La Cotinière fishing port
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La Cotinière, a fishing port on the western coast of the island

La Cotinière, a traditional fishing village in Saint-Pierre-d'Oléron

Located on the west coast of the Ile d'Oléron, ten minutes from your campsite on the Ile d'Oléron, this port village welcomes you in a unique atmosphere. Not to be missed if you are fond of fish, the place combines the charm of the traditional fishing villages of Charente Maritime with the grandiose landscapes of the Oléron island.

Historical background of the village

At the beginning of the 19th century, La Cotinière was just a natural cove on the ocean which only housed a few small boats. Only two locks protected it before the construction of a dike in 1843 and then a quay in 1867 which was unfortunately destroyed by a storm in 1870.

It was only 20 years later that the complex was rebuilt with the addition of a lighthouse, the one that can still be seen today, painted with its red and white rings.

The habitat of the villages at that time is typical of the traditional houses of the island: a modest one-storey building with a fish pole fixed on the façade to dry the fish; an external staircase leading to the attic to store the crops. On the land there is a well and the customary wine cellar for the production of wine from the vines.

The village originally housed the chapel of Notre-Dame-de-Saint-Nicolas which was buried by the sands. After unsuccessful attempts to rebuild a new church on the same site, the town council decided to build a contemporary style church in 1966, decorated with stained glass windows painted by the master-painter Henri Martin-Granel.

First artisanal port of Charentes-Maritimes

In 1910, the port, in full development, acquired an auction which led to the need to build a cannery. At that time, it mainly produced sardines, the famous "Cotinardes", whose production, after falling into disuse, is now valued again.

Then in 1982, the port was enlarged and followed the computerisation of the fish auction.

Today, the port of La Cotinière provides 50% of the national production of céteau, and is also specialised in noble fishes : sole, sea bass, monkfish, shrimps and langoustines.

A destination for tourists and gourmets alike

After having for a long time been essentially turned towards fishing, since the development of tourism, La Cotinière has been developing activities linked to tourism with the creation of numerous establishments which welcome ever more visitors, attracted by the authentic atmosphere of this small fishing port. La Cotinière also provides a beach with a skimboard spot.

The village of La Cotinière is also an ideal destination for gourmets. Attend tasting sessions and enjoy meals prepared by local chefs in the restaurants.

Victorine's market is the island's seafood market and is home to local producers. Located on the port, after the auction, it allows you to buy fresh seafood every day from 3.30 pm. During the summer season, the port of La Cotinière comes alive every evening with a night market, a funfair, and cultural events such as street shows.

What could be better than a seafood restaurant in a remote lovely village, before going to bed in a comfortable mobile home or chalet ? We provide every information you need about the restaurants of La Cotinière at the campsite reception, so don't hesitate to ask !