Three little ports in the crook of the coastline

Port du Plomb à l'Houmeau
Les Conteurs

Historical and traditional coastline... 

Port du Loiron in Angoulins, the charming huts

Emerging from its sheltered little cove, Port du Loiron has a quaint atmosphere matching the surrounding huts that are proof of the old oyster-farming activity. In the past, women separated and sorted the oysters in these randomly made shelters. Since then, they have been maintained by fans of the site. They put away their fishing gear, chairs and folding tables ready to welcome neighbours and friends for a picnic or a mussel “éclade”. Using the huts in this way creates a real sense of community spirit, and a different lifestyle for walkers to experience.  

Port du Plomb, between Houmeau and Nieul-sur-Mer, quite the story

It is the oldest port in Aunis. It is here that the Go, a small coastal river on the Atlantic coast, rejoins the sea.   The Go therefore goes through the Nieul-sur-Mer commune and its village Lauzières, with its white-washed walls, hollyhocks and little lanes, like the ones over the way on the island of Ré, to go back to the sea at the end of the channel which transcends the borders between Nieul-sur-Mer and Houmeau.

Long before La Rochelle built its famous towers, Port du Plomb has harboured ships since the 10th century that shipped the wheat and wine from their hinterland. It then became a fishing port, then an oyster port. Nowadays it’s mainly used as a harbour for pleasure boats that make the channel waters sparkle with their colourful reflections.

With the wooden footbridge going over the port, the huts and oyster beds along its sides and the red and white tower-like buoy at the end of the jetty, Port du Plomb really is stunning. It is an ideal place for families to go for a walk, as it connects to the coastal paths. There are several places where you can grab a bite to eat or have a drink.

Port de La Pelle in Marsilly, a port like no other

For walkers that are looking for something authentic, this is the up and coming spot. It’s a port in the countryside which is completely natural and where they don’t build anything apart from the odd place where you can buy mussels and oysters directly from the supplier and where you can sit and enjoy them there if you want.  Round the back, there are grain fields. In front of you, the sea shimmers all kinds of colours and at night there are incredible sunsets. 
La Pelle, however, isn’t a real port. There aren’t any boats docked there, just a few oyster barges. All around Port de la Pelle, the fishing cabins jut out over the water like pontoons, which are actually the fishing gear, and also the iconic image of the Charentais coasts.

Plateau fruits de mer
Fred Le Lan

Try the shellfish

Fresh and salty sea flavour

The little ports tucked away on the limestone coast represent the history of coastal life dedicated to oyster and mussel production. Try them on your walk while you’re sat comfortably looking out over the sea and instantly lose track of time. Treat yourself!

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