A discovery of the Charente-Maritime

La Rochelle has a rich historical heritage |Rochefort a 'new city' of the 17th century created in 1666|The ile d'Oleron|Talmont-sur-Gironde has kept its original plan of bastide, built in 1284|The island of Ré|The zoo of La Palmyre|

Description
Themes : heritage, culture, nature,

Charente-Maritime seduced both of relaxation and the adventurers. The mild climate conditions, an important architectural heritage, a preserved environment and the attractiveness of the coast and its islands make the Charente-Maritime-one of the main tourist destinations of the France.


Accomodation
Hotel Family Golf, Royan, France (en)
Hôtel
Located directly on the seafront, in the middle of Royan's main beach, the Family Golf hotel offers a panoramic view over the bay and the port....
Bed and Breakfast Chambres d'hôtes Le Bois Etoilé, Le Bois-Plage-en-Ré, France (en)
Hôtel
Chambre d'hôtes /
Offering a heated outdoor swimming pool with counter-current, Le Bois Etoilé is a B&B located in Le Bois-Plage-en-Ré, 200 metres from the beach....
Hotel Champlain, La Rochelle, France (en)
Hôtel
This Best Western Hotel is located opposite Parc Charruyer in the heart of La Rochelle....
The stages
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Talmont-sur-Gironde
Talmont-sur-Gironde has kept its original plan of bastide, built in 1284. Overlooking the village, the magnificent Sainte-Radegonde Church is still fortified ramparts. Labeled "Most beautiful Village of France", the town with its houses with white facades are revealed behind of hollyhocks.
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The caves of Matata and Regulus
Matata and Regulus caves are dwellings arranged in natural cavities over the centuries.
C
Royan
Resort opened on the Gironde estuary and the ocean, Royan is a holiday resort known for its sandy beaches and sunshine. The city has a variety of its architecture with its Belle Epoque villas and his planning of the 1950s, unique in Europe.
D
Mornac-sur-Seudre
Former fishing and trade port, Mornac-sur-Seudre is now mainly turned to oyster and salt produced by its marshes. Labeled "Most beautiful Village of France", it retains all its character. Discover stalls of artisans and houses with white facades.
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The zoo of La Palmyre
In the zoo of La Palmyre can be observed more than 1 600 animals of 115 species, throughout a course of more than 4 kilometres. This unique site has become one of the most renowned zoos in France.
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The ile d'Oleron
The ile d'Oleron is nicknamed "The luminous Oléron" due to its high rate of sunshine throughout the year. It has many beaches, wild nature, a leading heritage and a special playground for the practice of sport, on land as at sea.
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Hiers-Brouage
Unique place due to its natural and architectural environment the stronghold of Brouage has a rich historical past. It is an old salt trade port, then a port of Catholic war desired by cardinal Richelieu to compete with the Huguenot stronghold of La Rochelle.
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Rochefort
Rochefort a 'new city' of the 17th century created in 1666. This prestigious past, Rochefort has retained an urban heritage among one of the richest and the most notable of the Charente-Maritime, which earned him to be classified 'town of Art and history.
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La Rochelle
Millennium City, La Rochelle has a rich historical heritage which includes many monuments of defence, of which the best known are the medieval towers of the old Port, which guard the entrance and made it world famous.
J
The island of Ré
Off the coast of La Rochelle, ile de Ré is nicknamed "Re the white" because of the characteristic color of its traditional houses. It is connected to the Mainland by a bridge viaduct. It is the fourth largest island in metropolitan France, behind Corsica, the island of Oléron and Belle-Ile.
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Church Saint-Pierre d'Aulnay
Church Saint-Pierre of Aulnay 12th century Romanesque inspiration is surely one of the most beautiful Romanesque churches existing. In an exceptional State of preservation it overlooks a set of curious tombstones. Its portals and carved capitals are admired.
L
The Paleosite
The Paleosite is a space Museum and an interpretive centre of prehistory extending over an area of 10 hectare natural.
M
Saintes
Saintes, city of Art and history, has an important Gallo-Roman, medieval and classical heritage group. It is a charming city to discover.
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The chateau of Roche-Courbon
The chateau of Roche-Courbon seems straight out of a fairy tale. One begins to dream castle life by discovering its harmonious suite of terraces with balusters and its sumptuous gardens à la française.
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