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.
Fouras is facing the beautiful island of Aix accessible from the tip of la Fumée by boat. This small family seaside resort offers 5 beautiful beaches some of which are located in the city center.More details
The island of Aix is located in Charente-Maritime off Fouras between the island of Oléron at the south and the island of Ré at the north. Access is made only by boat from the tip of la Fumée from Fouras-les-Bains.More details
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
The seaside resort of Châtelaillon-Plage is the most important station near La Rochelle. There is a large sandy beach that runs along the city center and along beautifl renovated villas.More details
The seaside resort of Saint-Denis d'Oléron is located north of the island of Oléron. The liveliest part is located around the marina. All around, many colourful restaurants provide lunch with a view of the harbour.More details
The small seaside resort of La Brée les Bains, located northeast of the island of Oléron, is one of the smallest of the island. It is rather secluded and attendance is reasonable even in high season.More details
Saint-Georges-of-Oléron, located on the island of Oléron in Charente, is one of the oldest villages on the island. Many bike paths lead to the various beaches of Saint Georges of Oléron.More details
Administrative centre of the island of Oleron, Saint-Pierre-d'Oléron has a central position on the island. On the coast of St Pierre, it is the small port of Cotinière which deserves a look.More details
Dolus d'Oléron is located south of the island of Oléron. The village center is away from the sea. On the East coast (eastern coast), there are mainly oyster parks, swimming is possible on the coast.More details
The seaside resort of Saint Trojan les Bains is located south of the island of Oléron. The vast forest of St Trojan, where one can wander around by bike or on foot, borders it.More details
The village of Portes-en-Ré, located northeast of the island of Ré, is called "the end of the island." This is one of the chic villages of the island.More details
The village of Saint-Clément-des-Baleines, located northwest of the island of Ré, is known for its lighthouse, which is the highest point of the island.More details
Sainte-Marie-de-Ré is a green seaside resort located south of the island of Ré. There are narrow streets with white houses and flowered hollyhocks in Ré-style architecture.More details
Meschers-sur-Gironde is an ancient fishing village that came into vogue at the beginning of the 19th century, the station is situated on the Côte de Beauté and is surrounded by pine woods, notably the forest of Suzac.More details
Situated in the southwest of France, at the mouth of the Estuary of Gironde, Vaux-sur-Mer is a small seaside station in the Charente-Maritime on the Côte de Beauté.More details
Saint-Georges-de-Didonne is a pleasant seaside refuge in France on the Côte de Beauté and is one of the largest in the Charente-Maritime on the right bank of the Gironde river.More details
Located in the north of the peninsula of Arvert, facing the island of Oléron, La Tremblade offers unspoilt landscapes with the forest of Coubre and its beaches on the wild coast (west-facing beaches at the forest level – from the tip of the Coubre to the Spanish tip) renowned for surfing.More details
South of the peninsula of Arvert, La Palmyre is the seaside district of the Mathes. Located 20 km from Royan, it offers a very green environment in the heart of the Courbe forest in the departement of Charente Maritime.More details
Marennes is known to be the capital of the oyster, less to be a seaside resort. Surrounded by salt marshes, its activity is today turned to oyster farming.More details
The town of Yves in Charente-Maritime is in the continuity of Châtelaillon-Plage (it shares with the latter the district of Boucholeurs) and only a few kilometers south of La Rochelle.More details
Located south of La Rochelle, the municipality of Angoulins sur Mer has preserved a picturesque side with its market town opened on the sea, its many squares and its small port of LoironMore details