Local gastronomy

Life is good in Marennes-Oléron. Quite apart from the beauty and variety of the scenery, this is a land rich in natural products and flavours…

The seafood is exceptional. Our oysters are of course the spearhead of local gastronomy being the only ones with the famed red label. The Marennes-Oléron oyster is the point of reference for all lovers of this unique delicacy.

The variety and quality of fish and shellfish are also an important part of our gastronomic heritage. Fishermen from La Cotinière, the major port of Charente-Maritime, bring back no fewer than 90 different species.

Mussels, whether inland or farther out to sea, are also sought after. They are perfect for the local recipe "églade", simple to cook and excellent to eat!

Ideally, you should taste our seafood with our excellent local wines. As an aperitif, the sweetish taste of Pineau is delicious and of course at the end of the meal, you should try a cognac or a cognac-based liqueur.*

Don’t forget our other local gastronomic produce – sea-salt, harvested on Oléron; "Les Naufrageurs" locally brewed beer; fruit and vegetables from our market gardens.

And just to whet your appetite, wander through the numerous markets of Marennes-Oléron, the best places to fill your shopping baskets. You may have the opportunity of bumping into members of the “Marennes-Oléron Produits Saveurs” association – winemakers, market-gardeners, oystermen or salt-farmers – their goal is to promote and sell the quality produce of Marennes-Oléron.

*Alcohol can be dangerous to your health so consume with moderation