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The Charente maritime is 460 km of coastline,

Four islands with fine sandy beaches : Ré "the white one Blanche", Aix "the wilde one", Madame " the smaller" , accessible at low tide , Oléron "the paradise for windsurfers"

* Cities steeped in art and history (La Rochelle, Rochefort, Surgères, Saintes, Royan) ,

* Unique natural environments (wet marshes and dry marshes),

* Numerous thematic geocatching routes Terra Aventura 

*land of migration for hundreds of birds

* Two major cycle paths, the Vélodyssée and the Vélofrancette.

* A nationally renowned rugby team Le Stade Rochelais and an official store

* An internationally renowned French-speaking music festival Les Francofolies

* A famous pair of warm slippers and comfortable Les Charentaises

* Local products, (Melon Charentais, Surgères butter, honey, goat cheese, oysters Ile de Re, Molds AOC Charron Mojette, eel, salted butter, toffee, Pineau, Cognac)

You will have understood the offer is varied and everyone will find something there, even for teenagers !

Because here you will have the choice of the embarrassment and not the embarrassment of the choice ... we have selected some essential sites according to the length of your stay:

1st day 

Less than 20 minutes from the Charmentaise by expressway, join the city of La Rochelle nicknamed Belle et Rebelle climb to the top of the old towers her faithful harbour.  Plan your snack at the central market built in Baltard's style, then admire the beautiful building of the Town Hall . For the coffee, head for the lively terraces of the old harbour. Then return to the depths at the aquarium , stroll through the Gabut district with its wooden houses on stilts and then return to Charruyer's Parc , the city's green lung.


La Rochelle's towers


The central Market


La Rochelle's harbor


 one of the la Rochelle's lighthouse

2nd day 

At only 6 kms far from the first pier, escape to the Marais Poitevin Regional Nature Park and navigate the canals aboard a boat, canoe, paddle, electric boat, or pedal boat.

Stroll through the town of Marans, a former commercial port which cannot be seen at first sight, walk in its cobbled streets, observe its painted walls , market halls built in Baltard style , the church with its iron and glass bell tower. Take the time to explore the garden of the town hall , then end with a walk on the quays of Sèvre to admire the many locks and the Charente houses with shimmering shutters. Find out about the dates of the night markets.

Les canaux du Marais Poitevin

The Marais Poitevn Regional Natural Park

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Near the Maillezais pier...

La belle mairie de Marans

Marans town hall


Quays of the Sèvre, Marans

3rd day                                                   choice 1

Come breathe the air iodized to Re Island in half an hour driving : loose yourself in the narrow streets, whitewashed from the village of Ars en Ré, succumb to artisanal ice  creams La Martinière in Saint Martin de Ré learn the gestures of salt workers in the Museum from the Marais Salant , contemplate the Whale Lighthouse , enjoy the fine sandy beaches, meet the producers at the Flotte en Ré market , cycle on its pine-lined cycle paths

L'ile de Ré

the salt marshes

A marina in  Ré Iland.

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The ass in panties


Whale Lighthouse

choice 2

Embark on an inter-island guided cruise, you will approach Fort Boyard and land on Ile d'Aix : a small crescent on the Atlantic Ocean accessible only by boat from la Rochelle from April to October, It offers very varied landscapes, beautiful Vauban fortifications and a Museum of Mother of Pearl and shells . If you prefer walking, you will walk around it in 2 hours.


The two ligthouses

Les fortifications Vauban

On coves side 

Vauban fortifications on the Aix island

Le Fort Boyard

 Fort Boyard building alredy visible


On sandy beaches side

4th day                                                choice 1

Enter the tales and legends of the Marais poitevin and visit the Abbey of Maillezais, contemplate the remains of the stone giant. Stroll through the historic center of Fontenay le Comte , enter its castle.

Abbaye de Maillezais

Maillezais Abbey


A  facade of a  Charente Inn

Near the Maillezais pier...

                                                                choice 2

At only 40 minutes driving, take a breath of fresh air in the forest of Mervent , admire the wooden cabins, fall under the spell of Vouvant : the enchanting medieval village that would have been created by the fairy Mélusine in one night and discover the Mélusine Tower.


Melusine Tower, Vouvant

5th day

Take advantage of our land of migration by stopping off at the ornithological reserve - Pôle Nature

from the marshes of Yves.

Immerse yourself in the heart of the Roaring Twenties in Châtelaillon Plage, contemplate the Belle Epoque villas, the casino, the boucholeurs beach , the merry-go-rounds 1900.

Visit the Fouras peninsula , stroll through its cobbled streets, contemplate Fort Enet , go

until the tip of the smoke.


Charming traveler

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Beach huts at Châtelaillon beach

The squares


Fouras Peninsula

Elegant Fouras kiosk



A Belle epoque Villa


Beautiful Weathervane

6th day

Relive in 40 minutes the glory days of Rochefort : visit the Corderie Royale , climb aboard the Fregate l'Hermione , step back in time at the museum of yesteryear shops , get your fill of exoticism at Pierre Loti's house , have a drink at Place Colbert, the place where Les Demoiselles de Rochefort film was shot.

Cross the Charente river aboard the Transporter Bridge at Echillais, in a gondola suspended 120 meters high, admire the sculptures of the lookout path.


The Royal Corderie


The frigate Hermione


Place Colbert Rochefort


The transporter bridge

7th day

Walk on the walls of the citadel fortified by Vauban, Hiers Brouage : former salt capital facing a tragic fate, visit the food granaries, the icehouse , admire the creations of the craftsmen

Locate the steeple in the town of Marennes, famous for its oysters, forge your knowledge in the city ​​of oysters museum , climb to the top of the church steeple, at low tide join Fort Louvois.


The Citadel

by Hiers Brouage


The church steeple

from Marennes


Fort Louvois accessible

at low tide

These are just a few suggestions, we still have many more ideas, don't hesitate to ask us!

Nearby leisure:

Water parks, golf , horse riding , fishing, tree climbing

escape games and cycle paths Vélodyssée and Vélofrancette

About meals

In addition to the shared kitchen, here are some of our favorite places to eat nearby, for all tastes and all budgets.

Craving a seafood platter? Follow our advice, we have the right address.

Le resto des Quais

Bistro and local food

21, Quai Georges Clemenceau

17230  MARANS

Phone: 00 33 5 46 66 06 23

Le Rêv' Goch'

Local food made with fresh ingredients

83Bis, quai Maréchal Joffre 

17230  MARANS

Phone: 00 33 9 51 63 14 56


Le P''tit Amiral

Home cooking fish and seafood

12, rue de la Chaine


Phone: 00 33 5 46 52 29 13

Les Longitudes

Local and sunny cuisine

Rue Jean-Baptiste Audebert


Phone: 00 33 5 46 87 56 15

 La Porte verte

Local and select cuisine at a reasonable price

20, Quai Foch

17230 MARANS

Phone: 00 33 5 46 01 09 45

Le Faitout

Very refined cusine

14, route d'Aigrefeuille


Phone: 00 33 9 83 48 73 29 

La Boussole

Local cuisine revisited with spices

41, rue Saint Jean du Pérot  


Phone: 00 33 5 46 50 50 48

Le Patio d'Arcais

Neat Vendée cuisine

24, rue du Marais   

79210  ARCAIS 

Phone : 00 33 5 49 24 65 85 

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