Life and travel in France, 3 years & counting

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Guérande: Medieval town

Guérande.locationAlthough Nantes is the 6th largest city in France, I fell like there isn’t much to do here. Not within the city, not anywhere close to it…. Places that are worth a visit are almost two hours drive from Nantes. So we hadn’t been able to go out as much as I would like lately and I was so tired of staying at home that we finally took another trip west.

An hour west of Nantes, there is this little medieval town, Guérande, where it has the best preserved and complete fortified wall in France.

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We arrived at Guérande late in the afternoon. The minute we went in from the main gate (la porte Saint-Michel), there were loads of tourists along the street with restaurants and souvenir shops on the two sides.

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The town doesn’t have much to see except this church…

Guérande

Don’t miss this shop! Excellent seafood cans!

GuérandeYou may wonder why the whole town seems to be selling salt. In fact, Fleur de sel (flower of salt) is the best quality salt which is hand-harvested and collected off the coast of Brittany, especially around the town Guérande. Believe it or not, tourists do buy salt here as souvenir!

If you are interested in learning how salt is produced, you can visit and join a tour with “Terre de Sel” (9Euros, 45 minutes) around 10 minutes away from the town. If not, there are a lot of salt marshes in the area and you may be lucky enough to spot some salt.

Guérande

By the way, if you ever visit Guérande, you may as well visit a seaside town nearby called Saint Brévin les pins.

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We dropped by to see the “Serpent d’océan” and I am really impressed by its size. But mind you, make sure you know the timing for low tide or you will end up like me seeing only half of the snake…

Bon voyage à tous 🙂

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