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Walking and Cycling in Charente

Walking Holidays in Charente

Perched on the western coast of France, Charente enjoys the prestige of being one of the country’s most popular regions for tourists. As a destination for those embarking on a walking holiday, Charente offers much to see and do, whether it’s strolling along seafront promenades or heading further inland following the course of the River Charente. Discover this region of classical charm on a number of walking trails, each of which epitomises a journey into French life.

A taste of Cognac

Hennessy Cognac

Rich in medieval fortifications and Romanesque architecture, the town of Cognac is as refined as the drink to which it lends its name. Set in the heart of Charente and between the towns of Angouleme and Saintes, Cognac’s riverside setting and reputation for production of high-quality brandy attracts tourists year after year. A walking tour involving visits to the town’s Cognac houses – including such iconic names as Hennessy – provides an eye-opening insight into the distillation process, and offers a chance to to experience masters of the trade at work.

Coastal charms

La Rochelle

Gazing lazily out to sea from the sands of unspoilt beaches is temptation enough for any traveller, but with superb cuisine and historic monuments to explore, the coast of Charente offers much for hikers looking to discover more than sandy shores. From laid back towns such as La Rochelle and the historic port town of Brouage to offshore islands rich in character, there is plenty to interest the curious traveller.

The region of Charente is blessed with charm for fans of both country scenery and coastal splendour. 

Cycling Holidays in Charente

Official cycle routes throughout Charente total in excess of 1,000km, with a mixture of trails taking riders along quiet country roads, past quaint ports and fishing villages, and alongside the meandering waterways of the River Charente. A diversity of attractions offers plenty to see, with gentle ascents, picture-perfect panoramas and the Atlantic coastline providing an enticing experience for cyclists of all abilities.

Vineyards and Cognac


As one of the major tourist attractions for visitors to Charente, Cognac country offers a journey through fields of rich flora and rolling vineyards, where small towns and villages produce the region’s eponymous brandy. Routes are gentle and tailored for discovery at a sedate pace, while a tasting at a wine or Cognac house proves tempting after a day on the road. With the River Charente the perfect guide for navigating the route to Cognac, a journey through this charming wine country is rewarding and unforgettable.

Portside charm

La Rochelle Port

With the Atlantic coast and the River Charente coursing its way inland, there are countless ports, fishing towns, and villages to be discover throughout the province, most famous of which is La Rochelle. Featuring two medieval towers standing guard over the entrance to the port, as well as a long promenade of restaurants, bars, shops and arcades, it’s the perfect interlude on a leisurely Charente cycling holiday. More than 160km of cycle routes can be found throughout La Rochelle alone, providing plenty of choice for all riders.