Discover the Tourist Treasures of Charente-Maritime

Welcome to Charente-Maritime, a jewel on France's Atlantic coast, where history, culture and nature come together to offer an unforgettable tourist experience. Whether you're passionate about fine sandy beaches, picturesque strolls through vineyards, or exploring monuments steeped in history, this region has it all. In this article, we present a complete guide to tourist activities in Charente-Maritime, organised by theme, to help you plan your next getaway.


Beaches and seaside activities

Charente-Maritime is renowned for its magnificent beaches bordered by the Atlantic Ocean. There are many fine sandy beaches and small conches, most of them very large, especially in the south of the département near the Gironde estuary.

The Charente islands (Île d'Oléron, Île de Ré and Île d'Aix) are also a must-see.

To find out more about seaside activities in Charente-Maritime, see our dedicated article.


Hiking and Nature

Explore the natural beauty of Charente-Maritime along its picturesque footpaths. The Marais Poitevin Regional Nature Park, nicknamed the "Green Venice", offers miles of tranquil canals to discover by boat or on foot. For a unique experience, explore the limestone cliffs of the Côte de Beauté, offering spectacular views of the ocean and surrounding countryside.

To find out more about hiking and nature-based activities in Charente-Maritime, see our dedicated article.


Historic and cultural monuments

Immerse yourself in the rich history of Charente-Maritime by visiting its many historic monuments. The Cordouan lighthouse, listed as a historic monument, is the oldest lighthouse in France still in operation and offers an uninterrupted view over the Gironde estuary. Don't miss a visit to the citadel of Brouage, a former stronghold of maritime trade, or Fort Boyard, famous for the television programme of the same name.

To find out more about the historical and cultural monuments in Charente-Maritime, see our dedicated article.


Gastronomy and wine

Charente-Maritime is also a top gastronomic destination, renowned for its fresh seafood, succulent oysters and fine wines. Stop off in the region's picturesque villages to sample local specialities such as mouclade charentaise or pineau des Charentes, a delicious regional aperitif.

To find out more about the food and wine of Charente-Maritime, read our dedicated article.


Whether you're looking for adventure, relaxation or cultural discoveries, Charente-Maritime has plenty to offer. From sun-drenched beaches to fascinating historic sites and culinary delights, this region offers an authentic and unforgettable experience for all visitors. Plan your Charente-Maritime getaway today and let yourself be enchanted by its unique charms.

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