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Attractions Marais Olonne
attractions of the Marais Olonne are based around the natural
environment created by the draining of marshes and the centuries old
tradition of making salt.
There are certainly excellent walks and cycle tracks which is one of the
finest ways to get up close to the natural beauty of this region, for
the more adventurous and for a totally different view of these amazing
wetlands you can get a flight from the Aerodome de la Lande at Chateau
Olonne for details view our page on Flying over the Vendee.
The Salt producers of the marshes can be viewed by stopping at one of
their works or you can take a boat ride through the canals of the
marshes which visits one of the salt producers. For further details
visit the page on Les Salines.The same company hires canoes for exploring the Marais Olonne.
the salt makers are wiling tol share their know-how, a tradition inherited over a long Time.
The marais Rivolier with Andre Raffin.He will tell you stories of his craft.
le marais of Avocettes , Yohan Eveno works on the ancestral knowledge.
la Salorges of Vertonne offer guided tours every day from July to August at 11h and 18h.
The village at the centre of the marais. It is possible to get a great
view of the marshes from the top of the church tower. The tower is open
everyday in July and August from 10h to 12.30h and 16h to 19h.
On the edge of the village is the Museum de la Petite Gare. This small museum which traces the railway of Olonne which ran up to 1949 is open in July and August, Entre is Free.
Just outside the town in the direction of Olonne-sur-mer is a wooden
bird observatory with an tremendous view over the wetlands. It is
reported that some 180 different species of bird have been observed
here. During July and August there are organised visits with telescopes
provided though you can visit at any time of the year. Open July-August
daily from 9.30 to 18.00 further details Tel. 02 51 33 71 79
Another interesting way to see the marais is on a guided carriage ride. The Chemin du sel
stops at each of the main sites and you have a conducted tour. The
tours are on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays in July and August and can
be booked from the tourist office in the town.
Vineyards. Domaine St Nicolas, la Croix Begaud.
Canoeing. Canoes can be hired from;
Base Canoes de l'Auzance. Rue du Courroux. L'Ile d'Olonne
Tel. 06 62 41 95 90. April to
Karting. Mecamax Circuit. L'Ile d'Olonne.
Tel 02 51 33 11 82. www.mecamax.com
On the D32 Route de Challon.
850m circuit. 45 karts. +Quads
Open all year. July/Aug 10h to midnight 7/7. Sept/June 14h to 19h Closed Mon/Tue.
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