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Jules Verne himself described Charente-Maritime as one of the most beautiful départements in France... and we could not agree more! Bright, wild, authentic, sensual – the adjectives jostle with each other to describe this little corner of sweetness on the Atlantic Coast.
Charente-Maritime is synonymous with nature, first and foremost. Apart from its wild coastline where the dunes sit alongside green forests, the département also shares all the beauty of the Marais Poitevin with the Vendée. This vast network of canals, nicknamed Green Venice, will allow you to appreciate exceptional fauna and flora.
Further south, head towards the sea! Easy to spot thanks to its famous towers on the horizon, La Rochelle is a leading destination in the département. This beautiful town can be appreciated in any season thanks to a pleasant living environment and a rich heritage. Between its beaches and the aquarium the Francopholies music festival and its jazz festival, La Rochelle lives by the rhythm of the sea and culture. And before you leave, why not go and discover the offshore Fort Boyard by sail boat or even in a kayak!
Another charming place, nicknamed the "Pearl of the Ocean", the fashionable town of Royan shines in a magnificent natural setting in the midst of Belle Epoque villas and delicious seafood restaurants. If you are passing through with your family, the La Palmyre Zoo is an unmissable destination that will delight both young and old.
Off the Charente coast there are also charming islands with quite different atmospheres. Lovers of small picturesque villages and preserved nature will fall in love with the charm of the Ile de Ré – a little piece of upmarket land with crystal-clear beaches, while surfers and holidaymakers in search of a little more life will prefer Ile d’Oléron. Beaches, bike rides, relaxation – it's holiday time.
And to finish off your enchanting stay, don’t forget to stop off in the vineyards of Cognac situated in the neighbouring département of Charente, as well as in the charming town of Saintes, the region's window on Roman heritage where the iconic Eglise de Saint-Eutrope stands.
To get to Charente-Maritime by car, take the A10 motorway that links the département to Paris or get aboard a TGV that goes through Poitiers. If you prefer to fly, you will find flights from 15 different airports in the UK to Charente-Maritime.
Get ready to have an unforgettable stay in Charente-Maritime.
Located in the heart of La Rochelle, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Grand Temple, La Rochelle Hotel de Ville and Musee du Nouveau Monde. Tour St. Nicolas and Musee des Beaux-Arts are also within 1 mile (2 km).
Located in La Rochelle City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Grand Temple and La Rochelle Hotel de Ville. Tour St. Nicolas and Musee du Nouveau Monde are also within 10 minutes.
Located in La Rochelle City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of L'Espace Encan de La Rochelle, Tour St. Nicolas and La Rochelle Hotel de Ville. Musee du Nouveau Monde and Tour de la Chaine are also within 1 mile (2 km).
Situated in La Rochelle, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Tour de la Lanterne, Tour de la Chaine and La Rochelle Hotel de Ville. Musee des Beaux-Arts and Musee du Nouveau Monde are also within 15 minutes.
Located in La Rochelle City Centre, this luxury hotel is steps away from Musee des Beaux-Arts and Musee du Nouveau Monde. La Rochelle Hotel de Ville and Tour de la Chaine are also within 15 minutes.
Located in La Rochelle City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Vieux Port and Tour St. Nicolas. La Rochelle Hotel de Ville and Tour de la Chaine are also within 10 minutes.
Situated in Cherac, this spa hotel is within 9 miles (15 km) of Golf Louis Rouyer-Guillet, Arch of Germanicus and Saint-Eutrope Church. Abbaye aux Dames and Musee d'Archeologie are also within 9 miles (15 km).
Situated in Saintes, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Saintes Amphitheatre, Saint-Eutrope Church and Arch of Germanicus. Musee Presidial and Saintes Cathedral are also within 2 miles (3 km).