Les Marais Salants de la Vie

Les Marais Salants de la Vie

Les Marais Salants de la Vie
4.5
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Monday
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
2:30 PM - 6:00 PM
About
Attention ! Visites guidées uniquement, SUR RESERVATION, sur notre site internet. Merci ! Les marais salants hilairois sont situés sur la rive droite du fleuve côtier La Vie. En y pénétrant, vous êtes sur un site remarquable, protégé par la loi Littoral et classé Natura 2000. Délaissés après les années 1970, ces marais ont été réhabilités en 1997 et font aujourd’hui revivre la récolte du sel. Guidés par le saunier, vous comprendrez comment le marais salé devient le marais salant ; une alchimie entre la terre, l’eau, la lune, le soleil, le vent et l’homme. Les Marais salants de la Vie sont labellisés "Accueil Vélo". Cela garanti des services adaptés aux touristes à vélo : - parking pourvélos, - mise à disposition de documentation sur les itinéraires cyclables, - point d'eau et sanitaires accessibles aux touristes à vélo visitant le site - kit pour petites réparations - possibilité de recharger les batteries (VAE, GPS...). Boutiques de producteurs à proximité (sels et produits locaux).
Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez, Pays de la Loire, France
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MAF-M_France
Paris, France140 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Family
Our son was asking where the salt is made, so we took the opportunity to offer him a first hand explanation.
The salty marshes are really picturesque but to really make the most of it you should go for the guided tour( french, not sure there is one in english). The place is impressive and only the explanations allow you to really grasp the amount of work needed to produce salt. The guide ( Laura) was really good, great with kids. Showed us crabs, and herbs you can eat and gave a good explanation of the process - our 3 year old was not bored during the 1 hour tour! And asked to go back:)
Written July 14, 2016
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Nick S
Vire-Normandie, France107 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Couples
This is definitely worth a visit if you're interested in history and industrial/ agricultural archaeology or specifically in salt production. It is also an interesting lesson in the natural history/ecology of the marshes. There are regular tours around the site which is a restored salt production facility which was brought back to life recently having been abandoned in 1975. Once you have visited you will soon begin to recognise the vestiges of these salt farms throughout the whole region - it was once the major economic activity of the coastal margins.
Whilst there is an English (written) guide you will gain best value from this visit if you have reasonable French. The hour long guided visit is included in the entrance fee and you will enjoy it a lot more if you can grasp most of the explanations (and jokes). We were the only English people there amongst about 30 visitors so it is not entirely surprising if the tours are exclusively in French.
Written September 10, 2017
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AJR272013
Limerick, Ireland57 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Couples
We stopped in here after being interested by all the salt farms around the area and wanted to learn more. Didn't do the tour as we arrived at wrong time and it's in French but we strolled around and it's a lovely place to visit. Got the end of the tour / saw the process of how the salt is gathered. Good value (€5) and was a lovely way to spend an hour. Would recommend
Written August 17, 2016
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Jane B
20 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Family
Tour in French language so not as enjoyable as it would've been had we been able to understand what the tour guide was saying. However we were provided with a leaflet that explained everything so we got the gist and learnt a lot. Lovely gift shop at the end where we bought a lovely pot and various salts and some caramel.
Written August 25, 2021
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BettyBlue
Dublin127 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2013 • Family
Salt Marshes are a large feature of the Vendee, so it was good to see one and learn about it.
However, the tour guides only speak French - so skip the tour unless your French is good!
Written August 4, 2013
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JohnSFleet_Hants_UK
Nailsea, UK640 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Couples
as we were there in may and fancied the tour we were disappointed that it wasn't yet open. but did manage a short stroll around the area. better information on opening dates should be included in tourist publications.
Written May 10, 2015
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mary k
New Ross, Ireland93 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Couples
Escape the frantic buzz of traffic..the crowded streets, supermarkets and beaches..This area is so unspoilt..teeming with wildlife..fantastic early morning or late evening.. you can walk..tho remember your path..its like a maze..or cycle..or take a guided tour...everyone visiting the vendee should visit this area
Written August 12, 2017
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Colette B
London, UK73 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2015 • Family
We only went past this part of the countryside from St Hilaire De Riez.The scenrey is quiet and untouched.A nice tranquil journey though on the way to Les Sables D'olonne,in 2014.
Written January 21, 2016
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aprilroche4
Cork8 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2013 • Family
We visit les Marais Salants in August and felt we would have enjoyed the visit more had there been an English version of the tour available.
Written October 18, 2013
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FABRICE M
Panama City, Panama852 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2013
Nice short trip to discover how the salt is coming from the sea to your plate with a very old job ; very quiet wlak
Written May 7, 2013
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