In 2015, Charente-Maritime was ranked as the top destinations for French people (excluding Paris), after having recorded more than 34 million visits in that year alone.
But it is not surprising when you consider that Charente-Maritime has the most beautiful landscapes in France, whether on its coastline, in its tides, its vineyards and its forest massifs.
And we have not yet mentioned its rich and varied historical and cultural heritage, while what to do and what to discover in Charente-Maritime:


Come and visit its Old Port, its famous towers, symbol of the city, before getting lost in its streets to discover its architecture and its shops. Enjoy an ice cream at Ernest the Glacier.
Not to be forgotten is the visit to the aquarium, one of the largest in Europe. Then embark among the sailboats located in the port of Les Minimes.

Ré island

Near La Rochelle, come and discover its typical villages such as La Flotte en Ré and Arse en Ré, classified among the most beautiful villages in France.
To do: Rent a better bike to discover the island's secrets and reach the whale lighthouse at the end of the island.


The city of Rochefort invites you on a maritime journey where there is a little air of adventure and distant horizons.
The renowned spa town of Rochefort opens a door to the Charente estuary and crosses over by the very last ferry bridge in France. A city of art and history that was chosen by Colbert to become the largest military arsenal in the kingdom. Home port of the famous Hermione. For the more sporty spend a moment out of time testing the accro-mats. Discover the Royal Corderie, Pierre loti's house which will give you the desire to travel.

Aix & Madame island

You want nature, a quiet stroll and above all not to meet cars, on these two small islands with their undeniable wild charm where cyclists and pedestrians are king.
A 20-minute boat trip from Fourras will take you to an island where nature is preserved.

Aix island

You can stroll around the fortified village and discover the speciality of the mother-of-pearl house, go around the island (about 3 hours).

Madame island

The smallest island in Charente-Maritime, you will only have access to Madame Island at low tide. You will take the "pass to the ox" station at tide times. Once you arrive you can stroll around Lille to enjoy a fishing trip or visit the fish farm.


A seaside resort on the coast of beauty will seduce you with its beaches and its architecture of the 1950s. You will discover the Notre-Dame church, the central market and its congress centre. Further north, Pontaillac : a city that invites you to idleness by the water but also to surf. Along the coast you will discover the Palmyra, the Mathes, whose famous zoo and its 1600 animals are no longer presented. In the surroundings you can recharge your batteries at the Saujon thalasso, breathe the good sea air while riding a horse in the forest of La Coubre or by bike along the Vélodyssée. Discover the unique landscapes of the cliffs of the estuary's caves.


A city of art and history, the city offers multiple journeys through history and water, it developed thanks to the Romans. A city of two thousand years old where you can discover its triumphal arch (Germanicus arch), its abbey with ladies, the amphitheatre of Saint the basilica of Saint Eutrope. Also board a Gabare or a cruise ship for a stroll on the Charente.