Buildings: amazing places to visit in the Charente Maritime

  The port of La Cayennes, about 4 kms from us at Marennes. Traditional fishing huts and boats, a couple of places where you can taste oysters, and three good ratuarants – the one at the end being a bit pricey for a family sortie.

  le Chateau d’Oleron.  The little town is called Le Chateau and has this magnificent fort (1793) and one of the best markets around.  On the island, about 20 mins’ from us.

 Fort Boyard.  Built between 1808 and 1857, this garrison held 250 soldiers up to 1913 when it was put out of use. You can take a boat trip out around it, leaving from Fouras (20-30 mins from us, further up the mainland) or from Boyardville, on the island of Oleron.

  Talmont. Once a dirty backwater, this is now a very pretty village with several quaint shops and restaurants. The cathedral, sitting on the cliff edge, was built in the 14th century under the orders of Edward I of England.  About 30-40 mins’ drive south of us.

  La Rochelle was founded in the 10th century and by the 12th century had become a very important port. It was from here that the Huguenots (protestants) fled to America in the 16th century. There is a lot to see in La Rochelle. Try to park at “le vieux port” for the best access to old streets and famous buildings. Be warned, it is very crowded in August!

  Pierre Loti’s house in Rochefort. He  (1850-1923) was an eccentric, barely 5′ tall, and a great collector of items from all over the world.  Now open to the public, the house is as he lived in it.

  Chateau de la Roche Courbonne, between Rochefort and Saintes. A lovely day out and a great example of 17th century architecture and landscaping.

 There is a lot to see in Saintes (half an hour east of us), to include this Roman amphitheatre, 40 AD.  Try to park near the cathedrals, and then walk up through nice little residential streets.

    and – of course! – our own lovely properties deserve a visit from you too.  To book your holiday go to, or e-mail [email protected]

Posted on 23/02/2019 by Catherine
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