There are only beaches in Poitou Charentes in the department of Charente-Maritime. There are many seaside resorts from the estuary of the Sevre to that of Gironde. There are also four islands (Ré, Oléron, Aix and Madame).
The beaches of Charente-Martime are mostly covered in sand. There are cliffs with small sandy conches in the estuary of Gironde (south part below Royan). The view of Gironde and its beaches is beautiful (mainly of Verdon). There are some sand dunes along the west Coast (mainly towards Palmyra).
The islands of Poitou Charentes are the main attraction. The two main ones (Oléron and Ré) are accessible from the mainland by a bridge. Many sandy beaches are available on both islands.
However, it is often only possible to swim at high tide.
The beaches of Pays de la Loire with the large stretches of sand of the Vendee region are located in the north. To the south, one will have to cross the estuary (possible by boat from Royan) to access the beaches of Aquitaine and especially the beaches of Gironde.
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