A river valley invaded by the sea, Ria d’Etel forms a sheltered bay dotted with little islands. At the mouth, the “barre d’Etel”, a shifting sand bank, closes the bay. If you stop in the region, you’ll be enchanted by the variety of the landscapes. Marshes, oyster farms, dunes, wild beaches, charming coves where colourful boats moor… The view changes constantly with the light and the tide. You won’t be able to resist.
On foot or mountain bike, or even on horseback, discover the incredible fauna and flora of the Ria. You’ll see herons, cormorants, oystercatchers, sandpipers, terns, but also mussels, clams, cockles and periwinkles. Don’t leave without tasting the Etel river oyster, a source of local pride.
On the other side of the bridge
A delightful hamlet built on an island in the middle of the river, Saint-Cado is connected to land by a bridge, and is a must. You’ll love the adorable fishermen’s houses and the very pretty Romanesque chapel, open every day in season. When the sun sets, the view of this little village is superb.
Folklore and bagpipes
Once the leading tuna port on the Atlantic coast, the village of Etel remembers its glorious past each summer to the sound of bagpipes and cannons during the tuna festival. Don’t miss it.