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Highlights in Charente-Maritime
- Discovery of the islands
- Waves, Ocean and Surfing
- Beach resorts and idleness
- Cuisine of the sea
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A popular destination for holidaymakers, Charente Maritime attracts camping enthusiasts for its "nature" aspect, as well as retirees nostalgic for sea bathing in marine tents, families looking for activities dedicated to children and couples who are still dizzy with love for a weekend together. In this sense, the accommodation offer is adapted. Sumptuous bourgeois villas, old fishermen's cabins by the sea, luxurious rooms in a thalasso establishment or a cottage in the heart of nature: there is something for everyone. During the summer season, a terrace, a balcony or a garden are additional assets of a seasonal rental. They are real corners of freshness, sources of light and places of relaxation after a long day's holiday.
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Location and orientation
Charente-Maritime is resolutely oriented towards the Ocean. Moreover, the Gironde estuary is one of the largest in Europe. Subjected to erosion, its seafront remains very wild and thus retains all its charm. Located in the southwest of France, Charente Maritime belongs to the New Aquitaine region. Its oceanic climate combined with the Gulf Stream allows it to benefit from an exceptional microclimate.Getting around in Charente Maritime
The region is accessible by land via the A10 motorway and the RN10 national road, via the LGV Atlantique train and by air via La Rochelle - Ile de Ré airport. The car seems to be the best way to discover the richness that the department has to offer on its 7 000Km².
Destination for outdoor enthusiasts
Territory facing the Ocean, the Charente Maritime offers a remarkable variety of reliefs. Fine sandy beaches, coves, cliffs, pine forests, peninsulas, marshes and estuaries will delight nature lovers
The department has 4 sites listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites out of the 43 French properties inscribed. It includes the citadel of Saint-Martin-de-Ré, the basilica of Saint-Eutrope de Saintes, the pilgrims' hospital of Pons and the church of Saint-Pierre-de-la-Tour d'Aulnay.
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The Marennes-Oléron basin, with a surface area of about 3,000 hectares, is a surprising territory with an exceptional heritage where old fortifications, maritime remains, lighthouses and forts are combined, including the famous Fort Boyard. On the island of Oleron, the Chassiron lighthouse from the top of its rocky cliff offers a panoramic view of the gardens below. As for the citadel of the Château d'Oléron, it dominates the oyster port and its many artists' huts. Renovated to exhibit ancestral know-how, we work on a variety of materials: painting, wood, metals, ceramics... Finally, located in the heart of the Marennes-Oleron Basin, Marennes has made its reputation thanks to the quality of its oysters. A visit to the port of La Cayenne will be the perfect opportunity for a tasting of fine de claire, special claire, fine de claire verte or even pousse en clairePoitevin Marsh
This extraordinary site covers nearly 100,000 hectares and extends beyond the borders between Charente-Maritime, Deux-Sèvres and Vendée. The Marais Poitevin is a real maze of canals lined with ash, willow and alder trees, which can be travelled by boat. A kind of jungle with a rich ecosystem, the green Venice (the wet part of the Poitou marsh) reveals its charm. Do not miss the visit with a guide boatman who may demonstrate the water fireIle de Ré
Also known as "Ré la Blanche", due to the characteristic hue of its traditional houses, Ile de Ré offers a true range of landscapes. A chic destination with its villages with an iodized atmosphere, its architecture, its ports, such as La Flotte or Saint-Martin, competing in elegance, Ile de Ré can be discovered by bike with more than 100 kilometres of cycle paths allowing you to discover unusual spots: sandy beaches, salt marshes, vineyards and forests. The bravest will enjoy a remarkable view of the island and the ocean, going as far as Baie de l'Aiguillon, at the price of 257 steps to the top of the Phare des Baleines. The island also offers three thalassotherapy centres. Zenitude guaranteed!La Rochelle
If La Rochelle is not the capital of the department, it has all the characteristics of a great city. Bordered by the ocean, it offers a unique way of life: take the time to stroll around the old port, enjoy the sunny terraces, discover the historical heritage of this thousand-year-old city as well as its local specialities on the market under the main market hall. For a sublime panorama of the entire city, the old port and Fort Boyard, go to the top of the medieval towers Tour Saint Nicolas, Tour de la Chaîne and Tour de la Lanterne. Finally, don't miss the Francofolies, a festival of songs and contemporary music held every year in mid-July and offering more than 100 concerts over 5 daysRoyan
A picturesque seaside resort, Royan offers visitors two distinct faces. On the one hand, the districts rebuilt after the damage of the Second World War, on the other hand, the new era symbolized by the seaside villas and the sumptuous Belle-Époque residences. Every year in August, the sky is lit up by the pyrotechnic show, a real pyromelodic festival organised by the City on the beach of La Grande Conche. The discovery of the estuaries will allow you to visit two of the most beautiful villages in France. Mornac-sur-Seudre, a village with medieval accents, turned towards oyster farming and the salt produced by its marshes, as well as Talmont-sur-Gironde, whose ramparts promenade offers a sublime view of the surroundings.