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Les Marais Salants de la Vie

Acces Route D 38 Bis | 81 Route du sel, 85270 Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez, France
+33 6 81 97 39 84
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Restored Sea salt production site

This is definitely worth a visit if you're interested in history and industrial/ agricultural... read more

Reviewed 10 September 2017
Nick S
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Warwick, United Kingdom
Nature..at its best

Escape the frantic buzz of traffic..the crowded streets, supermarkets and beaches..This area is so... read more

Reviewed 12 August 2017
mary k
via mobile
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Acces Route D 38 Bis | 81 Route du sel, 85270 Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez, France
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+33 6 81 97 39 84
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Reviewed 10 September 2017

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...More

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Reviewed 12 August 2017 via mobile

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

Thank mary k
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Reviewed 17 August 2016 via mobile

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....More

1  Thank AJR272013
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Reviewed 14 July 2016 via mobile

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...More

4  Thank MAF-M_France
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Reviewed 21 January 2016

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.

Thank Colette B
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Reviewed 10 May 2015

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.

1  Thank JohnSFleet_Hants_UK
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Reviewed 18 October 2013

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.

Thank aprilroche4
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Reviewed 4 August 2013

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!

2  Thank BettyBlue
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Reviewed 7 May 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

Thank Kevelair
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