If you want to go for a walk in the fresh air then look no further! In Port du Plomb, between L'Houmeau and Nieul-sur-Mer, there is a lovely haven, sheltering some coloured boats, that you have almost entirely to yourself and where you can go for a lovely peaceful walk.
As you head south, near Plage de l’Houmeau, you will come across some old cabins, some of which have been converted into cosy restaurants and cafes.
Head for Baie de l’Aiguillon... walk over the steep golden limestone cliff tops and experience a breathtaking view. On the port side lies Ré Island where you can see coves, the point and sometimes lighthouses, depending on the weather. If you look straight ahead, you can see the Atlantic Ocean and the Pertuis Breton. Then, on the starboard side, you can see Baie de l’Aiguillon and its curved profile which leads to the Vendée lands. On the coast’s point are the La Tranche-sur-mer and Faute-sur-mer resorts.
Go through the Pas de Mortefoin, for some peace and fresh air. Come with your family to fly kites in the meadows around the cliff; come with your loved one and lose yourselves in the luscious lulling of the blue sea; come and do sports like walking or cycling or if you want to do both, why not go to Marsilly then Esnandes along the coastal path? It is basically THE walk for all seasons.
The belvedere with its viewpoint indicator. As you go on, the path goes round a headland which seems natural, covered in wild grasses. After going down a few log steps, you reach a belvedere with a viewpoint indicator looking out over a stunning view of the bay.
Here you are actually standing on one of the many remnants of the second world war, an old bunker used to control shipping around the “Poche de La Rochelle” (Allied siege of La Rochelle). German troops took hold there, like in Royan, making the town one of the last enemy resistance pockets on the Atlantic coast.
Then there are the fishing huts, our coastline’s loyal friends, which are dotted along the path.
Some have stood the test of time well, others were victims to the latest storms, and now stand on nice new stilts but all of them, with their little hut, bring out our inner child!
If you walk even further (don’t go too far because remember you’ve got to come back), you will be able to go directly down to the bottom of the cliffs onto the white pebble beach.
A walk with lots of fresh, salty, sea air!