The salt marshes, "the land of white gold"
1,000 years of producing authentic salt
In the Guérande basin and the Mès basin, near Mesquer and Saint-Molf, the tangle of salt marshes, tidal creeks and salt pans creates a real mosaic of colour. This 2,000 hectare site is carefully managed by salt cultivators. The salt marshes were actually mapped out by monks in 945! And as a result, the salt cultivators have continued to harvest the celebrated Guérande salt using the same methods as their ancestors for over 1,000 years.
And it certainly is celebrated! Its delicate flavour is exported to all four corners of the planet, much to the delight of gourmets, and its production has steadily increased with over 10,000 tons of salt crystals being harvested per year.
If you’d like to watch the salt being harvested, come for a walk in the salt marshes on a hot summer afternoon!
- Thanks to their rich natural and cultural heritage, the Guérande salt marshes were awarded the French Outstanding Site for Taste label in 1996.
- The site is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- In 1991, Guérande salt was awarded the Red Label.
- On 20 March 2012, it was also granted a Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) by the European Commission.
Situated less than 18 kilometres from the Camping du Bugeau ***, the secrets of the salt marshes are right at your fingertips!