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Discover the Marais
Salants (the salt marshes). The smallest of the 3 marsh areas of the Vendee,
this is an important area for the production of sea salt, but equally if not
more important as a refuge for flora and fauna.
Lying just north of Les
Sables d'Olonne and protected by the sand dunes from the Atlantic Ocean this
fascinating area has seen the production of salt dating from Gallo Roman times.
It covers an area of several hundred hectares which is criss-crossed by walking
Much of the marsh is privately owned and is a protected natural zone,
many of the salt farms are now producers of fish in particular mullet and eels.
A bird sanctuary created in the salt marsh on the Ile d'Olonne,Champclou is now
a breeding ground for birds.
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