The Charente-Maritime is on the Atlantic Ocean and has a coastline of 450 kilometres (280 miles). Fine white sandy beaches, historic towns, beautiful islands and a hilly interior features this versatile department.
A holiday home in Charente-Maritime is ideal for a varied beach holiday. After taking a dip in the sea, you can visit various forts, bustling ports, oyster farms and Roman churches. The east borders the Chartente, with its many cognac houses. Did you know that the Charente-Maritime has the most sunshine of the French Atlantic coast? Do not forget your sunscreen!
The department is in the first place very popular for its beautiful beaches. These are broad, white and decent slowly into the sea. So the kids can build sandcastles and playing in the surf, while you enjoy the scenery. Want to rent a boat or a surfboard? The right places to be are the resorts of Chatelaillon-Plage, St. Georges-de-Didonne and Fouras. Here you will find quaint shops and cosy cafes and restaurants. Enjoy a French lunch on the beach or in a tent on the beach promenade.
Do discover the Charente-Maritime from your holiday cottage! Do not miss the numerous forts, once build to protect the ports against the enemy. One of the most famous forts, Fort Boyard, is standing lonely in the sea. Tips are a boat ride to the island of Aix, the citadel of Le Brouage and the castle with beautiful gardens, Roche Courbon. Do visit the islands île d’Oléron and île de Ré. Also the oyster farms should not be missing on your list while on holiday in Charente-Maritime.
Your holiday home in Charente-Maritime is a great starting point for visiting La Rochelle, the capital of the department. In this welcoming and very pleasant city there are four marinas, a Vieux (old)Port and many restaurants, cafes and streets for shopping. In addition, the city has many monuments and there are regular fun events, like the boat shows Le Grand Pavois and Franco Flies. The children will appreciate a trip to La Palmyre, the largest zoo in France!
But there is more, Royan example. This large resort with five beaches is a paradise for swimmers and water sports enthusiasts. The city was almost completely destroyed in World War II and rebuilt in modern style. The promenade is a favourite destination for tourists. And so is the city centre with a casino. To make your holidays in Charente-Maritime complete, do visit Rochefort and the mysterious Marais Poitevin.