The population of salt workers had been living on the marshlands around Fiers d’Ars for a long time. But the annual production of 30,000 tonnes of salt in the 19th century has fell to 2,000 tonnes approximately today. About sixty salt workers produce salt today. Young people who have a passion for salt and want to save the future of these salt marches.
Fiers d’Ars, a small inland sea, which is gradually silting up, is a great ecological richness and the favourite place for migratory birds.
You will be surprised by the church of Saint-Etienne-d’Ars to be found in this Marshland Route. Its belltower, slightly inclined because of the lightning in 1840, with its famous curved spire painted black and white, is used as a landmark.
After passing the 80m wide isthmus of Martray, the cycle path seems to be balancing itself on the ocean.