Friday, 29 July 2011

A few days at the coast...

Yes we have been on holiday for a few days and instead of our usual destination of the UK we went to La Rochelle and the L'îlle de Rê. La Rochelle is 195kms (120 miles) from Braye and it is the easiest part of the coast for us to get to as the drive is all motorway and dual carriageway. The downside is the 9:70€ each way toll but the plus side is you are there in just over 2 hours. La Rochelle has a very pretty harbour and old town, it was quite busy being the middle of the French holidays.


We toured the area to the south of La Rochelle, Châtelaillon Plage as far as Fouras (about 20 miles). There were many beaches to explore, some were busier than others but none could be said to be overcrowded. The picture below is one of the quieter ones at Fouras.

We then paid the quite pricey sum of 16:50€ to go over the bridge to the L'îlle de Rê. We did not really know what to expect but it was spectacular... and well worth a visit.


We will be featuring some of the more interesting aspects of both areas in future blogs so watch this space.. We both enjoyed our short break away and will most definitely be visiting the area again.

Interesting Fact - St Martin de Re one of the main tourist towns on the L'îlle de Rê  is twined with Esperance in Western Australia. Esperance is a large town in the Goldfields-Esperance region  located on the Southern Ocean.


Diane said...

Looking forward to your further posts. La Rochelle is not that far from us but I still have yet to see it!!! I have heard it is very pretty. Diane

Craig said...

Damn you for making me all nostalgic C&E! La Rochelle is one of my very favourite places. We could get to it within 40 minutes from our home and we'd often go for lunch or dinner. The market is worth a visit (great sea food) and the Leroy Mervin store is the best I found in France!