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The Charente at St Jean D'Angely

The Charente Maritime is steeped in history with plentiful attractions, including prehistoric caves, Roman remains, including an amphitheatre at Saintes, Romanesque churches, numerous chateaux, historic towns, and the naval shipyard at Rochefort with the Hermione frigate project. There are innumerable museums, exhibitions and aquariums. Saintes, the City of Art and History, is just down the road, whilst off the coast the Ile De Re, and the Ile D’ Oleron are within easy reach. The Vignoble de Bordeaux can be quickly accessed by a short ferry across the Gironde from Royan.


For the more active there are first class golf courses at La Rochelle, Royan, Saintes and Cognac. Tennis courts are within easy reach as well as great bike rides down quiet lanes and by the Charente. Closeby there is also a well established equestrian centre and stables offering riding tuition and hacking trips through the beautiful countryside and on the beaches.

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The 18th at Royan

The Charente River, and the various tributaries to it, provides excellent opportunities for canoeing, water skiing, walks and picnics, as well as numerous riverside restaurants and bars.

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The bar at Taillebourg

There are plenty of wonderful beaches, including a 12 km long sandy beach near Marennes, some 25 minutes drive, and all the way down the coast to Royan, at the mouth of the Gironde Estuary, roughly 35 minutes drive . Sailing, surfing and waterskiing are available at La Rochelle, Rochefort and Royan.

For nature lovers the 6,700 hectare wildlife Reserve Naturelle Moeze-Oleron is a short drive, just to the north of  Rochefort. The bird population is quite fantastic with a huge range of resident and migrating sea birds, duck and waders, including Avocet, Spoonbill, and White Stork, many different large birds of prey, and Kingfisher. The wildlife, space and sense of  calm are an experience not to be missed.

The area, which is renowned for Cognac and Pineau de Charente, (which is essential for that evening drink beside the pool), also benefits from easy access to some of the finest wine regions of France. The food in the region is varied with an abundance of fresh and salt water fish and seafood, and in particular the oysters, which are all major local industries, as well as the lamb and beef from the water meadows and salt marshes of the Charente and La Rochelle respectively.

The Weather in the Charente Maritime


Average temperatures in degrees centigrade

Jan  Feb  March  April  May  June  July  Aug  Sept  Oct  Nov  Dec

  9     9      13       15       19      22     25    24     22      17    12      9


Average days of sunshine

Jan  Feb  March  April  May  June  July  Aug  Sept  Oct  Nov  Dec

 16   16       20        23     23     25     26     23     22     19    15     14

(Courtesy of Bowhills 2007 brochure)

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French forecasts for our Commune

Beaches in the Charente Maritime

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The beach at St Palais sur Mer

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Sunset on the Gironde