Places to Visit

Port D'Envaux

On the river Charente, an excellent spot for all water sports, including boat hire, kayaking & paddle boarding. With a beach and pontoon, you can swim safely in the river. A couple of lovely restaurants in the village & a great snack bar by the river.

Ile de Re

Île de Ré is an island of the coast of La Rochelle, accessed by a bridge. It’s known for its salt marshes, beaches, backed by dunes and pine trees. The Phare des Baleines is a lighthouse offering expansive views.

The Marais Poitevin

The word Marais is often translated as "marsh," but this is rather misleading - a better term might be wetlands or water meadows. The Marais Poitevin has both types of environment, with lush green pastureland and lower-lying wetlands criss-crossed by shady canals.


Great shops, fabulous seafood, and lively cafes - what’s not to love about this picturesque "Vieux Port" (Old Harbour), set in the Bay of Biscay? Proud of its rich naval history La Rochelle has a bustling pleasure-boat marina from which you can take boat trips to the surrounding islands.


Since this town gives its name to one of the world’s best-known types of brandy no trip to the Charente-Maritime would be complete without a visit to Cognac to sample its wares. The most famous “Grande Marque” Cognac houses have great visitor tours and are located in the centre of the town.