Things to see and do in La Cotinière and Saint-Pierre d'Oléron

An omnipresent maritime heritage

La Cotinière and its fishing port

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The fishing port of La Cotinière is the leading fishing port in the department of Charente-Maritime. With nearly 4,290 tonnes of fish landed at auction each year, it is also the 7th largest fishing port in France. Several kinds of fish are counted there such as sea bass, céteau, cod, langoustine, tuna, sole?

It is possible to visit the auction by appointment. Guided tours are organised during the school holidays to observe the work carried out in the port and to gain a better understanding of the activity of the port and the auction.

You can of course buy fresh fish directly from the port of La Cotinière either at the Victorine market or from the many fishmongers in the fishing port.

La Cotinière is also the emblematic place of Oleron island!

You can taste delicious dishes in the various restaurants on the port. Whether regional specialities, seafood platters or traditional cuisine, there is something for everyone.

La Cotinière is also "the place to be" with its ice-cream parlours and its shopping street where you can buy various souvenirs of Oleron island to please your family and friends.

Saint-Pierre d'Oléron, or the capital of Oleron island

Saint-Pierre d'Oléron is a city rich in cultural heritage.

You will be able to visit among others :

  • The Ile d'Oléron Museum, labelled "Musée de France", is located on the Place Gambetta in the historic centre of the town. The Ile d'Oléron Museum will allow you to discover the history of the island and its inhabitants over the centuries.
  • The neo-gothic church dates from the 17th century.
  • Admire the house of Pierre Loti (this one cannot be visited). A plaque fixed on the facade of the house will show you the place where the famous writer and French naval officer lived.
  • The lantern of the dead. It is an old lantern, built in the 12th century. It is reputed to be the highest lantern in France.
  • The oyster farming site of Fort Royer : The magnificent oyster farming site of Fort Royer located in the Moëze-Oléron nature reserve is a true haven of peace where land and sea mix, making you discover the jewels of the fauna and flora of Oleron. Guided tours (by reservation) are regularly organised on the site to share with you the work of the oyster farmers of Oleron in an idyllic setting surrounded by the emblematic colourful huts of Oleron island.

Shopping addicts will also find their happiness in the shopping streets of Saint-Pierre d'Oléron town centre.

The town of Saint-Pierre d'Oléron is a nice compromise for city dwellers and culture lovers who appreciate the seaside.

Do not hesitate to contact the tourist office of Saint-Pierre d'Oléron to find out about all the activities and sites to visit.