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Beaches in La Couarde sur Mer

La Couarde-sur-mer is a small village located a little further south of the retais salt marshes. Like the other 9 municipalities of the island, La Couarde also has magnificent sandy beaches, lined with dunes. The village has six, some more beautiful than the others.

The most northerly beach at La Couarde lies just behind the Henri IV woods and is surrounded by large dunes. This is the beach of Les Prises accessible by car via the road of Ars or by borrowing one of the bike paths of the village. Lovers of the stand-up paddle are numerous to meet there to practice water slide sport in which we propulse ourselves with a paddle.

Continuing along the coast towards the south, you arrive in the neighborhood of the Corps des Gardes which houses the beach of Peu Ragot. It is a place where it is nice to spend time with family. Moreover, it is the only supervised beach of Couarde where the smallest can indulge in bathing while the parents bask in serenity on the beach.

Not far from there, always towards the south, along the footpath of the seaside, there is the Pergola. It can also be reached via Joachim, which runs from the town center to a large parking lot on the edge of the beach. It is a true landmark of surfers who come to ride the waves of the Atlantic.

Connected to the Pergola by the same coastal path, the Peu des Hommes beach is the largest of La Couarde-sur-mer. At this place, bordered by the dunes, there is always room to put your towel even in summer when the number of holidaymakers is maximum.

Anneries beach takes its name from the main road that leads to it, rue des Anneries, but it is also accessible via rue Archenaud. It is also equipped with a parking like the Pergola. At low tide, swimming is not advisable because of the numerous sharp rocks found there.

Finally, to the south of the village, you arrive at the Follies. The vestiges of the German fortifications of the Second World War still form part of the landscape alongside the dunes. The beach of Follies is suitable for fishing on foot, at low tide. Its peculiarity is that it comprises a nudist zone of 200 meters at the level of the descent of Peu Bernard.