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Make a holiday rental home or villa in Charente Maritime, France your home away from home

Charente Maritime, the coastal region of Poitou Charentes, France, has 300 miles of beaches. As you would expect from this region of France, the seafood is sensational, especially the locally harvested oyster beds, and is best washed down with a selection from the cellars of the local vineyards. A Charente Maritime property or some of the gites in Charente Maritime on offer here provide a perfect base for not only discovering the coast and beaches, but for cycle tours walks in the region.

Things to do in Charente Maritime, France

The beaches make taking a holiday rental in Charente Maritime worth it by themselves. However, they are only a tiny fraction of the activities on offer here. If you take to the water, the sailing is exceptional, and there is equipment available for all levels of expertise. You can sail to discover some of the islands just off the coast, including Ile de Re or Ile d'Aix. There are many international sailing events here, including the Whitbread Trophy which is contested in the blue seas of Charente Maritime. The waters are also perfect for fishing, with sea-bass, sea bream and meagre all available.

Inland, anglers have a wealth of choice. The Charente, Boutonne and Dronne rivers are all available for angling. Following the rivers inland, you discover some areas of incredible natural beauty. There are national parks including Port des Salines and Cabane de moins encapsulating salt marshes and lagoons. This is an important area for migratory birds coming from America, so bird watching is also popular.

Charente Maritime is an established centre for Romanesque art, and information is available at the heritage centre in Lozay.

Places to visit on Holiday in Charente Maritime, France

La Rochelle is a town devoted to the sea. Due to the port, La Rochelle grew into a major town on the French coast, and now has moorings for 3,600 yachts. The town itself is perfect for a leisurely shopping trip for antiques or fashion, and the Saturday market around the historic market place is bustling. La Rochelle also has two main beaches to enjoy during the summer, the Chatelaillon-Plage and St Georges de Didonne, and there is a children’s surf club at Pontaillac.

The town of Rochefort is a charming town renowned for its thalassotherapy centres, and with the café des Longitudes offering home made ice-cream and some of the best fish on this side of the French coast, Rochefort is perfect for a weekend break to fully relax.

Weather in Charente Maritime

Charente Maritime’s climate is affected by the Gulf Stream, meaning that it is much warmer than many places of the same latitude. It enjoys long summers and mild winters, and therefore, Charente Maritime properties can be used to explore the region all year round.

Travel to Charente Maritime

Charente Maritime is only 90 minutes by air from London, and the introduction of regular cheap flights to La Rochelle (LRH) has meant that the area has become much more open to tourism. Ryanair often provide cheap flights direct to La Rochelle from Stansted.

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                                                                                    Superbly appointed gîte and genial hosts

                                                                                    5 of 5
                                                                                    We really enjoyed our stay, in the beautifully decorated and fully equipped gîte. It was the little extra touches that made it really comfortable: the tea and coffee, the super swings and slide for the kids, plus badminton and boule, shady nooks to read in, noughts and crosses by the bench, and of course the beautiful pool. Our hosts were extremely helpful and friendly, and helped us enjoy our stay to the utmost. We would definitely recommend this gîte to others.
                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 17-Aug-2016
                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Jul 2016

                                                                                    Beautiful well-equipped cottage with lovely hosts

                                                                                    5 of 5
                                                                                    Had a fantastic relaxing week here, hosts Susie and Roddy and family were really welcoming, helpful and generous with both recommendations for trips and produce from the garden/chickens. A calm haven close to some lovely villages and beaches. Thank you for a fabulous week.
                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 11-Aug-2016
                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Jul 2016

                                                                                    Perfect holiday retreat

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                                                                                    Our Party of 5 which included 3 over age of 60 and one 19 yr old found the apartment to be simply perfect. The location is brilliant with bars, restaurants, shops, boat trips and a beach all within easy walking distance. The apartment has all the essentials for self catering, is very comfortable, clean and spacious even for a party of 5 with a roof top terrace for sunbathing and wine tasting and the owner is very friendly and accommodating. We booked for 7 nights but wish we could have extended our stay for another week as there were still lots of things to do and experience that we hadn't managed to fit in. We would have no hesitation about booking a return visit or recommending to others
                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 05-Aug-2016
                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Jul 2016