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La Vélodyssée: A 1200 km long cycle route along the Atlantic coast

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Seudre Estuary, Oyster farming ponds

Poised betwixt the land and the sea, the Charente-Maritime area has four rivers reaching the ocean via its own estuary.

The Velodyssey – Seudre Estuary - © Charente-Maritime Tourisme - JP. BoulesteixAmong these exceptional sites is the Seudre Estuary.  At the very heart are the oyster farming ponds at Marennes-Oléron, Europe’s largest oyster cultivation area and the estuary is a mosaic of salt marshes and man-made waterways.  Aquatic gardens and little oyster farm ports as well as picturesque forts are all to be found at this celebrated place.  A boat can ferry you across the Seudre.

Marennes <> La Palmyre