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In profile: Royan

In profile: Royan

Discover Royan. A casual glance at the map shows an intriguing location at the mouth of the Gironde, the southernmost point before true coastline gives way to western Europe’s largest estuary...

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Escape to the Ile d'Aix and the Ile Madame

Escape to the Ile d'Aix and the Ile Madame

If you feel like heading over to the coast, you don’t have to stop there – there’s nothing quite like a little island escapism for getting away from it all and lifting the spirits...

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Ocean breeze - a day out in Rochefort

Ocean breeze - a day out in Rochefort

Rochefort was purpose built to become France’s greatest military port – today it’s an outward looking town just waiting to be rediscovered... 

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Get away...explore Marennes Basin and the Ile d’Oléron

Get away...explore Marennes Basin and the Ile d’Oléron

We all feel the need to get away to a change of scenery, whether for a weekend or just a day, so here we explore the Marennes Basin and the Ile d’Oléron

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Get away...visit the Ile de Ré out of season

Get away...visit the Ile de Ré out of season

When you feel a need to get away from it all, or simply feel like a change of scenery, there are plenty of options. Out of season, the Ile de Ré can be perfect place to escape to...

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A Feast of an Island - food producers on the Ile de Ré

A Feast of an Island - food producers on the Ile de Ré

Stretching lazily amid the Atlantic Ocean beyond the slender toll-bridge tail connecting it to the mainland, the Ile de Ré offers the perfect opportunity for indolent days of sunbathing and cycling, or fine dining... 

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Turning The Tide - Part 1 of our Charente River trip

Turning The Tide - Part 1 of our Charente River trip

Like all great waterways, La Charente is a living being and makes an entertaining travelling companion as Roger Moss discovers...

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Our pick of the top beaches in Charente-Maritime

Our pick of the top beaches in Charente-Maritime

With its long coastline, scattered islands and sunny climate, the Charente-Maritime is the perfect place for a beach holiday, whether you are after a tranquil stretch of sand for all the family or somewhere to ride the waves...

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Romanesque Reflections - the amazing churches of the region

Romanesque Reflections - the amazing churches of the region

Without doubt, one of the delights of the region are the Romanesque churches that decorate even the smallest village. The thrill of turning a street corner and seeing artistry that dates back hundreds of years can stop you in your tracks and make you wonder at the history behind these gems. Martin Cole explains how for him and his wife Maggie, this wonder turned into a journey of discovery ...

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Stress-free in Saujon

Stress-free in Saujon

Far enough from Royan to be unaffected by the summer surge of tourists, the little spa town of Saujon in the Charente-Maritime is blessed with tranquility. Yet under its peaceful air there is an agreeable buzz of activity, even in the middle of winter…

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