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141 campsites in France, Poitou-Charentes

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Camping Au Port-Punay

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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Camping les Gros Joncs

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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Camping des Dunes

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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Camping Bois Soleil

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 l’Orée du Bois

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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Camping Sandaya Les Amis de la Plage

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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Camping Sandaya Séquoia Parc

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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Camping la Plage

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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Camping le Cormoran

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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Camping L'ile Blanche

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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Huttopia Oléron les Chênes Verts

Les Chênes Verts, peacefully situated on the eastern side of the Ile d’Oléron, was completely renovated in 2012 and has direct access to the Passe...

Camping les Baleines

This campsite is situated at the western end of the Ile de Ré near the Balaines lighthouse and La Conche beach, considered to be one...

Huttopia Oléron les Pins

This attractive five hectare site is a member of the Huttopia group. It can be found close to the popular seaside resort of Saint Trojan-les-Bains...

Les Gorges du Chambon

Les Gorges du Chambon is a wonderful site with 28 hectares of protected natural environment to be enjoyed in the rolling Perigord Vert countryside. Of...

Camping la Motte

Set in the southern Charente Maritime, just 40 miles from Bordeaux and surrounded by forests. This site is a haven of tranquillity and calm. It...

Yelloh! Village La Roche Posay

Camping la Roche Posay is set in eight hectares and has direct access to the Creuse river on which fishing and canoes are popular. There...

Camping du Lac de Saint Cyr

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...

Le Logis du Breuil

The first impression on arrival at this impressive campsite is one of space. The site covers a 30-hectare expanse of farm pasture where (on different...

Campéole La Redoute

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 le Futuriste

Le Futuriste is a neat, modern site, open all year and very close to Futuroscope. Its location is also very convenient for the A10 and...


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, with 2,250 hours of sunshine per year, makes it popular with visitors from early spring to late autumn.

Poitiers Centre

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.

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.

The region’s capital, Poitiers, is one of France’s oldest cities and sits on a hilltop overlooking the River Clain. Its historic centre has a wealth of Romanesque art and ancient buildings. In complete contrast, the technological theme park, Futuroscope, is just 8 km. away, and with some 3 million visitors annually is among the top 20 visitor attractions in France.

Saint Savin

Places of interest

Angoulême: Hilltop town surrounded by ramparts, cathedral, Renaissance château.

Cognac: The most celebrated ‘eau de vie’ in the world; cellars; Valois castle.

Marais Poitevin: Marshes also known as the ‘Green Venice’.

Poitiers: Palais de Justice; Notre Dame la Grande Romanesque church; old city.

La Rochelle: Port; Porte de la Grosse Horloge (clock gate); Museum of the New World.

Saint Savin: 17th-century abbey; mural painting.


Cuisine of the region


Fish predominates, both fresh water (eel, trout, pike) and sea water (shrimps, mussels, oysters).

Bouilliture (bouilleture): Eel stew with shallots and prunes in Sauvignon white wine.

Boulaigou: Thick sweet or savoury pancake.

Bréjaude: Cabbage, leek and bacon soup.

Cagouilles: Snails from Charente.

Casserons en matelote: Squid in red wine sauce with garlic and shallots.

Farcidure: A dumpling (poached or sautéed).

Farci Poitevin: Paté of cabbage, spinach and sorrel, encased in cabbage leaves.

Tourteau Fromage: Cake baked with sugar, eggs, flour and goat’s cheese and having a unique caramelised top.