Top 10 must-see places in Charente-Maritime

During your holidays at the Ile d'Oléron Campsite, discover Charente-Maritime, the second most important French tourist destination and the first tourist department on the Atlantic coast! To help you prepare your stay, the campsite offers you its top 10 must-see sites in Charente-Maritime!

1. La Rochelle

A true open-air museum, La Rochelle is home to many listed historical monuments. Discover the medieval towers of the old port, vestiges of the city's maritime fortifications, the Grosse Horloge gate, the arcaded streets lined with half-timbered houses and magnificent mansions, the renaissance-style town hall and its flamboyant Gothic wall, the luxurious Henri II house which houses the collections of the Archaeology and History Society of Aunis... If you are camping with your children, don't miss the La Rochelle Aquarium, the most visited in France!

2. Le Fort Boyard

The legendary Fort Boyard, the most emblematic monument of Charente-Maritime, is no longer presented. From the Ile d'Oléron or La Rochelle, take a commented sea walk and a tour of the Fort. An experience that will probably remain one of your most beautiful memories of camping holidays in Charente-Maritime!

3. Fort Louvois

Near the Ile d'Oléron bridge, visit Fort Louvois in Bourcefranc. Built on the Chapus rock by Vauban in 1691, Fort Louvois is a little brother of Fort Boyard. It can be reached on foot at low tide and by boat at high tide, after which you can visit the dungeon, the barracks, the food hall, the powder magazine, the officers' and commander's quarters. At the top of the highest tower, you will admire a panoramic view of the Coureau d'Oléron.

4. Ré island

Just as picturesque and magnificent as the Ile d'Oléron, the Ile de Ré offers enough to satisfy all your desires! For a day, discover the port and fortifications of Saint-Martin-de-Ré, the Abbey of the Châteliers, the Whale Lighthouse, the Bell Tower of Ars-en-Ré, the medieval market of La Flotte...

5. The citadel of Brouage

Located between the Ile d'Oléron and Rochefort, the citadel of Brouage is one of the most famous tourist sites in Charente-Maritime. You can discover the ramparts more than two kilometres long, the "Halle aux vivres" (food market), the powder magazines, the forges, the underground ports before strolling through the small streets of the village, along the oyster port, around the artists' studios and small designer shops.

6. The Rochefort dockyard

Nicknamed the "Versailles of the Sea", the Rochefort Arsenal is the home port of the Hermione, an exact replica of the three-masted La Fayette. When the frigate is not at sea, you can go on board and discover the different places where the crew lives. You will like to continue the visit by visiting the Rochefort Marine Museum, without forgetting the Corderie Royale, a majestic 374 m long ship where the ropes of the Sun King's Navy were made.

7. Talmont-sur-Gironde

Situated on a rocky promontory, the village of Talmont-sur-Gironde is an old bastide overlooking the Gironde estuary. You will be able to stroll through the narrow streets dressed in hollyhocks and lined with houses with white facades and blue shutters, admire the fortified church of Sainte-Radegonde on the edge of the cliff... By prolonging the stroll, you will be immersed in a soft country atmosphere by the sea which makes all the charm of this "Small city of character" among the most beautiful villages of France!

8. Mornac-sur-Seudre

On the banks of the Seudre, this small oyster-farming village typical of Charente Maritime is nestled in the heart of the Royal hinterland. Here, you can stroll happily along the flowered alleys, meet the craftsmen in their workshops and stalls, stroll around the Romanesque church of Saintongeaise, go down to the port where old rigging is moored before getting lost in the beautiful oyster landscapes. A change of scenery guaranteed!

9. Saintes

During your camping stay, you will also have to discover Saintes, a Gallo-Roman town with more than two thousand years of history! On the programme of your visit: the Saintes bullring, the Roman arch of Germanicus and the nearby archaeological museum, the Saint-Saloine thermal baths, the Saint-Pierre cathedral, the Ladies' abbey or the Saint-Eutrope basilica. If you have the time, take a trip on a gabarre on the river Charente or go to the Abbey of Fontdouce, a former Benedictine abbey founded in the 12th century.

10. The Marais Poitevin

Give yourself a green break by exploring the Marais Poitevin, nicknamed the Green Venice. Aboard a traditional boat, you will discover the wet marsh on the borders of Charente-Maritime, Deux-Sèvres and Vendée. In Charente-Maritime, you will find a landing stage at La Grève-sur-le Mignon and at Bazoin in the commune of La Ronde. An unforgettable trip in the heart of a secret and preserved universe that should seduce all campers in search of wild nature.

LA ROCHELLE - Tours du Vieux Port © CMT17 E. COEFFE-2

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