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Places to Visit

LA ROCHELLE

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.

COGNAC

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.

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.

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.