Port-des-Barques, the land of oysters

Live at the rythm of the tides in Port-des-Barques. Cross the Passe aux Boeufs, and voilà ! You are on the treasure of Rochefort Ocean: the Madame I

The story of  a "port of barks” in the Land of Fort Boyard

Protecting the Naval Dockyard of Rochefort, defending the estuary of the Charente, arming ships in the harbor of Aix Island implied the presence at the port, of a fleet of barks, hence its name “Port-des-Barques”, to ensure the liaison between the shore and the ships.

Here, your days are punctuated by fishing on foot, by sea baths in the reservoir of water of the “Plage des Anses”, sailing on the Lake of the Rouches, walks, bike rides or carriage rides... In summer, depart from Port-des-Barques for a cruise around the Fort Boyard and towards the Aix Island !

Such unique moments to live in Port-des-Barques!

A fishing village at the mouth of the Estuary of the Charente river

The peninsula is your haven to live at the rhythm of nature and according to the tides. Walk around and contemplate the incredible panorama on the Charente, the estuary, the islands, the forts, beaches, seaside villas ...

On the estuary side : a waterfront of low houses that seem to defend the borough and the fishing village. Higher on the cliff, beautiful seaside villas from the inter-war period overlook the estuary. 

On the seaside : a superb row of wooden fishing pontoons on stilts, an exceptional heritage of the early years.

Port-des-Barques, the peninsula and its oyster farms explained by the Ecomuseum

The estuary of the Charente rivers remains a high place of reproduction of oysters, Port-des-Barques is the home of many oyster farms with pretty names such as “Les Fontaines”, “Les Mattes”, “Monportail”, “La Garenne”...

Enter the Ecomuseum of the peninsula where you will hear it all about the world of oyster farming but also of patience and courage.

While savoring your dozens of delicately iodized oysters, measure the four long years of hard work, punctuated by tides and changing seasons !

Horse-drawn carriage ride from Port-des-Barques

The Passe-aux-Boeufs is your gateway to the Madame island!

With the "Calèche de Madame", discover the landscapes of Port-des-Barques and its surroundings with a commentary. Choose your formula: cross the Passe-aux-Boeufs, follow a guided tour of the Madame Island, visit the Nature Reserve of Moëze or the Fort Lupin...

Did you know...?

It is in Port-des-Barques that La Fayette embarked on the frigate Hermione, built in Rochefort, to go to America in 1780!

At the pier of the port, find a stele with its effigy, erected to pay tribute to this "Hero of the Two Worlds" ...