Gourmet walk

Little local pleasures on the Guérande peninsula

All year

Navigate through the Brière marsh, meander through the Guérande salt marshes and discover exceptional and nourishing landscapes. Take a little break with a chic and casual dinner in La Baule.

01 Step 01

11am – Breathe the pure air in Brière

Your day begins in the heart of the Brière marshes for a barge trip in this 100% natural setting. Climb on-board this tapered barge typical to Brière and glide silently over the water. Your “Valeurs Parc” guide will take you through a maze of canals to discover a whole world. Admire the irises which paint the marshes yellow in spring; observe the heron hiding behind the reeds and the black stork nests; listen to the song of the bluethroat. These marshes are teeming with life!

View the guides and their calendars online (dates and times) Booking required. Reservation possible in the tourist information offices in La Baule – Guérande peninsula

Read alsoBriere regional nature park

02 Step 02

Lunch: La Brière on the menu!

Taste typical and simple Brière dishes at L’Auberge de Kerhinet, in the middle of a hamlet of thatched houses. On the menu: frogs, eels, cassoulet, etc.
Prices : €€ – €€€

Do you want a treat? Enjoy lunch at the star-awarded La Mare aux Oiseaux, where chef Eric Guérin gives precedence to products from the marshes and the local area, for a journey of the taste buds.
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03 Step 03

2.30pm – Discover the salt industry of Guérande

From the sea to the salt mill! Make your way to Pradel in the Guérande salt marshes and take a tour proposed by Terre de Sel. For 45 minutes, a salt worker or a naturalist guide will lead you around a salt pan and explain how it works. You will also discover the water’s route as it circulates from pond to pond, from the Atlantic to the crystallising pond. Once crystallised, the salt is harvested using a traditional method. After the tour, naturally you need to taste the coarse salt and the salt flower. Do you like it? Then stock up in the boutique!

View the online calendar (dates and times). Booking required.

Terre de Sel

Read alsoGuérande, worth its salt

04 Step 04

6.30pm – Stroll around La Baule

Enjoy the “smart-casual” environment of La Baule. Discover its Belle Epoque villas, enter the pretty boutiques, walk along its long fine sandy beach. And don’t forget to taste a Niniche on the embankment!

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05 Step 05

8pm – Dine locally in La Baule

Near the indoor market, Le Billot is a gourmet bistro and a little institution in Baule. Enjoy the home-made food made with fresh and local products, such as fish from the market, grilled meat, or something more elaborate: the small menu changes with the seasons and the market.
Price : €€ – €€€

In a pretty 1920s’ villa in Quartier des Oiseaux, La Table de Saint-Christophe proposes refined and creative surf and turf cuisine based on local products. Chef Nathan Gourhand loves working with the best products from the region. The wine menu is focused on the Loire Valley.
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In addition to your gourmet walk

Our shopping ideas

Arts & Crafts
The hand-made knives from L’Atelier JHP in Saint-André-des-Eaux stand out due to their morta handles. This is a precious material made from black bog oak from the bottom of the Brière marshes.

Pastries
The star pastry & chocolate-maker from La Baule, Christophe Roussel, deserves his reputation. You can find his grands crus chocolates, his revisited pastry classics and, of course, his macarons – the house speciality – in La Baule, Pornichet and Guérande.

You’ll fall in love with the Fondant baulois. This molten chocolate cake, with its fine crust and touch of salted butter caramel is even more indulgent when slightly warmed up. Its recipe is a secret! In La Baule and Guérande.

Sweets
Confiserie Manuel – La Baule is the temple of the Niniche! This is a soft, smooth, caramel lollipop on a wooden stick. The hardest thing is choosing from the 20 flavours in the range!

Local products
In La Chaumière des saveurs et de l’artisanat, in the village of Kerhinet, discover 100% made-in-Brière products by around 20 local artists, artisans and producers: cider, salt, samphire, terrines, ceramics, paintings, jewellery, etc.

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