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The white gold of the Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez salt marshes

Salt is collected from the salt marshes in Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez, and is considered as the white gold of the Pays de Saint Gilles Croix de Vie.

Today, the number of salt manufacturers can be counted on just one hand, but these few keep the tradition alive, and carry out their profession with the help only from the water, wind and sun.

Salt Marshes

How does it work?


Sea salt is produced when seawater evaporates under the effect of the sun and the wind. In the maze of salt marshes that have been expertly laid out, the water is heated to 40 degrees and the salt content is regulated to 333 grams per litre in the final section known as the crystallisation pond. This is when the level of saturation has been reached and the salt manufacturer can then start raking in the salt using a tool called a ‘cimauge’.


To find out more, come and visit the Etoile salt marsh, the Vie salt marsh or the Prédevie salt marsh and learn all about the fascinating world of salt.

Where can I buy Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez salt?

Fleur de sel, rock salt, glasswort, salt with basil, cumin, etc. and Vie salt produced locally in Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez, can be found in the following shops:

LA MAIN À SEL PAR SEL DE VIE

Dégustation

LA MAIN À SEL PAR SEL DE VIE

LE FENOUILLER

GOUTEZ MOI ÇA! ÉPICERIE FINE

Commerce et service

GOUTEZ MOI ÇA! ÉPICERIE FINE

SAINT-GILLES-CROIX-DE-VIE

AUX PETITS PLAISIRS

Commerce et service

AUX PETITS PLAISIRS

SAINT-GILLES-CROIX-DE-VIE

LA PERLE DES DIEUX

Commerce et service

LA PERLE DES DIEUX

SAINT-GILLES-CROIX-DE-VIE

LES VIVIERS DE VENDEE

Commerce et service

LES VIVIERS DE VENDEE

SAINT-GILLES-CROIX-DE-VIE

MOULIN DES GOURMANDS

Dégustation

MOULIN DES GOURMANDS

SAINT-REVEREND

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LES MARAIS SALANTS DE LA VIE

Patrimoine naturel

LES MARAIS SALANTS DE LA VIE

SAINT-HILAIRE-DE-RIEZ

MARAIS SALANT DE L’ÉTOILE – SEL DE VIE

Dégustation

MARAIS SALANT DE L’ÉTOILE – SEL DE VIE

SAINT-HILAIRE-DE-RIEZ

MARAIS SALANT PREDEVIE

Dégustation

MARAIS SALANT PREDEVIE

SAINT-HILAIRE-DE-RIEZ