A Millennium of Celtic heritage
Since 2002, UNESCO has listed The Salt Marshes of Guérande as Cultural Landscape of the World.
Guérande is a medieval town nestled in the Brittany region of France also known as the Loire Atlantique. Developed in the 11th century, this medieval walled village is one of the most charming and picturesque towns in the region. We love strolling around this ancient town and wandering among its narrow streets filled with arts and craft galleries and specialty food shops.
The mineral salt marshes of Guérande are natural clay-lined seawater ponds, this is where the salt gets its beautiful coloring and natural taste from, when the seawater evaporates it passes along all of the vital nutrients and valuable minerals of this exceptional French clay, which also adds an extraordinary yet subtle flavor to these fine salts.
We found a few videos on the Internet that will give you a pretty good idea of what the Salt Marshes of Guérande look like and how important the heritage is for the region and how artisanal the process is. You may not know this but most of the world’s greatest chefs only use sea salt from Guérande and especially Fleur de Sel to season their fabulous dishes. The most legendary of these chefs is Paul Bocuse, who is one of our idols. We recently found a great video from a French TV show that features Guy Martin, another one of our favorite Michelin star chefs from Paris. If you ever have a chance to eat at his restaurant, Le Grand Véfour in Paris, we highly recommend it; it is an experience you will never forget and a once in a lifetime meal.