These are some of our favourite eateries and places to go in the area. Please note - some of the websites below use flash for graphics and are not iPad/iPhone friendly.
Le Tout du Cru is located on the port of Saint- Martin, Ile de Re, in the courtyard of the old cinema . It is open daily in summer, closed on Tuesdays in the spring and fall, and completely closed from 12 November to 20 December and early January to early February. “Le Tout du Cru” offers , in addition to a wide selection of Oysters ( Gillardeau , Papin , Joguet David Hervé … ), small dishes to delight : tuna tartare duo / salmon, mackerel marinated white wine , fish soup …. but also crustaceans, regional cheeses and charcuterie.
On the wine list , you will find course regional wines , but also a wide selection of white Bourgognes (Puligny -Montrachet , Meursault , Chablis, Saint- Aubin, Saint- Romain, …. ) . Red wine lovers are not left out as the great wines of Bordeaux are widely represented. Reservations are recommended during the high season , the service is continuous from 11 am to 10 pm
The Auberge de la Court d'Aron is in Saint Cyr en Talmondais approximately 15 minutes easy drive from Mimosa on the road between Lucon and Les Sables d'Olonne. It is a beautiful restaurant serving wonderful food and run by an english speaking french man. Well worth a visit for a special meal!
Pizza Rico is a great pizza restaurant in La Tranche sur Mer. Very popular with locals and visitors alike. Get there earlier at lunchtime to get a table!
Les Flots in La Rochelle is a Michelin star standard restaurant situated beside the towers at the entrance to the old port. The prices of meals here are not cheap but for a very special occassion they are well worth a visit! They do have lunchtime fixed price menus which start at 29 euros each.
L'Ardoise Gourmande in nearby Lucon is our restaurant of choice for birthday/celebration meals. The food here is delightful and prices very reasonable. The owners handwritten menus take a bit of decyphering but it's well worth the effort. This restaurant is very popular with locals so get there early or book in advance if you want a table! They also have a great sandwich bar "hole in the wall" to serve local workers Monday to Friday lunchtimes. The main restaurant is currently open Tuesday to Saturday lunchtimes and Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings.
A walk along the river at Piquet near Rosnay on a sunny day is wonderful. The path along the river takes you past several now ruined mills. On a number of days during the year walking, cycling, horse riding and pony and cart events also take place along this river stretch. Take the opportunity when you drive through Rosnay to stop off at Chateau de Rosnay for wine tasting.
Puy du Fou - this is a historical theme park with different sections depicting parts of french history all set out in a forest. The roman area has a full size amptitheatre with chariot races, slaves and lions. The bird display is on a grand scale and you will not have seen anything like it before - over 100 birds with vultures, eagles, owls and storks flying just over your head. The musqueteers, viking village raid and secret of the lance are all well worth a visit!
Ile de Re - an island just off the coast near La Rochelle linked by a huge bridge. There are a number of lovely harbour towns such as St Martin and La Flotte with good bars, retaurants and good shopping! The island is almost totally flat so it's great for cycling on the island wide network of cycle paths. Cycle hire places can be found all over the island.