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139 campsites in France, Poitou-Charentes

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This campsite can be found at the western end of the Ile de Ré, very close to the imposing Phare des Baleines and just 10...

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Situated on the west coast of the island of Ile d’Oléron, les Gros Joncs is owned and run by the Cavel family who work hard...

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L’Orée du Bois has about 400 pitches of about 100 sq.m. in a very spacious, pinewood setting. There are 110 for touring units, mainly scattered...

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The overall winner of the Alan Rogers Campsite of the Year Awards in 2018, Séquoia Parc is just 7 km from the beach (Marennes-Plage). This...

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On the outskirts of Ars-en-Ré, Camping des Dunes offers a quiet rural holiday. This campsite is popular with families of all ages. There are 5...

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Located in the popular seaside resort of Saint-Georges-de-Didonne, near sunny Royan, Bois Soleil is surrounded by woods and overlooks the sea. It is a large...

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Camping Sandaya Les Amis de la Plage, a former municipal site, is located on the southern side of the Ile de Ré at Le Bois-Plage-en-Ré...

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Campsite Au Port-Punay is a friendly and well-run site located in Chatelaillon-Plage in the charming fishermen's village Les Boucholeurs, just 300m from the beach. The...

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On the outskirts of Ars-en-Ré, le Cormoran offers a quiet rural holiday. There are 90 mobile homes, many for hire, and 21 pitches of varying...

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Pitches at this four-hectare site are exclusively for mobile homes and chalets. The Ile de Ré is known as l’Ile Blanche because of its dazzling...

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Le Lidon is located within the Marais Poitevin, an enchanting region of over 400 km. of rivers, canals and fens lying to the west of...

Rock pools, sand dunes and spectacular sunsets, with sea views from some of the pitches, help to make this site attractive to those seeking an...

Formerly known as Camping Nature de Ste Marie de Ré, Huttopia Côte Sauvage is just 20 m. from the beach and 1.5 km. from the...

The Val de Boutonne campsite is located in Charente-Maritime in Saint Jean d'Angely between La Rochelle and Cognac. This campsite has 99 touring pitches on...

Campéole Clairefontaine is situated on the outskirts of Royan, 300 m. from a golden sandy beach and a casino. This is a busy site which...

An attractive entrance gives no hint of what lies beyond – a traditional French seaside site, which can become rather cramped in high season, but...

La Redoute is a member of the Campêole group and is located on the Ile de Ré, just 100 m. from one of the island’s...

Camping Antioche is a member of the Atlantique Pellerin Vacances group and is located close to the resort of Le Bois-Plage-en-Ré on the Ile de...

On the edge of the Forêt de la Coubre, just beyond La Palmyre, Bonne Anse Plage is attractively set amongst pines, just a short stroll...

Camping du Lac de Saint-Cyr is in a quiet and picturesque location in the department of Vienne. The site is located between the main towns...

Poitou-Charentes

Greeting the Atlantic Ocean with miles of sandy shoreline and vast stretches of oyster beds, Charente is one of the most visited areas of France. Here, the sun shines warmly and brightly; children play on the beaches, and port towns such as La Rochelle combine picturesque historical centres with fine restaurants and modern shops. Off the coast are enchanting islands, the most popular of which are the Ile de Ré and Ile d’Oleron, which are best explored in early summer before the crowds arrive and possess plenty of cycle paths that are ideal for leisurely exploration.

Away from the coast, Charente is noticeably quieter, offering a different cultural experience. Pretty villages reveal a sleepier side to the region; with its ruined castle, arched bridge and prehistoric rock carvings, Angles-sur-l’Anglin is a real treasure, while the fortifications and abbey at Nouaille-Maupertius hark back to a more restless era. Brandy connoisseurs shouldn’t miss the chance to discover Cognac, its white stone buildings dazzling against a blue sky. The distilleries can be found in the old town, alongside historical houses that line the cobbled streets.

Charente is a paradise for walking and cycling, particularly out of high season when the sun’s heat bears less intensity and the main attractions are less busy.

On the Atlantic coast, between the châteaux of the Loire Valley and the Bordeaux vineyards, lies Poitou-Charentes, one of the sunniest parts of the French western coast. Its mild climate – 2,250 hours of sunshine per year – makes it popular with visitors from early spring to late autumn.

Three hundred miles of coastline with fine sandy beaches backed by fragrant pine forests, lively resorts such as La Rochelle and Royan, and the islands of Oléron, Aix and Ré attract many holidaymakers, particularly the French themselves. The scenery inland is in marked contrast: vast horizons and wooded valleys, the vineyards of Cognac, the Poitou fens and Marais Poitevin, the soothing tranquillity of canals, the valley of Vienne and the foothills of Charente.

The region is renowned as the home of Cognac – such famous names as Martell, Hennessy and Rémy Martin line the river Charente around the towns of Cognac and Jarnac where the spirit is distilled. The capital of the region and capital of the Vienne département is the city of Poitier. Situated on high ground at the confluence of the Clain and Boivre rivers, the city commands the so-called gate of Poitou, a gap 44 miles (71 km) wide between the mountains south of the Loire River and the Massif Central that serves as the connecting link between northern and southern France.