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The Brière Marshes
A sanctuary for nature lovers
The beauty of these majestic marshes will astound you with their wide open spaces, plants and wildlife, quaint thatched cottages, not to mention the morning mist, the tranquillity of the birds or the first rays of sun over the reeds…
An invitation to let go, to escape in the here and now, to live at another pace and enjoy the magical surroundings…
The Brière Marshes
The jagged coast contains a number of marshlands separated by granite landscapes: the Sillon de Bretagne, the Brière islands, the Guérande hills and the Croisic peninsula. From the peaty “Black Country” of Brière to the ocean, travellers discover an infinite variety of landscapes criss-crossed with water.
The originality of the area also lies in its legal status: it is the shared property of the inhabitants of the twenty-one towns on its shores. In 1461 this ownership was officially acknowledged by the letters patent of Francis II, Duke of Brittany. Even today, Brière’s inhabitants continue to enjoy this privilege and manage their marshes.
Brière is a huge lagoon where, for 10,000 years, successive marine transgressions have deposited blue clay.
During the Neolithic Age, it was transformed from primitive forest landscapes to lake formations then marshlands. A number of menhirs and dolmens can be found, evidence of human presence during these early periods. Some megaliths, put in place before the marsh was formed, are now buried in the peat, just like the “fossil” trees that the locals call mortas (oaks and birches). Over the centuries, the landscapes were altered by peat mining, grazing, thatch cutting, fishing and hunting. As these activities gradually declined, nature began to rebuild itself: pioneer species (willows, birches and oaks) already announce a gradual return to the original scenery.
Discover the marshes on the water
Feel free to talk to the reception before or when you arrive to book a punt ride. Choose from a standard tour, customized tour at sunrise, sunset, for a picnic or to discover the wildlife… we will help you choose the ideal outing.
A small archipelago in the heart of the marshes
St. Joachim, surrounded by water, is actually an archipelago of seven islands, elevated in the middle of the marsh and connected to the mainland by one access point: Aignac, Bais, Brécun, Fédrun, Mazun, Ménac and Pendille.
On the picturesque island of Fédrun, you will see a large number of traditional thatched cottages. They all have private access to the surrounding belt of water, the “curée”, where the family punts are moored.
On Fédrun island, there are guides to help you discover the marshes on their flat-bottomed punts steered using a pole. During this ride you will wander along the canals and piardes(shallowstretches of water) lined with reeds. On the water you will discover the secret home of herons, ducks, waterhens, crayfish, coypus… and a number of plant species found only in this particular environment.