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