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Domain of Certes

  • Author: TrailExplorer

Certes domain

This walk introduces you to the domain of Certes and Graveyron in the Maritime Natural Park of Arcachon Bay. This area, shaped by the hand of man, has had agricultural, salt, fishing and forestry purposes. It offers an exceptional landscape of dike areas, fish ponds and wet meadows. You will certainly spot birds of prey and sea birds along the way.

Distance: 6 km

Time: 1h30.

Grade: Easy.

Type: Circular.

Gps Track: Yes.

Route description: No.

Wheelchair: Not suitable.

Dog: Allowed.

Height gain: Flat.

Trail: 95% unpaved.

Marking: None.

Hiking shoes recommended.



In the mid-18th century, the domain of Certes and Graveyron took on its current appearance thanks to the Marquis de Civrac. He had dikes built on the maritime swamp and basins constructed to exploit the salt. But salt mining soon became unprofitable and was stopped at the end of the century. By reconverting certain ponds, a switch was made to fish farming. This activity also came to an end in the 1960s. Fortunately, the streams, reed fields, wet meadows, deciduous and coniferous forests were preserved. Thanks to the presence of salt, brackish and fresh water, many birds come to seek refuge at high tide.

Certes castle

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Bring binoculars.

Map & Poi's.