Gujan Mestras

Gujan-Mestras, in the basin of Arcachon, is the capital of oyster-fishing, comprising 7 little ports consecrated to raising them.

At one of these, Larros, you can find out all you never knew (and probably more than you wanted to!) about oysters. For example, the reason why they grow here in the first place is that in the 19th century a sailing ship in difficulties threw its cargo overboard to lighten its load. The cargo was… Portuguese oysters, and evidently they liked it in the shallow sandy waters of the Arcachon basin as they have grown there ever since.

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