Out and About

So much to explore

The Charente Maritime region has long been a favourite among tourists, and no wonder. Blessed with bustling harbours, sandy beaches, fortified towns, picturesque villages and, of course, the home of French brandy, this is an area you’ll love to explore.

Cognac

The Roman town on the banks of the Charente giving its name to the world-famous spirit produced from the local vineyards. A tour of one of the cognac distilleries – Martell, Hennessy, Remy Martin, Otard, Courvoisier – is not to be missed.

Saintes

Also a Roman town on the banks of the Charente with many historic buildings, including an abbaye and an amphitheatre, not forgetting a stroll along the pedestrianised shopping centre.

Talmont

Listed as one of the “Most beautiful villages of France” this small village on the Gironde estuary is perfect for a visit to the church and a wander through the lanes full of hollyhocks and local gift shops.

St Georges de Didonne and Royan

For a family day out, St Georges and, slightly further on, the resort of Royan are recommended for their beautiful sandy beaches with safe bathing stretching along the coast. There is also easy parking, bars, restaurants, beach games and at St Georges a superb tree-climbing area suitable for all ages.

La Rochelle

The capital of the Charente Maritime and busy port. Easily reached by motorway and only an hour way, La Rochelle is a town full of interest – from its historic port surrounded by seafood restaurants to its pretty shopping area, beaches and aquarium.

Ile de Ré

Experience Ile de Ré, an island easily accessible by bridge off the coast of La Rochelle, and the summer home of chic Parisiens. Enjoy a leisurely seafood lunch in one of the many restaurants in the picturesque ports of St Martin and La Flotte and explore this fascinating island.

Photo: Pep.per at French Wikipedia [CC BY-SA 1.0], via Wikimedia Commons