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Where near La Rochelle?

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marlene4boycie Mon 27-Jan-14 22:33:11

We were thinking of Iles de Re or Oleron, but think we'll need a bit of life! Where nearby to those places and La Rochelle have you been to and loved - close to beaches and restaurants? We're going end of July / start of August. Thanks in advance.

frenchfancy Tue 28-Jan-14 07:15:30

There is plenty of life on the Il de Ré at that time of year. It is very popular with the French and everywhere will be busy.

CestTout Tue 28-Jan-14 21:59:56

Same with Oleron although not as overcrowded with Parisiens! Spent almost all my childhood oil days there and loved it.

homebythesea Thu 30-Jan-14 12:56:19

Ile de Re is fabulous but NOTHING goes on there - great for a flop on the beach / by the pool type holiday but apart from bike riding and eating at nice restaurants there really isn't anything else. If the weather isn't kind I think it would be a struggle. Depends really on what you class as "life" and the age of DC's

Taffeta Sat 01-Feb-14 17:33:40

We had a great holiday in Oleron when the DC were 6 & 4. Cycling was fab, beaches excellent, great restaurants and markets/concerts when we were there too. Plenty to do and not esp quiet.

Main tip is if you do a cottage rental Sat to Sat like we did, the bridge to the mainland is rammed in the summer on Sats after about 6am.

Taffeta Sat 01-Feb-14 17:34:53

Oh and another year we stayed nr St Hilaire de Villefranche on the mainland but much preferred Oleron.

marlene4boycie Wed 12-Feb-14 20:54:02

Thanks for the messages - we eventually booked a place near Pons, so a bit inland. We would have opted for one of the islands if OH wouldn't have minded shifting after the first week, but he wanted a fortnight in the same place, so we have chosen somewhere we can drive to places from.

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