Saint Palais sur Mer
On towards Royan there are quite a few beaux villages of note. Mornac sur Seudre is probably the pick. A cute little tourist trap in season, it was quite a ghost town when we visited an all the better for it. Early morning and absolutely nothing open. A few boutique owners with their Audi 4wds, tarting up heir shops. The streetscape all quite desolate and authentic on the edge of an estuarine swamp. All sorts of ramshackle marine conveyances left high and dry in the mud by the retreating tide. The handful of lost tourists bemused at their inability to find a coffee and spend some cash.
Down the road at Saint Palais it is quite a different matter. This place is not so unique and trendy and is probably pretty normal in the holiday season. It is where families would come to enjoy the sun and the beaches rather than the boutiques. The town has a relatively modern flair, although there are some cute older areas around the headlands. Beaux his place is not, but relaxed and easy to live in for a few days it is. We think Saint Palais with its efficient infrastructure and easy way of life is quite an amenable place to recharge after 2 weeks of tourism toil and prior to another campaign over the next couple of weeks.