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Talais is traditional Médoc-style village, close to the ocean beaches and the Gironde Estuary. You will enjoy the unexpected, picturesque beauty of the old oyster port with the little white and blue huts, right at the heart of the marshlands where you can stop for a gourmet treat, far from the summer crowds.
The charm of the "carrelet" fishing hutsOn the shores of the Gironde Estuary
In Talais, you are right on the shores of the Gironde Estuary. The "carrelet" fishing huts are dotted along the shoreline and give this place an atmosphere of absolute peace and tranquility. Fishing from these fishing huts is an old tradition here. Big square nets hang from the end of these fishing huts on stilts, known as "carrelets". At high tide, the fisherman lowers the net using a pulley, and then brings it up quickly, hopefully trapping the fish which are swimming around between the net and the surface of the water.
Talais is well-known for its oyster port and here we can really see the passion for the Médoc oyster! Since 2014, this passion has been revived with the reintroduction of oyster maturing in the salt marshes, after several years of shortages, along the estuary.
A viewpoint over the estuary
The port is served by a cycle path which leads to the Baluard oyster marsh and the dyke along the estuary. There is even an observation point.
All along the walk, you can discover the mattes or polders, cultivated land that lies below the level of the highest tides. Farmers have known for centuries how to cultivate them and make the most of them.
The maintenance of the dykes is essential for their preservation. These lands, which emerged in the 17th century thanks to the techniques of Dutch engineers, are managed by an inter-municipal syndicate which must ensure that the hydraulic network functions properly.