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Oyster farming with Jean-François Beynaud

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Located north of the Marennes-Oléron basin, Europe’s largest oyster production center, the Charente archipelago is also renowned for its oysters.

Oyster farming is one of the driving forces behind the Charente-Maritime economy. In this fascinating and mysterious universe, one name stands out repeatedly on theÎle de Ré: Jean-François Beynaud.

A passionate oyster farmer

With over 30 years’ experience, Jean-François Beynaud has made a major contribution to the reputation of oysters from the Charente archipelago. His passion for oyster farming was passed on to him by his parents.

After arriving in Ré la Blanche at the age of 10, he gradually discovered its natural treasures and its wonderful profession. As a teenager, he loved strolling along the Conche des Baleines beach and climbing the blockhouses. As manager of Les Bernaches, a joint farming group based in Le Bois-Plage-en-Ré, he is well aware that he is working in an exceptional natural setting.

Small pleasures for all seasons

For Jean-François Beynaud, the Île de Ré is beautiful all year round, but dons a different costume for each season. Winter and autumn are the ideal seasons to see fabulous sunsets. A cyclist’s paradise, the island boasts numerous cycle paths along the coast, through woods and marshes. In addition to its beaches, wild coastline and marshes, the Île de Ré is home to a remarkable heritage, picturesque harbors and charming villages. It’s up to the curious visitor to take advantage of a stay at our quiet campsite on the Ile de Ré to explore the island and unveil every marvel on offer.