Part of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine area of France, Charente Maritime is a historic region which has a mild, sunny climate and a busy economy with a bit of something for everyone. There's a definite emphasis on water from the marshes of the Marais Poitevin to the island of Marennes to the seaside resort of Royan. Don't forget to try the oysters, too, as these are a speciality in the region, along with the cognac and pineau (a lovely aperitif to accompany the world class food from the area).

You Said

"Amazing facilities, so much for the adults and children to do." Jaide from Dunmow

Your Regional Specialist Janice

“The Charente Maritime gets the important things right, that's why it’s such a popular destination for me: safe, sandy beaches, an enviable and reliable sunshine record, and first class family run parks which have been welcoming Brits for years. It's a popular area t visit as a result and it you like your swimming and sunbathing, this is the one for you."

Hidden Gem: Saint Palais Sur mer

Great for getting around by bike or foot. There is a range of things to do such as guided walks and boat trips, so you can pretty easily spend a full day finding different beaches and walks to take.

Old Favourite: Royan

The biggest attraction to the town is the sandy gently sloping beaches loved by all making this a typical seaside area with a long promenade. Another high light to the town in the harbour where you can take boat trips.

Local Cuisine: Tomme de chèvre de l’Ile de Ré

Made by one of the few goat’s cheese producers on the Ile de Re, the rind of this cheese is washed twice a week with brine and local white wine to give it its taste.

What to See & Do: Fort Boyard

Take a boat trip to the famous former prison island which is now a regular TV and film location. It's now abandoned, but it's a haunting place to visit!

Festivals & Events: International d'Art

Held in St Palais sur Mer is a firework competition held over 3 nights starting at 10pm giving different countries the chance to show off there spectacular displays

Beaches & Lakes: Charente

Miles of sandy beaches, excellent sunshine record, beautiful islands and vibrant restaurants, camping holidays in Charente Maritime makes for a great family vacation.