At 12 km from the campsite, La Cotinière is one of the unmissable stops on your holiday in Oléron. This small village attached to Saint-Pierre d'Oléron is known for its fishing port, one of the most important in France. It is also one of the most typical villages of the island of Oléron. We like to stroll along the quays, eat an ice cream after the beach, walk along the market alleys and enjoy the animations on summer evenings...
A small artisanal fishing port full of charm
Whatever the season and the time of day, La Cotinière lives to the rhythm of the tides and the comings and goings of the boats in the port. When the colourful trawlers return to the port, the quays fill up with curious people who come to watch the fishermen bring out their most beautiful sole, monkfish, sea bass, rays, langoustines, lobsters... If you wish to discover the behind-the-scenes of La Cotinière port, don't hesitate to follow the guided tours offered during the school holidays or on the first Friday of each month. You'll find out all about the workings of the port and the fish auction!
Did you know that?
Small but sturdy, the port of La Cotinière is the leading fishing port in Charente-Maritime and New-Aquitaine, but also the 6th largest in France! Every year, more than 5,000 tonnes of fish and seafood products are landed! For years, the fishermen of La Cotinière have been committed to a sustainable and responsible fishing approach by using more selective gears that prevent the capture of the smallest fish.
A small lively village where it is good to stroll: beaches, market and summer activities.
La Cotinière is also the pleasures of the seaside. The beach of Matha, facing west and rather quiet, is a delight for families. At low tide, you can go fishing on foot. After swimming, it is very pleasant to walk along the seafront, go shopping or sit on the terrace of a café. In season, local producers meet every morning at the market of La Cotinière, rue du port. The ideal opportunity to fill your basket with delicious local produce before heading back to the campsite! Every evening in the summer, La Cotinière is bustling with activity and is taken over by holidaymakers. The night market and the funfair, as well as concerts, street shows and fireworks are on the programme.
To see, to do also:
- Stroll on the pier of La Cotinière and admire a beautiful view of the entire port and the beach.
- Wait for the opening of Victorine market from 16:30 to buy fish and seafood ultra fresh and premium quality.
- Participate in the Port Festival which takes place in August: boat visits, seafood tasting, nautical jousting, oyster opening competition, concert and popular ball...
SAINT-PIERRE-D'OLERON - Port de pêche de La Cotinière © CMT2