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The Pech de Bugarach

The Pech de Bugarach (m 1230) is the first true Pyrenean peak on the route and it is the summit of the Corbières massif. It is interesting from the geological point of view as the more recent layers (Cretaceous marls) are below the more ancient rocks (Jurassic limestone). There is an extended view over the Pyrenees, over the Montagne Noire and over the Mediterranean Sea from the peak. The isolated summit of the Pech de Bugarach struck the imagination of many, such as Jules Vernes, Victor Hugo and in recent times Steven Spielberg, who was inspired by the Pyrenean mountain (sighting location of UFO) for the screenplay of the movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), which was however filmed in the USA.