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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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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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Cycling for oysters

Cycling for oysters

Come the festive season the oyster becomes a prized specimen, an intrinsic part of any Christmas or New Year feast. But despite living in France for many years Helen Millar had never eaten one – until she spent a day in the Marennes...

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Chips with every train on the Ile d'Oléron

Chips with every train on the Ile d'Oléron

What happens to all that oil your frites are cooked in? If you’re on Ile d’Oléron, finds Rebecca Lawn, it becomes fuel to drive the island’s major tourist attraction...

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Discover Jonzac

Discover Jonzac

Visit the historic capital of the Haute Saintonge in the heart of the Poitou-Charentes region....

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Casks and cannons

Casks and cannons

In September you may be lucky enough to spot an unusual sight on the roads in Charente and Charente Maritime: a series of horse-drawn carts accompanied by people wearing 18th-century costumes. Read on to find out what this is all about…

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Visit Mornac-sur-Seudre - a jewel in Charente-Maritime

Visit Mornac-sur-Seudre - a jewel in Charente-Maritime

The medieval village of Mornac-sur-Seudre needs no second chance to make a good first impression. White painted houses, masses of hollyhocks and narrow inviting streets leading away from the impressive 14th century market place live up to their promise - you stop at almost every step towards the harbour to take in the surroundings.

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Discover La Rochelle natural history museum

Discover La Rochelle natural history museum

La Rochelle's natural history museum has an amazing 10,000 exhibits in its 2500 square metres of halls spread over 5 levels. Mixing zoology and ethnology, the museum is full of intriguing delights – including a wealth of exotic mounted animals – and it makes a great day out for all the family as Teresa Hardy finds out....

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A restful retreat - Les Jardins d'Aliénor

A restful retreat - Les Jardins d'Aliénor

The Ile d'Oléron can be at its best out of season – and the classy yet informal ambience at Les Jardins d'Aliénor makes it the perfect base for a relaxing autumn break by the sea

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Discover Royan!

Discover Royan!

Labelled is 'the most 50s town in France', Royan has plenty to offer the holiday maker and local visitor. Home to 18,000 people, of which two- thirds are retired, its numbers swell to 40,000 in the summer months.

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