TO DO | NATURE
It was a beautiful spring day, and I felt like walking. As I saw gorgeous pictures of the étangs of Peyriac-de-Mer, I soon enough made up my mind. There are several hikes you can do, walking around “La Saline” or “l’étang du Doul”. I decided to choose which track to do once I was there, but I definitely wanted to walk the boardwalks that cross parts of the former salt-lagoons.
Peyriac-de-Mer is a sweet little village, located on the banks of a string of lagoons. La Saline already produced salt since antiquity! I headed for the free parking at the rue des Salins. Although it was a Thursday, many people came up with the same idea as me. Let’s say I wasn’t alone… However, it was already worth just standing in front of La Saline. I couldn’t stop taking pictures, and I didn’t even start walking yet…
My suggestion is that you begin at the left side of the parking, as here you immediately start on a boardwalk. A big information sign showed me several hikes. I decided to do the shortest one, as I had to pick up the children from school. The sign mentions that the yellow walk is 5 kilometres and takes 2,5 hours. As I didn’t see any significant mountains, I couldn’t imagine walking for 2,5 hours for only 5 kilometres. So I took the gamble.
I very much enjoyed the first part of the hike. Because of the boardwalk, you are very close to the water, and it made me feel more part of the surroundings. After the first boardwalk part, I went right on the passway in the middle of the water. To arrive at some more boardwalks, giving me a stunning view on La Saline and Peyriac-de-Mer. Apparently, the hikes are marked. The round around the lagoon has yellow signs, but I completely missed them. Well, the short hike wasn’t too complicated, as it is quite obvious how to make the round.
In the end, I only walked around La Saline. This route is 3 kilometres and took me 45 minutes. Including many photo stops… Unfortunately, I didn’t spot any flamingos or pelicans. Chances are high that you might spot them when visiting Peyriac-de-Mer. So I have to come back again. I don’t mind at all. Can’t wait to do the big hike!