100 things to do and see in our part of France.

 

Summer and winter alike there is plenty to do and see in the Charente Maritime.  Within half an hour’s drive here are 100 possibilities, in no particular order:-

  • golf at Royan. St Laurent and Saintes
  • water parks on the island of Oleron and at St Palais
  • fishing at the Lac de Cadeuil or Lac de Trizay
  • sea fishing – enquire at La Cayenne, Marennes
  • oyster museum in Marennes – far more interesting that you’d think!
  • the beach, the beach or the beach
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  • fort Boyard
  • walking in the woods all around
  • the Chateau de la Roche Courbon at St Porchaire
  • Pierre Loti’s house in Rochefort (extraordinary!)
  • the maritime museum in Rochefort + 2 other museums
  • the old port in La Rochelle dating from the 1400s
  • shopping, shopping and shopping – the best places being Saintes and La Rochelle
  • the Roman ampitheatre in Saintes
  • several Roman ruins in and around Saintes
  • two cathedrals, one of which is very old (1200s) in Saintes
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  • miles of sandy beach, brisk winter walking
  • little quirky old streets in Saintes
  • the port in Marennes – go to the restaurants along La Cayenne
  • Marennes church circa 1100
  • Brouage – a 15th centruy fortified town nestled in the marshes                                               19
  • Pont l’Abbe, nice little market town
  • the suspension bridge at Tonnay Charente circa 1750
  • the zoo at La Palmyre
  • pic11 Roman ampitheatre in Saintes
  • the aquarium at La Rochelle
  • the yachting marina at La Rochelle (les Minimes)
  • boating along the Charente (hire boats at Saintes or St Savinien)
  • quirky little streets in St Savinien
  • eat in the old town, La Rochelle
  • the pre-history museum, Saintes
  • exquisite little cliff town of Talmont
  • Corduoan lighthouse, Royan
  • 2 windmills in St Just-Luzac
  • the “house” caves of Regulus and Matata, Meschers
  • Gallo-Roman site at Barzan                                                                                                     33
  • Royan museum
  • the market in Royan or Rochefort – and several others
  • horse riding at St Palais, on Oleron or La Tremblade
  • quad bikes, Ronce-les-Bains or Royan
  • hire bikes to cycle on Oleron
  • the Ile de Re and it’s amazing bridge
  • the island of Aix, where Napoleon spent his last night on French soil
  • Fort Boyard – you can get boat trips
  • Fort Louvois, Bourcefranc and many other forts
  • Le Chateau on the island of Oleron
  • dingy sailing , Marennes
  • sailing generally – ask in La Rochelle
  • the old Town Hall in La Rochelle
  • little seaside town of Fouras and Fort Vauban
  • visit the vineyards and taste local wine
  • the lighthouse Chassiron on Oleron
  • ile Madame – check the tides!                                                                                                    50
  • the bird sanctuary near Cadeuil
  • pic 8  cliff village of Talmont
  • the international gardens “Les Jardins du Monde”
  • the yachting marina and seafront in Royan
  • the bouncey castle on Marennes beach !
  • several fun-fair style activities in all seaside towns and villages
  • guided visits available in La Rochelle
  • the Nazi bunker in La Rochelle (most interesting, quite big)
  • little train ride in Saujon
  • little train ride on Oleron
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  • transporter bridge and the ship l’Hermione, Rochefort
  • Thalasso therapy in Royan and Oleron
  • seafood, food, seafood and food!
  • seaside and cliff walks along the coast in many places
  • the cognac distilleries in Cognac (an hour’s drive)
  • the Royal rope works in Rochefort
  • riverside grounds and maze in Rochefort
  • Emmaus in St Agnant – if you like looking through old stuff!
  • bird-watching. This area is a paradise for birders
  • pic 6  lots of quaint old houses on both islands of Re and Oleron
  • ancient cave-chapel at Mortagne
  • dear little estuary town of Mornac
  • the old transporter bridge over the Charente, Rochefort
  • picturesque riverside town of Port d’Envaux
  • Richard the Lionheart village of Taillebourg with chateau
  • La Tremblade peninsular of fishing boats and seafood places
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  • picturesque riverside town of St Savinien
  • medieaval forttress at St Jean d’Angle (not St Jean d’Angely!)
  • Roman aquaduct near Saintes
  • go parachuting from the little airport at St Just
  • visit the old port of St Martin on Ile de Re
  • also Ars-en-Re and Ste Marie de Re
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  • Fort Louvois in Bourcefranc
  • ancient stone quarries at Crazannes
  • if she is in dock, visit l’Hermione, 18th century frigate in Rochefort
  • jet skiing in Royan
  • boating on the marias Poitevin (over an hour)                                                                                   81
  • more like 2+ hours’ drive is Oradour-sur-Glane, the WWII martyr village, amazing to see
  • body boarding on Oleron
  • wind surfing on Oleron
  • have coffee on the Place Colbert, Rochefort, the site of the last guillotine in France, removed 1970s.
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  •  the old port in La Rochelle

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Posted on 15/08/2016 by Catherine
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