This multimedia tour will take you through the history and heritage of Talmont-sur-Gironde through videos, quizzes and audio commentary on the landscape of the estuary, the church of Talmont, the town wall, the port, fishing and the ancient town of Fâ, a former Gallo-Roman port situated just a few kilometres from the town of Talmont.
Did you know that Talmont used to be a limestone islet, separated from the estuary bank? This first video will tell you about how the landscape of estuary’s right bank was formed, from the slow formation of the marshes to their draining by man.
The current shape of the town of Talmont is the legacy of King Edward I. In the year 1284, the English king built the walled town on the site of the old seigniorial village. This presentation will help you discover more about the ramparts and their history.
In the middle of the estuary, looking out from Talmont, you can still spot at low tide two little black dots. These are what’s left of the masts of the ship baptised the Armiénois, sunk during WWII. Listen to learn more about its history.
This video will help you to understand, with the help of digital imagery, the history of the Church of Sainte Radegonde, which has seen many changes over the years, especially during the restorations of the previous century.
Many of the original Romanesque carved decorations have been preserved, not only at the entrance but also on other parts of the façade and inside the building. Take a closer look with our guide.
At the opening onto the small cove in front of you, there used to be a postern of the old town wall (which we talked about in the video about the town’s fortifications). Do you remember its name?
Take a moment to learn about the turbulent history of this small town, coveted during the wars for its strategic location.
Look closely at this stunning pavilion and its belvedere. What material are the balustrade, entrance and columns of the pavilion made out of?
This is what remains of the towers that formed part of Talmont’s town wall: the White Tower. Take some time to learn a little about the town’s fortifications with this audio guide.
The port of Talmont, with its perfect location on the estuary, has been the subject of major development plans since the Second World War, which luckily it was able to escape from! Listen to learn more.
The estuary used to be populated by sturgeon which, thanks to their precious eggs, made the fortunes of fishermen and caviar producers. But there is another strange fish that populates these waters. It’s the meagre, a species that is fished... by ear! Find out more with this video presentation.
In this video interview, Jean-Michel Laloue, from the French Coastal Protection Agency, tells us about how people have transformed the landscape around the town of Talmont and about their recent landscaping work.
These strange little cabins perched above the water are called “carrelets” and are used for fishing. René Bénéteau gives us a demonstration of this amateur fishing technique.
This is a place where land meets the sea. Because of this, the activity of the local inhabitants has evolved over the centuries, turning increasingly towards agriculture, following the development of the landscape, as can be seen in the vineyards close by.
Beyond the Pointe du Caillaud, in the town of Barzan, less than a kilometre from here, you will reach a bay that used to house a busy Gallo-Roman port. This video tells you more about this ancient town, whose remnants are still visible at the site and at the Fâ museum.