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

 

Staying (or thinking of staying) in one of our properties ? 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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