Once upon a time …A vast marshland shaped by Man since the Middle Ages, made up of fields and market gardens surrounded by canals, small islands on which emerge charming little houses and big ponds with exceptional flora and fauna.
A site where dozens of dwellings are still only accessible by boat, and where school buses were still used just a few decades ago, not by coach but by boat. An immense space just a stone’s throw from the city, yet where you feel as if you’re in the middle of nature. A land untouched by the stress and bustle of the city, where only birdsong breaks the silence, where traditions and a taste for work well done endure. A taste that is passed on through the vegetables grown on site and sold directly by the market gardeners.
The marsh can be discovered on foot, by bike or by boat… In fact, don’t miss a visit to the workshop of the last manufacturer of bacôves and escutes, the traditional boats of the marsh.
du Marais Audomarois
The Pays de Saint-Omer without the Audomarois marshland would be a bit like Paris without the Eiffel Tower. We strongly recommend a visit to this atypical part of the region. It’s the last remaining market garden marsh in France. Follow the guide as we take you to a wonderful place you won’t soon forget.