With this route, explore sceneries in which Île de Ré’s white gold is produced.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.
Explore these remarkable and peculiar landscapes…
- Difference in height
- 39.39 m
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- Points of interest
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.
2 La Couarde-sur-Mer
The heart of the town has a seaside resort feel and is the centre of the town life, particularly with the bandstand producing a buzz of activity. This bandstand, the only one in the island, hosts open-air concerts during all the summer season. Other concerts, exhibitions, performances and films are scheduled at La Maline, a cultural centre situated on the promenade at the heart of the village.
As for beach lovers, several kilometres of golden sand are at their disposal together with a wide range of watersports activities.
3 Clocher d'Ars
5 Maison du Fier et Réserve Naturelle Lilleau des Niges
6 Les Portes-en-Ré
Along the narrow streets, behind simple facades, beautiful houses belonging to inhabitants in search of peace and quiet.
In the nature reserve of Lilleau des Niges, accessible either on foot or by bike, you will be able to view thousands of birds during their migration or at the time of nesting.
Not mentioning Trousse Chemise forest would be a regrettable omission: this idyllic spot, immortalized by Charles Aznavour, retains its unspoilt magical atmosphere.
- 39 meters of difference in height