Want to spend your future vacations in Charente-Maritime in a camping Île d’Oléron ? You are not the only ones! Charente-Maritime has been ranked in 2015 as the top destination for French people (excluding Paris), after having recorded more than 34 million visits for this year alone.
But nothing surprising when you know that Charente-Maritime has the most beautiful landscapes in France, whether on its coastline, in its tidal marshes, its vineyards and its forest massifs.
And we have not yet mentioned its historical and cultural heritage as rich as varied, so what to do, what to discover in Charente-Maritime apart from the famous Ile d’Oléron.
Come and visit its Old Port, its famous symbol towers, before getting lost in its streets to discover its architecture and its stores. Enjoy an ice cream at Ernest the glacier.
Don’t forget to visit the aquarium, one of the largest in Europe. Then embark among the sailboats located at the port des Minimes.
L’île de Ré
Near La Rochelle come and discover its typical villages such as la Flotte en Ré and Ars en Ré, classified among the most beautiful villages in France.
Things to do : Rent a bike better way to discover the secrets of the island and join the whale’s lighthouse located at the end of the island.
The town of Rochefort invites you to a maritime journey where it floats a little air of adventure and distant horizons.
Spa resort recognized, Rochefort opens a door to the Charente estuary spanned by the very last ferry bridge in France. Rochefort is a city of art and history that was chosen by Colbert to become the largest military arsenal of the kingdom. Home port of the famous Hermione. The most sporty will spend a moment out of time testing the accro-mats. Discover the Corderie Royale and the maison de Pierre Loti which will make you want to travel.
Île d’Aix et île Madame
You feel like nature, quiet walks and especially not to cross cars on these two small islands with undeniable wild charm where cyclists and pedestrians are kings.
A crossing by boat of 20 minutes from Fouras will transport you to an island where nature is preserved.
You can stroll in the fortified village, discover the speciality of the mother-of-pearl house and go around the island in about 3 hours.
The smallest island of the Charente-Maritime, you will only have access to Madame Island at low tide. You will take ‘la passe au bœuf’ but beware of the tide schedule. Once arrived you can walk around Lille l’île, have fun during a fishing trip or visit the fish farm.
Seaside resort on the coast of beauty will seduce you with its beaches and its architecture of the 50s. You will discover the Notre-Dame church, the central market and its congress center.
Further north, Pontaillac : a city that invites you to laze by the water but also to surf. Along the coast you will discover the Palmyre, the Mathes where the famous zoo and its 1600 animals are no longer presented.
In the surroundings you can recharge your batteries at the thalasso de Saujon, breathe the good sea air during a horse ride in the forest of La Coubre or a bike ride along the Vélodyssée. Discover the unique landscapes of the cliffs of the caves of the estuary.
City of art and history, the city offers multiple journeys through history and water, it developed thanks to the Romans. A town of bi-millennium where you can discover its triumphal arch (arch of Germanicus), its abbey to the ladies, the amphitheater of Saint, the basilica Saint-Eutrope. You can also embark on board a Gabare or a cruise boat for a stroll on the Charente.