La Cotinière

A flotilla of brightly-coloured fishing boats, an incessant ballet of boats in the port, intense activity on the quayside at any time of year: this is La Cotinière! Facing the ocean to the west, this authentic little fishing port is well-known for the quality of its produce unloaded onto the quaysides: sea-bass, soles, langoustines, flat fish… These noble species and highly-skilled fishing techniques have made La Cotinière the major fishing port of Charente-Maritime and the seventh in France. When the boats return to unload their catch, the spectacle is unmissable.

The little streets and the morning market are very lively. Stroll among the low fishermen’s houses with their whitewashed facades and their green or blue shutters… try an ice-cream after a swim… buy souvenirs or simply relax on a café terrace. In the evenings, join the throngs wandering along the quays taking in the various stalls, live music, fireworks or simply having a good time. In summer, La Cotinière is a hive of activity.

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