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.
You know when summer is drawing to a close on the Ile de Ré when the signs go up for La Fête du Coquillage. Basically it’s an excuse for a party organised by the users of the Saint Martin de Ré harbour.
Vast amounts of fresh seafood will be cooked and eaten on the harbourside; huîtres, moules-frites and vannets. All washed down with plenty of Ile de Ré wine. Musically expect sea shantys, accordians and live jazz. It starts in the late afternoon golden sun but after dark there will be dancing under the stars.
We’ve been before and will be going this Saturday. It looked like this before…
Of course if you want to be there next year you could always check out our house in St Martin.