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Fresh air at the Port du Plomb

Published on 14 August 2017 - Commentaires (0)
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If you want to get out for some fresh air, don’t wait any longer! Head for the Port du Plomb between the municipalities of l’Houmeau and Nieul-sur-Mer, for a haven of peace, almost a secret, sheltering a few colourful boats, where you can enjoy a peaceful, pretty walk.

 

Going towards the South, you can approach the beach at l’Houmeau, passing through some old beach huts, some of which have been converted into welcoming restaurants and cafés.

 

On your way towards Aiguillon Bay… navigate to higher ground on the high, shining limestone cliffs and enjoy a breathtaking view. On the port side stretches the beautiful Ré Island where you can see the coves, the point and sometimes the lighthouses, depending on the weather. Facing you are the straits of Pertuis Breton and the vast Atlantic Ocean beyond. Then, on the starboard side, you’ll see Aiguillon Bay and its wide curve leading you to the Department of Vendée. On the point of this coast are the resort towns of La Tranche-sur-mer and La Faute-sur-mer.

 

The last stretch is by way of the Pas de Mortefoin… and here it is, a place of peace and fresh air. We come here with the family to fly kites in the pastures on the edge of the cliff; we come here when we’re in love, our eyes lost in the blue sea; we also come here for some exercise, on foot or by bike, to get to Marsilly and then on to Esnandes by the trail that follows the coast. In short, this is “the” outdoor jaunt for all seasons.

 

The lookout with its orientation table. Continuing on, your path goes around a headland that seems to be natural, covered in wild grasses: there, after going up a few steps made of logs, you’ll reach a lookout with an orientation table where you can pause to take in the magnificent view of the bay.

Here, you are in fact standing on one of the many vestiges of the Second World War, formerly a bunker designed to control coastal navigation during the “Allied Siege of La Rochelle”. German troops were holding out there, as at Royan, and they turned the city into one of the last pockets of enemy resistance on the Atlantic coast.

 

Then there are the dip-nets, those faithful companions on our coastline that mark the path. Some have stood up well, while others, victims of the recent storms, are sporting brand new pilings but, with their little huts, they inspire dreams for the young-at-heart!

 

Continuing on a little further (not too far as you must start thinking about going back…), you can go down directly to the foot of the cliffs, on the white pebble beach.

 

A nice little jaunt that will fill you with fresh sea air!

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