Today we did two cycle rides around the islands. This morning we cycled to across the island to La Couarde and this afternoon we cycled along the coast to La Flotte.
The cycle ride to La Couarde took as across the island to the otherside cycling alongside vineyards and through forests. It was nice to get away from the coast for a change and cycle inland. We passed a pretty windmill on route too! La Couarde was a lovely village with quaint gifts shops, bakeries and restaurants. There was also a salon de thé, but it was quite expensive. We explored the village and headed to the beach, the sun was shining and not a cloud in the sky. The beach was vast and beautiful with golden sand and also rock pools to explore. In the height of summer I can imagine the beach full of people in their swimwear, however today we pretty much had it to ourselves!
In the afternoon we headed along the coast towards La Flotte, we passed through La Flotte onto an abbey which is in ruins, again the scenery was beautiful and the warm sea air/breeze was nice. We then headed back to La Flotte for an ice cream and drink at La Martinière (blog to follow!). I opted for 3 flavours - salted caramel, creme brûlée and chocolate, delicious!! La Flotte is a beautiful harbour village with lots of cute gift shops, boutiques, clothes shops and also a cupcake shop called La Suite Cupcake. La Flotte is my favourite place so far on the island that I have visited!