The Salt Marshes, a mosaic of colors
Salt marshes are a real surprise every season and every moment of the day. They offer you a mosaic of shapes and colors.
The marshes are divided into two areas:
- The salt marshes of Guérande, around the Traict du Croisic, of 1,650 hectares, in the communes of Batz-sur-Mer, Guérande and La Turballe.
- The salt marshes of Mès, beyond the hillside of Guérande, cover 350 hectares in the municipalities of Mesquer-Quimiac, Saint-Molf and Assérac. This area is supplied with water by the Traict de Mesquer.
Grandesque landscape of Guérande, the salt marshes are shaped by human hand for centuries. The 2,000 hectares are labeled “Remarkable Site of Taste”.
You can visit this unique place with a guide or alone. Bring binoculars, and watch a wide variety of birds in the area.Un peu d’histoire…
Thanks to the first written testimonies, we know that the technique of exploitation of marshes is prior to the 9th century.
The last saltworks on the basin were built around 1800. But from the beginning of the 19th century, a progressive abandonment is felt in front of the competition.
Today, the production is weak, but the producers apply above all to provide a high quality culinary salt.