Sea

The Charente coast and its islands

Take a walk along the Charente Maritime’s many beaches.

Enjoy the cycle tracks, water sports and cruises to the isles.

Come and visit our islands: Ré, Aix, Oléron, Madame. Get away to the Ile de Ré over the bridge or by boat. The Ile de Ré, linked to mainland by a bridge, is just 30 minutes from La Rochelle.
Oléron, the second largest island in France, is great for sports and for wildlife. Winds and tide can make the sea a safe playground for children or an altogether more challenging place for adults. Windsurfing, surfing, sand yachting … Come and sample the regional delights of Marennes Oléron oysters, produced at the heart of the largest oyster-farming area in Europe.
A miniature island that can only be accessed by boat from Fouras – the Ile d’Aix is totally natural as it can only be toured on foot, by bike or horse-drawn carriage! It affords views of the Iles of Re and Oléron and, some days, as far as Fort Boyard.
The Ile Madame can only be accessed at low tide, on foot or by car, along a causeway called the “Passe-aux-Bœufs” which is covered over at high tide. Check the times of tides before you set out!!
 

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Coastal towns

450 km of coastline where long sandy beaches bordered by pine trees alternate with limestone cliffs and untamed stretches of land.

The resorts of Royan, Saint Palais-sur-Mer, Fouras-les-Bains and Chatelaillon-Plage are idyllic spots. Royan, capital of the “Côte de Beauté”, has just been designated a town of historic and artistic interest.
The “Côte Rochelaise” stretches from the little mussel-growing town of Esnande as far as the resort of Chatelaillon. Along the 3 km of sea front, running alongside the fine sandy beach, you can admire a variety of “Belle Epoque” villas.

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La Coubre forest

La Coubre forest runs along the wild coast between Saint-Plais-sur-mer and Ronce-les-Bains. It has amenities, such as a cycle track from end to end and a number of hiking trails and bridle paths.

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Seafood

Treat yourself to some Marennes Oléron mussels and oysters. Take a tour of oyster-farming sites, veritable “sea farms” or find out more about Bouchots Charron mussels – there are more than 300 km of cultivated mussel lines on the Charente coast.

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