Heritage and Tradition

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Step back in time in andernos where historical remains of more than 2000 years of occupation continue to intrigue archaeologists, and discver the heritage and local tradition !

Let yourself be charmed by the history of Andernos-les-Bains, during a walk through the various unmissable sites.

Download the 8.8 km circuit of the most beautiful heritage walks

 

 

Share the love of its inhabitants for the traditions, oyster farming and oysters of the Arcachon Bay, thanks to our selection of walks and guided tours.

 

The tourist office, in partnership with the association “Mémoire d’Andernos”, offers you 2 tours in the city to walk or cycle, to discover villas with character

 

Saint Eloi church

The site Saint Eloi is a place of unique history. On the beach, a remarkable romanesque church of the eleventh century, one of the oldest religious buildings of the Arcachon Bay, alongside  the remains of a huge gallo – roman villa of the fourth century, listed as a historic monument since 1933.

The objects found during excavations are on display at the Municipal Museum, in the splendid Maison Louis David, in the heart of the city centre.

This house, built between 1895 and 1908 for the mayor of the time, with the typical seaside inspiration of the Arcachon Basin, is now a cultural centre that hosts exhibitions by regional and international artists from March to October  Program of exhibitions Maison Louis David 2019

 

oyster farming

Oyster farming is part of the local heritage and is quite an emblematic activity of the city and of the bay.

Oysters are hermaphrodites and reproduce in summer in water above 21 degrees. The spats that float in the water cling to the limed tiles that promote collection, which allows them to be detached 8 months later without damaging them: this is called detrocking. The spat are then placed in mesh pockets, which will be moved and returned to the oyster beds under the watchful eye of oyster farmers who leave the port daily on their barges. Against all odds, by filtering water and algae, the pearl of the Basin will reach maturity after three years.

At the oyster port, in the typical colorful and flowers-filled cabins, you will meet these men and women of the sea, and taste local oyster accompanied by a fillet of lemon and a glass of white wine !

Cabane ostréicole
Cabane ostréicole colorée et fleurie – Producteurs et dégustations d’huîtres

The oyster farmers involved in a welcoming process welcome you 3 hours before low tide. You witness the loading of the barge before leaving the port. After a quiet navigation in the channels to the oyster parks.

Embark with an oyster farmer from the Arcachon Basin.

*“alcohol abuse is dangerous for your health, consume in moderation”

Did you know ? It takes three years for an oyster to reach commercial size

 

Chaulage des tuiles en ostréiculture
Chaulage des tuiles en ostréiculture

 

Lexique ostréicole 

Naissains: Larve d’huître fécondée 

Captage: Les naissains errent au gré des courants à la recherche d’un endroit où se fixer; lorsqu’elles se fixent sur un collecteur comme une tuile chaulée on parle de captage.

Détroquage: Détacher la jeune huître du support où elle s’est fixée. 

Chaland (ou plate) : ce bateau de pêche spécifique permet à l’ostréiculteur de travailler sur les parcs à huîtres. Il est caractérisé par un faible tirant d’eau et un fond plat qui permettent se s’échouer et de naviguer même à faible marée. 

Chaulage: cette technique locale, mise en place depuis 1865, consiste à enduire des tuiles creuses avec un mélange de sable et de chaux résistant à l’eau au début de l’été : on dit aussi “blanchir les tuiles

THE BETEY DISTRICT

The Bétey stream rises at Querquillas and flows into the Andernos marina. This stream is a place of history where the oldest objects collected date back to the Paleolithic! Indeed, near the old cemetery, a “rusty” spring gushes out in winter, on the edge of which were found traces of a prehistoric habitat.

It is a remarkable natural area for the richness of its fauna and flora. Let yourself be led along the banks of this stream to discover its history with ,l’application “Betey Go”,a free interactive guided tour, designed in the style of an audioguide for an original and exciting visit!!  visite guidée interactive gratuite, pensée sur le mode de l’audioguide pour une visite originale et passionnante!

The marina was dug in 1932 at the mouth of this stream, it was then exclusively dedicated to oyster farming. In 1968, it became the marina and welcomed 151 boats.