Mornac derived from the Celtic words ‘morne’ and ‘acque’ meaning calm waters, came to life in Neolithic times. It was fortified during the Middle Ages in order to defend the important trading route from La Rochelle to Bordeaux. The church, a partially Roman monument built on a Merovingian site, boasts a listed 12th century apse. The foundations of the belfry tower are oblong, comprising of four arches (squinches) unique to the Santonge area. Excavations carried out on this site in 1952 revealed remains of a prehistoric dwelling, so Six centuries BC Santons already lived in Mornac and to this day their favourite fragrant herb ‘Santonine’ still thrives in the marshes.

The oyster beds, the salt marshes and the fishing altogether provide a remarkable coastline.

Discover Mornac and its inviting marshland luminosity. Take the time to observe the lesser white heron and the egret and many other marshland species. Discover the maze of colourful winding narrow streets. Wander along to the covered market place built in the 14th century and down to the 12th century church. Visit the craft shops, art studios and the gourmet shops down the hollyhocked streets.

Discover the port where traditional sailing vessels remind us of its maritime history. Notice the oyster cabins built along the banks of the Seudre and enjoy the peace and calm of these marshes. Capture the tranquillity, slip back in time, saunter along the colourful streets of this village that is classified as One of the most Beautiful Villages in France.

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Un des plus beaux villages

de France

A fortified town up until the 17th century, Mornac held out against the English during the siege of 1433 and there on after alternated between Catholic and Huguenot influences throughout the religious wars.