The natural park of the Brière is bursting with character, a unique breeding ground for creative talent, particularly arts and crafts. People like to work with their hands in the Brière, making, shaping, polishing, kneading and cutting. Using these ancient methods, traditions are kept alive, sometimes with the added touch of modern know-how.
To begin with, there is an unusual wood called ‘Le morta’: this fossilised oak is highly prized, it is as hard and dark as ebony, shaped by craftspeople into unique objects such as knives, jewellery and sculptures. Thatch is also a fixed feature of the Brière, where you’ll find around 3,000 thatched dwellings and there are still some traditional thatchers who continue to work on local roofs. As for local specialities, you mustn’t forget ‘la langouille’, which is a type of sausage made using pork tongue, ideal for picnics and aperitifs.