This Saturday is what is fast becoming the annual end of season party on the Ile de Ré. It is the annual Fête du Coquillage. Basically a chance to eat, drink and be merry outdoors on the quayside in Saint Martin de Ré.
Around two thousand people turn up to enjoy some of the best local seafood, washed down with a glass of island wine or two. Temporary tables are set up on the harbour so you can sit and chat and also enjoy the live music.
It is seen as the end of the season as it is a final outdoor event going on into the night. One of the delights of St Martin de Ré harbour is that the sunsets can be lovely, we are hoping this Saturday’s will be as good as ever.
And after sunset the real fun begins. There’s dancing…
Our house is occupied for this year’s Fête du Coquillage but there is always next year. We are though still taking bookings for the rest of 2016. The island is lovely off season. Great for cycling and so easy to get to via La Rochelle airport and railway station. If you are already thinking 2017 call or email using the contact details on the booking page and say you are interested in Maison 312.
Anyone I know who likes cycling seems to have heard of the Ile de Ré. There is an obvious reason for that. Many see it as a paradise for cyclists. A relatively flat island coupled with miles of segregated cycle paths. Now the network has got a little longer.
For the past few years they have been wanting to connect the villages of La Flotte and La Noue. Until now the direct way was on a rather bumpy and busy road. The existing cycle route connected the two villages but only if you went the long way round via Sainte Marie de Ré. It always seemed a bit of an effort from our house in St Martin de Ré.
I can’t say the new link is the prettiest one on the island. However, it is a big improvement on the road. La Noue is always worth a visit. There are some very pretty old houses plus a market on the Place des Tilleuls.
As I write this, our agency will only let you book for the rest of 2016 online. However, if you call them, you can reserve the house for 2017. More details here.