6th August - Foret de la Coubre

Today we were in the mood for adventure so the children and I set off bright and early for Floret de la Coubre - part of the Coast Sauvage (Wild coast).  It was about an hours drive, we went past Royan and the zoo at La Palmyre  and as the traffic quietened the wildness of the area revealed itself.  An area of forest and beach with ample free parking (as appears to generally be the case) but beware as some parts of the beach don't have lifeguards.  This is where you tend to spot the surfers!  We parked up and headed towards the roar of the ocean.  It was a good 10-15 minute walk but very pleasant.

Wow the wild coast didn't disappoint.  Some of the back waves around 200m out must have been 12-15 feet and close to the shoreline the larger ones easily made 8-10 feet.  The area was heavily lifeguarded and there were strict perimeters in which you had to stay if you wanted to body board or simply jump the waves.  For those not wanting to venture in it was just as wonderful to sit and watch.

Whilst there were young children there I think it is really one for the teenagers or those of us wishing we still were.