What a history! Over a thousand years ago, Benedictine monks tamed this marsh into a green eden, linked to the sea by the Aa canal. Through drainage, and the subsequent drying out of the area, this hostile land covering 3, 730 hectares has become a bucolic, wild maze of waterways that is perfect to explore by boat. The ‘lègres’ (fertile and cultivated strips of land) are combined with ‘wateringues’ (waterways) which, if placed end to end, would make a single channel 700 km long. In 2008, the Audomarois marshes were included in the Ramsar Convention which aims to conserve wetlands. In June 2013, the marshes were awarded the ‘Man and Biosphere’ accreditation by UNESCO.