Thanks to the Gulf Stream, Charente-Maritime enjoys a unique microclimate. There are therefore, many very busy seaside resorts in Charente-Maritime. The sandy beaches and small conches (beach between two cliffs) are numerous and usually very large, especially south of the department near the estuary of Gironde. The ribbon of dunes also overlooks the coast of Charente.
There are some famous resorts on the continent of Charente such as Royan and Châtelaillon (near La Rochelle). In La Palmyre, there are huge beaches between the entrance of the estuary of Gironde and the Atlantic Ocean.
The islands of Charente are also a must-see. The beaches of the Island of Oléron offer the greatest diversity, the biggest are located south. The beaches of the Island of Ré are also remarkable. The island is smaller but very charming. Off Fouras, the Island of Aix brings a change of scenery (almost all the island is pedestrian). The three islands protect the continent by creating the Sea of Pertuis.
To the north of Royan, toward the pointe de la Coubre, the seaside station of Saint-Palais-sur-Mer offers several pleasant coves between dunes and pine forests.More details
Royan is the most famous seaside resort of Charente-Maritime. Located at the exit of the Gironde estuary, it is the perfect destination if you are looking for great beaches on the Atlantic Ocean.More details
La Rochelle, located north of Charente-Maritime, close to the Island of Ré, is not just a beach destination! There are only three sandy beaches (fairly small, each about 200 meters long) but its architectural heritage compensate for this lack!More details
Couarde sur Mer is located on the island of Ré (Charente-Martime, about 30 minutes from La Rochelle), on the southern coast, opposite St Martin de Ré in the center of the island.More details
Saint Martin de Ré is the most important village on the Island of Ré. It is located in the center of the island and on the north shore, and surrounded by fortifications listed by the UNESCO.More details
Ars en Ré is located southwest of the island of Ré near St Clément-des-Baleines and its lighthouse. Ars en Ré, ranked among the most beautiful villages in France, is easily recognizable with the black and white church bell tower.More details
The village of La Flotte on the Island of Ré is ranked among the most beautiful villages in France. It is located east of Saint-Martin-de-Ré, about 4 km away.More details
Boyardville is located northeast of the Island of Oléron and St George of Oléron. This small port was built in 1803 during the construction of Fort Boyard.More details