern Pyrenean Mountains, on the Vermilion Coast - Côte Vermeille.
The site has an interesting history in the sense that during the Franco-Prussian war of 1870- 1871 the then Minister of Interior, Leon Gambetta, was searching for a location "as far away as possible from the border with Germany" for a dynamite factory.
The location was found at Paulilles Cove that had also the advantage of being near the water - needed in case of fire due to explosions - and near the railway - for dynamite transportation.
A dynamite factory was therefore built here rapidly with the help of Alfred Nobel himself. Around the factory that employed at its peak times in the 60s as many as 400 people a little village was formed with its houses, its school, its boat making shop, etc.
The factory closed in 1984 and is now a monument dedicated to the more than 50 workers that lost their life in the explosions created by dynamite handling.
During the next 20 years that is until 2005, the local community manages successfully to thwart several attempts to transform the site into a marina and building complex.
In 2005 the Coastal Protection Agency - Conservatoire du littoral - a public organization bought the site and created on the location of a former 17 ha industrial complex a charming botanical park.

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Address:Site de Paulilles - RD914
66 660 Port-Vendres
Web Site:
Visiting Hours:Opening of the site and site visitors' house hours:
- From November to March: from 9am to 5pm (House 9am-12pm / 2pm-5pm)
- In April and October: from 9am to 7pm (House 9am-1pm / 2pm-6pm)
- In May and September: from 9am to 8pm (House 9am-1pm / 2pm-7pm)
- In June: from 9am to 8pm (House 9am-1pm / 2pm-8pm) - In July and August: from 9am to 9pm (House 9am-8pm)


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