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Created by an Interministerial Decree on 16th October 1970, the Brière Nature Park is located a few kilometers from La Baule Riviera. A constantly changing aquatic milieu, the Brière marshes have been passed down to us thanks to the efforts of generations of Brière people who drew from it their means of existence and survival. For centuries, peat-cutting, animal grazing, thatching, fishing and hunting have moulded the landscape.
This wet zone is nowadays considered to be among the richest in Europe from the biological point of view. A staging post, a wintering site or a breeding ground for water fowl, the Brière marsh is also an extremely rich wildflower site a wide variety of aquatic species.
The cottage with its mantle of reeds is a fundamental part of the Brière landscape where it has been an essential feature since the middle of the 17th century. The men of Brière have, of necessity, become thatchers.
The thatchers nowadays perpetuate the tradition and give the original architecture of the Brière its signature of centuries-old know-how.
With its 3000 thatched roofs, the Brière is the region of France where the density of thatched cottages is greatest.
A thousand and one opportunities for excursions to visit this marshland. To soak up the magic, take to the water in a barge steered by a local guide, observe the birds, discover the traditional life and activities of the marshes on the Rozé site. Cycle through the villages with their thatch-roofed cottages, stop at the charming Village of Kerhinet, meet the soul of the region there at the markets selling the products of the land among the flower-bedecked cottages and listen to the bell-ringers playing airs of long ago. Sample the local gastronomy by having a dish of eels or duck, comfortably ensconced in one of the Park's approved inns.
27kms from La Baule.