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109 campsites in France, Poitou-Charentes, Charente-Maritime

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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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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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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, Camping des Dunes offers a quiet rural holiday. This campsite is popular with families of all ages. There are 5...

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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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Close to the sea, Bois Soleil is a large site in three parts, with serviced pitches for touring units and a few for tents. All...

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Les Amis de la Plage, a former municipal site, and now a member of the Sandaya group, is located on the southern side of the...

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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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A truly friendly welcome awaits you from Isabelle, Eric and Fanny at la Grainetière. It is a peaceful campsite set in almost three hectares of...

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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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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...

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...

Ideally situated for discovering some of the best tourist attractions of Charente-Maritime, Abri Côtier is a family friendly site some 1,800 metres from the sea...

This family-run site is surprisingly peaceful, considering its location just off one of the main roads into Royan. Over more than 40 years, the owner...

Chardons Bleus is a recently redeveloped 4.8-hectare site situated in a pine forest on the Ile de Ré, only 1,500 m. from the sea. It...

Set amongst terraced woodlands and with direct access to sandy beaches on both the open sea and the more protected Bonne Anse, this large campsite...

Le Nauzan Plage is a well equipped family site close to the popular resort of Royan. This is a lively site in peak season with...

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...

Le Logis is a member of the Yukadi Villages group and is a popular site, close to the attractive resort of Saint Palais-sur-Mer, on the...

Pitches at this campsite are exclusively for mobile home and chalet accommodation. There are no touring pitches. Les Charmettes is a popular family site belonging...

Charente Maritime takes its name from the river which enters the Atlantic at Rochefort.  The Charente is remarkable for its outstanding coastline:  long, sandy pine-fringed beaches stretching from stylish La Rochelle all the way south to the Gironde estuary, home to some of the world’s greatest wines.   

Château de Roche Courbon

Lying just 17km north of Saintes, this romantic 15th-century château is superbly positioned and reflected in a vast mirroir d’eau with formal gardens of statues, sculptured yew trees and perspective walks.  

Cognac

This is the central town of the vineyards of Cognac.  The town is clearly wealthy, with many grand buildings. The old quarter is pleasant to wander around and there is, not surprisingly, a cognac museum which explains all. See for yourself and visit some of the great ‘houses’: Martell, Hennessey, Baron Otard.   There’s also a marked tour through the villages of the Cognac area – the Château de la Roche-Courbon provided English language tours. 

Ile d’Aix

Fortified in the 17th century because of its value as a strategic approach to La Rochelle, the island is now a peaceful car-less resort with an almost Mediterranean feel.  The vineyards produce a pleasant dry white wine and the main industries are shrimping and working in mother-of-pearl.  You can see the craftsmen in the workshop opposite the church.  The island can be reached by boat from La Pointe de la Fumée north-west of Fouras and the journey takes 20 minutes. 

Ile d’Oléron

This is a popular holiday destination and France’s second-largest island after Corsica.  Chief attractions include oysters and the wealth of superb sandy beaches.  

Ile de Ré

Sometimes known as the Ile Blanche due to its miles of white sandy beach, this island has a very relaxed holiday feel about it.  The villages are quaint with their narrow lanes, white-washed houses and hollyhocks sprouting from every doorway possible.  Traditions are deep-rooted and some women still wear the quichenotte, a white headdress that protects them from the sun. 

St Martin is the attractive capital of the island, its pretty little port evoking a St Tropez-like feel on hot sunny days.  La Flotte is one of the few places that could be called a town and it’s picturesque little harbour is lined with cafés and bars.  To reach the island there is a toll bridge from La Rochelle (cyclists cross for free).

Marennes

Lying just over 6km south of Brouage, Marennes is famous for its gree oysters.  This is a huge industry along this stretch of coast and the large oyster ‘parks’ become a familiar sight. 

La Rochelle

Founded as a fishing village in the 10th century, La Rochelle rapidly became a major port for salt and wine.  The citizens cleverly exploited the quarrels between the English and the French to increase their own wealth and in the 16th century were quick to embrace the Protestant faith. 

The old port, with its twin towers of St Nicholas and La Chaine, is enchanting and there is plenty of mediaeval architecture in evidence.  Other fine old buildings include the Bourse, the Palais de Justice and the fairytale Hôtel de Ville with its ornate battlements and spires.  

Ronce-les-Bains

A quiet pine-shaded resort with a pleasant sea-front and good views across to the Ile d’Oléron.  Boat trips can be taken from La Tremblade around the off-shore islands and along the river Seudre to Saintes. 

Royan

Sheltered by forests, on the estuary of the Gironde yet open to the sea, with 12km of magnificent beaches of fine, clean sand and provided with every comfort and amenity, Royan has transformed itself into a highly popular ultra-modern seaside resort since its destruction by appalling bombing in 1945. 

The coast road north-west from Royan goes through the middle of the dense Coubre forest,  a coastal strip of pine forest bordered by the wild seas of the Côte Sauvage.  The Phare de la Coubre, 60m high, is one of the most powerful lighthouses on this coast and an important navigational aid for ships approaching the Gironde.  The view from the top of the lighthouse is sensational. 

Saintes

At first sight unremarkable, Saintes is actually one of the most interesting in south-west France.  It was already a great city under the Romans, and reminders of their occupation are still to be seen.  There’s a Roman arch and the great amphitheatre lies to the west of the old town and seated a huge audience of 20,000. 

In the Middle Ages the town’s key position on the pilgrim route to Compostela in Spain brought it the wealth to build the magnificent Romanesque churches which are much in evidence in the region. 

St Palais-sur-Mer

A colourful, bustling little resort town.  A gentle stroll along the coastal path, the Sentier de la Corniche, rewards with fine views out to sea and along the Grande Côte.