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Charente-Maritime Family Fun

Charente-Maritime Family Fun

The Charente-Maritime is a popular holiday destinations for families so it's not surprising that as well as the many beautiful beaches, there are plenty of family-friendly tourist attractions for you and your young ones. From animal centric attractions such as La Rochelle Aquarium and La Palmyre Zoo to the fabulous frigate Hermione, there is something to keep all children amused for hours...

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Best Beaches

Best Beaches

The Atlantic coastline is renowned for its fabulous beaches with a beach to suit all families whatever their preference. Sheltered beaches are ideal for young families looking for great play areas while the outward facing island beaches provide thrills for teenagers and upwards. Here we pick some of our favourites…

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Surgères and the Saintonge

Surgères and the Saintonge

Head inland from Rochefort to visit some of the region's architectural jewels..

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Saintes

Saintes

Travel inland through beautiful countryside of sloping fields, vineyards and forests, outstanding Romanesque architecture, stately chateaux and charming villages to reach the town of Saintes...

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Île Madame

Île Madame

Even smaller than Île d’Aix is Île Madame which is only accessible during low water from Port des Barques, via La Passe aux Boeufs, a slender causeway which gives any visit a pleasing sense of adventure.

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Île d’Oléron

Île d’Oléron

France’s largest island (after Corsica) is blessed with hugely varied landscapes, from pine forests, marshland, sand dunes and salt beds to rugged cliffs and long, pale sandy beaches. In the summer months the sea breezes are heady with the scent of mimosa and oleander.

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Île d’Aix

Île d’Aix

Step ashore on the peaceful Île-d’Aix and you’ll find it hard to imagine that the island hasn’t always been so peaceful.

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Île de Ré

Île de Ré

The Île de Ré is loved for its island charm, with a touch of French chic. Residents, known as the Rétois, are proud of island life and you’ll see neat, white-washed villages, a profusion of hollyhocks and near-endless beaches caressed by a turquoise sea.

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The Seugne Valley

The Seugne Valley

In the south of the département lies the river Seugne and its beautiful valley. This historically charged area has Charente Maritime’s largest concentration of Romanesque churches (over 100), scattered among local towns and villages.

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Rochefort & the Fouras Peninsula

Rochefort & the Fouras Peninsula

The landscapes of this part of the Charente-Maritime are hugely varied and a haven for migrating birds. Historically, a strategic position on the Atlantic coast gave Rochefort and the nearby islands an important defensive role, as you’ll see in the layout of towns and villages and a series of forts.

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