The Aiguillon Bay, naturally wild
You enter in a magical place between land and sea, between freshwater and saltwater, a transition between the continent and the ocean. The present day appearance of the bay is due to the series of dams that have silted up much of the old “Pictons Gulf” to create the Marais Poitevin, both regarding history and ecology.
A Nature Reserve favoured by migratory birds
The Aiguillon Bay is in fact a crossing point for migratory birds from northern Europe, Siberia or Canada, flying to Iberian and African coasts. With its mudflats and salt marshes, it shelters a large variety of birds in all seasons. We counted up to 150,000 in January!
At the Pointe Saint-Clément in Esnandes, climb up on top of a limestone cliff to enjoy a breath-taking view of the entire Bay. When the water begins to recede, it is the best time to watch the birds returning to the mudflats for feeding.