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Attractions Marais Olonne

The 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.
Salt Producers

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.

Ile d'Olonne. 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.
Bird Observatory. 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 September.

Karting. Mecamax Circuit. L'Ile d'Olonne.
Tel 02 51 33 11 82.
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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