SOUTH BRITANY COAST

Full day 8 hours
from Nantes & St Nazaire

Description

Departure is from your port of call with your driver and an English speaking guide by scenic route.

You start this excursion with La Baule a very pleasant resort area, Guérande which produces sea salt probably since the Romans who introduced the technique of allowing sea water to evaporate from open salt pans (prior to this salt had been produced by heating vats of brine over wood fires).

During the early Middle Ages Brittany Guérande was the main salt-production site  of Northern Europe, with salt being exported to Scandinavia, England, Holland…Thus the peninsula became very rich.

However by the mid 1800s salt production on the Atlantic coast had slumped, mainly due to competition from the salt producers on the Mediterranean coast.

After some difficult years (1950-1970), the salt marshes are now enjoying a true renaissance thanks to a better economic organization of their activity. 
Penestin a small village overlooking the sea, Vannes was created at the end of a ria (drowned river valley), the medieval town of Vannes owes the foundations of its fortified town to the Romans.
At the end of the 14th century, the town became one of the favorite residences of the dukes of Brittany.
The enclosed area was extended towards the port and doubled the size of the walled town where a number of half-timbered houses survived centuries of history, a perfect place to spend leisure time and lunch on your own.
After lunch back to the scenic Brittany with Port Navalo, Pornichet, Saint Brevin les Pins, before returning to the ship.

Note

This is an 9 hours tour from Nantes but 8 hours from Saint Nazaire.